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Brace yourself, a new upgrade to Windows 10 is coming. As the name implies, the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 is scheduled to roll out sometime next month, though Microsoft has not issued an exact release date just yet. However, the Redmond outfit has given a heads up as to which features will see the way of the dodo. The October 2018 Update will introduce a bunch of new and improved features to Windows 10, as these twice-yearly major upgrades always do. But Microsoft is also retiring a handful of features. Applications or code that depend on the soon-to-be deprecated features will not function... Read more...
Last week, we brought you news that Microsoft is was testing a new prompt within the latest Windows Insiders builds of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that would harass users to break free from third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and instead try out the also-ran Microsoft Edge web browser.  However, it appears that Microsoft's little experiment generated much more negative attention than it anticipated from Windows Insiders. The company has decided that based on the feedback it received, it will not be including the warning messages when the final release... Read more...
Chrome fans will be glad to hear that the Chrome 70 beta has landed and that it is packing some very cool features that will enable improved security on some devices. The big new feature for macOS and Android users is support for Touch ID or fingerprint sensors; the hardware is enabled by default as part of the Web Authentication API. One of the cool things about that implementation is that websites with support for the API allow the use of Touch ID for 2-factor authentication. Google is also removing the Android and iOS build numbers from the user-agent identification string that is visible to... Read more...
There are lots of computers out there that are still running Windows 7 even though Windows 10 has been out for a very long time and is now installed on 700 million devices globally. The reasons for staying on an old OS like Windows 7 are many and varied but some folks just feel their OS is working just fine and many end users don’t want to shell out money to replace something that isn't broken. In the enterprise realm, it can be a huge undertaking to move hundreds or thousands of PCs from one version of Windows to a new version, especially if there is proprietary software or apps that might... Read more...
If you’re a heavy user of the Skype messaging client, a feature that was first announced in mid-July is now finally rolling out to users: call recording. Call recording is a cloud-based feature that allows you to save precious moments with loved ones or have a recording of a conversation with coworkers during meetings for future reference.  The recording feature is not just limited to audio calls, and extends to video calls as well. And just so that no one is surprised after the fact that a call was recorded, each call participant is notified when someone starts a recording. ... Read more...
We now have a confirmed name and release month for the next major Windows 10 update, which has been testing under the codename "Redstone 5". Microsoft says that that Windows 10 October 2018 Update will land in... well, October. The naming convention shouldn’t come as much of a shock considering that the current public release is called the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Microsoft made the announcement today at IFA 2018 alongside a wave of new Windows 10-powered devices like the Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, Lenovo Yoga Book C930 and Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows... Read more...
Back in early June, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 850 Mobile Platform, which will form the basis for second-generation "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs. As expected, Lenovo is the first out of the gate with a new 2-in-1 convertible based on Snapdragon 850, which shouldn't come as a surprise given that it was part of the freshman class with the Snapdragon 835-powered Miix 630. This year, however, Lenovo is launching the Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon). Thanks to the Snapdragon 850 processor running the show, Lenovo is promising a 30 percent boost in overall performance compared... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing out new microcode updates for Intel processors affected by recently disclosed side channel exploits, including several Spectre variants and the newer Foreshadow flaw. The microcode updates apply to Windows 10 and Windows Server, and cover a range of Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors. "This update is a stand-alone update targeted for Windows 10 version 1803 (Windows 10 April 2018 Update) and Windows Server Version 1803 (Server Core). This update also includes Intel microcode updates that were already released for these operating systems at the time of release to... Read more...
Windows users keeping an eye out for new versions of the Microsoft operating system have a new version that is now out bringing Windows to build number 17741. It's worth pointing out right up front that one big change is that Redstone 5 is now officially Windows 10 version 1809. Folks in the Windows Insider program are expected to get hands on that build in September. The feature set is expected to be identical to the 17741 build number that is out now. There are no major new features in this build, but Microsoft is still talking up Your Phone first and foremost. Your Phone is the feature that... Read more...
Microsoft made a mistake in making available an early build of its Your Phone app for Windows 10, which is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application that enables users to access text messages, photos, and other notifications from their smartphone on their PC. For a brief period yesterday, it was available for all users to download from the Microsoft Store, but that is no longer the case. Prior to being available to the public, the unfinished app landed for Windows Insiders earlier this month in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Built 17728. As we noted yesterday, however, users who are not part... Read more...
Are you having trouble finding an avatar for the Xbox One that you can relate to, or otherwise would want to use? Microsoft is planning to address this with a much more diverse selection of avatars, and if you are subscribed to the Skip Ahead, Preview Alpha, or Beta ring for the Xbox Insider program, you can try it out in the latest build (1810). The same goes for Windows 10 Insiders. "We are releasing an update to Insiders in the Alpha Skip Ahead, Alpha, and Beta rings! This build includes updates to Avatar rendering as well as other improvements to the Avatar Editor user experience. Please check... Read more...
Back in early June, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Platform that will power second-generation "Always-Connected" Windows 10 PCs. The first generation of Windows 10 convertibles are currently on the market from ASUS, HP and Lenovo running Snapdragon 835 processors. Qualcomm has promised a 30 percent boost in system performance for Snapdragon 850 versus its predecessor, but how will that play out in the real world? Well, some leaked Geekbench scores have made their way to the internet that reportedly come from an unannounced Lenovo device that is powered by Snapdragon... Read more...
There is evidence to suggest that Google may add a dual booting ability to Chrome OS to allow users to load Windows 10 onto Chromebooks, just as can be done on Apple's MacBook systems through Boot Camp. Called "Campfire," the dual boot feature appears to be in development for a public release, and not just limited to internal developers. Google is not talking about Campfire at the moment, though this is not the first we have heard of the company having interest in getting Windows 10 onto its laptops. Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that Google was trying to gain Windows 10 certification for... Read more...
It's almost comical to think of the sheer number of Windows 10 versions there are out there - a list that's still growing. Today, we have Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, Enterprise, N editions of some versions, and last, but not least, an "Enterprise for Remote Sessions" will soon be joining the list. Interestingly, Microsoft isn't talking about this edition quite yet, despite the fact that the listing has appeared in the latest Insider build (17713). Based on earlier information, it seems likely that this edition is designed entirely around the idea of using remote... Read more...
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