Items tagged with Windows 10

For the folks at Intel, all eyes are likely on Qualcomm today. While Intel has faced the toughest competition in recent years from AMD's Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper, and EPYC family of processors, the company will soon be encountering a separate attack from Qualcomm. As we have reported multiple times, there is a new wave of Windows 10 PCs coming that will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, ARM-based processors. This improbable feat is made possible by Microsoft's support for full x86 emulation in Windows 10, which is why Snapdragon 835 (and future ARM-based SoCs from Qualcomm) will be... Read more...
Microsoft had lofty ambitions for the adoption rate of its Windows 10 operating system when it was released back in 2015. After all, Windows 10 was initially made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users (and it is still available for free for a limited time if you meet certain requirements) and promised big functional gains over its predecessors. At its annual shareholder meeting, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Windows 10 is installed and actively used on over 600 million devices worldwide. We say "devices", because Microsoft is counting PCs, tablets, smartphones... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to put a new spin on the windowed multitasking workflow that we've all become used too over the past three decades. Browser makers figured out a long time ago that we can be more productive with a tabbed interface for the sometimes dozens of websites that we might frequent on a daily basis. Microsoft is extending that same idea to how we use our apps in Windows 10. Microsoft is calling this new Windows 10 interface "Sets", and it allows you to group together Windows apps into tabs within a single window. If you're doing research on a particular subject, you might have a Set... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend support for one of the earliest builds of Windows 10, version 1511, which it released two years ago. The early build is getting six additional months of support (through April 2018) from Microsoft, though not for all users. Microsoft's support extension applies to anyone using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, and not the regular version of Windows 10. "To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional... Read more...
Microsoft pushed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update out the door last month, and is well along in the development process for the next major release of Windows 10. This upcoming release is part of the Redstone 4 development branch, and Microsoft has just sent out a new build to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring: Windows 10 Build 17035. This new build brings an oft-requested feature to the Microsoft Edge browser: the ability to mute individual tabs that may be playing [annoying] audio. You can simply click on the audio icon to mute a tab in question; clicking it again will restore audio. The option... Read more...
Microsoft has published a new and official set of standards for consumers who want to ensure they have a "highly secure Windows 10" device. The new standards are for general purpose desktops, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations, and good old fashioned desktops. They are broken up into two categories—hardware and firmware—and apply to devices running the Fall Creators Update. The hardware section consist of half a dozen sub-categories that read almost like a list of recommended requirements for a game. At the top of the list is the processor. In order to have a highly security Windows... Read more...
Microsoft has been drilling it in our heads ever since Windows 10 launched that Edge is the best browser in the land. The company has made claims about the browser's speed and its battery performance, all while at the same time touting superiority over competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Microsoft has reserved the harshest criticism for Google Chrome, which is by far the world's most popular internet browser. However, an incident involving a presenter during a Microsoft Ignite session had on egg on Microsoft's face instead of Google. The presenter was going through how to migrate your applications,... Read more...
In an effort to convince the entire world to make the upgrade to Windows 10—or at least every Windows user—Microsoft offered the OS as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users for the first year, and then continued to offer it for free through its assistive technologies page. Customers who user assistive technologies can still upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, as well as anyone else (more on that in a second), at least for now. Come late December, the free ride will be over. Maybe. As it stands, the assistive technologies pages lists an expiration date of December 31, 2017. That will... Read more...
Microsoft has found a way to fight back against the growing threat of ransomware, a devious type of malware that encrypts files and folders on a victim's PC and then demands a ransom—oftentimes in Bitcoin due to its anonymity—in exchange for unlocking the user's data. Some ransomware strains even come with a timer, after which the encrypted data is permanently deleted. A new feature in Windows 10 helps prevent all that from happening. One of the things Microsoft included in the recently released Fall Creators Update is a feature called "Controlled folder access." When enabled, this feature prevents... Read more...
When it comes to multiplayer gaming, there are few things worse than spineless cheaters; well, maybe lag and TKers. Thankfully, Microsoft is looking to attack cheaters head-on with its new TruePlay system, which debuted with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. TruePlay is an anti-cheat system that is meant to give developers a relatively easy way to thwart the efforts of those prone to exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct on the virtual battlefield/race track/sports arena. According to Microsoft, TruePlay runs as a "protected process", and should help alleviate common cheats like aimbots. "A game... Read more...
Good news everyone, the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is finally here. It brings with it a whole bunch of new features and improvements to various parts of the Windows 10 experience (including a big mixed reality push), though the download takes up a significant amount of disk space. Unfortunately, the Fall Creators Update does not do a great job of cleaning up after itself when it is finished installing, but if you take matters into your own hands, you can free up a several gigabytes of disk space—around 20GB to 30GB, or even more.That is pretty significant, especially if you are rocking... Read more...
Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, are eventually coming. Microsoft announced as much way back at the end of last year, and talked a little more about these laptops this week at Qualcomm's annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerged involved battery life—apparently these laptops will last longer than a day before needing to be charged. As it stands now, all-day battery life is not super common in the laptop world, though there have been gains made in the past couple of years. Take Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon,... Read more...
Microsoft just announced a few brand new products: a pair of powerful new Surface Book 2 devices featuring 8th Gen Intel Core Processors and NVIDIA graphics, and a Surface Precision Mouse designed to be the perfect companion to the devices. The new Surface Book 2 borrows virtually all of the physical design cues of the original, but this latest iteration features more powerful hardware, better battery life, enhanced display technology, and a myriad of other refinements that improve upon the first Surface Book. We have a quick hands-on video to share if you’d like a visual tour before we dig in... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser in the world, but it has long been criticized for the app bloat that has accumulated over the years and its negative impact on resources and battery life. The "bloat" is about to increase again today, although Google says that the latest addition to Chrome should help protect your system from attacks. The Google team says now detailing three feature updates in Chrome for Windows that helps users "recover from unwanted software infections". The first addition comes in the form of a background monitor that can determine if an extension has changed... Read more...
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