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The October 17 release date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is looming , with barely more than a month to go before it is here. At this stage of the game, Microsoft is finished implementing major new features. Instead, it is focused on fixing last minute bugs in the homestretch. As such, the newest Windows 10 Insider build (16288) contains a whole bunch of improvements, and you can grab it now if you are an Insider subscribed to the Fast ring. "We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to... Read more...
One of the things Microsoft focused on when developing the original Creators Update for Windows 10 was playing games. Features such as Beam (now called Mixer) and even a dedicated Game Mode intended to make gaming performance better were introduced with the update. Unfortunately, so were some bugs that had the opposite effect—users have been complaining of stuttering and random drops in frames per second in games such as Overwatch and Rocket League. Now several months later Microsoft says it is working on fixes. Yes, fixes, as in plural. There is not just one issue causing these problems, but several... Read more...
Microsoft first announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in May, and has pushed out Insider Preview builds of the software on a continual basis. However, Microsoft has finally put a shipping date on the Fall Creators Update, and the big day is scheduled for October 17th. “Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Windows Chief Terry Myerson. “One of the ways we’re supporting that mission is by taking this next step in our Windows journey and empowering the creator in all of us with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.” The... Read more...
Although we first got a glimpse at Lenovo’s Windows Mixed Reality headset earlier this year, the company is now getting official with the device. Called the Lenovo Explorer, the headset is capable of being plugged into a supported Windows 10 PC, where users will be able to immerse themselves in virtual reality games and apps. The headset features two high resolution (1440x1440) displays, one for each eye, and supports Cortana voice controls. The headset will work in one of two modes. Its “Mainstream” option operates at 60Hz and requires at least a Kaby Lake Core i5 processors and an integrated... Read more...
Operating under the premise that it is better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission, Microsoft for a long time bullied Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users into upgrading to Windows 10 through the use the nag screens and other means. Microsoft was even so brazen as to download Windows 10 upgrade files on PCs without the owner's permission, which led to a class action lawsuit. The good news is Microsoft has agreed to stop doing that. Microsoft's response is to a cease-and-desist complaint filed by Munich's Baden-Würtenberg consumer rights center (Verbraucherschutz). After having lost in... Read more...
Windows users taking part in the Windows Insider Program have a new version of the OS to check out. Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC has been released via the Fast ring and Skip Ahead. This release also features some updates on how new builds will be released over the next few months and has its own branch called RS3_RELEASE. Microsoft explains this change writing, "We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world." What that means for Insiders is that... Read more...
It is finally happening, folks. Final Fantasy XV is trading its console attire for PC digs, Square Enix announced at Gamescom 2017. The game will arrive on PC early next year, bringing with it all available DLC and updates. It will also come dressed to impress with several graphical upgrades, including a bump to native 4K resolution graphics (if your PC can handle it), with graphical options to support up to 8K. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will also feature high dynamic range (HDR10) support, provided you pair the game with a Windows 10 Creators Update compatible display, several NVIDIA technologies... Read more...
In an attempt to bolster the mixed reality experience in Windows 10 that Microsoft has been hyping, the Redmond outfit is introducing new tools to its Windows Device Portal. These will be included with the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 and will make it easier for developers to debug their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications, test out new features, and build new hardware peripherals One of the big additions is location based testing. Using the Location tool in Device Portal, developers can override the default location that gets reported to Windows and swap it out for a different... Read more...
After putting legal pressure on Microsoft to provide antivirus vendors with additional time to test their software prior to new Windows 10 builds being rolled out, security outfit Kaspersky is getting its way. Microsoft announced in a blog post that it has agreed to certain changes in the way it handles third-party AV software, which will be implemented in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. "We work closely with AV partners like Kaspersky Lab, and at our Microsoft Virus Initiative forum last month, we made great progress in building upon our shared understanding of how we deliver Windows 10 updates... Read more...
Xbox Insiders can zip over to the Alpha Ring right now and get a look at an update that will land for all Xbox One owners later this year. The new update brings some big changes to the Home screen, and is the direct result of feedback Microsoft says it received from gamers . The Home screen changes are all about personalization according to Microsoft, and it brings the new Microsoft Fluent Design aesthetic to the Xbox One console. Players will be able to do things like adding a favorite game or friend to the Home screen by selecting the content or friend you like, pressing the menu button on the... Read more...
Back in early April, Microsoft took steps to help appease privacy groups and government regulators with regards to respecting user privacy in Windows 10. The company had come under fire from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the European Union (among others) for the amount of data that was siphoned from users and sent to Microsoft’s servers. As a result, Microsoft introduced new features with the Windows 10 Creators Update that were aimed at giving users more granular control of data that is collected. And to be even more transparent, Microsoft even provided “in-product information” which... Read more...
Microsoft has announced a new feature for Windows 10 that is designed to make the operating system easier to control for people with disabilities; that feature is called Eye Control. The idea for the feature started way back in 2014 as a challenge from a former NFL player, Steve Gleason, who suffers from a neuromuscular disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Gleason challenged Microsoft employees during the 2014 hackathon, the company's first, to build a system that would allow for people with his condition and other similar conditions to better control technology to enrich their lives.... Read more...
It has been around four months since Microsoft started deploying its Creators Update to Windows 10 to compatible PCs. To ensure a smooth roll out, Microsoft did not bombard every single PC on the first day, or even the first week or month. Instead, Microsoft issued the update in stages. Now several months later, the Creators Update is widely available to everyone (except Windows 10 systems running an Intel Clover Trail Atom processor, of course). With this wide open roll out now in effect, Microsoft says its enterprise customers should feel confident in deploying the update to PCs across their... Read more...
Microsoft does not seem real committed to its own Windows Phone platform these days (no matter what it says publicly), but it is acutely aware that smartphones have become a part of everyday life, with Android representing the most popular mobile platform in the world. In recognition of this, the latest Windows Insider Preview (build 16251) lets you link your phone to your PC, the company announced in a blog post. The new build is focuses on cross-device web browsing and Microsoft is asking Insiders to lend a helping hand by testing the experience with their Android phones. Support for iPhone handsets... Read more...
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