Items tagged with Windows 10

Anyone who was intrigued by the slick little 10-inch Surface Go that Microsoft unveiled early this month, and has been on the fence about pre-ordering one, a new Best Buy pre-order deal might put you over the top. Best Buy is offering a pre-order special for the Surface Go, tossing in some gift cards and free stuff that should make Microsoft's new tablet an even sweeter deal. The big give here is a $50 Best Buy E-gift card that is delivered via email. Once you pre-order the Surface Go and pick it up in the store or have it delivered to your home, Best Buy will confirm fulfillment and the gift card... Read more...
Microsoft seemed set to make a big deal out of Windows 10 S Mode after the spectacular failure of Windows 10 S as a standalone operating system. Microsoft confirmed in March of this year that Windows 10 S was confusing for users and instead decides to focus on S Mode. The same month Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore confirmed that Windows 10 S Mode would land in 2019. When Windows 10 build 17686 turned up there was a setting called “Switch to S mode”, but at the time when clicked nothing happened other than to take the user to a Windows Activation page. That setting suggested the ability... Read more...
Microsoft is moving right along with Redstone 5 development, which will debut as the Windows 10’s next major update this fall. We've already seen some big feature enhancements since the first Redstone 5 build landed months ago, but today's release is still piling on new features for Windows Insiders to try out. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713 adds in some much-appreciated features for a long-serving Windows app: Notepad. Wrap-around fine/replace has been added to the find dialog box and the app will now remember your previous checkbox selections. Text zooming has been added to Notepad... Read more...
Microsoft has just rolled out a brand-new Windows Insider preview build for those running on the Fast Ring. This release is build number 17711, and is part of the upcoming Redstone 5 release, expected to become available this fall. In it, a number of quality improvements have been made, especially with regards to HDR control, and also the Edge web browser. For starters, Edge has seen a couple of nice improvements, including the ability to customize your Reading View with different themes, in the event one happens to be easier on your eyes, or just looks better. The credential auto-fill feature... Read more...
Microsoft is not going to implement the ability to have tabs in various windows, a feature known as Sets, into its Redstone 5 update for Windows 10 later this fall. The innovative feature drew a lot of support from users and would have been one of the standout highlights of Redstone 5. However, Microsoft has decided the feature needs more polish and has removed Sets from test builds leading up to Redstone 5's release. "Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible... Read more...
After months of internal and public testing (via the Windows Insider program), Microsoft released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update on the very last day of April. Microsoft rolled the update out in phases to help minimize install failures and hardware incompatibilities (which did tend to pop up on occasion). Today, Microsoft announced that the April 2018 Update is now available for all Windows 10 PCs. The company says that it was able to achieve broad availability in a relatively short period of time thanks in part to machine learning.  "Our AI approach intelligently selects... Read more...
Not every problem has an immediate solution. Microsoft recently explained how it prioritizes resolving vulnerabilities. Some vulnerabilities are fixed through a quick security update, while others are saved for the next version of Windows. Microsoft revealed that it asks two questions before providing a security update for a reported and confirmed vulnerability: Does the vulnerability violate a promise made by a security boundary or a security feature that Microsoft has committed to defending? Does the severity of the vulnerability meet the bar for servicing? If the answer to both of these questions... Read more...
When Google launched the new Pixelbook back in October 2017, there was no denying the svelte and sexy style of the device. The problem for many was that the little rig was $999 and only ran Chrome OS, which for many was a deal breaker. Google later made the device a testing ground for the Fuchsia OS. A new rumor is floating around that if true may finally put the sleek Pixelbook on the must-have list for your typical computer user. A new report claims that Google is working to get the Pixelbook certified for Windows 10. The rumor claims that mentions of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification... Read more...
Digital assistants have become a part of everyday life for many people and are supposed to make interactions with technology easier and seamless. Unfortunately, they can also be used against us in some situations. Underscoring this point, McAfee discovered a vulnerability in Cortana that could allow an attacker to snoop file names, execute malicious code, and even break into a locked Windows 10 PC. Fortunately, there is a patch available. McAfee wrote about the exploit in a lengthy blog post, describing how one of Cortana's features can be used against it. Microsoft is always making improvements... Read more...
Microsoft if finally enabling an oft-requested feature to Windows 10, which may come in handy for people with multiple PCs in their household. The web version of the Microsoft Store is enabling a new button on app pages called "Install on my devices" that allows you to remotely install apps. As the name of the option implies, it will allow you to install a given app to any of the Windows 10 devices that are currently associated with your account. So even if you aren't physically in front of the desktop PC in your bonus room, you can actually install an app like Netflix or Amazon Music... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out a new build of its Redstone 5 branch, which will eventually become the next major update to Windows 10 (which should land later this fall). Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17686 has been pushed out onto the Fast ring and brings with it a few new changes. Microsoft is adding some tweaks to its privacy settings, including providing a popup notification to inform you if your computer's microphone has been disabled. The popup will give the opportunity to change the setting if necessary from the privacy settings window. For users of Microsoft's fledgling Windows Mixed... Read more...
Microsoft just announced a new milestone for its Windows 10 operating system: it is now installed on over 700 million active devices worldwide. This is an increase of 100 million from the last time that Microsoft gave a status update back in late November 2017. We should note that this number includes all devices that are running any variant of Windows 10, which include desktop, laptops, convertibles, Xbox One, HoloLens, Windows 10 Mobile phones, etc. To go along with the 700 million figure, which was reported by Neowin, Microsoft also claims that Windows 10 growth surged 84 percent... Read more...
We've long heard rumors of there being a Surface Phone in development, or at least on the roadmap, though so far nothing of the such has materialized. Just the opposite, Microsoft has moved away from phones to focus on other products and services. The Surface Phone is one rumor that refuses to die, however, and now there is chatter that Dell might be tasked with making the device. Let's jump down the rabbit hole. Over at WinFuture, there is a report of Qualcomm making a Snapdragon 850 system-on-chip (SoC) for Windows 10 devices. It's said to tie into Microsoft's recent collaboration with ARM to... Read more...
Is your Windows 10 PC slowing down a bit, or do you want to install a fresh copy of the latest version of Windows 10 without losing all of your precious accumulated data, settings and the like? Or perhaps your OS just hasn't been right since a recent patch that bungled things up. You might want to think about trying out Microsoft's handy “Fresh Start” tool. Fresh Start was introduced witha the original Creators Update last spring, and can be found within Windows Defender. So, what exactly does Fresh Start do? Microsoft provides the following overview: Fresh start will remove all... Read more...
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