Items tagged with Windows 10

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...
Microsoft Edge is far from the most popular web browser on the market, but it does take top honors in at least one category: blocking malware. NSS Labs conducted tests in which it measured how effective today's leading browsers are at protecting users from socially engineered malware (SEM) and garden variety phishing attacks. In both categories, Microsoft Edge came out on top, and by a wide margin compared to the second- and third-place finishers. “Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief... Read more...
This isn't the first time that Windows 10 has come under attack from government regulators, and it probably won't be the last. Autoriteir Persoonsgegevens, the Data Protection Authority (DPA) for the Netherlands, is accusing Microsoft of violating data protection laws with the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro operating systems. The Dutch DPA alleges that Microsoft is doing a poor job of informing customers of the type of data that it collects, and how their personal data is used by the company. The Dutch DPA goes on to state that Microsoft does not inform customers that it continuously collects... Read more...
Every second Tuesday of every month Microsoft releases a batch of security updates to keep Windows and its core services in tiptop shape. Dubbed Patch Tuesday, yesterday's release for October was a pretty big one in the grand scheme of things (though not as big as the one this past June), containing fixes for dozens vulnerabilities, among them an "important" zero-day flaw in Microsoft Office that hackers have already exploited. The issue in Office relates to memory corruption and affects all supported versions of the productivity suite. By exploiting the security hole, an attacker could send a... Read more...
Many people were dragged kicking and screaming to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, but by now, many people have settled into the operating system and its quirks. However, for those that haven't taken a proactive stance with regards to keeping the operating system up-to-date, take heed. Support for Windows 10 version 1511 ends tomorrow, October 10th. Windows 10 v1511 was the first major system upgrade for Windows 10, and was released in 2015 when it was simply called the November Update. Given that this build of Windows 10 is nearly two years old, Microsoft says that it can no longer support... Read more...
While companies like Amazon and Google are angling to put more devices into your living spaces to create a smart home revolution with the Amazon Echo and Google Home Mini, Microsoft is looking to counterpunch with its own Cortana service. A new report indicates that Microsoft has added a new "Connected Home" section to the Cortana Notebook. This new integration was first reported by Windows Central, which says that Connected Home allows users to tap into five services at the moment: Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings and Hue. Of course, you will need to sign-in to each respective service to enable... Read more...
Microsoft has completed work on its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. As of build 16299.15, the Fall Creators Update reached RTM (release to manufacturing) status, which is the final code that gets doled out to OEM system builders so they can pre-load PCs with the final version for day-of-release availability. Everyone else will be able to get their hands on the newest update starting October 17.Windows Insiders can get the jump on everyone else by downloading and installing the latest build. It includes cumulative security and feature updates and will serve as the baseline OS install until... Read more...
Microsoft is on the verge of unleashing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and alongside that major OS update will be the launch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. We've talked about these virtual reality/augmented reality headsets on numerous occasions, but now OEMs are ramping up preorders to coincide with the October 17th launch of the Fall Creators Update. The latest OEM to open preorders is Acer, with its dryly named "Windows Mixed Reality Headset". Acer says that its Head Mounted Display (HMD) works straight out of the box with Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs, supports six degrees of freedom,... Read more...
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...
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