The final Windows 10 builds for desktop and smartphone are yet to be released, but more details about the features Windows fans should expect from Microsoft’s major operating system upgrade keep coming in. On top of revealing various new features for the desktop version of the OS last week during the WinHEC event in China, the company also shared some of the secrets behind Windows 10 for handsets. One of them, Nokia Power User reports, will be a new way of handling mobile payments, as Microsoft appears to be interested in competing against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other similar products. More →
Microsoft earlier this week revealed that it plans to offer Windows pirates a free upgrade to Windows 10, even if they do not own a genuine copy of a Windows version eligible to receive the update free of charge. Initially, it wasn’t clear whether the policy applies to anyone currently stealing Windows, or only to Chinese pirates. Ars Technica has learned more details on the matter, revealing that the free update isn’t necessarily the good news pirates may have been expecting. More →
Microsoft this week revealed plenty of new details about its upcoming Windows 10 desktop and mobile operating system, talking at WinHEC in China about a release timeframe, new security features, new gestures and hardware requirements for the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade.
Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 feel more like a Mac when it comes to certain features, including support for multiple desktops as well as gestures. The company revealed at the WinHEC event in China that its upcoming operating system update will support a variety of new gestures, which will certainly feel familiar to users who are also well-acquainted with Apple’s OS X environment.
Everyone else will have to get used to some new hand movements on the trackpad, which could be very helpful when it comes to handling Windows 10. More →
After teasing a few days ago that it’ll roll out faster updates to Windows 10 Insiders who want faster access to the newest features even if buggy, Microsoft on Wednesday released build 10041 of the upcoming operating system, which brings several improvements and features, but also includes some issues and inconsistencies that are yet to be ironed out. Most notably, Microsoft’s newest software initiative – a completely new browser meant to make Internet Explorer only a distant, painful memory – is not included in this build. As for Cortana, that’s a different story. More →
You might not remember Intel’s interesting Windows-based Compute Stick dongle announced at CES 2015, but Microsoft a similar computer-on-a-stick product to buyers in Korea. The Register reports that Korea’s local Microsoft branch announced the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick device (image above), a USB PC-on-a-stick that’ll ship with Windows 8.1 on board and that will be eligible for a free Windows 10 update when the operating system launches later this summer. More →
Microsoft is on a roll this week when it comes to Windows 10, revealing at WinHEC in China not only a release timeframe for the operating system, but also a new password-free biometric authentication feature. The company also detailed a potentially sneaky way of converting Android users to Windows 10 without making them purchase new hardware.
On top of that, Reuters reports that Microsoft has some good news for pirates as well, revealing that they’ll also receive free upgrades to Windows 10 even though they don’t own licenses for their current Windows versions. More →
Microsoft has had a tough time in the mobile market, where it has to face both Google’s impressive market share and Apple’s best-selling iPhones at the same time. But the company is far from throwing in the towel. Instead, Microsoft is already working on making its software available to as many users as possible, and coming up with of clever new ways to fight Android.
Now, the company may have inadvertently revealed a very sneaky plot to steal market share from Google. More →
We’ve seen a lot of Windows 10 features revealed recently, including support for faster software updates and major storage improvements. ZDNet further shares details on another interesting feature coming to future Windows 10 devices that’s been designed to increase security, especially for enterprise devices. More →
In its heyday, Internet Explorer was a cutting edge portal that shaped the way the world accessed the Internet. But its heyday is long, long gone. Many people grew to hate Internet Explorer after years of poor development and even some neglect. Meanwhile, rival browsers like Firefox and Chrome began to better cater to users’ needs, and they’re now both quite popular as a result.
Of course, Internet Explorer comes preinstalled on Windows so it’s still the most popular browser in the world, but that will soon change. No, Microsoft isn’t in jeopardy of losing its market share lead in the browser market — it’s finally killing off Internet Explorer. More →
Microsoft’s upcoming major desktop and mobile operating system update will bring over a bunch of interesting features that users will certainly appreciate, including the return of the Start menu, Cortana virtual assistant integration, and a faster way to receive Windows updates in the future, to name just a few. But that’s hardly the full list of new Windows 10 features the company is toying with, and Microsoft has offered more details about one more exciting functionality planned for the new release. More →
After hinting last week that it’s getting ready to offer even faster Windows 10 beta releases to those Insiders interested in having access to the latest features no matter their quality, Microsoft appears to be getting ready to roll out a new Windows 10 build. However, as many publications report, a leaked version of the upcoming beta released has already hit the web, revealing one cool feature future Windows 10 users are likely to appreciate. More →