Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn’t show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. More →
Both Microsoft and Apple are preparing to launch new laptops this year, but it’s only the Redmond-based company that’s making a big fuss about its existing lineup. In a hilarious attack on the Mac, Microsoft says – well, sings – that the Macs are less useful, just like as a hat for your cat. The 30-second ad is funny, but also rather ironic, as Microsoft is making fun of the devices that it also happens to praise.
Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.
There’s little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple’s device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss.
The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 is a phenomenal smartphone and Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 is shaping up to be an exciting upgrade as well. Companies are making huge strides in the virtual reality space right now, and we’re seeing very early versions of autonomous driving software reach the public. But for my money, mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens make up the most exciting segment in consumer technology right now — at least, in terms of products that will materialize and be widely available in the next couple of years.
On Tuesday, Microsoft gave users even more cause for excitement when it announced ambitious plans to make mixed reality tech widely accessible as soon as next year. More →
In case you’re one of the unhappy Windows 10 users who has discovered that the system freezes after performing the Anniversary Update, we’ve got a partially good news for you: Microsoft issued a fix, but it’s only temporary.
Earlier this month, Microsoft released the Xbox One S, a console that has a smaller footprint than its predecessor, but also comes ready to offer some neat additional features. However, you still need to hook up the Xbox One S to a TV set and a power supply to play games, and you can’t take it with you on the road. That’s unless you hire Eddie Zarick to build you an Xbook One S, which is exactly what you expect: an Xbox One S laptop. More →
Thinner, faster, and with awesome new tricks up its sleeve. That’s pretty much what the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh is expected to be according to multiple reports, making it the most significant MacBook Pro update in recent years. But Apple isn’t the only company preparing a hot laptop for this year’s end, as Microsoft is working on its own Surface upgrades. More →
Somewhere deep inside Apple’s iOS 10 beta software there’s a special “dark mode” feature just waiting to come out. Sadly, users don’t have access to it just yet — in fact no one does unless you’re a developer and you know how to dig for it. As it turns out, Microsoft’s Windows 10 software also has a hidden dark mode. When enabled, it’s a theme that turns the platform’s entire interface dark. The heavy use of black and other dark tones in Microsoft’s dark theme make the UI look incredibly sleek, and it’s also a bit easier on your eyes.
The bad news is there’s no simple toggle in older versions of Windows 10 that makes enabling and disabling this cool feature simple. But the good news if you don’t want to install the new anniversary update is that unlike iOS 10’s dark mode, anyone can enable the dark theme in any version of Windows 10 in just a few minutes by following the guide below. More →
There’s a long list of reasons why you should probably download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: better Cortana, the new Windows Ink, or just the long list of bug and security fixes. But if all that doesn’t do it for you, how about a long-needed fix to the way Windows handles licenses?
Starting with the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 now contains an “Activation Troubleshooter,” which lets you associate your copy of Windows with a Microsoft account, rather than tying it to the physical computer hardware. That noise you hear in the background? It’s everyone who has ever built their own PC crying with joy.
On July 29th, Microsoft stopped offering free Windows 10 upgrades.
At least, that was the plan, but as several publications discovered, Microsoft introduced a “free upgrade offer extension” shortly after the deadline had passed, giving customers who use assistive technologies a little bit longer to install Windows 10 in order to take advantage of the improvements in the Anniversary Update.
Almost exactly a year after launching Windows 10, Microsoft has begun rolling out the Anniversary Update for its new operating system. It’s packed with features and improvements, and best of all, it’s completely free to download.
Some people have been complaining about Microsoft’s incessant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year. But come July 29th, many of those same people will complain about missing out on the opportunity to install Microsoft’s best operating system to date free of charge. More →