One of the main concerns with Microsoft’s Windows 10 platform concerns privacy. The operating system has various features that need to access your private data to work properly. At the same time, Microsoft wants to deliver you better Bing search results and ads. In its defense, the company makes it clear in its terms of service that it’s tracking you, and there are ways to stop all the tracking without compromising your Windows 10 experience. But what if the privacy-infringing settings you thought you just turned off aren’t off? More →
Now that Windows 10 is available to just about any Windows user who wants it, the questions have started piling up. Not everyone is comfortable jumping on to a new operating system and clicking every button to find out what it does, so we’ve collected five of the most pressing questions and answers from a recent WSJ piece to share with you.
Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is, without question, a breath of fresh air. It’s not just the fact that Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 — a pen and paper are better than Windows 8 — it’s the fact that Microsoft actually took its time to create a platform that makes sense on both desktops and tablets, instead of cramming elements for each different experience into one user interface.
Nothing is perfect though, and Windows 10 does have some issues. We covered five of the most common problems people were having with Windows 10 and their respective solutions, and now it’s time to look at five more serious Windows 10 issues. More →
A few weeks ago, it was reported that Windows 10 would automatically install updates to users’ computers, which rubbed some upgraders the wrong way. All things considered, it wasn’t the most pressing issue with the new OS, but now that updates have started to drop, we’re beginning to see the potential fallout of automatic updates.
When the first major update rolled out last week, some users found themselves locked in a reboot loop, effectively shutting them out of their accounts until they could find a workaround. More →
Google’s Alphabet announcement yesterday left a lot of people scratching their heads, at least at first. In the blink of an eye, Google completely restructured the entire company under a parent company called Alphabet, of all names.
While Wall St. is seemingly supportive of the plan — the stock shot straight up immediately following the press release — Microsoft, Google’s friendly rival to the north couldn’t help but have a little bit of fun at the expense of the search giant.
Microsoft has been making some killer Android apps lately and now it seems the company has come up with another way to have its software replace standard Google apps on Android phones.
For some Windows 10 users, guarding their privacy and preventing Microsoft from collecting personal data might take precedent over using certain Windows 10 features. There are plenty of settings to customize in order to prevent or limit Microsoft’s tracking, and many users have advised against creating a Microsoft account when prompted to make one. More →
As the best version of Windows we’ve seen in years, it should come as no surprise that consumers are downloading and installing Windows 10 in large numbers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that upgrading to Windows 10 is free for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, but that’s a topic for another story.
If there’s one way the Xbox One is much better than the PlayStation 4 – at least right now – it’s that Microsoft announced backwards compatibility for previous-generation games. That means more Xbox 360 games will be playable on the Xbox One in the future, which should convince some longtime Xbox 360 gamers to upgrade. But that also means that moving from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One will involve one crucial step: backing up your old saved games to move them to the new console. More →
Satya Nadella’s Microsoft’s is an exciting company that looks nothing like the old Microsoft – you know, except for those moments when it does. Windows 10 is a massive update for the company’s flagship platform that has been highly praised in spite of the various bugs and its privacy-unfriendly default settings. Even the annoying Solitaire subscription app isn’t so bad, especially when you compare it with the $15 DVD player app the company is selling. More →
We’ve written a lot about privacy issues with Windows 10 but that doesn’t mean you should disable every potentially infringing feature because that could also cut out some of the platform’s best features. To help break things down a little further, LifeHacker has put together a handy guide explaining which are the really important Windows 10 privacy features you need to deal with to keep your most important information out of Microsoft’s hands without hurting overall user experience. More →
One of the main features of Windows 10 is Microsoft’s voice-based virtual assistant Cortana, which has been ported from Windows Phone to the desktop. In fact, Microsoft beat Apple and Google when it came to adding voice assistant features to its PC operating system.
The company is clearly hoping Cortana becomes a daily part of users’ PC experience, but what kind of commands can Cortana handle? More →