Microsoft Windows 10 Features

Everything we know about Windows 10

By on September 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Everything we know about Windows 10

So now that Microsoft has taken the wraps off its next-generation Windows platform, it’s time to take a quick run through everything we learned about the platform on Wednesday and also address areas where we still have questions. Without further ado, let’s look at everything we know about Windows 10. More →

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Microsoft Windows 10 Announced

The wait is finally over: Microsoft unveils Windows… 10?

By on September 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM.

The wait is finally over: Microsoft unveils Windows… 10?

It’s safe to say that Microsoft’s attempt to integrate more touch-centric features in with its traditional desktop operating system didn’t go as well as Microsoft had hoped. Windows 8 proved to be a hugely polarizing operating system as many longtime Windows users decried the loss of the Start Menu and the jarring split between the platform’s Desktop mode and its Modern/Metro screen. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Launch

Can Microsoft stop Windows’ slow slide into irrelevance?

By on September 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Can Microsoft stop Windows’ slow slide into irrelevance?

Windows is still by far the most widely used desktop OS in the world but things are decidedly trending downward. The most recent numbers from NPD showed that while “U.S. consumer retail PC sales grew almost 3% during the 10 week Back-to-School period (week of July 4th through Labor Day week),” Windows device sales actually fell by 3% over the same period. Instead, NDP found that all growth in PC sales came from Macs and Chromebooks. Microsoft’s struggles in the mobile market are even worse — while iOS and Android dominate the smartphone market, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone has been a bust so far and has actually seen both its market share and total shipments decline over the last year. More →

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Windows 9 Upgrade Price

The Windows 9 upgrade might not be as free as initially believed

By on September 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

The Windows 9 upgrade might not be as free as initially believed

After a report last week revealed the President of Microsoft Indonesia confirmed that the Windows 8 to Windows 9 upgrade will be available free download, Myce has discovered that not all current Windows 8 users may be entitled to a free Windows 9 update. Well-known Russian leaker WZOR, the source of various Windows 9 leaks in the past, says that just those customers who have purchased a Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1) copy will qualify for free upgrades. Users who have purchased a computer with Windows 8 preinstalled (OEM version of the software) will have to pay a fee. More →

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Cortana Vs. Siri Vs. Google Now

Here’s one way Cortana is well ahead of Siri and Google Now

By on September 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Here’s one way Cortana is well ahead of Siri and Google Now

Microsoft has been touting Cortana as a key reason for people to buy Windows Phones and by all accounts it’s an extremely impressive voice-enabled personal assistant — and now it looks like there’s one way it’s clearly ahead of Siri and Google Now. Nokia is touting a new series of products from connected home company INSTEON that promise to let you control key home appliances such as thermostats and Wi-Fi enabled cameras using voice commands issued through Cortana. More →

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Windows 9 Technical Preview Leak

Microsoft accidentally leaks details of its upcoming Windows 9 preview

By on September 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Microsoft accidentally leaks details of its upcoming Windows 9 preview

It’s beginning to look like the public technical preview for Windows 9 won’t be seeing the light of day before October after all, but Microsoft might have accidentally leaked some details regarding the preview ahead of time. The Verge reported over the weekend that Microsoft had temporarily added a “Windows TH” page to its website, which has since been taken down. Thankfully, a captured screenshot reveals everything we need to know. More →

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Windows 9 Upgrade Free Download

Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

By on September 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.
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Windows Vs. Mac Vs. Chromebooks

Windows 9 can’t come out soon enough for Microsoft

By on September 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Windows 9 can’t come out soon enough for Microsoft

We know that Microsoft is very eager to move past the less-than-enthusiastic reception that greeted Windows 8 and introduce us to Windows 9. And it looks like that day can’t come soon enough either, because the NPD Group has found that while PC sales surprisingly recovered during the back-to-school shopping season this year, the big winners weren’t Windows PCs — instead, they were Macs and Chromebooks. More →

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iPad Vs. Surface Steve Ballmer

Ballmer to toss out the Clippers’ iPads, replace them with the Surface

By on September 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Ballmer to toss out the Clippers’ iPads, replace them with the Surface

What, you didn’t think new Clippers owner and onetime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would let his team use Apple products, did you? WPCentral points us to a new report from Reuters that explains how Ballmer plans to purge all remains of Apple and Google products from his organization and make sure everyone in the company is using Windows-based devices. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold October 2014

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in October

By on September 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in October

Over the past several months, we haven’t had many game releases to occupy our time. That’s all beginning to change, with huge games like Destiny, Forza Horizon 2 and Shadow of Mordor either already out or coming soon, but the free Games with Gold have been doing a stellar job of tiding over Xbox owners in the interim. More →

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Windows 7 End Of Sales

Windows 7’s slow sunset continues with October 31st deadline

By on September 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Windows 7’s slow sunset continues with October 31st deadline

As PC users anxiously await the release of Windows 9, many are beginning to worry about the latest impending deadline for Windows 7. On the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Microsoft notes that it will no longer provide copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate to third-party manufacturers for inclusion on new consumer PCs. More →

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Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft just created the only tablet keyboard you’ll ever need

By on September 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Microsoft just created the only tablet keyboard you’ll ever need

Microsoft has done a lot of work to make its popular Office software work well on both iOS and Android over the last year but now the company is making Android and iOS-compatible hardware as well. Microsoft this week took the wraps off its new Universal Mobile Keyboard, a new tablet accessory that will give you a Surface-style keyboard for your Windows, iOS or Android tablet. More →

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Windows 9 Features Cortana

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

By on September 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

The closer Microsoft gets to unveiling Windows 9 and releasing its first Technical Preview of its next major desktop OS update, the more leaks revealing Windows 9 features hit the web. After posting videos showing how the new Start menu button is supposed to work, and detailing new features including the Notification Center and multiple desktop support, German publication WinFuture is back with screenshots showing the Cortana voice-based personal assistant in action for Windows 9. More →

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