The Surface Book laptop was probably Microsoft’s most interesting announcement from its Windows 10 event. It’s a device that’s been highly praised in reviews, though people don’t like what Microsoft has done with the price. While many reviews go into the overall experience with the device, both in laptop and tablet modes, there’s one hands-on experience with the Surface Book that you shouldn’t miss, because it explains several of the Surface Book’s design secrets. More →
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on a major Windows 10 update that’s supposed to be released at some point in the first week of November. Known as Threshold 2, or Windows 10 Fall Update, Microsoft’s next software release is tipped to include a variety of features and fixes that were supposed to be included in the final release but never made it. More →
Microsoft earlier this month shocked the tech world when it introduced the Surface Book, a rather intriguing and compelling hybrid laptop. Though the device represents the first laptop ever developed by Microsoft, the company left nothing to chance and came out of the gate firing. The Surface Book impresses from all angles; in addition to formidable specs, the device features a stunning 13.5-inch display that can be detached and used separately as a tablet.
Of course, with Microsoft now selling its own laptop, one has to wonder if traditional PC manufacturers are worried that they now have to compete against a company that also doubles as their partner.
The biggest console exclusive of the holiday season is almost here. Next week, Halo 5: Guardians will launch on the Xbox One, but I had a chance to play through and record the first three mission early.
If you want a completely fresh Halo 5 experience when you get the game, you might want to skip these videos. If you don’t care so much about story spoilers, enjoy some early footage of one of the biggest releases of 2015.
When thinking about Apple computers, many buyers worry about the expensive price tags. Whether it’s the new 12-inch Retina MacBook or a MacBook Pro, Apple sets prices that aren’t necessarily within reach for many users. However, over the years, Apple has not increased prices for some of them and even slashed entry costs for other models. While that might not be apparent from year to year, it’s more than clear when comparing MacBooks to their biggest rival yet, Microsoft’s Surface Book, which makes the MacBook Pro look cheaper than ever. More →
Microsoft unveiled a bunch of new Windows 10 products a few weeks ago, including new 2-in-1 Surface-branded laptops/tablets and high-end smartphones, the Lumia 950 series. Packing top-of-the-line hardware, the new smartphones are available in two flavors that are identical in every aspect aside from screen size, and come with a unique feature that other flagships from the competition don’t have. More →
Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.
TeslaCrypt doesn’t mean anything to many PC users, but there are thousands of people who have somehow contracted this infectious malware program that imprisons personal files on a computer until a monetary reward is paid. There already are tools that can deal with certain versions of this dangerous ransomware program, but Microsoft decided to step in, creating its own rescue tool. More →
How cool is it that Windows 10 is available as a free update to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 customers? Very cool if you love Microsoft and Windows. Very cool, if you want to install it on your machine. Very cool, if you’re willing to ignore the privacy caveats and some of the initial performance issues.
But not so cool if Microsoft forces it on your machine, which is exactly what happened recently. More →
Windows 10 has not been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Reports from both Gartner and IDC earlier this week suggested that PC sales fell between 7% and 11% year over year in the third quarter, which is a huge hit considering the wave of new hardware that has been released over the past few months. With vendors seemingly running out of options in their attempts to stir up interest in their wares, Microsoft has stepped in with a new offer aimed at incentivizing users to upgrade to a new Windows 10 desktop or laptop.
The deal offers customers $200 to trade in an old Windows laptop when upgrading, but the company will pay you even more if you jump ship from Apple’s camp and switch from a Mac to a Windows 10 PC. More →
The longer you wait to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC to Windows 10, the more annoying Microsoft is going to be. According to reports around the Internet, some users are beginning to receive notifications to upgrade that don’t allow them to opt out, instead giving them the option to either begin the upgrade or reschedule for a future date. More →
With Satya Nadella now steering the ship up in Redmond, Microsoft has actually become an exciting company to keep an eye on. This was plainly evident last week when Microsoft introduced a slew of new hardware products, including new Lumia devices, a new version of the Microsoft Band, and a new Surface Pro tablet.
Not bad, but the real star of the show was a product that nobody saw coming; a hybrid laptop Microsoft calls the Surface Book. Equipped with a detachable 13.5-inch display packed with 6 million pixels, the Surface Book is an intriguing product both from a hardware and design perspective.
Windows 10 is a major hit for Microsoft, with millions of users having updated their systems to the latest Windows version. Sure, the fact that the upgrade is offered free of charge for a year should help, but Windows 10 has been highly praised so far. At the same time, many criticized Microsoft’s decisions to track many things users do on their computers, potentially infringing user privacy, but the company has explained more than once why it collects data, and included options in Windows 10 settings so said tracking can be disabled.
Microsoft is far from being done with Windows 10 updates, and Insiders are getting a taste of the new features that are going to be available in an upcoming release. More →