News tagged: Windows
Microsoft is going to begin selling eBooks through the Windows 10 Store, according to a leak posted by MSPowerUser. The leak includes multiple images showing eBook content on the Windows store, suggesting there will soon be a dedicated tab for books.
To better compete with relatively inexpensive Chromebooks, Microsoft might reduce its Windows 10 licensing fee for OEMs. A supply chain source claims the fee will drop for notebooks measuring under 14.1-inches that are set to be released during 2017.
Microsoft is working on a new Windows security feature that'll automatically lock your computer when it detects you've stepped away. Called Dynamic Lock, the feature is present in Windows 10 test builds. It's easy to see how Windows Hello facial recognition could be utilized.
Windows 10 will receive a significant interface appearance update later this year with "Project Neon." MSPowerUser reports the updated UI comes with some animations and transparency/blur effects like those from Windows 7's Aero Glass. It'll come after the Creators Update.
The Creators Update for Windows 10 is reportedly going to be released to users in April. According to MSPoweruser, the update's features will be finalized later in January and it'll then enter a testing phase to get rid of any bugs. The update includes Windows Holographic.
Windows 10 users who aren't pleased with the OS' automatic update system may get some extra relief. A feature included in a leaked build of the Windows 10 Creator Update lets users push back updates for 35 days. The option doesn't apply to Windows Defender updates.
Smartphones with Windows OS aren't very popular, but they are still holding in Europe, unlike other regions where the market share is below 1%. Therefore, Alcatel has decided to launch its high-end Windows 10-based Idol 4S smartphone in some European countries.
Microsoft has released a fix for the internet connectivity problem that showed up in Windows 10 a few days ago. Many users began reporting they couldn't connect to WiFi, a problem that appeared to be the result of the KB3201845 update. Temporary workarounds were available.
Some of the required specs for Windows 10 VR were revealed last month and now the full list is available. Based on Microsoft's announcement, VR headsets for the desktop OS will work with fairly inexpensive systems. Individual apps and games will have different requirements.
Microsoft has yet to see success in the smartphone market, but it's not giving up. Rather, CEO Satya Nadella says the company's next handset could be the "ultimate mobile device." He made that statement during an interview with the Australian Financial Review.
All Windows 10 PCs will receive the software required for virtual reality experiences when next year's Creators Update is released, but there are still hardware requirements to meet if you want to run the OS in VR. The latest test build of Windows 10 includes a spec-checking app.
Following months of testing and fixing bugs, WhatsApp has now finally introduced video calling feature to everyone. The new features is available for all three major mobile platform, including Android, iOS and Windows, and the apps are now rolling out.
Beginning early next year, updates to Windows 10 will be noticeably smaller. Microsoft is testing an updated Unified Update Platform (UUP) that will, among other things, shrink the downloads for non-console devices. Major downloads may be around 35% smaller.
A vulnerability in Windows that was controversially revealed by Google has been exploited by Russia-linked hackers in a phishing campaign, reports Microsoft. The hacking group, known as Strontium or APT 28, may be operating under orders from the Russian government.
Google regularly shares information about vulnerabilities in other company's software and the most recent company to be affected is Microsoft, which isn't happy about Google's disclosure. A vulnerability in Windows was detailed on Monday, but no patch is out.
Microsoft recently revealed there's a group of virtual reality headsets that'll be released for Windows 10. Details about the headsets weren't abundant, but Microsoft says more information will be shared before the year is up. Two events are being held in December.
Microsoft's much-improved Paint 3D app was unveiled yesterday for Windows 10 and it's already available for download and testing. As long as you're a Windows Insider who has already installed the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can get the app from the Windows Store.
One of the next significant Windows updates will be out in the spring of 2017 and it'll be available for free. Included in the Creator's Update is a 3D version of Paint that lets users scan items from the world and place them in Paint's 3D environment.
Relatively low-cost tethered virtual reality headsets are in the works at a number of companies, Microsoft has revealed. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer are all working on VR headsets that'll begin at $299. They will connect to your PC and come with six degrees of freedom.
Microsoft didn't tune into the importance of mobile phones early enough, contributing to Windows Phone's tiny market share, which sits under 1%. CEO Satya Nadella spoke with the Wall Street Journal and admitted there's "no question" Microsoft missed the rise of smartphones.