News tagged: Windows
The United States Army has ordered a massive number of rugged Windows 10 tablets. The Global Combat Support System (GCSS-Army) branch of the Army put in an order for 9,783 Getac F110 G3 tablets with docking stations. The device was put through a lot of testing.
Microsoft's support for Windows Vista is rapidly coming to an end. The operating system will no longer be supported come April 11, which means those who are still on the platform will stop getting security updates, non-security updates, and assisted support options.
Microsoft has launched a preview of Playable Ads, a new format that lets people try a Windows 10 app before actually downloading it. The format is similar to Google's Instant Apps, which give people a chance to run Android software without an installation.
Windows update downloads after the Creators Update this year are going to be noticeably smaller. The new Unified Update Platform will be available to retail users with the Creators Update and it'll shrink the size of future downloads by about 35 on average.
Acer will release a mixed reality headset for the Windows Holographic platform this month for developers. Microsoft announced the upcoming availability of the system, which will end up functioning as the main development unit for the Holographic platform.
One of the changes coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update is the ability to block any desktop app installations. According to MSPowerUser, the latest preview build has an option for only allowing app installations if they originate from the Windows Store.
The European Union still has concerns about Windows 10's privacy practices despite Microsoft making efforts to address the issue. Microsoft has faced criticism from the EU since 2016 and it is making adjustments in response. Privacy-related changes are in the Creators Update.
As announced last year, Microsoft will discontinue older Skype clients since it is working on a modern architecture that won't be supported on previous versions. The VoIP platform will soon offer more advanced features, so if you have old version, make sure to update until
Earlier today at the BETT Show in London, Dell announced new devices aimed at education for K-12 students worldwide. The new laptops are designed specifically to enhance the learning process, and also have improved durability to withstand the daily rigors of use by students.
A couple new Windows 10 laptops have been introduced by Toshiba. Both the Portege X30 and Tecra X40 have thin and light designs, with the latter featuring a thin bezel. Toshiba says these models are the "latest examples" of its ability to effectively use a thin/light form factor.
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.