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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.
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.