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  • 14-million devices running Windows 10 within first day, notes Microsoft

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Setting a target of 1-billion devices running Windows 10 within the first two to three years is no small feat. We've noted that thanks to the free upgrade system, Microsoft might've given itself a head start and that seems to be exactly the case. The company has announced that in its first day on the street, Windows 10 is now running on 14-million devices which is a massively impressive figure, even though many of these are probably upgrades...

  • Windows 10 first impressions: what Gearburn thinks of Microsoft’s new baby

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. We may be soulless journalists, but that doesn't mean a software release has no bearing on our lives. As a squad of Windows users (except for one or two in this office), we expect to receive the best user experience constantly. The operating system we use daily doesn't only affect our productivity, but our sanity. Microsoft's new baby has a lot to live up to especially after the problem children that were Windows 8 and Windows Vista (an...

  • Here’s how to check if you have the ‘public’ version of Windows 10

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Update: To avoid all the faff and fuss, grab the Windows 10 installation tools here (32-bit) and here (64-bit). Open the tool, and select the "Upgrade the PC" option. Alternatively, you can also download the OS using the same tool and write it to a disc or flash drive. Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally been launched to 190 countries publicly, which means those with Windows 7 and later PCs can install the update. Luckily, if you were part...

  • Windows 10: 5 key numbers to know before Microsoft’s big launch

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. If Microsoft ever found itself chin deep in a bog of its failed operating systems, Windows 10 would be the outstretched arm pulling it to safety. At least that's evident from what we've seen while running pre-release versions of the OS. With that said, Windows 10 is by no means a polished product. In fact, Microsoft has a massive list of "must dos" even after the OS is launched globally to consumers on 29 July. But, it's miles...

  • Can you upgrade to Windows 10? Here are 4 key questions

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft's big launch. It's the question everyone with middle-aged PCs are asking: can I upgrade to Windows 10 once it's released? Although the operating system will be available for free to all those running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and of course, Windows 10 Technical Preview, there's a large chance that computers created earlier than 2010 won't be able to run the latest OS. But don't worry, we've crafted a nifty little check list to help guide you through the new...

  • Microsoft Windows 10 will be sold on convenient USB drives

    In a show of how hip and happening Microsoft's new tech outlook is, the company will be offering Windows 10 on USB flash drives for the first time in its OS release history, as well as more traditional means. "Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch," the company told VentureBeat. The drives have been available on Amazon for pre-order, starting at US$120 for the Home edition and US$200 for the Pro version, which will pack a few more goodies than the standard breed. It's a suave move from the company considering that many...

  • Patch Tuesday July 2015: Microsoft issues 14 bulletins, Adobe Flash joins in

    In the month of the company's biggest software launch in quite some time, Microsoft has had a relatively quiet Patch Tuesday. With Adobe's Flash getting all the attention, Microsoft quietly released 14 patches for an array of its products, including Microsoft Office and Windows itself. There were a total of 58 vulnerabilities addressed. There are four releases dubbed critical and the additional ten are labeled as important. But let's begin with roundup up the most detrimental patches. Internet Explorer still causing problems Internet Explorer was again a culprit in this month's security witch hunt, with Microsoft addressing an issue that "could allow...

  • Microsoft Lumia 940 XL to feature iris scanner, polycarbonate body

    A few days after Satya Nadella announced Microsoft's new smartphone strategy, a new report by Dutch website MyWindows.nl has suggested that the Microsoft Lumia 940 and Microsoft Lumia 940 XL will boast fairly impressive specs and new authentication technology. The report has since been removed. Read more: Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’ The Lumia 940 will feature a 1920x1080 5.2-inch screen while the 940 XL will have a bigger screen and more pixels at 5.7-inches and a 2560x1440 resolution. Both devices will feature polycarbonate bodies and not the metal unibody construction favoured by Samsung, Apple and...

  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • ‘Minecraft’ finally takes the lead in the classroom

    That's right, gone are the days of building blocks and ridiculous board games, now Minecraft is taking over the classroom. If you are unaware of the world of Minecraft, it is a combination of terrible graphics and Lego-style gameplay. Your goal: to build and create worlds using elements and resources that you find in the game. So why not build historic events and create problems that can be solved using maths or other subjects that haunt the classroom? How the hell else are you going to get students to come in on a Saturday to practice maths? It now seems so...