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  • Microsoft outlines the 7 versions of Windows 10, including one for ‘elevators’

    Windows 10 will be the one OS to rule them all, but Microsoft isn't making the same mistake it did with Windows 8. It has largely clarified what the OS's destiny is, and thus will be releasing seven distinct versions to cover its seven target brackets. It's not too dissimilar to previous OSes, but Windows 10, according to Microsoft at least, will power "everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables." So, what does this mean for the consumer, the enterprise and the likes of the mobile computing world? We outline the seven briefly below. Windows 10 Home Home users...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s Windows OS swansong, reports suggest

    If reports and Microsoft's new service-over-product mindset is to be believed, then Windows 10 will be the company's final iteration of Windows and possibly it's final operating system release. That's right. The OS that practically spanned many of our waking lives will adopt an OS X- or web browser-like update cycle, with Microsoft tweaking bits and bobs instead of overhauling it every five years. Think of it as the final underlying iteration of the OS, which will likely change its hair or summer dress every season. As noted in The Telegraph this week, Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon practically confirmed this...

  • Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens, Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and more

    Build is almost always Microsoft's most important event of the year, not only for developers but consumers too and in an operating system launch year, its especially important as the company woos the public, showing off new features and upcoming technologies based on Windows 10 and other wares, like HoloLens. The only problem? It's extremely hard for consumers to slice the news into legible chunks (hell, even we have a hard time), especially since making heads and tails of it all is pretty important. Now that San Francisco has chased the remaining Microsoft employees back to Redmond, it's time to round...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • Microsoft reintroduces ‘Solitaire’ to latest Windows 10 build

    Procrastinators, listen up. If you were gravely saddened by Microsoft's hasty removal of the much loved Solitaire suite from Windows 8, the company has (finally) felt your pain. A new tweet, initially spotted by The Verge, has revealed that Redmond will be returning Solitaire to its rightful, pre-installed place in the Windows 10 ecosystem. Although the game was previously available for those scouring the Windows Store, not everyone using Windows understood how to access these apps. Spotted by Irish gaming developer on Twitter, Steven Troughton-Smith (who has been giving the internet a run down of new features on the latest Windows 10 build),...

  • Possible Microsoft Lumia flagship hinted with 5.7-inch 1080p screen

    We're not too sure what to make of AdDuplex's most recent blog post. The company's monthly Phone Statistics Report -- which garners information taken from Windows Phone devices -- sheds some light on a new Microsoft Lumia device boasting a 1080p 5.7-inch screen, which may or may not be the Lumia flagship we've been waiting for. Such a large 1080p screen isn't unheard of in a mid-range device -- just ask Huawei or Samsung -- but it does seem a bit weak, considering that it is the first Microsoft-branded Lumia flagship we'll see launched. The timing of the news, however, is extremely...

  • Windows 10 will arrive in July 2015, according to AMD

    In a bit of a faux pas, AMD announced that Windows 10 will likely come bursting through the door before the North American back to school rush. Read: July. An earnings call held by the American silicon manufacturer let the detail slip, all thanks to company CEO Lisa Su. The tidbit, spotted by KitGuru, reveals a few of Microsoft's plans. What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal...

  • Patch Tuesday April 2015: 4 critical updates, ‘Redirect to SMB’ unpatched

    How time flies. It was just a year ago when Microsoft pushed its final updates to Windows XP, once its crowned jewel. This year though, and this month's Patch Tuesday, saw a host of updates for its newer operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and a few for Microsoft Office as well. This doesn't quite tell the entire story though. Prior to Patch Tuesday (this month falling on 14 April), a near-twenty-year-old vulnerability was found to be lurking in practically all of Microsoft's OSes, and a number of software packages from various other vendors. But first, let's talk about what...

  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That's right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it's not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone's rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there's a 5MP camera too. Microsoft's clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Next Windows 10 build for phones to debut tomorrow

    For anyone mildly interested not running and Android or iOS device, Microsoft is planning to launch the next preview build of Windows 10 for phones tomorrow, Friday 9 April. In case anyone missed the announcement on Windows Weekly: We're targeting Friday @ 10:00AM PST for next phone build. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 8, 2015 That's straight from the Windows Insider program head's mouth, so expect a few more features compared to the previous February launch. While Microsoft has broadened the scope of phones supporting Windows 10, it seems strange that flagship devices, including the Nokia Lumia 930, and Lumia Icon won't make...