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  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We’ve seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a “Windows event” that will likely see the unveiling of the company’s latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple’s terrible attempt. We’re guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don’t know what it’s going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename “Threshold” has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked in bevy of screenshots

    Update: As if this couldn’t get any better. The same site that leaked the pile of purported screenshots has just leaked a video of the OS in action. We wondered how the start tiles would operate alongside the returning start menu, and it seems “Pin to Start” functionality will overlap quite a bit. Additionally, the new animations are crisp and swift, which should benefit underpowered machines. But we have vastly polarised opinions in the office about the fledgeling OS, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. The world may be one step closer to knowing what’s going...

  • Windows 9 ‘Technical Preview’ may have click-to-upgrade system

    There’s no doubt about it — the next iteration of Windows is forming behind closed doors at Redmond, after Windows 8’s market share and sales slowly shrivels. While consumers eagerly anticipate what will likely be dubbed “Windows 9″, there are some tasty details emerging regarding the Technical Preview coming to developers’ systems before October. Prior to retail release, Windows 9 (codenamed “Threshold”) will be put through thorough testing, both in developers’ and users’ spheres, as per all new operating systems. But perhaps and unlike previous editions of Windows, the Technical Preview will allow developers to install updates and new builds...

  • Windows XP, 7 still reigns supreme as Windows 8 gets minor UI fixes with ‘Update 2′

    As if Windows updates weren’t hard enough to keep track of already, Microsoft is readying yet another vaguely-named bundle just in time for August’s edition of Patch Tuesday. And akin to the previous upgrade, it will be dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 2, not Windows 8.2. Why the marketing department at Redmond decided to go with the “Update x” moniker is beyond understanding. Regardless, this update is being billed as a minor UI fixer alongside a few more backend stability and safety patches. So those expecting — nay praying — for the Start Menu’s return, will need to wait until 2015. Users...

  • A streamlined ‘Windows 9′ to become centralised OS for all Microsoft devices

    Microsoft’s forthcoming OS will be a one-size-fits-all solution, spanning across desktop, mobile and Xbox platforms, Satya Nadella confirmed. The move comes amid a spate of bad news for company employees and missed Q4 2014 earnings targets. This signals the death of Windows in mobile and desktop flavours, and marks a new unified OS for all devices, including the Xbox app system. Nadella explains: “We will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There’s a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft’s most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It’s not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother’s granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: the OS we needed all along

    Windows Phone didn’t get the attention that Microsoft expected it to. Almost four years after its initial release, it is still playing the catchup game with competing platforms; iOS and Android. Windows Phone 8 lacked some really important features such as notifications centre and proper multitasking. Could Windows Phone 8.1 help it to gain the user and developer attention it needs? Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update during its BUILD 2014 developers conference earlier this year. It currently comes pre-installed only with Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual SIM and Lumia 930 but the update is expected to hit all...

  • Forget Xbox, Microsoft wants Kinect in our phones

    Touch, voice, type, and gestures. Those are some of the ways we can interact with our phones these days. According to several sources, Microsoft is working on a new flagship codenamed McLaren. Not only will this mysterious Windows Phone carry a massive camera like the Lumia 1020, it also has 3D Touch which would allow you to operate apps using motion gestures. While the 3D Touch features are still hidden in Microsoft’s basement, leaked sources suggest that we can expect it to be similar to Leap Motion‘s technology and even Microsoft’s Kinect. This would mean you’d be able to...

  • 20 genuinely important features that will make you love Windows Phone 8.1

    Microsoft announced a huge update to the Windows Phone platform during its BUILD 2014 developers conference. The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings with it hundreds of new features but how many of them are useful to the general consumer? We’ve listed 20 useful features, and many are game-changers for Windows Phone OS. Action Centre — The single biggest feature in the Windows Phone 8.1 update is the Action Centre which brings in quick setting toggles and notifications in a single place. The Action Centre can be accessed by a swiping down on the screen. You can customise which quick setting toggles you want...

  • VLC beta for Windows 8 now out, get downloading

    Looking for a reason to watch films on Windows 8? VLC’s the answer. Today, the VLC beta finally launches and is available right now for download from the Microsoft Store. If you can believe it, VLC for Windows began as a Kickstarter project almost 18 months ago by VideoLAN. VLC for Windows 8 plays “any kind of video” and features MKV (1080p vide0) plus FLAC (lossless audio) support, two high-definition formats. One of the goals of the project was to ensure x86 and x64 compatibility, which VLC beta 0.2.0 now offers. As for the rest of the features: - works on Windows...