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  • Windows 10 Mobile will get fingerprint support in Anniversary Update

    Windows 10 Mobile lacks many features that Android and iOS users take for granted, and one that stands out (like a sore thumb) is fingerprint scanning. But this week, the Redmond company announced that its looking to rectify that by mid-2016. The news comes courtesy of an announcement at the company's WinHEC conference (pdf, first spotted by MSPowerUser). The update will arrive with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update slated for a Northern summer launch. It will likely launch before Windows 10 loses its free upgrade option on 29 July. The real problem with this is however quite clear: not all that...

  • Windows 10 Build 14342 brings Microsoft Edge extensions support

    If you happen to be a Windows 10 Insider -- a consumer who receives the latest pre-release Windows 10 builds -- you'd have received the latest build this week, labelled 14342. Launched today, the company's latest batch of operating system code includes a number of new features that give us a glimpse into what we can expect for the OS's Anniversary Update arriving later this year. The biggest revelation? Microsoft Edge now support extensions. It's a big one, especially considering that it was Edge's major weakness against the likes of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox. But don't expect a swathe of new...

  • Windows 10: free upgrade ends 29 July, costs $119 thereafter

    There's some big Windows 10 news in the wild today, so let's get right into it. Microsoft's latest operating system is slowly eking towards its one billion devices in three years target, as 300-million machines are now using the OS, according to the company's CVP of Windows, Yusuf Medhi. That's quite a large number, but according to Net Applications represents only about 15% of the world's desktop PCs. Note, that the 300-million figure does include all devices though (smartphones, tablets, elevators, etc). "We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster...

  • Microsoft reveals upcoming features in Windows 10 roadmap

    The BUILD conference is over, but Microsoft has more Windows 10-related news to share. The company recently published a roadmap for Windows 10, revealing several hitherto unannounced features that were in the pipeline. One of the coolest features is the ability to unlock your PC with a Windows Phone or Android smartphone and "authenticate with apps and services that support Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport based authentication". One of the few with a Microsoft Band 2 smart wearable? Then you can soon use this for PC authentication too, Microsoft confirmed. Continuum for Phones to be expanded Microsoft's roadmap also focuses heavily on the Continuum for Phones...

  • Windows 10’s new Blue Screen of Death features handy QR code

    Microsoft's updating its most infamous Windows feature; no, not the Start button, but the Blue Screen of Death. The harbinger of hardware failure, the BSoD is a general alert issued when the Windows OS runs into a terminal problem. It's like a digital white flag, except, you know, it's blue. But an eagle-eyed and unfortunate Redditor noticed that Microsoft's now including a QR code on the screen as well, after his VM running the OS crashed. "The first thing the new build did in my VM was crash, but instead of just the usual smiley I was greeted by a QR code...

  • Windows 10 is now the most popular OS for Steam users

    There's no doubting the fact that Windows 10 is seeing some big numbers - even if Microsoft is taking an aggressive stance in pushing the update to users. Gamers are taking to the update in a big way as well, according to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey. As of March 2016, the 64-bit flavour of Windows 10 is the most popular operating system on Steam, gaining 2.96% compared to the previous month. This leaves it with 36.97% of total OS marketshare on Steam. The jump came primarily at the expense of Windows 7 64-bit (sitting at 32.99%), having lost 1.22% compared to...

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update arriving mid-2016

    Keep locked on to our #Build2016 portal for detailed coverage of Microsoft's flagship developer event. Its that time of year when Microsoft shows off its latest developer-friendly advances and software palettes for the year ahead. And for Microsoft, that also means fishing for developers' interests with fresh and sharp feature hooks. But the company's annual Build conference -- taking place from 29 March to 1 April this year -- has also become a more consumer-friendly event in recent years. The latest snippet from the conference is proof of that. The company never fails to talk operating systems at the event, and...

  • 5 tiny programs that makes Windows even better

    Microsoft's Windows is a great operating system in almost any guise (let's not talk about Vista or 8 right now), but even it can be improved. Generally developers are tasked with smoothing out kinks and user-interface features that make said users throw their PCs from fourth floor windows, but even they can't find and remedy them all. That's where freeware developers and their gaggle of apps come in. These five little programs are essential for making the Windows user experience a little more streamlined and user friendly. Prio TL;DR: It tells Windows which running programs you want seen as important, which improves overall...

  • Windows 10 now calls 75-million devices home

    Microsoft's on quite a software run of late. After unveiling versions of its Office platform for the likes of iOS and Android earlier this year, it put the cherry on top with Windows 10 -- the OS that was billed to reinvigorate the stagnant Redmond company. Based on new data, it seems that the latter claim was absolutely accurate. Windows 10 has been installed on a notable 75-million devices in just under a month since its worldwide launch. That's insanely impressive, but largely down to the free installation model. To put this number into perspective, according to Ars Technica, Windows 8...

  • 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...