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  • 5 reasons to give Windows 10 S a skip

    We quite like the idea of Windows 10 S, being a lighter weight variant of Windows 10 that pretty much strips things back for the sake of performance. There's the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, for one, as well as fast bootups. But otherwise, Windows 10 S does have more than its fair share of downsides so far. No legacy apps This is a big one, as many people use Windows for the legacy apps, obviously. So we're a little disappointed to see this option missing here. Does that mean it's Windows RT then? Not quite. Because Windows 10 S users...

  • Just in: Microsoft reveals Windows 10 S

    True to the rumours, Microsoft has announced a version of Windows called Windows 10 S. "It is streamlined for simplicity," said Microsoft's Terry Myerson at the event, calling it "the soul" of Windows 10. "Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store," the executive said, adding that the full Office suite would also be available from the Store. Oddly enough, Microsoft won't allow legacy apps to run on Windows 10 S, but users can choose to upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro (getting legacy apps in the process). Windows 10 S is a slimmed down version...

  • Windows 10 gets Power Throttling for battery savings

    Windows has traditionally been more of a battery hog compared to Apple and Google's platforms, but Windows 10 has made significant strides. Now, the company has introduced a new feature to save even more juice. Dubbed Power Throttling, this new feature effectively aims to get work done with only a small hit to the battery. "With 'Power Throttling', when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes -- work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work," Microsoft explains on its Windows blog. The company says the feature is made possible by...

  • Watch: Windows 10 running on Snapdragon 820 processor

    We've already covered Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Windows 10 for ARM chips, but the company has now shown footage of the combination in action. In a video uploaded to YouTube, Microsoft showed off Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, running on a device equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor. The footage shows what appears to be a full-fledged Windows 10 in action, including the ability to join domains, view the task manager, view system properties and more. The system properties menu confirms that the Snapdragon 820 is in use. Microsoft's video also shows a few snippets of various legacy apps in action, namely...

  • Windows 10 to get ARM version with legacy apps

    Microsoft's Windows is no stranger to ARM-based processors, with Windows RT running on Nvidia Tegra hardware instead of x86-based Intel and AMD chips. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year. The company used the WinHEC 2016 event to announce that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. For the uninitiated, ARM-based chips are used in the vast majority of smartphones (from Apple to ZTE) and are generally more power-efficient than x86 chips (used in Windows and Mac laptops). "...to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go,...

  • Windows: Microsoft bringing x86 emulation to ARM?

    Microsoft's Continuum for Phones feature seems cool on paper, allowing you to run your phone's universal Windows apps on a big screen to give a computer-like experience. The biggest issue is that legacy Windows apps simply don't work via this feature, leaving a big gap then. However, it seems like Microsoft is working on a solution, ZDNet reports, claiming a "fall 2017" launch date. The website's sources say the feature will be coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 3 update next year. So what does the tech entail then? Full fledged Windows apps might make their way to mobile platforms...

  • Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 upgrade plea goes full-screen

    If you haven't ditched Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for Windows 10 just yet, Microsoft's going to remind you once more whether you like it or not. After it's questionable tactics to grow its Windows 10 user base, this is likely the company's final throw of the dice. And it's arguably more annoying than ever before. Appearing as a full-screen notification, this dark-blue screen of annoyance rather politely reminds users of that free upgrade offer, which ends on 29 July. "Sorry to interrupt, but this is important. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29," the message states. The screen will popup after...

  • Windows Holographic now open to developers, OEMs with ‘mixed reality’ focus

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. "Reality", whether that be virtual, augmented or, you know, actual, is a big deal for Microsoft. The company's marketing its HoloLens augmented reality headset as the forefront of the drive, and thankfully, it's not keeping its technology all to itself. Announced today at Computex 2016, the company plans to open its Windows Holographic platform to other companies, OEMs and developers pioneering the way forward in the space. "Today we invited our OEM, ODM, and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories and mixed reality devices with the Windows...

  • Windows Hello is now open to non-Microsoft devices running Windows 10

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Windows Hello, Microsoft's futuristic iris login system stolen from year 2050, is now open to other manufacturers running Windows 10 wares. Microsoft, clearly not making enough of an impact retaining the technology on a leash, will now provide the "Companion Device Framework" to other companies. The tech can be bolted onto laptops, tablets, smartphones and possibly even wearables, and can also be used to unlock companion devices. Instead of using a fingerprint reader, blood swab or nasal hair, the Windows Hello system requires a camera that scans the...

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...