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  • HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook

    We knew Microsoft was going to talk about Windows 10 at length today, but no one realised just how much the company had to show. Since its previous press event at the back end of 2014, the Windows 10 has grown in a number of aspects and spread its wings across platforms great and small. After a seriously long press conference in Redmond, we nurse our tired eyes to round up some of the most pertinent points for those who missed the announcements and suggest what the implications are for the end user, Microsoft’s products and its rival’s offerings. First thing’s...

  • Xbox One to Windows 10 device streaming coming in 2015

    There’s a lot of Windows 10 related news clogging up the internet’s veins this morning, but one piece of news stands out for PC gamers and users of the Xbox One console. Last night, Xbox chief Phil Spenser announced that Windows 10 devices will benefit from game streaming directly from the Xbox One console, practically allowing gamers to play Xbox One titles from the comfort of their tablets or any other Windows 10 device. As we noted last night, it’s a feature that Microsoft really should’ve taken by the scruff of the neck before but at least moving into the...

  • 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event

    Windows 10 (yep, not Windows 9, remember) has been out in the wild for a good while now, on Windows Insider’s test machines and laptops, but it hasn’t yet come to mobile devices. As the tablet market shrinks in a surprising turn of events, the PC market has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent months with tablets taking a back seat. But what does this mean for mobile devices? Windows 10, as Satya Nadella noted months back, will work across all “Windows” platforms, from smartphones to laptops to the Xbox One console. It’s a massive undertaking and a burdensome...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed “Spartan“, piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE’s terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft’s cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It’s pretty detrimental to...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge’s sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future — much like Windows 10’s desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS’s...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It’s 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • December Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer

    December’s Patch Tuesday has passed without so much as a squeak, but that doesn’t mean important updates and patches weren’t pushed to Microsoft Windows machines. Redmond has released a bundle of patches that addresses security and stability issues in its Windows products and supported software, including the company’s Office suite and the Internet Explorer browser. For the actual Windows ecosystem however, only seven bulletins have been published with three rated as “critical”, or “don’t think twice about installing that patch” urgent. Other Microsoft products also received updates, including the Internet Explorer browser, which has been given a cumulative update, while the Office...

  • Microsoft issues emergency update for Windows desktop and Server systems

    If you just got to work and Windows Update hasn’t been buzzing away in the background, you should probably check on it immediately. Microsoft has published an emergency update for users of all Windows systems from Vista and Server 2003 upwards, addressing a critical security hole. Even though November’s Patch Tuesday — Microsoft’s usual round of monthly updates addressing operating system (OS) holes — has come and gone, Microsoft is constantly looking for potential exploitation opportunities within its OS framework. The “Out-of-Band” patch addresses a Keberos (a network authentication protocol) flaw which could allow “an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user...

  • Windows 93 is Windows 95’s drunk cousin, but we love it anyway

    What was your first version of Windows? I remember it like it was yesterday — good old, unreliable, crash-prone Windows 98. For those who remember a time when Windows 95 was top of the pops, this might make you a bit nostalgic. A webpage uncovered by one of The Verge‘s employees when they were supposed to be hard at work, displays and runs the lost version of Windows — Windows 93. Built with JavaScript and CSS, this looks suspiciously like a rather elaborate coding project. Featuring gems like an ASCII rendition of Star Wars, countless memes of hamsters with machine guns,...

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