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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • You can still run Windows 95 with this nifty browser trick

    We get nostalgic now and again at Gearburn, whether it's chatting about great BlackBerry smartphones of years gone by, or wondering how some savvy individuals get Doom running on Apple Watches. But this time around, we're talking about one of Microsoft's benchmark operating systems, Windows 95. Last year we saw Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch and the New Nintendo 3DS, but this time, we look at a platform a little closer to home. The Windows that I first experienced as a wee little boy can now be run on modern hardware courtesy of a web browser and some nifty...

  • Windows 10 is now world’s second most popular desktop OS after Windows 7

    Launched in August 2015, Windows 10 has been a great success story for Microsoft, especially in light of the latest market share news. The company's newest operating system is now the world's second most popular on desktop, claiming a global market share of around 12.6%, according to StatCounter's January 2016 numbers. The most prevalent OS remains Windows 7 with around 43.7% market share, while Windows 8.1 holds around 10.3%. These numbers are largely thanks to Microsoft's aggressive strategy to see all users on legacy OSes upgrade to Windows 10, making the OS free, and prompting users on older OSes to download...

  • 6 ways Microsoft can improve the Xbox One system software

    The Xbox One has been out for a few years now and received its first major software overhaul last year. While this new Windows 10-based "New Xbox Experience" is a welcomed change, it's still not perfect. Microsoft is trailing behind the competition (read: Sony's PlayStation 4) and while this is due to a number of factors, they're at least trying to set things right, but there's more that can be done. Here are the six ways I think Microsoft can improve the Xbox One software: Redesign the store. Please. The games and app store on the console can be described (at best) as barebones. Trying...

  • Microsoft Surface tablets derp during NFL playoff game, affected team loses

    If you've ever watched an American Football match, you'll understand just how important sideline tactics are. They're frankly the meat and potatoes of the entire sport, and if you're unable to relay instructions to your troops between plays, you're as dead as, well, these Microsoft Surface tablets. In a bid to get more Surfaces in the hands or more people, Microsoft partnered with the NFL to provide tablets to the management of NFL teams, but they aren't the management or players' favourite devices right now. This weekend, during a game between Denver Broncos and New England Patriots (a playoff game, mind),...

  • The Witcher 2, CS: GO added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list

    Microsoft this week announced a few more backwards compatible titles for their Xbox One video game console. The announcement also included a change to the way backwards compatible titles will be released. The latest batch didn't include as many titles as the December update, and not many available in the South African Xbox Store. Some of the titles in the latest release include Age of Booty, Small Arms, and Counter-Strike: GO (CS: GO). Microsoft has said there will be a chance to the way games in the Xbox backwards compatible programme will be released. Instead of bulk releases, which the company originally...

  • 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 will be Microsoft’s only OS to support Intel’s Kaby Lake

    Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 8.1 and older OSes for the newer Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm processors due this year. Essentially, Intel's current Skylake processors will play nice with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until 17 July 2017, after which the company will end mainstream security and bug fix support. Microsoft was also quick to point out that Windows 10 will be its only OS to support Intel's next chipset, Kaby Lake, due late 2016, and a number of other processors coming this year. Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows...

  • New Xbox One bundle to ship with Tom Clancy’s The Division

    Microsoft Xbox has announced that a new Xbox One bundle will begin shipping soon with Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division as the primary game. The cross-genre post-apocalyptic shooter will debut on 8 March on all systems -- Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC -- but plans are already in motion to make the Xbox One The Division's de facto console. "The bundle features a 1TB hard drive, giving you added space to play and store more games than ever, and a full-game download of Tom Clancy’s The Division," notes Xbox's Major Nelson on his blog. "In addition, fans in the U.S. that...

  • Microsoft Lumia 650 to debut on 1 February – report

    We've waited quite a while for Microsoft's own Lumia-branded devices running Windows 10, and now the flood gates have opened so to speak. Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships (pictured above), the 650 is rumoured to launch early February. In a new report published by Windows Central, the company is said to be planning a launch on 1 February, but it won't be as high profile as previous launches. In fact, the announcement of the phone might just be made over a blog post. Clearly the Microsoft Lumia 650 then isn't one of the...

  • Microsoft ends Windows 8 security support

    Microsoft today ends it support for Windows 8, which effectively means the company will no longer supply security and stability patches to the operating system. In other words, Windows 8 is about as dead as Windows XP. While a long time coming -- especially considering Windows 10's arrival -- this does put around 41-million Windows 8 machines in an awkward and insecure position. Microsoft generally releases a support timeline after a new OS launch to indicate the  maintain legacy OSes. After all, not every user can upgrade to the new OS immediately, especially enterprise users. However, the real issue is Microsoft's vague branding. While...