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All posts tagged "Windows 10"

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...

  • Windows 10 on ARM: expect laptops, convertibles, more

    Microsoft's BUILD conference this week saw it deliver a variety of news. From Apple-style cross-device functionality to iTunes on the Windows Store, the company had no shortage of news to spare. The company has been rather quiet on the Windows 10 on ARM front since the initial announcement last year, but the conference saw Microsoft open up a bit in a pre-recorded video. So what did we learn? Only one chip for now? Microsoft reiterated that Windows 10 on ARM devices would be powered by Snapdragon processors. But more specifically, the company's slides say that it will be the Snapdragon 835. There wasn't any...

  • Yes, iTunes is coming to Windows Store

    Microsoft's Windows 10 S is a rather interesting take on the platform, essentially being an entry-level Windows 10 variant. The biggest problem however, is the fact that Windows 10 S only allows apps from the Windows Store. That immediately got us thinking about legacy apps that Microsoft needed on the Windows Store. And iTunes was one of the first examples we could think of, being essential for iPhone owners and multimedia consumers. Now, Microsoft has announced that Apple's program is indeed coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year. iTunes is coming to the Windows Store, being one of the first...

  • Windows 10 picks up Apple Handoff-style functionality

    One of the best things about owning a Mac and iPhone is how well they play with each other. The ability to seamlessly finish a task or copy/paste info across platforms is one of Apple's biggest strengths. Now, Microsoft has decided to implement some of this functionality on Windows 10 and mobile platforms, called Pick Up Where You Left Off (how imaginative!). This feature, as the name implies, allows users to start a task on one device, and continue it on another. The feature, enabled by Cortana, works across Windows, Android and iOS devices. "Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #12: Windows 10 S and Surface Laptop

    Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet and revealed Windows 10 S, effectively being an entry-level version of Windows 10. The new update is taking aim at Google's ChromeOS and Chromebooks, being positioned as a great platform for education. After all, Google is dominating this sector right now. Read more: 5 reasons to give Windows 10 S a skip Then there's the Surface Laptop, being a stylish notebook with a steep price tag, to boot. Is the Surface Laptop the right way to showcase Windows 10 S? Will the new update sink or swim? Is it a ChromeOS killer? Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • Windows 10 S is a good idea, but where’s the cheap Surface? [Column]

    Microsoft used an event yesterday to make two major announcements, in the form of Windows 10 S and a Surface Laptop. The latter runs Windows 10 S, naturally -- and there's a fair bit to like about the latest variant of Microsoft's platform. Sure, it doesn't run legacy programs, which had many (myself included) initially wondering whether it would effectively be Windows RT 2.0. A dead platform, in other words. Fortunately, Microsoft later announced that people can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S, netting legacy apps in the process. Otherwise, the addition of Office to the Windows Store and a...

  • 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...

  • Why hasn’t Microsoft released a flagship phone in almost two years? [Column]

    The last time Microsoft revealed a high-end smartphone was back in the second half of 2015. Back then, we had the LG G4 (review), Samsung Galaxy S6 (review) and Huawei P8 (review) dominating the charts. Heck, Xiaomi wasn't even in South Africa when Microsoft revealed the Lumia 950. It's an eternity to go without a smartphone launch, with Microsoft's already minuscule mobile marketshare dwindling even more as a result. To the outside observer, it's as if the company has simply given up on mobile without announcing it. Sure, the company has been issuing a steady stream of updates for Windows 10...