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All posts tagged "Windows 8"

  • Winning: Windows 9 may be free upgrade for Windows 8.x users

    Tomorrow could be big for Microsoft, as it launches Windows 9. With just under 24-hours until the company’s biggest launch since Vista, Microsoft is trying to win back its fans in a major way, at least according to one loose-lipped official. How major? It seems that Redmond is about to play its “I’m so sorry, here’s a cookie” card, by offering Windows 8.x users the chance to upgrade to its forthcoming OS free of charge. CEO and President of the company’s Indonesian operations,¬†Andrew Diantoro, has spilled the information in quite a declaratory manner on local website detik.com. His statement is...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We’ve seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a “Windows event” that will likely see the unveiling of the company’s latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple’s terrible attempt. We’re guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don’t know what it’s going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename “Threshold” has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked in bevy of screenshots

    Update: As if this couldn’t get any better. The same site that leaked the pile of purported screenshots has just leaked a video of the OS in action. We wondered how the start tiles would operate alongside the returning start menu, and it seems “Pin to Start” functionality will overlap quite a bit. Additionally, the new animations are crisp and swift, which should benefit underpowered machines. But we have vastly polarised opinions in the office about the fledgeling OS, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. The world may be one step closer to knowing what’s going...

  • Windows 9 ‘Technical Preview’ may have click-to-upgrade system

    There’s no doubt about it — the next iteration of Windows is forming behind closed doors at Redmond, after Windows 8’s market share and sales slowly shrivels. While consumers eagerly anticipate what will likely be dubbed “Windows 9″, there are some tasty details emerging regarding the Technical Preview coming to developers’ systems before October. Prior to retail release, Windows 9 (codenamed “Threshold”) will be put through thorough testing, both in developers’ and users’ spheres, as per all new operating systems. But perhaps and unlike previous editions of Windows, the Technical Preview will allow developers to install updates and new builds...

  • A streamlined ‘Windows 9′ to become centralised OS for all Microsoft devices

    Microsoft’s forthcoming OS will be a one-size-fits-all solution, spanning across desktop, mobile and Xbox platforms, Satya Nadella confirmed. The move comes amid a spate of bad news for company employees and missed Q4 2014 earnings targets. This signals the death of Windows in mobile and desktop flavours, and marks a new unified OS for all devices, including the Xbox app system. Nadella explains: “We will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There’s a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft’s most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It’s not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother’s granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • Alienware’s Windows-based Alpha to join Xbox One, PS4 in console war

    Alienware, Dell’s enthusiast division, has announced that its Alpha gaming machine will not launch with SteamOS as initially planned, but instead with Windows 8.1 booting into a Steam interface. The Xbox One and PS4 competitor was unveiled in January at CES 2014 with the cheapest Alpha retailing at US$549 once launched. Initially, the device was to run Valve’s modified version of Debian dubbed SteamOS, but Alienware has grown impatient citing Valve’s companion peripheral’s constant delays. The platform’s predicted release date is now 2015. The developers at Alienware has now decided to go with a proven and trusted platform in Windows 8.1,...

  • VLC beta for Windows 8 now out, get downloading

    Looking for a reason to watch films on Windows 8? VLC’s the answer. Today, the VLC beta finally launches and is available right now for download from the Microsoft Store. If you can believe it, VLC for Windows began as a Kickstarter project almost 18 months ago by VideoLAN. VLC for Windows 8 plays “any kind of video” and features MKV (1080p vide0) plus FLAC (lossless audio) support, two high-definition formats. One of the goals of the project was to ensure x86 and x64 compatibility, which VLC beta 0.2.0 now offers. As for the rest of the features: - works on Windows...

  • Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ could launch by April 2015

    Windows 9, dubbed “Threshold” is coming, and Microsoft wants to put “Windows 8 in the rear view mirror” says Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows, one of the more reliable Windows rumour sites. At Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference, taking place this April, major announcements are expected for Windows 9 as Microsoft attempts to put some distance between itself and Windows 8. According to Thurrott, Windows 8 is “tanking hard” and even the free update to Windows 8.1 isn’t helping sales: fewer than 25-million PCs run Windows 8.1. The thinking is that Windows 8 will be pushed into the past as...

  • Windows 8.1 ready for download

    You heard us. Windows 8.1, the version of Windows that lets you hide the horrible Live Tiles/Metro/Whatever crap it’s called, is now available for download. It’s as easy as pie to do. Just click the link below this blurb: Click here to download Windows 8.1 And here’s what you need to know, before installing Win 8.1: It’s “free” But only if you’re a Windows 8 or Windows RT user. If you have Windows RT, shame on you. It’s terrible. But it’s not free The actual cost of Windows 8.1 is R1 200 (US$119) for the basic edition. Windows 8.1 Pro costs R2 000 (US$199). Download...