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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • CrossOver beta lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

    The Chromebook family of laptops has come a long way from merely being glorified Chrome browsers, offering a pretty substantial platform thanks to Android app support. Now, prominent studio CodeWeavers has revealed an open beta for its CrossOver program, allowing you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. The studio says it worked hard over the years to bring Windows apps to Android devices, but the form factor and specs weren't ideal. "With the announcement of support of Android in Chrome OS, suddenly things made a lot more sense. A Chromebook has a big enough screen. And a keyboard and a mouse. And...

  • Mirabook vs Superbook: crowdfunded lapdocks compared

    We've seen lapdocks launching before, way back in 2011. It's a fascinating concept that sees you dock your smartphone into a laptop shell. The resulting fusion means your phone powers a laptop-style experience, complete with larger screen, keyboard and trackpad. Unfortunately for Motorola and its original lapdock, we got a rather underwhelming, laggy experience. But the last 18 months or so has seen a resurgence in this sort of tech as devices get more powerful, with the Mirabook and Superbook being two of the leading third-party solutions. But which one seems better? We look at what each brings to the table...

  • You can link Windows 10 PC to your phone, but Apple Continuity is still better

    Microsoft's Windows 10 has seen loads of updates since its initial rollout a few years back. Now, the latest update, going out to Windows Insiders, allows users to link their Windows 10 PC to their smartphone. Yep, simply visit the Windows 10 settings page to find a new "Phone" menu item, which lets you link your phone to the PC. Of course, you'll need to use the same Microsoft account on your phone as you do on PC. "After adding your phone to be linked, you will receive an SMS from us directing you to install a test application called 'Microsoft...

  • Windows Phone is dead, long live (lol) Windows 10 Mobile

    Yes yes, the headline reads like a bit of an oxymoron to some. But believe it or not, there was a time when Microsoft's Windows Phone platform showed some promise. Unfortunately, that time has passed and support has ceased for Windows Phone 8.1, the last update before Windows 10 Mobile. The company's support page quietly revealed the news a few months back, being rather disappointing for people with handsets that can't be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft initially promised that the new update would be coming to a slew of WP8.1 handsets from premium to low-end, but this was not the case,...

  • Surprise: you can now download Ubuntu from Windows Store

    A few months ago, we saw Microsoft announce that it was bringing Ubuntu and several other Linux distributions to the Windows Store. Now, Canonical has flicked the switch and added Ubuntu to the store. According to The Verge, the installation is sandboxed though, which means that you won't be getting all the functionality of Ubuntu compared to a proper installation. You'll still be getting command line utlities, such as SSH, bash and git however. Linux... on the Windows Store? Yep, Canonical has published Ubuntu on Microsoft's store "To use this feature, one first needs to use 'Turn Windows features on or off' [in...

  • 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 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...

  • Microsoft reveals Surface Laptop, running Windows 10 S

    We've already seen Microsoft reveal Windows 10 S, essentially being its take on Chrome OS. Now, we have a Surface Laptop to go with the platform, being its take on (surprise!) the Chromebook. Well, if your Chromebook had a Core series chip. The laptop features a 13.5-inch screen and tops out with a Core i7 processor, while also featuring a felt-like material (Alcantara fabric) for the keyboard. As for colours, you can expect Burgundy, Graphite Gold, Cobalt and Platinum. Microsoft's Panos Panay has also added that users can expect up to 14.5 hours of battery life from the Surface Laptop. In fact,...

  • 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...