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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • No 64-bit apps, only ARM drivers: Windows 10 on ARM has key limitations

    Back at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we got some hands-on time with Snapdragon-powered laptops running Windows 10 on ARM. Unfortunately, these machines only had Windows 10 S installed (they get free upgrades to full Windows 10 on ARM), but at the time, we heard that x64 games wouldn't work on ARM devices. Now, Microsoft has issued a since-deleted guideline to Windows 10 on ARM's limitations, spotted by Thurrott.com. And our expectations have certainly been tempered as a result. First of all is the news that Windows 10 on ARM only supports ARM64 drivers. "While ARM OS has the capabilities to emulate x86 user-mode...

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...

  • 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...