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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...

  • Windows 10’s new Blue Screen of Death features handy QR code

    Microsoft's updating its most infamous Windows feature; no, not the Start button, but the Blue Screen of Death. The harbinger of hardware failure, the BSoD is a general alert issued when the Windows OS runs into a terminal problem. It's like a digital white flag, except, you know, it's blue. But an eagle-eyed and unfortunate Redditor noticed that Microsoft's now including a QR code on the screen as well, after his VM running the OS crashed. "The first thing the new build did in my VM was crash, but instead of just the usual smiley I was greeted by a QR code...

  • Windows 10 is now the most popular OS for Steam users

    There's no doubting the fact that Windows 10 is seeing some big numbers - even if Microsoft is taking an aggressive stance in pushing the update to users. Gamers are taking to the update in a big way as well, according to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey. As of March 2016, the 64-bit flavour of Windows 10 is the most popular operating system on Steam, gaining 2.96% compared to the previous month. This leaves it with 36.97% of total OS marketshare on Steam. The jump came primarily at the expense of Windows 7 64-bit (sitting at 32.99%), having lost 1.22% compared to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Poll: what was the best version of Microsoft Windows?

    Thirty years ago today, Microsoft debuted what would become the desktop's most used operating system: Microsoft Windows. We often take it for granted, largely because it powers a vast majority of computer-based systems, from ATMs to your gaming rig. But there's one important question that often gets brought up by Microsoft fans: what was the best version of Windows outed by the company? Many would mention Windows XP and Windows 7 as two that stand out, but what about the precursor to all modern Windows systems, Windows 3.1? And more importantly, is new really better than the old in terms of...

  • Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 IoT tools for Raspberry Pi 2, Minnowboard Max

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Microsoft has a serious world-domination plan with Windows 10. Since the OS was officially launched last week, it's already taken over 3.5% of the global market. But as impressive that figure may be, it is only limited to desktop computers. Microsoft also wants Windows to become the go-to OS for mobile devices, it's Xbox One console, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- one OS to rule them all, if you will. While it's been available in...

  • Build Tour Johannesburg 2015: Microsoft talks Africa, Windows 10 and the web’s future

    Apple and Google haven't taken the time to pop in to greet South African developers and users in person, but at least Microsoft's personnel understands the importance. At the recent Microsoft #BuildTour event at Johannesburg's VodaWorld conference centre in Midrand, some Redmond folk donned South African cricket shirts (amid a minor baggage kerfuffle) to address avid and prospective Windows 10 users. But to what degree will Microsoft's next ecosystem fundamentally change the way developers and users interact with the world around them? Well, as it turns out, extensively. We were there to sieve through the dense and sometimes overwhelming stream of...

  • How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote live stream on Windows, Android [update]

    Update: Our WWDC live blog is now in progress. Follow it here. Apple's conferences are always special events, but it's a real pity that the company hates alternative platforms. If you happen to be running Windows, Android, Linux or anything that isn't associated with fruit, you'll be fresh out of luck if you fancy watching tonight's WWDC 2015 keynote. Or are you? If you're running iOS or OS X on an Apple product, watching the event, kicking off at 7pm South African Standard time, is as simple as hitting up Apple's site and streaming it there. For streaming to function correctly though,...