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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • 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...

  • Surface laptop with ‘Windows 10 S’ leaked ahead of today’s event

    Microsoft's Surface lineup popularised the idea of laptop/tablet hybrids, resulting in Apple and Google releasing similar products (Pixel C and iPad Pro). Now, it looks like Microsoft is taking a page from the Chromebook... er... book... According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Surface Laptop is on the way, purportedly running a version of Windows dubbed Windows 10 S. Microsoft Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S pic.twitter.com/h42uQfZfT8 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 2, 2017 ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that Windows 10 S is a version of Windows that's meant to only support apps from the Windows Store. In other words, it seems like...

  • Windows 10 gets Power Throttling for battery savings

    Windows has traditionally been more of a battery hog compared to Apple and Google's platforms, but Windows 10 has made significant strides. Now, the company has introduced a new feature to save even more juice. Dubbed Power Throttling, this new feature effectively aims to get work done with only a small hit to the battery. "With 'Power Throttling', when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes -- work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work," Microsoft explains on its Windows blog. The company says the feature is made possible by...

  • Windows 10 to get ARM version with legacy apps

    Microsoft's Windows is no stranger to ARM-based processors, with Windows RT running on Nvidia Tegra hardware instead of x86-based Intel and AMD chips. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year. The company used the WinHEC 2016 event to announce that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. For the uninitiated, ARM-based chips are used in the vast majority of smartphones (from Apple to ZTE) and are generally more power-efficient than x86 chips (used in Windows and Mac laptops). "...to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go,...

  • Windows: Microsoft bringing x86 emulation to ARM?

    Microsoft's Continuum for Phones feature seems cool on paper, allowing you to run your phone's universal Windows apps on a big screen to give a computer-like experience. The biggest issue is that legacy Windows apps simply don't work via this feature, leaving a big gap then. However, it seems like Microsoft is working on a solution, ZDNet reports, claiming a "fall 2017" launch date. The website's sources say the feature will be coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 3 update next year. So what does the tech entail then? Full fledged Windows apps might make their way to mobile platforms...

  • Surface Studio: Microsoft makes a pricey desktop PC

    Microsoft's 27 October event was rather subdued compared to last year's edition, but it still had something interesting in the form of the Surface Studio. The company revealed an all-in-one desktop PC yesterday, being aimed at "creatives" and other professional types. So what kind of specs are you getting then? Users have a choice between an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as the choice between 2GB GeForce GTX965M and 4GB GeForce GTX980M graphics. Other notable specs include between 8GB and 32GB of RAM, 1TB or 2TB storage and four USB 3.0 ports. In addition to some decent grunt, the Surface...