Hardware

WINDOWS 10: A GUIDE TO THE UPDATES

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Creators Updateisn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features. Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update since the Creators Update, with the most recent on top. For each build, we’ve included the date…

Hardware

The Windows 10 Creators Update Is Now Available To Everyone

Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Creators Update is now available to everyone with a compatible system. Reading that sentence in July might seem weird, given that the Creators Update was released in April, and that the Fall Creators Update is set to debut in the coming months. But the announcement matters because Microsoft has been experimenting with a different update process, which could help consumers and business customers alike the chance to get the latest version of Windows on…

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Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 Brings the Ability to Uninstall Preloaded Apps

HIGHLIGHTS The feature is active only for a few apps You still cannot uninstall Alarm & Clock, and Cortana The feature is still in preview, and is expected to hit all users in 2017 Windows 10 comes with many preloaded apps that users may not be too keen on utilising. Now, Microsoft has introduced the ability to uninstall these apps in its latest preview build of Windows 10. With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14936, Microsoft has bought the ability…

Hardware

The latest Windows 10 Insider builds are all about bashing bugs

While Microsoft brought its big guns to E3 2016, the Windows team was working diligently on a new Windows 10 Insider build — 14366 for desktop, and 14364 for mobile. These builds are focused on bug fixes and improvements for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is scheduled for a full rollout sometime this summer. It’s so focused on bugs, in fact, that Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar has announced the “June Bug Bash,” which gives bored geeks some brownie points…

Mobile

Vaio Phone Biz With 5.5-Inch Display, Windows 10 Mobile Launched

Those craving for a smartphone featuring Microsoft's mobile operating system may want to look at Vaio's new offering. The Japanese company, best known for its laptop lineup, has just launched aWindows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) smartphone called the Vaio Phone Biz. The Windows 10 Mobile-based Vaio Phone Biz (VPB0511S) is only the second smartphone the company has ever produced. As you may recall, Vaio launched the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) running Android last year. The Phone Biz sports a 5.5-inch full-HD…

Design

Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

Now that Windows 10 is out and millions of people are already running it, let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. If you’re still on the fence, take note: You really do want Windows 10, despite a lot of the gripes we’ve shared over the past several months. It’s worth getting on the list for (or downloading the Windows 10 ISO directly). It combines the best of Windows 8…

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‘gold disk’ release for the big Fall Update?

With less than a week to go until the speculated November 10 release day for Windows 10 (codename) Threshold 2, Microsoft has released build 10586 to participants in the Windows Insider Program. I updated my Dell Venue 8 Pro and noticed that there isn’t a build number displayed in the lower right corner of the desktop as there was for previous preview builds. It looks like build 10586 may be released as what will be officially called the Windows 10 Fall…

Mobile

How to Change the Display Language in Windows 10

Windows 10 supports changing the default language. You no longer need to be concerned about the default language when you buy a computer — if you prefer to use a different language, you can change it at any time. This is particularly useful for environments where multiple users access a single computer and those users prefer different languages. You can download and install additional languages for Windows 10 to view menus, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your…

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It’s a cloud desktop world: Get over it

It's not just the iPad Pro or Chromebooks that don't work well without the cloud. Windows 10 doesn't either. Welcome to 2015, it's beginning to look a lot like 1980. Jason Perlow points out that without the cloud, the iPad Pro is just an executive's desk paperweight. He's right. But, guess what? Almost desktops are heading there, including those with Windows 10. Once upon a time, there was a Personal Computer (PC) revolution. Many of you lived through it. I…

Technology

Windows 10’s OneDrive integration could be the key to ‘cheapbook’ storage

Microsoft may be turning to cloud storage as a cheap replacement to files stored locally on your PC, if a leaked screenshot from a future Windows 10 build is any indication. According to a leaked image of Build 9901 of Windows 10, One Drive will store app data as well as back up images, movies, and documents. Neowin, which snapped the screenshot, speculates that OneDrive is being more tightly integrated within Microsoft’s operating system. If that's correct—and so far nothing’s…

Technology

Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

After using Windows 10 for almost a week, I’ve discovered some neat little changes and features that Microsoft hasn’t yet discussed — smart tweaks that, if you’re a mouse-and-keyboard user looking for a reason to upgrade from Windows 7, you will be very pleased with. Let’s dive straight in with my favorite secret/hidden features of Windows 10. Explorer now has a “Home” tab In the last few versions of Windows, opening My Computer or a new Explorer window would show you…

Gaming

Windows 10 will woo gamers with supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API

Windows 10’s blatant bid to woo back PC power users already looks pretty damned appealing, despite being in a very early state. But Microsoft’s still holding a trump card up its sleeve that's virtually guaranteed to make PC gamers sit up and notice its next-gen operating system. As expected, Microsoft has announced that the final version of its supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API will ship with Windows 10 in 2015. The story behind the story: Windows 8’s lackluster adoption is no secret, but Microsoft’s actually…