Mobile

Windows cameras are finally getting a panorama mode because it’s 2016

Say what you will about Windows Phone, but Lumia devices have always had solid cameras. One thing Windows the Windows camera app doesn’t include by default, however, is a panorama mode. Seriously, if you wanted to shoot a Panorama on the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you have to download a separate app.  In 2016, that’s ridiculous. Thankfully, that’s changing now. Microsoft has just released an update to the Windows Camera app that enables the panorama app for several devices. Insiders have…

Hardware

WOW! We got mystery PCs

In my previous column, I talked about some computers on my company’s network that weren’t getting patched because they weren’t getting rebooted. The good news is that I was able to negotiate an agreement with the business unit managers to reboot those computers once a month, on Sundays. The bad news is that I found some more computers that haven’t been getting patched. And they aren’t running antivirus software either. Our (Microsoft Windows) computer inventory tools, patching products and security…

Technology

MACBOOKS ARE MORE BETTER THAN WINDOWS LAPTOPS ON USERS MAINTAIN

A new survey carried out by Consumer Reports has found that Apple’s MacBook is considered to be more reliable than competing Windows laptops, based on the responses of 58,000 subscribers who were quizzed about systems bought between 2010 and 2015. Only 10 percent of MacBooks were seen to break down in one way or another in the first three years of ownership, according to a report from MacRumors. For comparison, Samsung and Gateway tied for second place, albeit with a less…

Mobile

Hands on: Windows 10 Build 10051 brings impressive new features to phones, but slowly

Trying Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10051 on a Windows Phoneis like drizzling honey over granola: It can be an excruciatingly slow experience that rewards you with a sweet, yet nutritious update. Let’s say that again: Some aspects of the new build are slow. Even after a botched rollout earlier on Friday, Microsoft’s new software took seemingly forever to download and install. Now that the initial rush has been exhausted, your mileage may vary. But sometimes using the…

HardwareTechnology

Windows 7 exits mainstream support: What you need to know

Yet another end is nigh for Windows 7. After months of buildup—Microsoft killed standalone software sales of the operating system in October 2013, and Windows 7 consumer PCs stopped being manufactured in October 2014—the venerable OS is finally exiting “mainstream support” on January 13, 2015. And for months now, the Web has been flooded with a wave of confused or downright fearmongering headlines and articles implying that Windows 7 is following Windows XP into the graveyard. It's not. The confusion here stems…

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…