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Finally! Minecraft: Pocket Edition comes to Windows 10 Mobile
Furthering the running gag that Microsoft is slow to the draw and deficient in apps in regards to its smartphone platform, Minecraft: Pocket Edition is just now heading to Windows 10 Mobile.Though previously...
Microsoft confirms second major Windows 10 update coming in 2017
reader comments 4 Share this story A first glimpse at Windows 10 Neon, with a new taskbar. MSPoweruser MSPoweruser Tom Hounsell MSPoweruser MSPoweruser There's a second major Windows 10 update coming...
Malware behind biggest DDoS ever just got more dangerous
The march of the infamous Mirai botnet continues, with Kaspersky having found the first Windows-based spreader for the malware.You probably remember Mirai from last year – it was the source of a huge...
Samsung’s phones could provide a new way to unlock Windows 10
Do you own a fingerprint scanner-toting Samsung Galaxy phone and a Windows 10 computer? If so, you might soon be able to unlock that PC with your handset’s digit reader.This will allegedly happen via...
Blizzard ends support for Windows XP and Vista
EnlargeJeff Christensen / ContributorChristensen/WireImage reader comments 13 Share this story If you took all the remaining Windows XP and Vista users in the world—a surprisingly robust 10 percent—and...
Microsoft confirms second major Windows 10 update will land in 2017
Microsoft has confirmed that it will be releasing a second major update for Windows 10 later this year, following the Creators Update which is due to arrive soon (most likely in April).The confirmation...
EU insists Microsoft must do better on Windows 10 privacy
According to EU data protection authorities, Microsoft still isn’t doing enough when it comes to protecting the privacy of Windows 10 users, despite changes which have been made to the setup process of...
Could Samsung be readying a Surface Book killer?
Samsung looks like it's going to have a fresh spin on a Windows 10 hybrid in the pipeline, at least if you go by an app which was spotted on the Windows store.The app in question is produced by Samsung...
99.6% of new smartphones run iOS or Android; RIP Windows and Blackberry
EnlargeSmith Collection/Gado/Getty Images reader comments 18 Share this story Remember those crazy days in 2011 and 12 when we thought that the mobile market might become a three-horse race between Android,...
Munich City Government to Dump Linux Desktop
Munich city officials turned lots of heads 10 years ago, when they voted to swap out Microsoft Windows with LiMux -- a custom desktop version of the Linux operating system, based on Ubuntu Linux. The current...
Microsoft launches Windows Insider Program for Business to get IT involved
reader comments 0 Share this story With its Windows Insider Program, Microsoft has recruited several million Windows enthusiasts to provide beta testing of—and feedback about—Windows 10 as it is developed....
Don’t hold your breath for any Windows security patches this month
If you were expecting an update to your Windows 10 security settings on this month's Patch Tuesday (read: today), then you better not hold your breath. Microsoft just announced that it will withhold its...
Munich mulls dropping Linux, returning to Windows 10
Enlarge / New Town Hall, Munich, home of the city government.দেবর্ষি রায় reader comments 8 Share this story The city of Munich made headlines in 2003 when it announced its intent to switch 14,000 government...
No more superglued USB ports: Surface hardware can be locked down in firmware
Enlarge / No longer do these ports need to be defiled with glue.Casey Johnston reader comments 2 Share this story Windows 10 and Surface hardware are now good enough for government work, even when dealing...
First real look at the new Windows look and feel shows a very different taskbar
EnlargeTom Hounsell reader comments 43 Share this story At its developer day event yesterday, Microsoft spent a long time extolling the virtues of the Universal Windows Platform and the Windows 10 Creators...
The best Twitter client 2017
Twitter clientsOnce upon a time, the web was awash with third-party clients that let you use Twitter in a way that suited you – as a full-screen, feed-packed extravaganza with multiple skins, or a discreet...
Want a Ryzen CPU? Then forget about Windows 7
AMD has come out and confirmed that its next-gen Ryzen processors, due to emerge at the beginning of next month, will not be officially supported for Windows 7.Last year, the company had said that Ryzen...
Trust.Zone is a simple and straightforward VPN which delivers the core privacy basics for a very reasonable price.There are 93 servers in 31 countries, for instance. You get P2P support everywhere, with...
Microsoft opens up Windows bug tracker as it calls for devs to build UWP apps
EnlargeMicrosoft reader comments 1 Share this story Microsoft wants developers to build apps for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the set of APIs and frameworks that allows developers to build applications...
Windows 10 will soon get one of macOS Sierra’s best features
It’s pretty obvious by now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is going to be massive. Further affirming that reality is the release of a new picture-in-picture mode within the latest Windows Insider...
10 of the best lightweight Linux distros
LXLE doesn't just base itself on Lubuntu, it also favours LXDE for its desktop. However, here the emphasis is on stability – each release is based upon the LTS release of the parent, ensuring long-time...
Microsoft hosts the Windows source in a monstrous 300GB Git repository
EnlargeGit reader comments 21 Share this story Git, the open source distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to handle Linux's decentralized development model, is being used for a...
Download of the day: Total Commander
Total CommanderThe Windows Explorer alternative Total Commander is a veteran; you don’t get many apps that are compatible with Windows from Windows 10 all the way back to Windows 3.1.The interface may...
The forgotten API: just what is going on with DX12?
When DX12 launched in 2015 many gamers and developers got rightly excited. Building on AMD’s innovative work with their experimental Mantle rendering API, Microsoft promised to offer unprecedented levels...
Top 5 best virtualisation services
Virtualisation has been around for donkey’s years. In fact, it first began making waves in the 1960s, long before computers were available in the mainstream marketplace and before the internet came about.When...
Op-ed: Windows 10 0day exploit goes wild, and so do Microsoft marketers
Johannes Hemmerlein reader comments 16 Share this story There's a zero-day exploit in the wild that exploits a key file-sharing protocol in all supported versions of Windows. That includes Windows 10,...
BBC iPlayer is dropping Windows Phone support
If you’re a Windows Phone user, there’s another kick in the teeth today as the BBC has announced it's dropping support for the platform from April this year.A specific date for when the service will stop...
SQL Server Enterprise Pre-Installed in Beta on Google Cloud VMs
Google has announced beta availability of pre-configured images of Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server Core on the Google Compute Engine infrastructure as a service. Enterprises running...
Windows 10 gets Braille support and better caters for night owls
It’s preview build season, for sure, and Microsoft has pushed out another version of Windows 10 to testers, with the OS getting Braille support added along with improvements to ‘night light’ settings....
Microsoft has a new plan to make PCs cool again
It’s no secret that the PC market has been in a sustained slump for what seems like forever now, but Microsoft has a plan to try and kick things up a gear in 2017, urging computer manufacturers to focus...
Dridex Banking Trojan Modified to Bypass Windows Application Control
The Dridex banking trojan, which attackers use to stealthily access victims’ financial accounts and steal funds, bypasses a fundamental protection on Windows that allows users to block the installation...
Tim Sweeney dislikes Windows 10 Cloud rumors, calls OS “Crush Steam Edition”
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney.Epic Games reader comments 38 Share this story The rumor that Microsoft is building a version of Windows 10 that can only install apps from the Windows Store has drawn criticism...
VR-heavy Windows 10 Creators Update adds WebVR to Edge
Enlarge / Books in Edge.Microsoft reader comments 2 Share this story With the release of Windows 10 build 15002 earlier this month, Microsoft showed off some new features coming to its Edge browser in...
Lightweight Windows 10 Cloud OS appears to threaten Chromebooks’ throne
Windows 10 Cloud is an alleged fresh version of Microsoft’s latest operating system which could be arriving soon, although the new variant won’t actually be a cloud-powered OS as seen on Google’s Chromebooks....
If cost is your top priority when VPN shopping, IVPN could be a shock: at $15 (£12, AU$20) for a single month, $8.33 equivalent over a full year (£6.60, AU$11), it's way more expensive than some quality...
Could Windows Defender be the last antivirus you will ever need?
Do you use third-party antivirus software? Well you shouldn’t if you’re running one of Microsoft’s newer operating systems, at least according to a developer who used to work on Firefox (but has since...
Best VPN for Windows: Our 5 top choices
One of the perks of having Windows as your operating system is that you have a lot of options when choosing a VPN service (or any software, for that matter). Virtually every VPN service caters to users...
Windows 10 Game Mode has arrived ... in Insider Preview Build 15019
If you’re a PC gamer and not a Microsoft Windows Insider, you may want to sign up, as the latest Windows Insider Preview build is just for you. Microsoft has at last unleashed Windows Insider Preview...
The best free firewall 2017
The best free firewallIn the 1990s, Microsoft had a problem: Windows seemed to suffer from endless security problems that hackers and other online villains were quick to exploit. One way to fight back...
Windows 10 Game Mode: 6 of your burning questions answered
Microsoft has been teasing something for the upcoming Creators Update to Windows 10 known simply as “Game Mode.” Gleaned through Windows Insider Preview build release notes, we know that it’s supposed...
Windows 10 Game Mode: Free FPS boost of a few percent, with more to come
EnlargeEadweard Muybridge/Library of Congress reader comments 30 Share this story Earlier this month, Microsoft confirmed that the Windows 10 Creators Update coming later this year would include a new...
VPN Shield is a Polish service which offers what looks like a strong list of features for a surprisingly low price. The company has its own clients for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, even Amazon Kindle,...
Microsoft Offers New Windows 10 Notebooks for Schools
Microsoft showcases new low-cost Windows 10 PCs from Acer, HP and Lenovo along with an Intune device management plan for schools. Chromebooks are a hit in schools and even some enterprises by virtue of...
Windows 10 will soon make it easier to keep your PC virus-free
The big Creators Update is set to arrive in April, and when it does, Windows 10 will make it far easier to keep your PC free from malware with the introduction of a new Windows Defender Security Center.The...
Windows 10 gets an e-book store with nifty features to give it the edge
Microsoft is really rolling out the Windows 10 preview builds at a swift pace now, and the latest one to arrive brings with it a full-on e-book store (which was leaked earlier this week) along with some...
Microsoft means business with new free Windows 10 offer
Microsoft has kicked off a new offer to let those who have a Windows subscription with the Cloud Solution Provider scheme upgrade their Windows 7/8.1 machines to Windows 10 for free.This will allow those...
Microsoft Offers Free Windows 10 Upgrades via Subscription Service
Microsoft is offering free Windows 10 upgrades to corporate customers who subscribe to Windows via the software giant's Cloud Solution Provider partner program. Businesses that missed out on Microsoft's...
Microsoft-owned Minecraft no longer supported on Microsoft-owned Windows Phone/Mobile
reader comments 30 Share this story Microsoft will cease updating Minecraft Pocket Edition for its own Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, reports Windows Central. Although the game will continue...
Windows 10 to Feature Smarter Cortana, Bluetooth Enhancements
Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant helps users pick right up where they left off and new Bluetooth features puts the OS in touch with the latest smart devices. Microsoft's latest Windows 10 test build...
It's Time to Start Planning Overdue Windows 7 Computer Upgrades
NEWS ANALYSIS: Mainstream support for Microsoft’s most popular operating system, Windows 7, has already run out and the end of security updates is just three years away. Windows XP should be a distant,...
Windows Store will include books in Creators Update
EnlargeMSPoweruser reader comments 0 Share this story The Windows Store—which already includes apps, games, movies, and TV shows—is going to include books in the Creators Update. This is according to...
Windows 10 store will start selling e-books soon, leak suggests
Microsoft seems poised to get into the e-books business, judging by the latest leak posted by MSPowerUser. The outlet recent posted several images of Windows 10 store features depicting e-book sales pretty...
Microsoft tells corps to remember XP, migrate away from Windows 7 sooner than later
reader comments 28 Share this story Windows 7's extended support ends on January 14, 2020. The operating system left mainstream support in 2014, meaning that for the last two years—and next three—it only...
Microsoft teases new performance tweaks for Xbox One and PCs
The Xbox One has gone through quite a few iterations both in terms of software and hardware, each time making the system incrementally better than before. The latest update coming to Microsoft's game...
Windows 7 security isn’t up to scratch and you should upgrade, warns Microsoft
Microsoft is highlighting the security strengths of Windows 10 as the company waves an ‘early goodbye’ to Windows 7, with a reminder that support for the old operating system ends in three years’ time.So,...
Microsoft promises better gaming on Windows 10 with upcoming ‘Game Mode’
With the upcoming Creators Update, Microsoft says it’s aiming to make Windows 10 “the best Windows ever for gaming” by introducing a new Game Mode as well as teasing Beam, its own alternative to Twitch-style...
Windows 10 Creators Update’s high performance “Game Mode”, confirmed
Enlarge / The announcement of the Creators Update in October 2016. reader comments 29 Share this story Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox, has revealed some of the gaming-oriented improvements...
Citrix Offers Virtual Windows 10 Desktops Through Microsoft's Cloud
At its annual Citrix Summit conference the company announced XenDesktop Essentials, a service that uses Microsoft Azure to deliver Windows 10 workspaces to devices. During its Citrix Summit conference...
Windows 10 will be watching you – to lock your PC when you’re away
You know how you can use facial recognition to unlock your PC with a camera and Windows Hello? Well, it seems that with the incoming Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft is going to extend this security...
Microsoft agrees to Windows 10 adjustments with Swiss data watchdog
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's data protection czar will not take Microsoft to court after the U.S. company agreed to adopt recommendations for improving data processing transparency for its Windows...
Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch
When Apple launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to...
Apple could ditch iPhone Touch ID scanners in favor of 'acoustic imaging'
Security is looking as though it will be particularly high on the agenda for the iPhone 8 and beyond. Apple pundits and rumor spinners are already putting a facial recognition scanner top of the feature...
Judge: No, feds can’t nab all Apple devices and try everyone’s fingerprints
EnlargeGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingTo beat crypto, feds have tried to force fingerprint unlocking in 2 casesA federal magistrate judge in Chicago recently...
Apple’s futuristic spaceship HQ opens in April
The spaceship has landed.Apple’s (AAPL) new headquarters -- or the spaceship, as it’s been called -- will open in April, a couple years later than originally planned.The first employees will start to move...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark