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Microsoft updates Windows 10, debuts Project Spartan browser

Microsoft on Monday released an update to Windows 10 Technical Preview that included Project Spartan, the code name for the new browser that will be the default in the operating system as the company pushes Internet Explorer (IE) into the background.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 March, 2015 21:41

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Google integrates Now with Chrome OS's app launcher

Google last week added its Google Now personal assistant to the app launcher in a preview of Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system that powers Chromebooks.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 March, 2015 04:35

Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, software, operating systems

Microsoft name games continue as 'universal apps' become 'Windows apps'

Microsoft has again changed the lexicon it wants others to use to describe the apps that run on Windows.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 07:16

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Spartan forecast: Browser of choice for 1 in 7 Windows users within a year

One of every seven Windows PCs will be running Microsoft's new Project Spartan browser within a year of the firm launching Windows 10 this summer, according to historical data from a Web metrics company.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 March, 2015 01:22

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, software, operating systems

More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

More than half of all Internet Explorer (IE) users have less than 10 months to discard their browsers, and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 06:56

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft updates Windows 10 preview for 'slow' testers

Microsoft today released the March Windows 10 Technical Preview update to testers who have stuck with the "slow" cadence.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2015 05:20

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft prepares Windows 10 for panoply of sensors

Windows 10 devices in the future could be measuring temperature, environmental pressure and carbon dioxide levels, as Microsoft provides an interface to support a wide range of sensors.

By Agam Shah | 26 March, 2015 03:03

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, software, operating systems

Inside the new Windows 10 Technical Preview tools, SDK

Most of us were expecting a new Windows 10 SDK and assorted tools to arrive in time for Microsoft's Build Developer Conference next month. Instead, the company surprised by releasing an enormous SDK and Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 package on Monday, five weeks ahead of the annual gathering of the Windows faithful. Microsoft clearly aims to give developers a head start on building Windows apps.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 March, 2015 06:27

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Cloud threatening software freedom, advocate says

The public cloud increasingly is isolating users from the actual computing that they're doing, threatening their control over the process and posing a danger to software freedom, said academic and former Debian project leader Stefano Zacchiroli on Sunday at LibrePlanet 2015.

By Jon Gold | 24 March, 2015 04:15

Tags: Google, Networking, Steam, Open Source Subnet, netflix, debian

Microsoft to support 8K video resolutions with Windows 10

Microsoft is looking beyond 4K with Windows 10 and bringing 8K support to the OS, years before TVs, monitors and content for that display resolution become widely available.

By Agam Shah | 24 March, 2015 04:12

Tags: Graphics boards, Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, Components, software, operating systems

Office 2016 for Windows preview not open to all O365 biz subscribers

Microsoft has limited the Office 2016 for Windows preview to customers with subscriptions to the enterprise-grade plans ProPlus, E3 and E4.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 March, 2015 06:31

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, software, e3

After hitting Raspberry Pi 2, Windows 10 will head to Qualcomm's board

Raspberry Pi 2 has been the only announced option for enthusiasts looking to make electronics using Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10, but Qualcomm is now offering its DragonBoard 410c as an alternative.

By Agam Shah | 20 March, 2015 07:50

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, qualcomm, software, operating systems

Pirates will stay pirates, even after Windows 10 upgrade

Although Microsoft will let pirates upgrade to Windows 10, the company's not giving them a free pass, the company confirmed today.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 March, 2015 05:33

Tags: Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft reveals who gets Windows 10, and how

Microsoft will upgrade only those PCs and tablets running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update to Windows 10 later this year via the Windows Update service, the company revealed Wednesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 March, 2015 02:21

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems

Microsoft issues first update to Windows 10 preview since January

Microsoft today updated Windows 10 Technical Preview, the first time since Jan. 23 that it has refreshed the sneak peek.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 March, 2015 07:48

Tags: Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft takes extraordinary step, will give pirates free Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 to users running pirated copies of earlier editions.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 March, 2015 06:31

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft Windows, Reuters, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, myer

Xiaomi users to test Windows 10 ahead of summer launch

Windows 10 will arrive this summer, and Microsoft is tapping an unlikely partner to help test it: Chinese Android handset maker Xiaomi.

By Michael Kan | 18 March, 2015 15:42

Tags: Xiaomi, consumer electronics, Microsoft, smartphones, Windows, Android, software, operating systems

Red Hat formulates a plan for building enterprise mobile apps

Red Hat understands that developing a mobile application is not the same as building one for the desktop, which is why the company has augmented its software stack with new technologies for mobile development.

By Joab Jackson | 18 March, 2015 07:33

Tags: applications, software, mobile, Red Hat

Microsoft wants to kill passwords with biometric authentication in Windows 10

Microsoft is out to kill passwords by providing an option to log in to its upcoming Windows 10 OS, applications and Web services via fingerprint, face or iris detection.

By Agam Shah | 18 March, 2015 05:53

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, intel, operating systems

Microsoft previews Office 2016 on Windows

Microsoft today released a preview of Office 2016 for Windows, making the sneak peak available only to subscribers of its business-grade Office 365 plans.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 March, 2015 04:43

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, beca, software

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