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AMD CEO spills the beans on Windows 10′s launch timing

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will launch in July this year, according to AMD president and CEO Lisa Su, who revealed the detail while answering a question related to inventory plans during the company’s latest earnings call last week.

“With the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up,” Su had said. Read more »

Maps app for Windows 10 phones gets into Technical Preview

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Microsoft is working on an updated Maps app for Windows 10 and thanks to the Universal App platform, the same app that has been running on Windows 10 Technical Preview for desktops is now available for Insiders testing the phone build of the upcoming OS.

The app is designed to work with both mouse and keyboard as well as touchscreens. This includes pinch zooming and two finger map rotation, both familiar gestures. Read more »

DoS attacks spotted exploiting recently patched Windows vulnerability

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Just days after Microsoft released a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability, CVE-2015-1635 (MS15-034), it has been spotted being exploited in the wild by researchers at the SANS Institute.

“Denial of Service (DoS) exploits are widely available to exploit CVE-2015-1635, a vulnerability in HTTP.sys, affecting Internet Information Server (IIS),” noted Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center. The vulnerability affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Read more »

Google once again extends support for Chrome on Windows XP

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Back in October last year, Google said that it’d keep supporting Chrome on Windows XP through at least April 2015. Now that April has arrived, the Mountain View, California-based company has announced that it is once again extending the support period for the browser on the unsupported OS.

“We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015,” said Chrome’s director of engineering Mark Larson in a blog post. He also encouraged XP users to update to a supported, secure operating system. Read more »

Microsoft released Halo: Spartan Strike for Apple iOS devices

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In a truly surprising fashion Microsoft released its mobile top-down shooting game Halo: Spartan Strike for Apple iOS devices. The touch-optimized premium title is now available in the Apple App Store for $5.99.

The Redmond giant also made the game’s predecessor Halo: Spartan Assault available for iOS. Read more »

Microsoft intros Surface 3 tablet starting at $499, running ‘full’ Windows 8.1

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The Surface Pro 3 has been out for a while now, but it’s quite expensive for the mass-market. So Microsoft decided to unveil the Surface 3 tablet today (sans the “Pro”). This is basically the successor to the Windows RT-powered original Surface and Surface 2, but it no longer runs that little-used iteration of the OS – and it no longer sports an ARM processor.

This time, Microsoft is pairing an Intel Atom x7 with ‘full’ Windows 8.1 (upgradeable for free to Windows 10 when that launches), so the Surface 3 will run any Windows app you throw at it – including the full version of Office, of course. That rectifies what were probably the biggest downsides to the RT-powered Surface tablets of the past. Read more »

Latest Windows 10 build bundles the new Project Spartan web browser

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After wooing the Windows users with a free upgrade to Windows 10, even for those with pirated versions, it’s clear that Microsoft has a bigger game plan. While that plan unfolds slowly, the Redmond headquartered software giant is rolling out new Windows 10 Technical Preview builds to early testers.

The latest Windows 10 TP build 10049 bundles the next generation web browser called Project Spartan. Read more »

Windows 10 may not play well with a another OS

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For a lot of people Windows 10 sounds like the a dream come true. The net installment of the popular OS promises universal apps across all hardware platforms and versions and perhaps even more exciting – compatibility with every Windows Phone 8 handset out there.

Things looked even better after the US tech giant announced its plans to captivate the Chinese market by offering legal upgrades to both genuine and non-genuine Windows installs. Another piece of the Windows 10 puzzle has surfaces today, courtesy of a leaked China presentation and it could potentially show a slightly darker aspect of the upcoming OS. Read more »

Microsoft now lets you add your MP3s to OneDrive and play them via Xbox Music

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Google started the whole ‘music locker’ craze when it offered free storage for up to 20,000 tracks through its Play Music service (that limit has since been upped to 50,000). And now, following Amazon, Microsoft wants a piece of this pie too.

So it’s teamed up its OneDrive cloud storage service with Xbox Music. The former stores your existing music collection, while the latter lets you play it on your PC, Windows Phone, or Xbox. Unfortunately though, iOS and Android devices are not supported. Read more »

Here is how Windows 10 achieves a small footprint and leaves more space for your files

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At one time, or another, all of us have dealt with storage space shortage. Lacking free space can really be a hustle and as mobile tech becomes smaller and runs more advanced software and rich multimedia, storage limitations become very common. SSD drives bring enormous performance gain, but their limited capacity is definitely complicating the situation.

Modern operating systems are severely affected by storage limitations as developers are tasked with cramming increasingly sophisticated code into tiny spaces. The latest installment of Microsoft Windows is particularly vulnerable in this respect, especially, considering the company’s ambitious desire to make it run across an enormous array of devices, ranging all the way from beastly gaming PC rigs, down to budget, pocketsize smartphones. Read more »

Microsoft Windows 10 updates will be delivered via peer-to-peer connection

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Windows 10 users will have the option to install firmware updates via peer-to-peer connection. An upcoming preview of the OS by Microsoft reveals the new option.

The new functionality will allow users to install updates more quickly – via PC’s on a local network, or a combination of PCs and Microsoft servers. Read more »

IDC: Apple iPad shipments will dip to 60 million units this year

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According to a report by the research firm IDC, Apple will ship roughly 60 million iPad tablets in 2015. The Cupertino giant moved 63.4 million slates last year.

IDC projects Apple to capture 25.6% of the tablet market this year – down from 27.6% in 2014. Read more »

Microsoft to include Project Spartan in upcoming Windows 10 Preview release

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Today at its MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.

Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast. Read more »

Universal apps are a perfect match for all your Microsoft devices

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The Microsoft MWC event had a few interesting device announces, namely the new Lumia 640 and its bigger brother – the Lumia 640 XL. A large part of the company’s presentation, however was dedicated to the constantly improving universal application experience on Windows devices.

As most of you surely know, Windows 10 applications are now built around a brand new “One Windows” philosophy. The concept is incredibly straight-forward – have a uniform application ecosystem that will be supported across the whole range of Windows devices and allow developers to write uniform code and make for a seamless user experience transition from mobile screens all the way to full PC desktops. Read more »

Lenovo launches Tab 2 A10, Tab 2 A8 and Ideapad MIIX 300 slates

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Lenovo has chimed in on the MWC 2015 horizon with the launch of a slate trio – meet the Android-running Tab 2 A10-70, Tab 2 A8 and Windows-booting Ideapad MIIX 300.

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 packs a 10.1″ IPS display of 1080p resolution and under the hood features a MediaTek chipset with a 64-bit quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Lenovo says its 7,200mAh battery can last up to 10 hours of non-stop usage. It’s quite sleek, too, with a weight of 509 grams and 8.9mm thick frame. Read more »