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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Xbox One To Get Windows 10 Powered Update This Fall

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Looks like the roll out of Windows 10 is inviting all sorts of updates and improvements across a major chunk of Microsoft’s products. Yes, this includes the Xbox One, and as per the software giant, the game console will be receiving a major software overhaul later this year, bringing it in-line with the company’s latest desktop OS.
Windows 10 has already brought in an array of features that allow desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets users to seamlessly integrate with the Xbox One, but Microsoft made no secret of its efforts to improve the console even further when it announced a number of changes it was bringing to the gaming-box at the annual E3 conference.
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However, the Windows maker never ushered a word about the ultimate roll out of this much awaited Windows 10-powered update which is set to revamp the entire UI of the Xbox One – most notably the Dashboard. Speaking at the Gamescom conference, Microsoft has finally given us a time frame to bank on, and it looks like November would be the month when all Xbox One gamers will be gushing with excitement. While the redesigned Dashboard is indeed looking spectacular, it’s the addition of Cortana which will really help gamers elevate their gaming performance. Cortana will serve as your personal ‘gaming’ assistant, and Microsoft is saying that it will only “get smarter over time.” Users will be able to say “Hey Cortana, record the last minute and share it to my activity feed”, which should immediately publish a game clip.
The Xbox One was aimed to become the mainstay entertainment-box for our living room, but over the course of its 20-month lifespan we’ve seen that mantle to slip away from Microsoft. Windows 10 has been referred by many to be Microsoft’s redemption, following what can be described as a less than satisfactory lineup of OS releases starting from Windows Vista. Windows 10 seems to be really holding its ground with a very positive feedback from users, which could be a sign of good things to come for the Xbox One as it now gears up to receive an update powered by Windows 10 this fall.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also confirmed the arrival of a TV DVR functionality for the Xbox One, but that’s been slated for a 2016 release.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How To Download And Install Windows 10 Free Upgrade [Tutorial]

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Windows 10 is now live, if you are eligible for a free upgrade, you will get a notification for the download soon.
The following tutorial helps you download and install the free Windows 10 upgrade on your PC.
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Before you begin, make sure:
Step 1: Run Windows Update and see if your free reserved copy of Windows 10 is ready for install. It is important to note here that Microsoft is doing a phase rollout which means not everyone will get the update on day 1.
Windows 10 force download
If your Windows Update is showing you ‘We’ll let you know when the upgrade is ready to be installed on this PC.’ message, fret not, you can force it to download the update right now without any waiting time. Follow the instructions here on how to do that: Force Download Windows 10 Free Upgrade Right Now, Here’s How [Tutorial].
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Step 2: When Windows Update is finished downloading Windows 10 update, you will get the following prompts.
Either click on Restart now on Windows Update screen.
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or Start the upgrade now on this screen.
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Step 3: Your PC will now reboot, after which Windows 10 installation will automatically begin.
The installation is divided into three phases: Copying files, Installing features and drivers, Configuring settings.
You don’t need to do anything. Just wait patiently for it to do its thing. During the installation process, your computer may restart a couple of times. The duration of this process can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your data and speed of your computer.
Step 4: Once the installation is complete, you will boot into this screen.
Step 5: Now simply follow the on-screen instructions to get to the login screen.
That’s it! You’re done! Happy Windows 10 day!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Microsoft accelerates pace with second Windows 10 update in 24 hours

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Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.

Explaining the rapid succession of builds, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said both 10158 and 10159 passed the evaluation and validation stages quickly enough to go on Windows Insider Fast Ring and be available to Windows Insider Programme users.
Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.
Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.
What's likely to happen is a fair few of the estimated 4.1 million users will be downloading both 10158 and 10159 at the same time, which may cause error 0x80246017 to happen. Aul suggests that users should reboot their computers if that happens and choose 10159 from the settings options.

What's new?

10158 brought some general user interface improvements and refinements as well as a number of tweaks - such as a dark theme, Cortana integration with Office 365 and a new Edge browser button.

10159 doesn't bring major changes but added over 300 (yet to be documented) fixes. Windows 10 launches on July 29, so Microsoft still has plenty of time to push a few more builds through the door.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Get Free Windows 10 Upgrade Without Windows 8 Or 7, Here’s How

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July 29th is the big day for Windows users, with Microsoft’s Windows 10 set to be made available to the public. Currently working its way through the beta process, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for anyone currently using either Windows 7 or Windows 8 so long as they upgrade within 12 months. If you don’t own either of Microsoft’s last two versions of Windows though, you’ll need to stump out a sum of up to $199 to get onto the Windows 10 bandwagon, which doesn’t really fall into the ‘cheap’ category, considering Apple’s OS X is a free upgrade – for everyone.
But there does appear to be one way around having to buy a copy of Windows 10 no matter what, assuming you’re willing to put in a little work today in the name of gaining yourself a free copy at a later date. If it means saving a couple of hundred dollars, then we suggest doing it without delay.
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According to Microsoft’s own documentation, anyone who is running the latest build of Insider Preview release of Windows 10 when the operating system goes live on July 29th will be able to upgrade to the shipping, retail RTM version at no extra cost. Furthermore, the version they then have will be a full, genuine product for life which means it will receive updates just fine and won’t face any of the activiation problems faced by less than genuine installations.
So the upshot of all this is that it’s worth downloading the Insider Prevew release of Windows 10 before July 29th, especially if you don’t currently have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Here’s what exactly you need to do now before Windows 10 goes RTM:
Step 1: Enroll in Windows 10 Insider Preview Program and download and install Windows 10 preview build today by following our guide here: How To Download And Install Windows 10 Technical Preview [Guide].
Step 2: Make sure you are updated to the latest build 10130 or over of Windows 10 Insider Preview.
Step 3: Set your PC running Windows 10 build 10130 or over using your Microsoft Account.
That’s it, from now on, you will automatically get updates for any future builds of Insider Preview Program and once final RTM version of Windows 10 is released on July 29, it will be available to you as well for free. Once updated to genuine full and final version copy of Windows 10, you can even choose to reinstall fresh if you wish to.
Since the window for downloading the Insider Preview release is very limited, we recommend that you make your move right now.
Windows 10 is a big release for Microsoft as it tries to get back some of the reputation that it lost with a less than popular Windows 8 release. Windows 10 is also the version that Microsoft will be using to try and close the chasm between its desktop/laptop, tablet and mobile software, with them all using the Windows 10 moniker.
Microsoft has big hopes for Windows 10. We’ll know better whether those hopes are well founded come July 29th.
If you already have genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8 installed and don’t want to mess around with Windows 10 Insider Preview builds now, follow this guide here to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 today
(Source: Microsoft)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Microsoft Acquires German Maker of Wunderlist Productivity App

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Microsoft Corp. bought 6 Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup whose productivity application is used by more than 13 million people.
The startup’s Wunderlist to-do-list app works on mobile devices and computers, Microsoft said in a statement on its website Tuesday, without disclosing the value. The price was $100 million to $200 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the deal. Representatives for Microsoft and 6 Wunderkinder didn’t immediately return phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.
“The addition of Wunderlist to the Microsoft product portfolio fits squarely with our ambition to reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” Microsoft said. “In the months to come, we’ll share what’s in store as we build on and apply Wunderlist’s innovations to Microsoft’s apps and services.”
Christian Reber founded 6 Wunderkinder with five partners in 2010, and Wunderlist has quickly emerged as one of the most popular productivity apps. The company’s investors include Sequoia Capital LLP.
Joining Microsoft “gives us access to a massive wealth of expertise, technology and people that a small company like us could only dream of amassing on its own,” Reber, 6 Wunderkinder’s chief executive officer, said in a statement on the company’s website.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Windows 10 Gets Official Release Date In July

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The fast release rumours were right.
This morning Microsoft formally announced the date we had all been waiting for: the global release for Windows 10 – a version the company claims is so important it skipped ‘Windows 9’ completely!
July 29th is the date to circle in your calendars and Microsoft did it in some style, letting new Windows 10 voice assistant Cortana read it out. What’s more a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the day represents a global release across 190 markets.
A truly free upgrade?
In addition to the launch date, Microsoft also issued a statement on free upgrades saying:
“Consumers will have one year from July 29th to take advantage of the free upgrade. Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no cost.”
Windows 10 Is Coming Soon - Image credit Microsoft
Windows 10 Is Coming Soon – Image credit Microsoft
The company will also be operating a reservation program in place so eager users can have Windows 10 pre-installed on their PCs and ready to go on July 29th. I’ll get into how this works and how you can be first in line in my next post.
High Cost For Some
Sadly one area Microsoft chose not to expand upon today was the upgrade cost for those customers who aren’t eligible for the free upgrade.
This is actually fairly complicated with some versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 ineligible as well as older Windows platforms like Vista and XP. 


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Microsoft Flagship Lumia Phones Specs Leaked: QHD screen, 20MP PureView camera, 3GB RAM

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This year, Microsoft is expected to launch two flagship Lumia smartphones, namely, Lumia 940 and its large-screen variant, Lumia 940 XL. Some reports have already revealed a handful of details about the upcoming flagships. Now the fresh leak about important features of the handsets has come from a German site Winfuture.
The leak suggests that both the smartphones will feature Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). However, the Lumia 940 will sport a 5.2in screen and the 940 XL a 5.7in one.
Most of the other specs are same. Microsoft will incorporate a 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 20MP rear camera with PureView technology and a 5MP front-facing camera in its duo, the site reveals on behalf of sources with insight of Redmond’s operations. Further, Winfuture suggests aluminium framing and a polycarbonate back cover.
As per the battery, the XL model encases a larger battery than the fellow flagship. More specifically, the 5.2in Lumia 940 will come equipped with a 3000mAh battery while, the 940 XL model will encase a 3300mAh battery. The same difference persists in case of processors of the smartphones as well.
The XL model will be given superiority by empowering it with an octa-core Snapdragon 810. In contrast, 808 hexa-core processor will manage operations of the Lumia 940.
According to the source, both flagships will be equipped with Microsoft USB Type-C port. More enchantingly, the phones may offer wireless charging and Iris scanner to unlock the device using the front camera.
It is important to mention that official Microsoft sources have not commented about the new arrivals.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Microsoft reveal big Xbox One E3 announcement tied to console and Tomb Raider update

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MICROSOFT have been ramping up the tension ahead of their big E3 reveal this year which could prove to be the best for the Xbox One so far.

UPDATE: Microsoft have confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider is still only a timed-exclusive for Xbox One, following confusion over whether it had become exclusive to launch on one console.
Xbox Australia muddied the waters over the upcoming title, writing on Facebook:  "We cant update the image but Forza 6 should be added here as Xbox One exclusive.
"And for those wondering; Rise of the Tomb Raider will be Xbox exclusive.
"Not timed exclusive but exclusive."
But when asked about the situation on Twitter, Xbox chief Phil Spencer clarified what he knew about it.
"There has been no change to our deal on TR, same as before when I answered.  Timed," his answer read.
"We are working with CD on TR to make it great on Xbox this Holiday, that's our goal and 100% of our focus."
And big E3 news has been promised which could be tied to the console itself.
Having announced the features of the June update of the Xbox One system software for preview members earlier this week, the team also explained why the latest patch may seem a little smaller than usual.
An Xbox Program Manager explained on the company forums: "If this month feels a little light, don’t worry – we are working on some planned *BIG* E3 announcements.
"In the meantime, we will be continuing to preview the items previously released to continue to get feedback and work towards making them available to everyone, so keep that feedback coming!
The June update includes small tweaks to the Party app to help Microsoft understand issues reported by the community and leave the field wide open for some big changes in the near future.
Xbox already look to be heading a strong line up for E3, with many expecting the company's top franchises to deliver some new tantalising news at the event.
Halo 5: Guardians will most likely feature prominently and will be the perfect the platform to unveil some campaign footage.
Other titles such as the timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider, free-to-play Fable Legends, Forza Motorsport 6 and the new Gears of War project also look set to shine and could give Xbox One sales a boost heading into the tail-end of summer.
Microsoft have already revealed that they're a hard time getting their run time at the event down to just 90 minutes.
Speaking on Twitter, Xbox chief Phil Spencer explained: "We did a rough end to end run of show yesterday, still too long.
"I like the games we have in the show, not easy to edit it down.
"We have our daily live show that we can use for some announces as well, we can use that time for some.