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With the full release of Windows 10 not far away, Microsoft is offering users the chance of testing its new Edge browser in the latest preview of its new desktop operating system, before Windows 10 drops on July 29.
The new Windows 10 preview includes Edge, which has been updated with a new home button, a customizable New Tab page, password autofill, and now the chance to import favorites/bookmarks from alternate browsers, and you can now play music from a minimized tab. Cortana is now capable of providing users with flight or work alerts, and it can also send e-mails without you typing anything.
How does that work? You can just recite the recipient's e-mail address, the subject line and contents in that order. The Windows Photos app is also capable of supporting GIFs and now has an "Open with..." option. Skype Wi-Fi has also been replaced, with Microsoft Wi-Fi taking over, offering you to buy access to hotspots in banks of time using Windows Store's payment methods.
It looks like we could see Microsoft offer up Windows 10 on USB flash drives, compared to the usual DVDs that we've seen the company do with previous versions of its operating system. Intel has also teased its new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K for the week after Windows 10, if you were waiting on a new CPU upgrade.
German site WinFuture has the rumor, stating that Microsoft will sell USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, alongside the DVD copies of the OS. The report states that both Home and Professional versions will come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, with a USB flash drive allowing Windows 10 to be installed and licensed for use on a single PC.
Microsoft will reportedly have a more expensive price tag attached to the USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, with a $25 increase on the $199 price of Windows 10 Home, while a $38 price increase on the $199 price for Professional. Not too bad, especially given the super convenience and increased speed of installing the OS from a USB flash drive provides.
If Microsoft does indeed offer a USB flash drive version of Windows 10, is it something you think is worth the premium? Do you normally install your operating system from DVD or USB flash drive? Personally, I have shifted over to USB flash drives to install Windows in the last few years, and I'll never go back. I don't use an optical drive, period.
With Microsoft all systems go for the release of Windows 10 on July 29, just a month from now, we're hearing about Intel's next generation processors. Intel is set to release both a new processor lined based on its Skylake family, as well as a new 100 series chipset, which will have the likes of GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and the rest with new motherboards on the Intel 100 series, lead by the Z170 chipset for enthusiasts and gamers.
Intel will be releasing the new Skylake processors in two stages, where during the "Intel Extreme Masters Cologne" in Germany on August 7, Intel will unveil the new Core i7-6700K alongside the Core i5-6600K. The rest of the next-gen Skylake offerings will be announced at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany between September 4 and 9.
We are to expect the new desktop-class Skylake-S processors in the form of the Core i7-6700 / 6700T, Core i5-6600 / 6500/6400 / 6600T / 6500T / 6400T. The high-performance mobile Skylake-H offerings will include the Core i7-6820HK / 6700HQ, Core i5-6300HQ, Core i3-6100H. Next, we have the low-power mobile Skylake-U series with the following processors: Core i7-6500U, Core i5-6200U, Core i3-6100U. Finally, the ultra low-power mobile Skylake-Y will include the Core M-6Y75 / 6Y54 / 6Y30.
The US Navy was unable to upgrade from Windows XP before Microsoft pulled the plug on support, and will pay at least $9 million for additional help. Specifically, the Navy will receive critical hotfixes and additional software patches for Windows XP and other software.
The deal is expected to run until July 2016, though both sides agreed to the possibility of support until June 2017 - and would cost over $30 million. Without going into details, the Navy has "legacy applications" that must run on Windows XP - and it is taking longer than expected to make upgrades and improvements.
"Nearly all the networks and workstations afloat and ashore will benefit from the Microsoft Premier Support services and Microsoft Custom Support services for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Server 2003,"said Steven Davis, spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, in a statement published by ZDNET.
Apple has unveiled iOS 9 at its developer conference in San Francisco, but the Cupertino-based giant has also unveiled WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, and OS X El Capitan for Macs.
First up, iOS 9 is set to deliver some big improvements to features found in iOS like Siri and Spotlight, as well as the usual performance improvements, and revamping the experience of iOS for iPad users. Apple has completely revamped Spotlight Search, with some Google Now-like features. A new screen will show users relevant information based on external factors such as your location or the time of your day, just how Google Now works.
One of the areas that iOS users should be happy with improvements is Apple Maps, where maps of transit routes and public transportation maps now available on a city-by-city basis. This will expand as time goes on. Apple Maps in iOS 9 is lso capable of showing you information on nearby stores, where you can then search by category, as well as look at detailed information on businesses like their phone number, opening hours, and whether or not they support Apple Pay.
Microsoft will publicly release Windows 10 on July 29, with the company making an announcement courtesy of its "Blogging Windows" blog. Windows 10 was expected sometime during the summer, and Microsoft wants to make good on its promise.
However, there could be a mad scramble to upgrade starting on July 29, and Microsoft is preparing for possible chaos:
"One of [the] things that we can do for people who reserve is pre-download some of the bits to their PC so that those people aren't blocked on the Internet pipe trying to deliver lots of and lots of Windows bits starting on (July 29)," said Joe Belfiore, corporate VP for the OS group at Microsoft, in a statement published by USA Today.
I'm sitting here using my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, which runs Windows 8.1, and have just noticed a little Windows logo in my taskbar. Microsoft is now offering free upgrades to users, where you can "reserve" your copy of Windows 10.
Once Microsoft makes Windows 10 available, you can download the new operating system, and download it to your device. You can either install it right there and then, or schedule a time that is better for you. Microsoft says that Windows 10 will require 3GB of download, and of course, your Internet connection.
A reported 500 million or more Android phones have current issues within their factory reset procedures, with Cambridge University researchers Laurent Simon and professor Ross Anderson reporting that all of your data may not be completely wiped when carrying out this operation.
These researchers were able to recover data even when full-disk encryption was switched on, reporting the ability to recall data at will after factory resets were carried out. They further discovered that the file storing decryption keys on the tested phones were not removed through a factory reset, meaning that with access to this file, a hacker is able to recover the 'crypto folder' enabling them to "brute-force the user's PIN offline and decrypt the device" as reported by IT news.
The 500 million phone number is an estimate and is coupled with an estimate of 630 million phones not properly deleting SD card data.
With the launch of Windows 10 not too far away, some leaked pricing has just popped up on Newegg through a search for Windows 10, with two OEM System Builder packages for sale.
Windows 10 Home OEM will cost $109.99, while Windows 10 Professional OEM will be $40 more at $149.99. Both of the listings has an on-sale date of August 31, with these prices being $10 higher for the Windows 8 Home OEM and Windows 8 Professional OEM when it launched.
The question remains: will you be upgrading to Windows 10 for free? Or will you be spending the $100-$150 on Microsoft's new OS?
It is possible OEMs will begin receiving Microsoft Windows 10 in July, so they have time to prepare the OS for a summer launch to consumers. Windows 10 has been promised sometime this summer, and an exact release date was never released - but Russian leaker Wzor reportedly said the Windows 10 RTM will begin shipping by the end of July.
RTM is an acronym that points out the release to manufacturing, which is the OS version that PC OEMs use to test their hardware - and to install on PCs, notebooks, and other products that will be sold to consumers. A typical roadmap typically provides a couple of months between the RTM and final consumer release, so any bugs and early issues can be quickly worked out.
Here is what Microsoft told CNET: "Microsoft has said Windows 10 will launch this summer. We have nothing additional to share."