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Windows 10 upgrade nag screen interrupts weather lady

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 6:01 pm

Microsoft has been notoriously aggressive with urging users of previous operating systems to upgrade to Windows 10. Between nag screens and upgrades on the sly, they've caused many a headache for those who simply want to stay with what they've got.

 

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Now the issue is in the mainstream as KCCI Channel 8 -- based in Iowa, US -- was interrupted with the aformentioned nag screen during a weather broadcast, to the amusement of viewers and the weather reporter alike. See for yourself above.

 

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Windows 10 hand-off feature shown in leaked screenshot of Redstone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 27, 2016 1:51 pm

Hand-off of tasks from mobile to desktop has become a bit of a blessing. It's easy to begin work, or even browsing Facebook, on your phone and simply start up where you left off on your larger and more powerful devices. For those that use various Apple devices, it's a natural element of those operating systems. And one that's sorely missed from Windows. Windows 10 might be getting similar functionality in the Redstone update coming this summer.

 

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A user on Reddit seems to have stumble across what appears to be just that in the latest preview build of Redstone. A toggle was found nestled in the settings pane that would allow you to continue work on whatever device is running Windows 10, with Bluetooth, aside from using a cloud based solution like some applications and OS X do.

 

Though it's obviously limited to other Windows 10 devices, and could theoretically include the Xbox One, it's still a step in the right direction. You never really know or understand just how useful a future that is until you've migrated to an OS that doesn't fully support it. Just being able to select the mobile tabs in Chrome that I was perusing is quite nice, but this new take, with Bluetooth mind you, will be a much needed advancement for Microsoft.

Apple rumored to rename OS X to 'MacOS' in the coming months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 3:28 pm

In an 'it's about damn time' move, Apple is rumored to be in the process of renaming OS X to MacOS, which might be announced during its WWDC event later this year.

 

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Apple talked about how it concluded product life spans for an Earth Day promotion, the company wrote: "years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices" as determining factors, reports TNW.

 

TNW reports that it expects Apple to rename iOS to 'phoneOS' in the near future, with the 2017 iPhones - but I find that quite disturbing. Could Apple mature its smartphone OS and name it 'phoneOS'? Let us know in the comments, below.

Microsoft's BSOD gets more sophisticated, now has QR codes

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:04 pm

Microsoft is making some changes to the usual BSOD page, which itself has been updated with Windows 8 and now Windows 10. The information contained on it, and what can be gleaned through logs anyway, can already tell you what happened with a quick search on Google (or, dare we say, Bing?). But now they want to make it a little easier to ascertain what's wrong with your PC, with QR codes.

 

 

This new system isn't quite active yet, but when it does go live, presumably with the next big release planned this summer, it'll connect the QR code seen above with a page that that'll explain, hopefully in easy to read terms, what happened and why. This could make it much easier to pin down problems with your build because things do happen and go wrong unexpectedly. Right now the landing page is generic, however.

 

Microsoft is on to something here. The information that you usually get is not always easy to sift through or investigate for everyone. Information can always be found, it's definitely out there, but the ease of use demonstrated here could make for a much easier and more convenient troubleshooting time. Not to mention it'd be far easier for customer support.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Preview expected to hit Xbox One soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 7:06 pm

Those in the Xbox One Preview Program are in for a treat soon: Xbox team member Mika Ybarra implied on Twitter that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (also known as Redstone), will be made available for you as of late May or early June. Although it's not explicit, Ybarra also says Preview members will see Preview updates before the Anniversary Update, leading us to believe the updates are one and the same.

 

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Once the Anniversary Update is released, the Insider Program and the Xbox One Preview Program will be combined to make this all a lot less confusing.

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More new Windows 10 features exposed in official roadmap

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 11:01 pm

We already saw at BUILD 2016 that Microsoft has big plans for the future of Windows 10. Preview builds are already gaining the ability to play with Bash and Visual Studio 2016 is looking mighty fine. A new public roadmap points towards some new previously unannounced features that look very interesting.

 

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The majority of these new features are business focused and also look to bolster cross-platform connectivity, but it also speaks to a more fluid user experience of the type that Apple has been pioneering. Except here it's a bit more productivity focused and not geared strictly towards consumption of media. It isn't a sign of more mobile devices taking over Windows, but instead of the recognition that we're inherently more mobile in how we interact with technology and this allows us to switch in a way that makes sense. Or potentially it eventually will. Have to start somewhere.

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Almost 15 years after launching, Windows XP is third most popular OS

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 6:04 pm

Windows XP launched nearly 15 years ago and support for it ended two years ago. Despite that, it's still going impressively strong: new data from Netmarketshare shows it holds a 10.9% slice of the pie, good for third behind Windows 7 (51.89%) and Windows 10 (14.15%), and ahead of both Windows 8.1 (9.56%) and OS X 10.11 (4.05%).

 

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XP's resilience is due in part to how revolutionary it was and a lack of strong internal competition for years prior and following. Today, no doubt much of the reason for its large share is businesses who can't be bothered to upgrade -- such an undertaking is typically considered not worth it until it's completely unavoidable.

Latest Windows 10 Preview build adds dark mode, tons of other features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 9:28 pm

Last month, the Windows 10 Twitter app offered up a dark mode, and now the whole OS is doing it. If you're a Windows Insider, you can grab the new 14316 build and try it out for yourself now. Note that some UWP apps won't be affected by dark mode.

 

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That's far from all: also included is notifications customization (choose priority level and amount of notifications per app), native Bash support (for you Linux lovers), more cross-device Cortana syncing, a 'Find my phone' feature (locate your phone with your PC), a slew of bug fixes, and much more.

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New Action Center will sync Win10 PC, Win10 mobile, and Android

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 9:27 pm

Microsoft's new Action Center UI is official and sounding more exciting than ever.

 

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(Image credit: WinBeta)

 

Coming not just to Windows 10 PCs but to Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Android, it will sync all devices, so dismissing a notification on your PC -- whether for a text or something else -- will also dismiss it on your phone. You can do the inverse too on Android, either the old-fashioned way or through the Cortana app -- no Windows 10 Mobile handset required.

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