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Coupled with the news that Futuremark will be dropping Peacekeeper browser benchmarking support with the release of Microsoft Windows 10, we have also been informed that the Windows RT version of 3DMark will be removed from the Windows Store alongside seeing 3DMark Vantage on the Steam store will disappear for good.
It is explained that "both of these benchmarks will continue to be supported" in a recently issued press release, coupled with the information that 3DMark Vantage will be available for purcahse from the Futuremark website directly, whereas the Windows RT edition will be available on request for business and enterprise customers only.
In other news, Futuremark ensures that computability testing with the Windows 10 build 10240 has almost reached completion. The recently issued press release ended with Futuremark telling us to "look out for an email from me [Futuremark] next week with our advice on testing Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices with Futuremark benchmarks."
In its latest fight against security, Bitdefender Antivirus is asking for your help. Bitdefender has completely overhauled its lineup of security software for Windows, Mac and Android, with the new lineup to be unveiled in the near future.
The company is offering people to sign up to the Bitdefender 2016 beta, where you can try out the company's new 2016 range of software, Bitdefender 2016 beta. The clinch here is that Bitdefender is offering people who try out for the beta of their new software some swag.
You could possibly be rewarded with a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Activite Watch, or even a Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone. You can join the Bitdefender beta here.
AMD is about to unleash a new set of drivers for Radeon owners, with the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL release. The new Catalyst 15.7 drivers are compatible with Windows 10, include CrossFire multi-GPU support while using FreeSync, and add some additional features from the Radeon 300 series, to the Radeon 200 series of cards.
One of the big features in the new Catalyst 15.7 release is the inclusion of CrossFire support for FreeSync, but Radeon 200 series should be happy to know that the Frame Rate Target Control will be rolled into these drivers for the Radeon 200 series. Additionally, Virtual Super Resolution now works on the full range of Radeon 300 series cards, and all Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs, as well as all A-series 7400K and above APUs.
We should expect the new WHQL-signed Catalyst 15.7 drivers from AMD any hour now.
If you're looking for one way to clean out the trash from your computer, CCleaner has just announced via email the release of its v5.07 software which supports Windows 10.
Also featuring updates towards Google Chrome cache and session cleaning, Microsoft Edge support has been tweaked and Firefox Web Apps have also been added to the start-up management.
To celebrate, CCleaner is running an exclusive professional plus offer, featuring CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy Professional at 60% off - otherwise if you're happy with a limited version you can also download it for free. If you're extremely keen, entering the code JUNE15 within the next 5 days will see another 20% taken off, making an 80% discount in total.
Since Windows 10 launches on July 29 and will serve as a free upgrade of sorts for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, it's expected there will be plenty of users trying to upgrade. The ATM Industry Association recommends financial institutions and businesses look to upgrade their active ATMs to Windows 10 as soon as they are able to.
It was only a recent shift from Windows XP to Windows 7, and with support for Windows 7 ending in five years - now could be a time to make use of Windows 10, which includes security enhancements. Don't count out Google Android as OSes that could find their way to ATM machines in the future.
"ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay," said Mike Lee, CEO of the ATM Industry Association, in a statement, "as ATM hardware purchased now will still be in use when support for Windows 7 OS ends in that year. This means terminals would need to be upgradeable and compatible with the next big operating system. It's important to know which ATM configurations are going to be Windows 10-compatible."
Microsoft recently announced that 20 more tablet manufacturers will pre-install Office applications and other Microsoft services on their Google Android-powered tablets. Customers will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive without needing to download and install an update.
"We expect more customers who purchase Android devices directly from the OEM will receive the pre-installed services and applications," a Microsoft spokesperson told PCWorld. "In the event a mobile operator chooses not to pre-install the MS Services and apps, customers still have access to these apps by easily downloading them from Google Play."
Microsoft announced the following new partners: Axdia, Cube, DL, General Procurement, Grupo Nucleo, Haier, Inco, Ionik GBMH, Iview, LG, Multilaser, Noblex, Pacific, Philco, Positivo, Prestigio, Sony, Teclast, TMAX Digital, and Wortmann.
Did you know that it has been nearly 6 months since AMD released a WHQL-certified Catalyst driver? With NVIDIA constantly refining and fine tuning its GeForce driver with a constant stream of Game Ready WHQL releases, even for Windows 10 with DirectX 12 support, AMD has fallen behind the ball, big time.
We used to see monthly releases of Catalyst drivers back in the day, which added performance improvements for new games, increased support for features like CrossFire and Eyefinity, and even support for new GPUs as they were released. But it has been over 18 months since AMD released the Radeon R9 290X, and 12 months since the Radeon R9 295X2.
The last WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers were released on 9/12/14 in the form of the Catalyst 14.12 Omega WHQL, and since then, AMD has released just two Beta drivers, with the Catalyst 15.4 drivers helping out with Grand Theft Auto V, and adding support for FreeSync. With the impending release of an entire new architecture with HBM memory in the form of the Radeon R9 390X, we should hopefully expect AMD to not just release a kick ass new driver, but to keep up with monthly releases to better compete against NVIDIA in the software side of its products.
During an interview with WorldsFactory, Pisces Interactive, the developer behind Magicka 2 talked about DirectX 12. The studio said that DX12 will have large improvements over DX11, but teased that the Vulkan API could be even better.
The studio said: "DX12 is a big improvement over DX11, it enables games to move to the next generation of graphics. But we're also eagerly awaiting the official release of OpenGL Vulkan, which might even be better than DX12. Currently we are only experimenting with the API's but we will of course support them eventually".
When it comes to the Xbox One version of Magicka 2, Pisces Interactive added: "Paradox has been focusing on PC only for many many years. And this is Paradox first game on the new generation of consoles so we start slow and begin with PlayStation 4. We will see if and when a Xbox one version would be possible. Currently we also have an exclusive deal with Sony".
The Vulkan API is exciting, but DirectX 12 is where all of the buzz lies. DX12 will be adopted by far more developers, but we could see some truly interesting things from Vulkan, too.
We only just reported that NVIDIA released its new GeForce Game Ready 352.84 WHQL drivers, but the company has just unleashed its new drivers for Windows 10, too. These new drivers are the world's first WHQL signed drivers for Windows 10, with support for DirectX 12, and the company's GeForce 900, 700 and 600 series video cards.
While there are no games that run in DirectX 12 right now, it's great to see that NVIDIA is not just ready with drivers so early - before Windows 10 is even here - but WHQL signed ones to boot. The company has said: "We're working on DX12 on many fronts. Our engineers are providing drivers, working with game engine providers, and co-developing with Microsoft. We're also helping game developers deploy their DX12 titles".
Team Green continued: "GeForce has been the GPU of choice for key DX12 demos from Microsoft since the API was announced. Combining the world's fastest GPU hardware with a high-quality graphics driver made for the perfect showcase for the next-generation features of Windows 10 and DirectX 12".
After unveiling different "editions" of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft has also discussed genuine vs. non-genuine Windows installations. Genuine users will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 that also includes security updates for the device's lifetime - but pirates won't receive the same feature.
"When we can't verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, we create a desktop watermark to notify the user," Microsoft said in a blog post. "If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device."
Instead, Microsoft will try to convince users running pirated copies of different "attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers" to switch to Genuine.