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Windows 10 on ARM detailed, FUD is now spreading

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 9 hours, 33 mins ago

If there was something I've been excited over more than most things in the technology industry, but the thought of Windows 10 on ARM was doing funny things to my body. But now... it seems there's not much to get excited for, a bunch of things to be disappointed about, and a few points to be downright pissed off at.

 

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Microsoft reportedly published a list of limitations that Windows 10 on ARM would bring, but the list was quickly deleted over the weekend. This is the internet remember, so a cached copy of the information is still available and now we get to look at the major limitations and disappointments of Windows 10 on ARM:

 

  • 64-bit apps will not work. Yes, Windows 10 on ARM can run Windows desktop applications. But it can only run 32-bit (x86) desktop applications, not 64-bit (x64) applications. (The documentation doesn't note this, but support for x64 apps is planned for a future release.)
  • Certain classes of apps will not run. Utilities that modify the Windows user interface-like shell extensions, input method editors (IMEs), assistive technologies, and cloud storage apps-will not work in Windows 10 on ARM. They will need to be recompiled for ARM, and my guess is that this will not happen in most cases, especially in the next year.
  • It cannot use x86 drivers. While Windows 10 on ARM can run x86 Windows applications, it cannot utilize x86 drivers. Instead, it will require native ARM64 drivers instead. This means that hardware support will be much more limited than is the case with mainstream Windows 10 versions. In other words, it will likely work much like Windows 10 S does today.
  • No Hyper-V. This was a gray area previously-I've heard the phrase "it's just Windows 10, so it will work" several times-but now it's real: Hyper-V is not supported in Windows 10 on ARM.
  • Older games and graphics apps may not work. Windows 10 on ARM supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and DirectX 12, but apps/games that target older versions will not work. Apps that require hardware-accelerated OpenGL will also not work.

 

Now, just to make it very clear: Windows 10 on ARM and the huge deal between Qualcomm and Snapdragon technology to get into Windows 10 devices, is going to be a game changer. It's not just the gamers, or to get the headlines like 'OMFG, Windows 10 gives us 30 hours of gaming on-the-go'. Yeah, no.

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Windows 10 will soon have 'Ultimate Performance' mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Microsoft is ready to unleash a new Ultimate Performance mode to Windows 10, something that will give beefier desktop PCs additional performance, while laptops and tablets will receive more performance soon.

 

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This new Ultimate Performance mode is something Windows 10 users can turn on when High Performance mode isn't enough, where the new mode will disable all power management. With ultimate performance unleashed, it will eliminate "micro-latencies" and provide 100% performance.

 

Microsoft will be letting PC makers provides the option of shipping out systems with Ultimate Performance enabled out of the box.

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Windows 10 update for 2018 called 'Spring Creators Update'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 6, 2018 2:36 am

Microsoft is steady and strong with Windows 10 updates, and now we're hearing the name of the 2018 update to Windows 10: Spring Creators Update.

 

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The company started their February Bug Bush and had some Quests to Insiders in order to find some bugs, with references of the Spring Creators Update found by @WildDreamer95 on Twitter, and found by Richard Hay. Hay tweeted: "Is Windows 10 Redstone 4 the Springs Creators Update? This Windows Defender Application Guard Quest for this months Bug Bash seems to like that name! Thanks to @WildDreamer95 for the tip."

 

After the Spring Creators Update reference was found, Microsoft were quick to replace the text with 'R4 update'.

Windows 10 is now on over 600 million devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 30, 2017 3:33 am

It was only earlier this year that Microsoft boasted that there were over 500 million devices powered by Windows 10, but six months later the Redmond-based giant has added another 100 million users bringing the total to a whopping 600 million.

 

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the new figures during Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting today, missing the mark that they planned on reaching by 2018. Originally, Microsoft expected to have Windows 10 running on 1 billion devices, but is now 400 million - or 40%, short of that number.

 

The Verge report that Microsoft revised its numbers for Windows 10 installations, targeting 550 million active Windows 10 devices by the end of June, and 575 million by the end of September. This means reaching 600 million by the end of November is falling into line, but will there ever be 1 billion Windows 10 devices? If so, it won't be in 2018 at this rate.

Windows 10 data collection breaks Dutch privacy laws

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 15, 2017 11:10 pm

We all know Windows 10 sucks all of our data and sends it to the Illuminati, but now Microsoft is facing a growing threat from the Netherlands' Data Protection Authority, where Windows 10 violates the country's data protection law.

 

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This is even after the changes Microsoft made to Windows 10 with the Creators Update, but Microsoft doesn't "clearly inform" users of the type of data that they're collecting, and the reason why they need it. Officials think that Windows' default settings stop users from truly consenting to the data collection, which is a really big problem.

 

The DPA has said that during the installation process, Windows 10 defaults to full data sharing, encouraging you to accept those terms. Accepting these terms doesn't mean you gave permission, says the Data Protection Authority. The regulator has also said that the Creators Update didn't honor some users' previous privacy settings, and that Microsoft doesn't make it clear that their Edge browser is continuously sucking down all of your app and browsing data when you've got the default privacy settings enabled.

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Google's AI has a much higher IQ than Apple's Siri

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 9, 2017 2:50 am

Apple might get a lot of the media spotlight for the iPhone, but Google kicks Apple's ass in more ways than one when it comes to services... and especially AI assistants.

 

 

Siri was announced six years ago now, with much more competiion in the artificial intelligence assistant game now from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and others. But now a team of researchers out of Cornell have been working on a new report that sheds some light on which company makes the best AI for smartphones.

 

Google's AI has an IQ of around 47.28, which is just below the average IQ of a six-year-old, while Siri has an IQ of just 23.9. The team said: "Although this work is still in progress, the results so far indicate that the artificial-intelligence systems produced by Google, Baidu, and others have significantly improved over the past two years but still have certain gaps as compared with even a six-year-old child," the researchers wrote in a paper published on ArXiv".

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Windows 10 Falls Creator Update set for October release

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 10:43 am

Microsoft have announced a release for their 4th major update for Windows 10 since its inception back in July 2015, the Fall Creators Update. This release should see Microsoft begin to release their major Windows 10 updates on a bi-annual occurrence post the Fall Creators Update. Recently announced at IFA by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, Terry revealed that not all features mentioned at Microsoft's previous Microsoft's developer conference, Build, would make it, with Timeline the biggest feature not make it this update.

 

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Fluent Design, an interesting feature that will make the cut into the Fall Creators Update, is perhaps the biggest change and one that has already been making its subtle way into our operating systems. Aimed at making Windows more modern and sophisticated by adding effects with lighting and transparency, this is a welcomed feature and makes Windows a bit more appealing for the user.

 

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Getting a bit of TLC, is Windows Ink. With 2-in-1 laptops providing a lot of functionality and creativity for the user, Windows Ink will enhance this experience. Windows Ink will now allow users the ability to drawing straight into PDF documents, a welcomed addition. If you're like me you'll love Windows Ink best feature, Find my Pen. This feature will display the last time your pen was connected, refreshing your memory to hopefully remember where you left your pen.

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Microsoft Paint killed off with new Creators Update

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 6:36 pm

After 32 years, the era of Microsoft Paint might be coming to an end.

 

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, will shift Paint to "deprecated" status. This means that Paint will "not be in active development and might be removed in future releases."

 

This move shouldn't surprise since Microsoft is focusing on the new Paint 3D, released in April with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Windows 10 update will use AI to fight cyberattacks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 3:19 am

Microsoft is taking to Skynet for its fight against malware, cyberattacks, and viruses - with the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Window 10 using all internet-connected Windows 10 computers along with machine learning to fight off threats like WannaCry.

 

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The global malware hits with WannaCry and Petya have woken Microsoft to a new world of attacks, prompting them to push the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection system that uses machine learning powered by the massive 400 million Windows 10 PCs throughout the world. Director of Program Management Enterprise and Security said: "If Word were to start allocating memory in big chunks, when it never does, we would be able to detect that. We built the machine learning models around common applications like Word".

 

This new initiative will reportedly stop viruses from spreading as fast as they currently do, with enterprise customers being the first to receive this new feature. The consumer version of Windows will receive it sometime in the future, hopefully not too long from now... until you remember that Microsoft is using every Windows 10 user to make this happen. Will we be able to disable it?

Microsoft sees 32TB of unreleased Windows builds leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2017 1:51 am

Update: After this article went live, I was pointed in the direction of an update to the story from Andy, the administrator of Beta Archive. He posted on the forum saying:

 

The Register article https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/2 ... s_10_leak/ has got BetaArchive a fair amount of attention this evening. They claim, and I quote "32TB of Windows 10 internal builds, core source code leak online".

 

First of all let us clear up a few facts. The "Shared Source Kit" folder did exist on the FTP until this article came to light. We have removed it from our FTP and listings pending further review just in case we missed something in our initial release. We currently have no plans to restore it until a full review of its contents is carried out and it is deemed acceptable under our rules.

 

The folder itself was 1.2GB in size, contained 12 releases each being 100MB. This is far from the claimed "32TB" as stated in The Register's article, and cannot possibly cover "core source code" as it would be simply too small, not to mention it is against our rules to store such data.

 

At this time all we can deduct is that The Register refers to the large Windows 10 release we had on March 24th which included a lot of Windows releases provided to us, sourced from various forum members, Windows Insider members, and Microsoft Connect members. All of these we deemed safe for release to BetaArchive as they are all beta releases and defunct builds superseded by newer ones, and they were covered under our rules.

 

If any of this should change we will remove these builds from the FTP and we will happily comply with any instructions to do so by Microsoft.

 

With regards to the BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40366823 about two Britons that have been arrested following an alleged Microsoft hack, we don't believe there is any connection with this alleged "Windows 10 core source code leak".

 

Microsoft is experiencing a massive leak in its security, with files leaked that relate to Microsoft's USB, storage, and Wi-Fi drivers for Windows 10 posted to Beta Archive last week. Beta Archive, if you didn't already know, is an enthusiast website that tracks Windows releases, and asks its members to donate money or contribute something Windows-related after accessing a private FTP full of archived Windows builds.

 

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In an email to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "Our review confirms that these files are actually a portion of the source code from the Shared Source Initiative and is used by OEMs and partners". The Register is claiming that 32TB of data was leaked, including unreleased Windows builds - something The Verge reports that "most of the collection has been available for months, or even years".

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