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Microsoft makes Windows 7 excommunicado by killing support today

Jak Connor | Wed, Jan 15 2020 2:24 AM CST

Microsoft has announced an end of an era, Windows 7 will no longer receive any support and its users that remain are advised to move onto Windows 10.

Microsoft makes Windows 7 excommunicado by killing support today | TweakTown.com

Microsoft has been giving Windows 7 support for the last ten years, and the time to end that lifeline support is officially upon us. In a new blog post on Microsoft's website, it says that as of January 14th, 2020, "Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product." Microsoft has instead moved onto supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.

If you are a Windows 7 user, Microsoft recommends you to upgrade to Windows 10 as you will be provided adequate protection on a more updated OS. Windows 7 users can do this for free through a loophole in the Media Creation Tool. Windows Latest reports that if users download and run the Media Creation Tool and input their existing product key for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, they will receive a new Windows 10 digital license.

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Facebook working on OS from scratch, wants to break up with Android

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Dec 20 2019 10:39 PM CST

Facebook is reportedly working on its own operating system, in the hopes that sometime in the future it can pull back its reliance on Android. A new report from The Information says that the co-author of Windows NT, Mark Lucovsky, is leading the project.

Facebook working on OS from scratch, wants to break up with Android | TweakTown.com

We don't know how Facebook's own OS would work exactly, but we do know that Facvebook currently uses a modified version of Android to run its Oculus and Portal devices. Facebook's head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth, explains: "We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves".

Ficus Kirkpatrick, one of the bosses of Facebook's internal AR and VR departments, says that "it's possible" that future Facebook hardware won't rely on Android. Right now, Google has a nice stranglehold over Facebook's hardware, and Facebook sees that as a big issue, that it is now trying to resolve.

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Microsoft's new Edge logo looks like a Tide pod, please don't eat it

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Nov 4 2019 8:29 PM CST

Microsoft has just made the most radical change to its web browser logo since the introduction of Internet Explorer, with the new Edge browser receiving a new logo.

Microsoft's new Edge logo looks like a Tide pod, please don't eat it | TweakTown.com

The original Edge logo that launched with the browser in 2015 had parts of the original Internet Explorer infused into it, but the new one looks like nothing like it -- it resembles a Tide pod if anything. The new logo was discovered inside of a surfing mini game that was hidden inside of the latest Canary versions of Edge.

Edge's slick new logo looks like a wave... get it? You're surfing the web. Just don't try and eat the new Edge logo, okay? Microsoft's brand new Edge browser will launch on January 15, 2020 with the new logo. You can try out the new Edge browser in release candidate form here.

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Windows 10 update KB4524147, fixes nothing, breaks more!

Shannon Robb | Mon, Oct 7 2019 4:45 PM CDT

Users of Windows 10 are no stranger to updates causing issues. But, a recent update has really shown just how bad it can go.

Windows 10 update KB4524147, fixes nothing, breaks more! 01 | TweakTown.com

That's right, a recent update labeled KB4524147, which is supposed to fix some Internet explorer and printing bugs. Has instead gone YOLO on users start menu causing an error prompt reading as the user describes "Critical error start menu not working, sign out ... or something like that ." rendering PC's far harder to navigate.

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Windows 10 is now on 900M devices, 1 billion milestone in 2020

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Sep 24 2019 9:48 PM CDT

Windows 10 is now on over 900 million devices, with a tweet directly from Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices Group at Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi.

Microsoft's latest operating system is on a bunch of devices that go beyond just the PC, with Windows 10 inside of HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, the entire Surface family of devices, and more.

We should expect to see Windows 10 reach over 1 billion users at this rate in the coming months, with early 2020 seeming the most likely. Microsoft had 800 million users on Windows 10 in March which was 6 months ago now, so we should expect February-March 2020 for the huge 1B milestone.

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Windows 10 game bar update includes FPS counter in overlay

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Sep 22 2019 10:31 PM CDT

Microsoft has been making some great changes for gamers in Windows 10, and it looks like one of the best ones is now here -- an FPS counter built into the game bar.

The news broke with Mike Ybarra, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Program Management, who tweeted the updated game bar with its FPS counter. The updated game bar will display real-time frames per second for your games, as well as an Achievements overlay.

Achievements in the overlay is a nice touch, a nice quality of life feature that will make keeping a tab on your achievements easier than going into a separate sub menu. I think the inclusion of an FPS counter is a much bigger deal, as more and more people like to keep a track of their in-game performance.

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Android 10 is now rolling out to all Google Pixel smartphones

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Sep 3 2019 11:16 PM CDT

Google is pushing out Android Q onto all Pixel smartphones, something that includes the newer Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL and should come out-of-the-box on the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.

Android 10 is now rolling out to all Google Pixel smartphones | TweakTown.com

Android 10 is now available for Pixel smartphone owners and as a Pixel 3 XL owner, I've upgraded to Android 10 -- up from the latest Android Q beta. Google has said that it is getting Android 10 into more smartphones and other brands, with the company saying it is "working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year".

Android 10 provides system-wide Dark Mode which is one my favorite things, improved battery life, and a slew of new features that include a new Focus Mode that will keep you, yes, more focused. Android 10 also features full support for foldable smartphones like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

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Microsoft will STILL have humans listen in on Skype and Cortana chats

Jak Connor | Thu, Aug 15 2019 1:06 AM CDT

Services that have voice assistant software have been under fire as of late, as it was discovered that many of these services have manual, or human reviewing.

Microsoft will STILL have humans listen in on Skype and Cortana chats | TweakTown.com

Microsoft is one of the companies that many users of Skype and Cortana have concerns with as it wasn't clearly indicated in their privacy policy that humans would be reviewing some conversations. Since these concerns arose, Microsoft has gone over their privacy policy and updated it, but still human workers will be listening in on some conversations and voice commands to improve the service quality.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard that "We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content." Microsoft's new privacy policy states "Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing."

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Microsoft confirms some users are stuck in Windows 10 S mode

Shannon Robb | Fri, Aug 2 2019 7:11 PM CDT

Windows 10 always seems to have a new bug lurking around, and today is no different. Many users whose systems come out of the box in Windows 10 in S mode (formally named Windows 10 S) usually can switch out of S mode within the Microsoft Store.

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Unfortunately, many users are found in a loop of sorts as the store option to switch it is a blank page.

You may not be familiar with Windows 10 in S mode or formerly "Windows 10 S". Windows 10 S is and was a Windows 10 version based strictly around the locked-down control of only installing Windows 10 store apps. It enables some pretty strict security as there is no capability to run EXE on a Windows 10 in S mode device. This allows for a much more secure OS environment, but is not conducive to getting work done for most users as they are locked to only store apps.

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Microsoft's new start menu look makes you want to throw-up

Jak Connor | Thu, Jul 25 2019 3:00 AM CDT

Most PC users that use Windows enjoy the well-defined visual look of the start menu, imagine if that all changed and in the next Windows update it was massively big and bulky.

The above video is sourced from Windows Central who has got his hands-on Windows 10 internal build 118947. From the video, we are introduced to the new start menu appearance and what the user-interface (UI) will look like for Windows Insider users. Judging from the UI layout, Microsoft seem to be taking a more tile-like look to the start menu, creating bigger and more accessible app icons.

It should be noted that this is a very early design of the start-menu and is subject to change as Microsoft tweaks it here and there after they get insider feedback from users. For me personally, this menu is a step in the wrong direction as it reminds me too much of the sham Windows 8 was. The bulkiness adds a fatter look to the aesthetic design of Windows and doesn't improve the visual appearance at all. As for utility measures, how much does bigger app tiles really improve the users experience? And is it enough for Microsoft to roll out this to base Windows 10 OS's?

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