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Will “Windows as a Service” Model be successful for Microsoft?

Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Ever since Microsoft came out with the Windows 10, Redmond has been positioning this Operating System (OS) as the final direct release, with all the future versions being built off this foundation. Microsoft is trying to capture back market share which PCs have lost to mobile computing. Microsoft allowed for program compatibility and ecosystem support blunders with Windows 7 Mobile, Windows 8 Mobile, Windows 8 x86, and Windows 8 ARM (RT). The company let its Windows ecosystem to become fragmented, removed backwards compatibility, and many of its consumer developers moved away from Microsoft to focus on iOS and Android OS created by Apple and Google

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Microsoft Unveils ARM-based Windows 10 With Full X86 Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Four years ago, Microsoft was lead by Steve Ballmer, caught in a whirlwind of the “tablet tsunami” and eroding market share. The company wanted to ditch its traditional desktop apps in favor of new touch-based apps for tablets which featured ARM processors. A half-hearted project named Windows RT was born. “Windows on ARM” project debuted on Microsoft’s first Surface RT device featuring NVIDIA Tegra processor. It was a bold and confusing attempt to force people into a new world of touch apps, but Microsoft made the fatal mistake of providing something that looked like Windows but didn’t function like Windows. Windows RT couldn’t run traditional desktop apps, but

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Microsoft Finalizing Its HoloLens, VR Headset Specifications

In just a few days time, Microsoft will host WinHEC, its annual hardware / platform conference. This time around, the location is Shenzhen, China – also known as the hardware design capital of the world. Intel has 600 people here working on hardware form factors, while the similar story is with Microsoft and a few other known global players. 2017-2018 hardware strategy will evolve around two things: Microsoft HoloLens and “Microsoft VR”. The first device will be built and branded as Microsoft, while the latter will be a specification for the selected partners – Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Should the VR headsets from the partners take

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Cube i7 Book 2 Intel Tablet with Windows 10

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After a recent review of Onda OBook 20, we were wondering what are further developments in the world of affordable tablets and convertibles. Onda’s dual boot feature was quite intriguing, but being based on Cherry Trail meant the performance was somewhat lagging even behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (in case of Android OS). After some digging, we discovered the Cube i7 Book 2 tablet/laptop. Amazingly, it isn’t all that more expensive than the Cherry Trail-based Obook. Decision to name the product “I7” in order to bring attention to the processing side would pay dividends if the Cube I7 actually featured Intel’s Core i7 processor. Instead, this

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Review: Onda OBook 20 Plus Dual OS Tablet

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There are many Windows 10 tablets on the market. Labeled as “transformers”, “2-in-1s” or “convertibles” – they mostly pack a decent specs list. The same can be said for Android tablets. However, it seems the two operating systems mentioned do not satisfy their customers and it isn’t surprising to see dual boot tablets coming out of Far East. Of course, there are some technical issues related to the compatibility, but devices such as Onda OBook 20 seem to solve such problems. The design of the device is slick and thin. Back of the OBook 20 features a clean plastic back-plate in an champagne color. Front

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Microsoft Pulls an Apple with the New Surface Products

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At the annual Surface event, this time dubbed as the Windows 10 event, Microsoft showed us its new, really good looking and innovative devices, as well as software tidbits that we are really happy to see. The company showcased Windows 10 Creators Update, a new update that is expected to become available in April 2017. Windows 10 Creator’s Edition features Paint 3D, better gaming (including 4K and in-game broadcasting) features, a new photo and video sharing feature, as well as Augmented Reality (HoloLens) and Virtual Reality (Windows VR) updates. This is the update that was formerly known as “Redstone 2”, with Insiders Preview to follow later this

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Microsoft Windows VR Headset Devices Coming in April 2017

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Microsoft product lineup surprised everyone today, but the biggest surprise was planned for VR fans. The company revealed a range of Windows VR headsets alongside its upcoming Windows 10 update known as “Redstone”. This update will come to market as the Windows 10 Creator’s Edition, scheduled for April 2017. This new hardware platform will be manufactured respective partners: Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and HP. Not only are these devices cheaper than the Oculus Rift and Vive, but Microsoft says they’re better too. “These headsets will be the first and only to ship with inside-out, six degrees of freedom sensors,” said Terry Myerson, Executive VP of the Windows

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Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Edition to Run on 2017 PCs

Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Following the troublesome release of Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, which “bricked” tens of millions of webcams around the world, Microsoft is turning its attention to “Windows 10 Holographic Edition”. Unlike the HoloLens stand-alone computer, Holographic Edition will run on PCs, targeting discrete VR HMDs such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and a numerous upcoming headsets based on OSVR and Intel’s own Project Alloy. However, we would not advise you to expect rosy marketing statements to come true, promising Windows 10 Holographic Edition to run: “on an inexpensive and tiny Intel NUC at 90 fps.” Because that ‘tiny and inexpensive’ NUC is a 600 dollar Skylake-S based NUC6i7KYK, and secondly –

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Graphene Batteries Enable Future; Magic Leap and other AR/VR Players

Dongxu Optoelectronics G-King Graphene Battery Pack

Third week of July saw a major technology breakthrough that will probably affect the shape of the world we currently live in. While the previous attempts at creating a non-lithium based battery pack did not result in a major volume, the tide is turning. Turnigy Graphene brought the technology to market for DIY and enthusiast markets (battery packs for drones, model planes, RC cars etc.), and now Chinese company Dongxu Optoelectronics launched a consumer version of the graphene battery technology.  Named G-King Battery Pack, Dongxu is launching a battery pack for mobile phones and tablets promising record quick recharges. While the product has somewhat modest capacity of 4,800 mAh (Thermaltake’s

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Microsoft Tick-Tock: Xbox One S and Project Scorpio

Microsoft Xbox One S compared with the original Xbox One. Credit: The Verge

At it’s pre-E3 2016 conference, Microsoft announced the long awaited shift of its console model. In a nutshell, Xbox is becoming an regularly-refreshed product just like the Surface line of tablets and convertible PCs. Future Xbox refreshes will occur in an annual cycle, moving to a strategy that Intel used to call “Tick-Tock”. Just like Intel, Microsoft plans to release a high-end version of the console first, followed by a slimmed down version. Microsoft did not disclose the exact refresh cycle strategy, but we would not be surprised if the company decides to use E3 as the place where their annual or bi-annual refreshes will be announced. The exact

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Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?

Seebright Ripple Augmented Reality Developer Kit

Augmented Reality, also called Mixed Reality (MR, MxR) is set to represent a very large part of our lives. Even today, if you own a car with a heads-up display (HUD), you are a user of Augmented Reality. Still, the development of AR applications is extremely difficult due to high barrier of entry. Unlike the VR, where you can purchase an Open Source VR Hacker 1.4 headset (OSVR) for just $299.99 –   AR headsets can set you back for thousands of dollars. Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. Osterhaut Design Group sells their R-7 glasses for $2799.99. Thus,

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See the Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Concept Video

Microsoft HoloLens Hardware FINAL

Microsoft decided to take a calculated risk and leave the Virtual Reality market to Facebook (through Oculus and Samsung) and HTC with their dedicated headsets Gear VR, Rift and Vive. Their focus is on Augmented Reality, or simply put – “Mixed Reality”. The term MR is expected to replace AR quite soon, and Microsoft’s latest video demonstrates they clearly don’t want to be associated with AR as well. The video shows the vision of how can productivity be increased by introducing the collaboration/co-location effect between different users on separate locations. All future users of HoloLens should need is a collaborative suite (perhaps Microsoft’s own HoloOffice?). We certainly hope

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Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

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Microsoft is ending its ‘free Windows 10’ upgrade program. Ever since the company announced the availability of Windows 10 and a free upgrade for the older versions, the company was adamant it will only offer free upgrade program ‘for a limited amount of time’. That free upgrade program ends on July 29th, 2016. While there is a loophole that can keep your systems running on Windows 7,  8 and 8.1 and still get the Windows 10 upgrade, discovered thanks to ZDNet: “When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the Windows 10 setup program checks your current activation status and reports the result to the activation

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Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade coming to Windows Phone 8.1

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Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 Mobile shares a lot with the Windows 10 PC systems, potentially giving the mobile users a perfect solution for their mobile demands. Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile is the latest attempt to take on smartphone OS leaders Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). After months of announcements and discussion going, Microsoft finally released the OS upgrade for select Windows Phone 8.1 devices. “Consistent with our approach to the Windows 10 PC upgrade, we are focused on delivering a high quality experience for our customers,” said Michael Fortin (Corporate VP, Core Quality, Windows and Devices Group). “The Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app can be downloaded from the Windows Store

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Tim Sweeney Rightfully Attacks Microsoft over Windows Store

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‘Poor’ Microsoft. The company simply doesn’t know how to do a right move without offending, or simply infringing the rights of its consumers. First Microsoft shoveled Windows 10 Upgrade down everyone’s throats (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 all push Windows 10 upgrade as almost-mandatory), and then started doing potentially anti-trust acts. Windows 10 Store lacks any serious AAA titles – be that gaming or an applications, and it is not getting better with titles that are being released now. The list of AAA gaming titles that experienced severe user-friendly failure test over the past couple of weeks is astounding: Gears of War 10th Anniversary – performance on AMD is

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Free Forza Motorsport 6 to arrive in Windows 10 Store

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex

Windows 10 Store was recently exposed to a healthy dose of criticism showing the issues customers face if they purchase games inside Microsoft’s e-tail platform. Titles such as ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ and ‘Quantum Break’ come with a list of incredible limitations that software developers will really have to remove if Windows Store is to become anything else but “Games for Windows 2”. In order to bring the platform to the level of experience delivered by Valve’s Steam or EA’s Origin, Microsoft prepared a flagship title. This game will utilize all the latest technologies offered by Windows 10. We’re talking about DirectX 12 API, high-resolution textures and support

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Get Microsoft HoloLens for $3,000

Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition

Even though February 29th happens once every four years, but February 29th, 2016 will stay in memory as a very important day for Virtual and Mixed Reality. First, HTC launched pre-orders for its Vive Virtual Reality system, then Microsoft launched pre-orders for its Augmented Reality system, HoloLens. Naturally, there is a big difference between the two – HTC Vive will retail for anywhere between $799 (United States) to €899 (European Union), while Microsoft is starting to sell HoloLens Development Edition. This is far from a retail product, and just like Google Glass of yesteryear, Microsoft is pushing all the cost down to developers, and probably not loosing any money

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Bill Gates sides with FBI on Apple encryption fight?

Apple Net Neutrality

The situation concerning the backdoor access to the Apple iPhone 5C used by the San Bernardino shooter Syed Ryzwan Farook – is heating up. Even Bill Gates weighed in on the subject, revealing to Financial Times that he would allow FBI one-time access to the attacker’s mobile phone. He stated that all tech companies (including Apple) should comply with government requests for assistance pertaining to investigations regarding terrorist activity. In more areas than one, some agree with Gates. This would be a one time-only access. It would allow the FBI to further investigate this case, revealing more info about an attack that shocked the United

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See Microsoft’s Super Bowl Augmented Reality Vision

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The time has come – a neverending stream of Super Bowl commercials is hitting the Internets, and every major and minor company is trying to get their place under the #superbowl hashtag, which is bound to become trending any moment now. Instead of creating a Superbowl ad, Microsoft created a longer, two-minute video which details their vision on how HoloLens plans to change the way you watch sports. Since its unveiling, HoloLens showed that Augmented Reality or Mixed Reality (as Magic Leaps calls it) has a lot of potential to become a mainstream technology. Microsoft is working hard on launching the HoloLens Development Kit, expected to ship in March 2016 – just in

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Lumia 950 and 950 XL Owners Get a Free Year of Office 365

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This isn’t the first time Microsoft is giving away free stuff to owners of its Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. A few weeks ago, everyone who pre-ordered Lumia 950 XL smartphone received a free Display Dock. Now, the software/hardware giant from Redmond is giving away something more interesting, a free year of Office 365 subscription to owners of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. A rather nice way to say thanks for choosing the company’s flagship smartphones, isn’t it? In case you were wondering, the Office 365 Personal subscription is now reduced to $59.99, making this a rather interesting offer. Customers that are eligible for the subscription are

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