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

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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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Technology Tricks Bring VR to 500 Dollar PC Level

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Bulky, expensive hardware, technical glitches and questionable content are certainly the key barrier to mass adoption of AR and VR technology. Mass adoption is needed in order for any technology to became pervasive. With VR, that adoption is even more important as digital immersion can be overwhelming. As far as gaming content goes, it takes several years to create a big game, if you are being backed by a large publisher. To close the circle – when compared to the global gaming market, market for premium VR gaming is small. Oculus and HTC are both promising numerous experiences that will push those boundaries, such as Top

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Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Edition to Run on 2017 PCs

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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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See the Microsoft Windows 10 Holographic Concept Video

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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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Microsoft to Offer Data Plans, Mobile Service

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MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator is becoming a thing of fashion among IT giants, and could start to slowly squeeze conventional telecom operators, especially among the early adopters. Among the traditional IT names, IBM was the first that ran its own MVNO that was accessible to non-employees (back in 1990s, you could subscribe to IBM’s modem service and use it globally), but that was not widely adopted until Amazon launched its Kindle tablet, which used Qualcomm’s MVNO, and later replaced it with an in-house, SIM-free architecture for Kindle devices more known as the Whispernet. As Google seeked a path to grow, the company decided to become a fully fledged

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Microsoft Said to Unveil Windows 10 Consumer Preview in January

The next version of Windows won’t be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but rather at a later press event.

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實際操作WINDOWS 10:體驗似曾相似的新功能

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Microsoft(那斯達克交易代號:MSFT)在上個月公佈Windows 10,現在則推出32和64位元的技術預覽版(Technical Preview)供下載,讓使用者試用Microsoft的最新商品。這間總部位於雷德蒙(Redmond)的科技巨擘,在宣佈時提到預覽版只是最初組建的版本,在零售版本於明年上市之前,還會再加入許多功能。儘管如此,這套作業系統已經有夠多新鮮功能可以好好琢磨了。 新功能一覽 [開始]功能表 Windows 10的一大改變就是重新推出[開始]功能表。在Windows 8因為移除[開始]按鈕而遭到強烈反彈之後,現在Microsoft針對Windows 10逐漸回復使用者熟悉的Windows 7風格介面,並加上幾個現代化使用者介面(UI)以增加效果。因此,雖說Windows 10再度使用[開始]功能表,但採用了動態磚(Live Tile),便呈現和Windows 7大不相同的景象。 使用者會在功能表左側看見常用程式清單,右側則有可當作通知或啟動程式的捷徑使用的動態磚。使用者不僅能重新調整動態磚大小並四處移動,還能變更[開始]功能表本身的大小。另外一項新增功能為統一的變更,其運作方式和使用Windows 7搜尋的方式相當類似,但能夠透過網路查詢結果。 任務檢視 任務檢視(Task View)是Microsoft的虛擬桌面模式版本,這項功能已經在其他作業系統中使用一段時間了。使用者可以運用任務檢視,以類似陳列的方式,查看自己建立的所有桌面,也能將視窗整理成好幾個桌面,以便透過貼齊功能同時進行多項工作。使用工作列的按鈕或Windows + TAB捷徑,就能存取任務檢視。 使用者還可利用任務檢視建立多個桌面,並且叢集桌面以切換檢視畫面。舉例來說,您可以用Word文件和Excel試算表來建立一個桌面,再用另一個桌面顯示音樂用戶端和瀏覽器。啟動任務檢視之後,就會在畫面最底部顯示所有可用的桌面清單。而且只要將滑鼠懸停在桌面上,就能查看您在桌面中開啟哪些確切的應用程式。 貼齊輔助 Microsoft在Windows 8推出了貼齊(Snap)模式,這項功能也在Windows 10稍有改變。現在每個應用程式都能動態調整大小,也可以透過按一下Windows鍵和向左或向右鍵,來貼齊畫面左側或右側。可貼齊至畫面的應用程式數量也增加到四個了。 搜尋 除了在[開始]功能表提供搜尋列之外,Microsoft也在工作列加入一個搜尋按鈕。這個搜尋按鈕的目的在於讓使用者能輕易找到最近使用的文件與檔案。 其他變更 Windows 10的其中一項重大改變,就是不再沿用[開始]畫面,現在所有的現代化應用程式都以桌面模式呈現在個別視窗中。 Microsoft在公佈產品時花上許多時間示範的一項功能,是Windows存在已久的堅實功能,也是打從Windows 98問世以來就少有變化的功能。Windows 10則提供新的命令提示,讓您可使用Ctrl + V鍵直接貼上。這是當時示範的唯一一項功能,目前還無法得知在這套作業系統上市之前,會不會增加其他變更。 如何安裝Windows 10 如果您想在明年Windows 10零售版推出後,先測試預覽組建版本再購買的話,可以前往Microsoft網站下載ISO。考慮到這是預覽組建版本,而且和最終版本依然天差地遠,我們建議您將Windows 10安裝在備用機器或虛擬機器上。 下載ISO之後,用DVD或USB建立可開機光碟,或是繼續使用ISO在您選擇的虛擬機器程式中進行安裝。以下是官方的硬體需求: 處理器:速度達1GHz以上,且能支援PAE、NX和SSE2 硬碟空間:16GB RAM:1GB (32位元)或2GB (64位元) 視訊卡:使用WDDM driver驅動程式的Microsoft DirectX 9圖形裝置 如果您安裝過Windows 7或Windows 8,那麼安裝Windows 10的方式也相去無幾,基本上只需要按[下一步]按鈕就行了。由於這是預覽組建版本,我們建議您採用「自訂安裝」選項,不要升級。 系統會在安裝過程中要求您登入您的Microsoft帳戶,以儲存您的設定,此外也會要求您登入OneDrive以使用雲端儲存。 結論 Microsoft透過Windows 10實踐重大進展,統整了橫跨桌上型電腦、平板電腦和智慧型手機等所有型態因素的Windows體驗。這間軟體製造商在推出Windows 8時無法做到這點,但這次卻從錯誤中學習,推出跨平台應用程式、統一的外觀,以及在各種裝置中更加一致的使用者介面。此外Windows 10顯然針對觸控式裝置推出眾多加強功能,但這次也針對桌上型使用者推出豐富的新功能了。

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Hands-on With Windows 10: What's New Is Also Familiar

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Here’s a run down on what’s new with Windows 10.

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Microsoft Has Over 1 Million Windows 10 Downloads

Microsoft is already proudly exclaiming that their alpha version of Windows 10 has already gotten over 1 million users to download it and start testing it

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Microsoft Windows 10 Preview Minimum Specs and Download Released

Want to see what all the buzz was about yesterday? Well, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is giving you a chance to test out the Windows 10 Preview for free as long as you agree to become an ‘insider’ and help them improve it before it launches next year. All you need to do is head over to the Windows 10 Preview site and log in with your Microsoft account and then make sure your system meets the minimum specifications. If you’re already running Windows 8.1 you’re pretty much read to go and the OS will handle everything for you. System requirements Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster RAM:

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MICROSOFT跳過WINDOWS 9,直接推出WINDOWS 10

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Microsoft(那斯達克交易代號:MSFT)似乎決定徹底跳過Windows 9,直接以Windows 10為名,推出新版Windows作業系統了。 這項新策略確實符合公司長久以來一貫的目標,此舉有助於統整服務商場和應用程式,同時也根據使用者運用的平台繼續提供可自訂的體驗。因此使用者現在能在手機、平板電腦和PC上使用相同的應用程式,也(希望)能夠透過雲端技術,橫跨各種裝置共用資料。Windows 10也再度採用開始功能表,並捨棄Windows 8和8.1使用的全螢幕開始功能表。如此當您使用開始功能表時,就可自訂快顯圖示的大小,還可以像使用Windows 7和Windows 8那樣進行搜尋,但是,搜尋方塊現在也能進行網路搜尋了。Microsoft這招著實令人激賞,因為這麼一來Bing大有機會成為預設搜尋引擎,進而有助於拉抬Bing的歡迎度。 Microsoft也採用新的多工處理使用者介面(UI),重新啟用某些舊版的子母畫面,此外也採用多重檢視畫面,使得外觀看來和Apple的OSX Expose頗為相似。另外Microsoft在小細節也有所改善,Windows 10的命令提示功能就是一例,這項功能一直都沒有任何改變,現在您可以將內容貼上指令提示,不用再靠手動輸入了。 Microsoft似乎也不再積極發展Metro UI,強迫使用者採用全螢幕的動態磚應用程式,而是更加順應使用者熟悉的介面。如同許多人所說的,Microsoft從Windows 7跳到Windows 8的進展太過激烈,讓使用者無法慢慢適應變化。Windows 10真的可說是安插進Windows 7和Windows 8之中,並且在兩者間取得折衷點。Microsoft顯然意識到使用者的需求,以及他們先前就是不聽取這樣的需求,反而自行其事(推出Windows 8)。有些人可能會把這件事怪到Ballmer頭上,但其實離職的Sinofsky才該負起更多責任。 如果您想測試這套最新的作業系統,Microsoft即將提供「內部人士」先睹為快,讓人測試Windows 10並提供意見回饋。這套作業系統預計在2015下半年上市,公司也尚未透露升級內容,以及針對Windows 7和Windows 8使用者的價格為何。

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Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Introduces Windows 10

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) appears to have decided to entirely skip the idea of Windows 9 and release their next version of Windows as Windows 10. The company’s new strategy does in fact do what the company has been aiming to do for quite some time. It helps unify the marketplaces and apps while still giving people customizeable experiences depending on the platform that they’re using. So now users can use the same app on their phone, tablet, and PC while also being able to (hopefully) share data across those devices through the cloud. They are also bringing back the start menu and getting rid of the full-page

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