After being unveiled at the Microsoft event a few days ago now we get to learn some of the technical specs that power the company's new Surface Hub - a productivity and collaboration hardware product.
> 55-inch display at 1080p or 84-inch at 4K > Displays locked at 120 HZ for no-lag writing > Optically bounded displays for extra clarity (as on the Surface Pro) > Supports up to 100 simultaneous touch points > Supports up to 3 pens simultaneously > Powered by Intel Core CPUs > 2 x 1080p cameras and a mic array > HDMI, Miracast, NFC, Bluetooth, USB ports > Powered by a slightly modified version of Windows 10
After taking big swings with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how big a miss they were is open to interpretation -- Microsoft's trying to redefine how we work with computers once more. We're going to get a much closer look at Windows 10 at 9AM PT/12PM ET tomorrow (which we'll be liveblogging, naturally), and all the usual suspects will be on hand to wax poetic about Windows' next steps: There's CEO Satya Nadella, of course, along with Windows chief Terry Myerson, mobile impresario Joe Belfiore and Xbox czar Phil Spencer. Let's take a moment to look at what we know -- and what we expect -- Microsoft will show off in Redmond very soon.
Microsoft is working on a new browser for Windows 10, and if you have been following our leaks, you will remember our post from way back in September where we began talking about the new browser and its updated interface.
Since then, I have posted about how we have heard that the Trident engine has been forked to allow for a new browser, which is being developed under the internal codename 'Spartan'. This browser name has been spotted in a few leaks but its user interface has remained a mystery to the outside world, until now.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, a 13-inch laptop that weighs a scant 2.6 pounds and measures just half an inch thick. It was impressive, to be sure, but it won't be the last: Thanks to Intel's new Core M chips, we're about to see a ton of impossibly thin notebooks. The latest comes from HP, whose just-announced EliteBook Folio 1020 weighs as little as 2.2 pounds and measures 15.7mm thick. We say "as little as" because when the thing goes on sale early next year, it'll be available in two flavors: a regular version that weighs 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) and a special edition that comes in at 1kg (that's the 2.2-pound one). Both are light, as I found in my brief time with them, but the 1kg model is noticeably lighter, so you might want to wait for that to arrive, if either of these strikes your fancy.
I haven't reviewed an Ultrabook in months. It's not because I've grown lazy; it's because there just haven't been many new models to test. Nearly every laptop that crosses Engadget's reviews desk these days is a gaming notebook, a Chromebook or maybe one of those super-cheap netbook things. So here I am, dusting off my Ultrabook-testing skills with the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the company's latest flagship laptop. Like every Yoga that's come before it, this new model has a 360-degree hinge that allows it to fold back into tablet mode. It also keeps that stunning 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen. But that's not what's interesting to me. No, I'm curious about this because it's the first notebook I'm testing with a new Intel Core M chip, which allows the Yoga 3 Pro to be 17 percent thinner than its predecessor, not to mention 15 percent lighter. As a result of moving to a lower-powered chip, the battery life should be better too.
If you buy a Windows 8.1 machine and you lose your recovery disks, the process can be a huge pain in the butt to reinstall the OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has recognized this and is now making it quite easy to reinstall your OS if find yourself in this situation.
You can check out Microsoft's site on how to create the media here or we linked to the download you will need at the bottom of the post. The short version of the directions are that you run the file you download from the link below and the app will give the option to create backup media using a USB drive or on a DVD.
Everyone is well-aware by now that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have not seen the impressive adoption rate of their predecessor. Yet the duo had a particularly good run last month, finally passing 15 percent market share together, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.
More specifically, Windows 8 gained 0.29 percentage points to 5.88 percent while Windows 8.1 gained 4.25 percentage points to 10.92 percent. Together, they owned 16.80 percent of the market at the end of October, up from 12.26 percent at the end of September. It’s certainly a big jump, and Windows 8.1 is finally in the double digits, though it’s not particularly impressive overall given that the latest version has now been available for over a year.
The Xbox One has been getting monthly updates that have added features and improved performance in a number of ways. Of course October is no exception to that and the new Xbox update is now rolling out to all users.
The October update is one of the biggest - or, perhaps, the most visibly obvious - update that the Xbox One has received since launch. It’s also the first iteration of the console’s OS where users will notice significant UI changes.
Thinking about giving the Windows 10 preview build a shot? You aren't the only one -- according to Microsoft, its Windows Insider Program hit one million registrants over the weekend, giving a lot of potential users access to the latest build of its next-gen operating system. Joining the Windows Insider Program doesn't necessarily translate to an installed preview, but it is the only way to get access to Windows 10 currently. While it's not clear how many of those millions have installed the OS, Microsoft says it has received over 200,000 pieces of feedback through Windows' native feedback application.
Today's deal is the racing game, Need For Speed Rivals, currently being sold at Amazon.com for only $19. That price is cheaper than you normally see used games for, so for a new game this is a steal. Keep in mind, however, that the game has not received universal praise. While some sites, like Gamespot, gave it an 8 out of 10, the Metacritic score is only 76, and the average user rating is a miserable 6.4 out of 10. That said, this is the 20th release in the series, so there's obviously a fanbase that enjoys it. If that's you, then this deal can't be beat.
Five days ago Microsoft ended official mainstream support for Windows 7 which was launched in 2009 with over 100 million copies sold. What this means is that any non-security issues won’t be supported unless your business signs up for an extended support plan. Also any features such as the upcoming DirectX 12 won’t be available. On January 14th 2020 all support for Windows 7 will stop, and Microsoft’s most stable operating system since Windows XP will be switched off.
Microsoft has been making it easier for entry-level devices to be built using Windows and the latest iteration of this comes from Intel, which has shoved a PC inside of a stick the size of a media streamer.
The device, called the Intel Compute Stick, has similar specs to the entry-level tablets we have been seeing hit the market recently. With an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 32 GB of eMMC storage, 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n, one USB port (for powering the device) and HDMI (1.4a), the stick is nearly a complete PC in a tiny package.
Microsoft's outdated OS, Windows XP is continuing its steep decline and during the month of October it dropped roughly 4% while Windows 8 climbed steadily during the same time period.
The drop in XP market share is likely a big relief for Microsoft as it shows that the OS is quickly fading away from relevancy as it is no longer being supported by the company. The modest gains by Windows 8/8.1 shows that consumers are moving from XP to the new platform too. But, Windows 7 is still holding strong and shows no significant signs of shrinkage.
ASUS has resurrected its budget-focused Eee brand on a new 11-inch Windows 8.1 notebook, which features a Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, a webcam and microHDMI port for just $199.
That device is the EeeBook X205, and it's priced at just $199 USD (roughly €160 EUR / £125 GBP / $230 AUD / 12,200 INR). The mini-notebook features an 11-inch display with HD (1366x768px) resolution, and its spec list also includes:
Quad-core Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail-T processor2GB RAM32GB / 64GB onboard storage (plus microSDXC slot)VGA webcammicroHDMI portBluetooth 4.0Up to 12 hours of web browsing980g
As a matter of fact, we’re rolling out a new build today – Build 9860! This is the first update build to Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we’ll continue to deliver more as part of the Windows Insider Program. Sometimes they’ll be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer gaps, but they will always be chock full of changes and improvements, as well as some bugs and things that are not quite done. As we’ve said, we’re sharing stuff early and moving quickly to do so. In fact, the build that we’re rolling out today is something that we ourselves only got a little over a week ago! I hope that you’re as excited about seeing these early builds as we are to share them with you and hear your feedback.
Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 9860 today and if you haven't downloaded it yet, here is how you can do so. Along with the new release, Microsoft is introducing a new cadence option for how quickly you will receive new builds.
As part of the update, if you go in to the 'Update and Recovery' section of the settings, there is a new option for how quickly you will receive your builds. There you will see the drop down for fast and slow options.
On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft pushes out patches to its millions of users around the world. Bundled in with today's release, is an update for IE 11 that adds some new functionality to the browser. This particular update is showing up on Windows 8.1 x64 with IE 11.0.13 and for those of you on the Windows 10 technical preview, you may not see this update.
If you take a look at the picture at the top of page, you can see the new search bar that is appearing for those of you who are running IE 11 and Windows 8.1. Based on a post in our forums, this may be for users on Windows 8 and above as those on Windows 7 are not seeing the change. We posted the older page below for reference.
There are cheap Windows tablets and then there are cheap Windows tablets and thanks to the HKTDC show in Hong Kong, we are now seeing devices that cost as little as $65. That price represents a new entry-level, well below the $81 price of the most affordable Windows 8.1 tablet previously announced - but what you get for that price is nothing short of bare-bones entry level equipment.
So what does this low cost actually get you? You will get a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an Intel Z3735G quad-core Bay Trail processor. The device is called the EM-i8170, and it is manufactured by Emdoor, which unveiled another low-cost Windows 8.1 device earlier this year - the $99 8-inch EM-i8080, which includes integrated 3G connectivity.