Microsoft's been fairly mum when it comes to offering a release date for Windows 10, though the company has said to expect it sometime "this summer." That's only semi-helpful if you're planning a new build around Windows 10 and don't want to bother with the free upgrade. In that case, how's end of July suit you? During an earnings call last week, AMD CEO Lisa Su let slip that Windows 10 will launch in just three months.
Research firms IDC and Gartner have published their respective PC shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2015 and they don’t make for pretty reading. According to both firms, the PC market squandered the momentum of recent quarters during the latest three-month period, though they don’t see eye to eye on the extent of the decline in global PC shipments.
There’s a new version of Microsoft Solitaire Collection in this one
It’s time for your weekly dose of Windows 10 builds. Over the past month or so alone, we’ve had as many as five new builds—both official releases and leaks—with the last one finding its way onto the Internet Friday. (A few more and we’ll soon have to do a “This Week in Windows 10 Builds” roundup.) Build 10056 includes a new version of Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire card game(s), a new dark OS theme, and a few more things.
Another day, another Windows 10 leak. So what if it’s not even been a week since the release of the last official Windows 10 Technical Preview build (10049)? It’s never too soon for a build leak. But you’re going to have to lower your expectations a touch this time as build 10051 — the one that has just leaked — isn’t much farther along in the development cycle than the last official release.
Microsoft won plaudits from privacy advocates when it released Internet Explorer 10 in 2012 with the Do Not Track (DNT) option enabled by default. For obvious reasons, the move didn't go down well with advertisers, who saw it as an act of overbearing unilateralism on the company's part. Microsoft, though, remained steadfast ... until now.
From half a dozen to several dozen support Lumia phones
When Microsoft made available its first Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, it only officially supported six Lumia handsets (630, 635, 636, 638, 730, and 830). The reason? Microsoft had to select from a set of phones that had sufficient system partition sizes configured by the manufacturer in order to do in-place upgrades. Well, with the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, the mobile operating system will support a total of 36 Lumia devices, Microsoft stated in a blog post.
Some changes are coming to the way Microsoft's Project Spartan and Internet Explorer browsers will handle the web once Windows 10 ships. As originally conceived, both browsers would use the new rendering engine built for Project Spartan, and both would be capable of switching back to the legacy Trident engine to load certain sites that use dated technologies, and also to ensure compatibility among specific enterprise sites. Not anymore.
OEMs are currently required to allows users to manually disable UEFI Secure Boot
Microsoft courted controversy when it emerged, in the lead-up to Windows 8’s release, that OEMs were required to enable Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)Secure Boot by default in order to have their systems certified for use with Windows 8. Widespread fears that the security feature would have the effect of locking out other operating systems were allayed when another requirement surfaced: “A physically present user must be allowed to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup.” However, the same may not be true when Windows 10 arrives later this year.
Some upgrade scenarios will require physical media
Microsoft dropped a bombshell yesterday when it revealed that even Windows pirates will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, though we have a clarification on that, which we'll get to in a moment. The Redmond outfit also outlined how you'll be able to make the leap to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year -- if you have a PC or tablet running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 with all the latest updates, you'll be able to upgrade using the Windows Update service. The same goes for Windows Phone 8.1.
Software piracy has been the bane of Microsoft's existence ever since the first copy of Windows was pirated. Since then, it's been a cat and mouse game between Microsoft and software pirates, but when it comes to Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft is willing to call a truce. More specifically, reports have emerged that Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to all Windows users, even those running non-genuine copies.