operating system http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/199/ en Build 9926 Arrives with Some More Pages from Windows’ Next Chapter http://www.maximumpc.com/build_9926_arrives_some_more_pages_windows%E2%80%99_next_chapter992 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/cortana-409x350.png" alt="Windows 10 Build 9926" title="Windows 10 Build 9926" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Fast and slow rings receive January build simultaneously</h3> <p>A couple of days after its much talked about “Windows 10: The Next Chapter” event and over two months after the last official preview release, Microsoft on Friday <strong>rolled out a new Windows 10 Technical Preview build to the Windows Insider Program</strong>. A lot has changed from the last build, with the <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/23/january-build-now-available-to-the-windows-insider-program/" target="_blank">January Technical Preview containing many new features and apps</a> (including some that are a bit too incipient to be of any real use at this stage).</p> <p>This latest build (<a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download" target="_blank">download</a>) includes: Cortana integration; Continuum interface with separate desktop and tablet modes; a new Start Menu that metamorphoses into Start Screen in tablet mode; a new Settings app that has, among other things, a Control Panel-esque homepage; and finally a more convenient way to connect to wireless audio and video devices via the new Action Center. Build 9926 isn’t short on new apps, either. They include new versions of Photos, Maps and the Windows Store (in beta; old version also present), as well as an all-new Xbox app.</p> <p>A lot of what is in this build can be seen in action in the following video walkthrough of Windows 10 features by Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9phebKc_DOs" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/build_9926_arrives_some_more_pages_windows%E2%80%99_next_chapter992#comments build 9926 january technical preview operating system OS Software windows 10 windows 10 technical preview News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:42:01 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29309 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Now Says Not All Lumia Phones Will Receive Windows 10 Update http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_now_says_not_all_lumia_phones_will_receive_windows_10_update_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_phone.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Phone" title="Windows 10 Phone" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Microsoft jumped the gun on Twitter</h3> <p>There's a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding Windows 10 at the moment, which is understandable since Microsoft just finished revealing a bunch of extra details at a scheduled press event. However, if you direct your attention to Microsoft's Lumia Conversations blog, there's a bit of a buzz-kill for Windows Phone owners. Specifically, <strong>Microsoft said that not all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will see an upgrade to Windows 10</strong>, even though it previously said they would.</p> <p>"We’re making it as easy as possible to get Windows 10. Windows 10 has been designed to run well on today’s Lumia phones. Like any upgrade to a new platform, not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features, and certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware," <a href="http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2015/01/22/the-lumia-you-love-gets-even-better-with-windows-10/" target="_blank">Microsoft said</a>. "Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem along with an expected hundreds of millions of PCs, tablets and other devices running the next generation of Windows."</p> <p>Back in November of last year, Microsoft was saying something different on its Lumia Twitter account.</p> <p>"There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Windows Phone devices. And will we will release new Windows 10 models in the future!," Microsoft tweeted, adding an smiley emoticon for good measure.</p> <p>It's not clear which devices won't see an upgrade to Windows 10, only that some won't make the cut. That's disappointing, both because Microsoft set a contrary expectation two months ago, and also because this isn't the first time owners of older Windows Phone owners have been left behind when a new OS came out.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_now_says_not_all_lumia_phones_will_receive_windows_10_update_2015#comments lumia microsoft mobile operating system OS smartphone Software windows 10 windows phone 8 News Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:54:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29304 at http://www.maximumpc.com Everything We Know About Windows 10 http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_we_know_about_windows_10_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_wall.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Wall" title="Windows 10 Wall" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Free, Surface Hub, Cortana and Hololens</h3> <p><strong>UPDATE: We've updated the story to include more info on Microsoft's PC gaming initiative and talked more about the tweaks to Windows 10.</strong></p> <p><strong>Microsoft held a Windows 10 press conference today and revealed a massive amount of details from the upcoming OS</strong> and much more. After many rumors, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 will be free to Windows 8, 7, and Windows Phone users...for the first year, at least. The company views it as an incentive for users to quickly jump on board to the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft believes this will solve one of its biggest OS issues for developers, and that is OS fragmentation. Beyond the initial year, however, Microsoft hasn’t revealed any pricing details for how much the OS will cost.</p> <p>Another rumor that Microsoft confirmed is that Windows 10 will support Cortana, which the company is pitching as the OS’s personal digital assistant. In short, the character Cortana is based off the character from the Halo games and is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri. With Cortana, Microsoft is saying "she" is really tailored for the PC experience and you will be able to use voice commands to search for locally stored files or files on your One Drive account. These file types will include documents, pictures, music, and more. In the live demo that Microsoft gave on stage, Cortana was able to provide information on the weather, flight information, and more. What’s quite impressive about Cortana is that her voice sounds extremely realistic, much more so than either Apple’s or Google’s equivalents. Microsoft is also saying that Cortana will be able to get smarter and learn about you. For instance, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore asked her what she thinks the Super Bowl score will be. Knowing that Joe is from Seattle, she jokingly said that the Seattle Seahawks would win in dominating fashion. If you’re a little creeped out by this, you’ll be able to clear some of her history about you. She will also be able to tell you more about any particular web page you’re browsing and you’ll be able to right-click on words to get definitions and more.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_project_spartan.jpg" alt="Project Spartan" title="Project Spartan" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>To go along with Cortana, Microsoft is also creating a new browser. Codenamed Project Spartan, Microsoft's new browser will use a new rendering engine and will support note taking with either a stylus or a person's finger. Project Spartan will also let you click on words/phrases and leave comments. You'll then be able to share pages with your comments on them on the various social media outlets. Project Spartan will also enable saving web pages to view offline, much like the Get Pocket app.</p> <p>Microsoft wants to push gaming with Windows 10. "We will treat gaming on Windows 10 with as much passion as on Xbox One," said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division. In addition to supporting DirectX 12, which the company vaguely stated will run up to 50 percent faster than DX11 equivalents, the company announced that users will be able to stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC over a local network. This includes Windows 10 tablets/convertibles. Currently, the build that the company is using only supports 30fps/720p streaming, but Microsoft hopes to up that to 60fps/1080p by the offical release date of Windows 10.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_xbox_one.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Xbox One" title="Windows 10 Xbox One" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>Microsoft also revealed the Xbox app, which will allow you to capture and record the last 30 seconds of gameplay in any PC game, much like Nvidia’s ShadowPlay feature. This includes games from Steam, Uplay, or Origin. In addition, you’ll be able to cut and trim the beginning and ends of clips and share them with your Xbox Live friends on the Xbox app. When we asked if there were plans to integrate the Xbox friends list with Steam’s friends library, the company said it certainly wasn’t against it and said it was in talks with Valve.</p> <p>Currently, the software only records the last 30 seconds of gameplay, but when we asked if there were plans to be able to up the time limit, the company said that was possibility down the road.</p> <p>Microsoft also announced that Fable Legends would no longer be Xbox-exclusive, and will come to PCs. Even better, PC gamers and Xbox One owners will be able to play together online. This is a start of a strategy in which Microsoft envisions cross-platform play. The company confirmed that Xbox achievements will be making their way to PC titles as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another sector that Microsoft said it was interested in improving in the PC gaming space pertains to battery life. With gaming laptops becoming more popular, Microsoft says it's working on optimizing the OS for gaming battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_surface_hub.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Surface Hub" title="Windows 10 Surface Hub" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>Beyond the gaming stuff, Microsoft went over a multitude of other OS updates. Windows 10 will work across a wide variety of devices including phones, tablets, desktops and laptops, and would even eventually come to the Xbox One in some form. Power desktop users worrying that their OS will be compromised with a mobile OS (a la Metro) needn't worry, because the Start button is indeed back. There is, however, a tablet mode where the start button opens up and shows many more touch-friendly icons, but unlike Metro which was quite in-your-face, users can ignore this altogether if they so desired. Other features include the melding of the control panel and settings menus. The company said looking at the data, users were confused by which tool did what.</p> <p>One of the biggest issues with current versions of Windows is 4K scaling. Everything either looks too tiny, or certain programs aren't optimized for the resolution and look blurry. Microsoft said it is working hard to solve this issue both internally and with third-party developers. Considering that 4K seems to be a mere stepping stone for UHD panels at this point, Microsoft also told us that Windows 10 will support 8K. &nbsp;</p> <p>The company's various software suites will be getting updates as well. Outlook will be getting Microsoft's popular ribbon tool, allowing you to properly compose and format letters from your email client. Power Point will support hardware acceleration for fancier transitions. Microsoft is also introducing a new photo-organizing tool, which will collect your images and categorize them by location and time. This photo tool can also enhance images automatically to remove red-eye, and delete duplicate images.&nbsp;</p> <p>The company also announced Surface Hub, which is a Windows 10 PC integrated into an 80-inch 4K TV with a mic, cameras, and touch screen. Using it, you'll be able to use a stylus to draw on PowerPoint presentations, etc. The Hub is being designed for enterprise in mind and will cater to professionals who use Skype video conferencing.</p> <p>Microsoft’s last announcement was arguably the most exciting: Hololens. Many suspected that Microsoft would release a head-mounted display for VR to compete with Oculus Rift/Project Morpheus, however the company opted to go the augmented reality route. Hololens is a head-mounted display, but unlike VR headsets, the Hololens grants you full vision of your surrounding with a clear glass overlay in front of your eyes. In the glass, you’ll have a video feed that beams on to it in real time. The end result is you looking at virtual objects lying around your real living room space. Furthermore, you’ll be able to use the company’s new HoloStudio program to easily build 3D models with your hands. Microsoft is calling it the best print preview for 3D printing out there.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_vr.jpg" alt="Windows 10 VR" title="Windows 10 VR" width="620" height="384" /></p> <p>We got a chance to try the headset and can say we walked away incredibly impressed. Expect a more detailed write-up on it soon. There’s still a lot that we don’t know. For instance, we don’t know how it will interact with Windows 10 PCs considering it is it’s own dedicated, wireless device. We will say that we were pleasantly surprised by it and like VR, it has the potential to be transformative if it’s pulled off right. While no release date was given, Microsoft told us that it would come out during the Windows 10 launch timeframe.</p> <p>When is Windows 10 releasing? The company says it is aiming for this year. When we asked them if it would be coming out during Q4, Microsoft said it hopes to release before then, but gave no concrete date or time frame.</p> <p>What did you think of Microsoft’s various announcements? Let us know in the comments below.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_we_know_about_windows_10_2015#comments cortana Hololens microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:05:55 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29294 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft to Offer Windows 10 as Free Upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offer_windows_10_free_upgrade_windows_7_and_windows_81_users <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_3.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Can't beat the price!</h3> <p>Stop whatever it is you're doing and make a fist. Make sure there isn't a living creature within arm's length, and when the coast is clear, pump your fist in the air in celebration. What are we celebrating? The fact that <strong>Microsoft today confirmed plans to make Windows 10 a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users!</strong> This is exactly the type of announcement we were hoping for, but didn't really think would happen.</p> <p>Yes, there were rumors that Windows 9 would be a free upgrade, most of which suggested the free upgrade would apply to Windows 8/8.1 only. And then Microsoft did something nobody saw coming -- it skipped over Windows 9 and announced Windows 10, giving itself an out to the rumors that Windows 9 would be free. Shenanigans, we thought. And we were wrong.</p> <p>Microsoft is holding a press event today in which it's revealing all kinds of details about Windows 10 and related hardware, including confirmation that Cortana is headed to the desktop. We'll have plenty of coverage once things wrap up, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you heads up about Windows 10.</p> <p>This is a bold move by Microsoft, and of course a welcome one by consumers. The free upgrade will be available for the first year, giving consumers plenty of time to make the transition. It should also mean that Windows 10's market share will eclipse that of Windows 8/8.1 in short order.</p> <p>Stay tuned folks, we'll have more to come!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offer_windows_10_free_upgrade_windows_7_and_windows_81_users#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:31:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29291 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Posts Unpatched Windows 8.1 Vulnerability After Disclosure Deadline http://www.maximumpc.com/google_posts_unpatched_windows_81_vulnerability_after_disclosure_deadline_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_4.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Did Google do the right thing?</h3> <p><strong>There's a bit of debate brewing over whether or not Google did the right thing by posting a Windows 8.1 security vulnerability to the public before Microsoft was able to release a patch</strong>. The disclosure came from Google's Project Zero program, which hunts down vulnerabilities in software and alerts its findings to vendors "in as close to real-time as possible." Vendors are then given a 90-day deadline to issue a patch, and in this case, Microsoft didn't react in time.</p> <p>Here's what happened. A Google researcher discovered a vulnerability in Windows 8.1 that could give low-level users administrator rights. The Project Zero team communicated its findings with Microsoft, and when the 90-day deadline came and went without a patch a few days ago, they went ahead and posted the exploit details online.</p> <p>"Automatically disclosing this vulnerability when a deadline is reached with absolutely zero context strikes me as incredibly irresponsible and I'd have expected a greater degree of care and maturity from a company like Google," reads a comment in <a href="https://code.google.com/p/google-security-research/issues/detail?id=118" target="_blank">reply to the disclosure</a>. "My reading of the disclosure is that it's your average local privilege escalation vulnerability. That's bad and unfortunate, but it's also a fairly typical class of vulnerability, and not in the same class as those that keep people like me up at night patching servers. The sad reality is that these sort of vulnerabilities are a dime a dozen on Windows, and the situation on Linux is pretty comparable. But disclosing it with zero context strikes me as the wrong approach."</p> <p>"Agree with comment #5. This OS is run by billions. Exposing vulnerabilities like this has far reaching consequences. People could get hurt by this and it doesn't bring anyone closer to a solution. I find it difficult to believe that MSFT and GOOG don't have red-telephone access to each other if needed," another reader commented.</p> <p>Not everyone shared the same opinion.</p> <p>"Attackers are not going to take the day off because it's the Holidays. Microsoft dropped the ball, did not perform a security assessment of the new features before releasing them into production, and now have to deal with the consequences," a reader pointed out.</p> <p>There was a bit of confusion as to whether Google even contacted Microsoft about the security flaw, which it in fact did back in September. Google points out that its initial report included the 90-day disclosure deadline, a policy that's been in place since the team was formed last year.</p> <p>However, not everyone agrees with the lack of flexibility in Project Zero's policy, especially when the deadline falls during a holiday break and affects millions of PCs.</p> <p>"We are working to release a security update to address an Elevation of Privilege issue," Microsoft said in a statement, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/02/google-posts-unpatched-microsoft-bug/#continued" target="_blank">according to <em>Engadget</em></a>. "It is important to note that for a would-be attacker to potentially exploit a system, they would first need to have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to a targeted machine. We encourage customers to keep their anti-virus software up to date, install all available Security Updates and enable the firewall on their computer."</p> <p>What's your opinion on this? Should Google have waited a bit longer, or does this fall squarely on Microsoft's shoulders for failing to respond within 90 days?</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_posts_unpatched_windows_81_vulnerability_after_disclosure_deadline_2015#comments Google microsoft operating system OS project zero Security Software windows 8.1 News Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:31:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29179 at http://www.maximumpc.com Run Ubuntu or Another Linux Distro in a Window on Your Chromebook http://www.maximumpc.com/run_ubuntu_or_another_linux_distro_window_your_chromebook_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ubuntu_chrome_os.jpg" alt="Ubuntu Chrome OS" title="Ubuntu Chrome OS" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Another use for Chromebooks</h3> <p>Given the choice, most people would likely choose a Windows laptop over a Chromebook if both were free. They're not free, of course, and Chromebooks have found an audience due to their low price tags and ability to offer basic functionality, like surfing the web and being productive in Google's ecosystem. In addition, <strong>you can now run Linux in a Window on Chromebooks</strong>.</p> <p>Google evangelist François Beaufort made the revelation in a <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/JDVkXALPcNq" target="_blank">Google+ post</a>, saying that it's now possible to run Linux in a Window on Chrome OS by installing the <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/crouton-integration/gcpneefbbnfalgjniomfjknbcgkbijom" target="_blank">Crouton Chrome extension</a>. However, there's a bit of housekeeping that needs to take place first -- you have to put your Chromebook in <a href="http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chromiumos-design-docs/developer-mode" target="_blank">Developer Mode</a>. Once you've done that and installed both the Crouton extension and <a href="https://goo.gl/fd3zc" target="_blank">Crouton tool</a> (direct download link), you'll have to dink around with a few terminal commands, then you're ready to install whichever Linux distro suits your fancy.</p> <p>This probably isn't a game changing feature, though it's far more convenient than some of the other existing methods. It also addresses a concern that Chromebooks are mostly only useful when connected online. There are still things you can do on a Chromebook without an Internet connection, but if you're willing to install Linux and run it from within a Window, it opens up a whole new world for these budget-priced machines.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/run_ubuntu_or_another_linux_distro_window_your_chromebook_2014#comments chromebook linux open source operating system OS Software ubuntu News Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:06:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 29170 at http://www.maximumpc.com Will Windows 10 Spur PC Replacement Demand? http://www.maximumpc.com/will_windows_10_spur_pc_replacement_demand_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_pcs.jpg" alt="Windows 10 PCs" title="Windows 10 PCs" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10</h3> <p>Trying to predict the PC market is like to trying to forecast the weather a month in advance -- it's a crapshoot, basically. So, we're taking it with several grains of salt that <strong>PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems</strong>. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>We haven't heard much on that front lately, but with Microsoft making such a big deal about the changes in Windows 10 and even skipping a number due to the massive overhaul, we'd be mildy surprised (not downright shocked) if Redmond doled it out as a free update to Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Players within the Taiwan-based supply chain point out to <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141224PD211.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a> that brand vendors usually launch new notebook models to pair with a new OS release, though they don't know if that will be the case if Microsoft does indeed make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>Market research firm Gartner is a bit more optimistic, or at least it was earlier in the year. Back in July, Gartner predicted that PC shipments could reach 317 million units in 2015, up from 308 million units expected to ship this year. The reason? A "revival" of the PC market due to business PC upgrades, especially as more companies replace their XP systems.</p> <p>What effect do you think Windows 10 will have on PC sales? Sound off in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/will_windows_10_spur_pc_replacement_demand_2014#comments Hardware microsoft operating system OS pc Software windows 10 News Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:59:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29147 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Issues Hotfix for Windows 10 Update Issue, 12 Percent of Users Rejoice http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_issues_hotfix_windows_10_update_issue_12_percent_users_rejoice_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_fix.jpg" alt="Windows Fix" title="Windows Fix" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />All is good again</h3> <p>Around one out of 10 Windows 10 users ran into trouble when trying to install a update intended to fix a problem that was causing Explorer.exe to frequently crash following an upgrade to Windows 10 Build 9879. The problem was further exacerbated by the fact that Microsoft said it didn't have a new build planned until early 2015. If you're one of the people who ran into trouble, here's a heads up that <strong>Microsoft has released a hotfix</strong> to address the issue.</p> <p><a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp-windows_update/how-to-install-windows-10-technical-preview-update/7454922c-cbcf-49f7-ba52-a2d85a5b4bdc" target="_blank">According to Microsoft</a>, the problem affected about 12 percent of PCs when installing the update. In those instances, the update would fail to install, and after doing some digging, Microsoft determined there were two underlying bugs that needed squashed.</p> <p>The first is that in Build 9879, Microsoft introduced some new System Compression code that systems with SSDs can take advantage of to reduce disk usage by the OS. However, the logic for low-space detection would get inverted in some instances, and Windows compresses automatically as a background operation.</p> <p>A second bug appeared on PCs that had system compression enabled. It would muck with how the file system tracks deletes, causing the installer to think the temp files failed to extract correctly.</p> <p>There was a workaround for the problem, though now the easiest solution is to apply the new hotfix that's now available through Windows Update, according to Microsoft's <a href="https://twitter.com/GabeAul/status/544612956198039553" target="_blank">Gabriel Aul</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_issues_hotfix_windows_10_update_issue_12_percent_users_rejoice_2014#comments hotfix microsoft operating system OS patch Security Software windows 10 News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29098 at http://www.maximumpc.com Xbox App Pops Up in Leaked Windows 10 Build http://www.maximumpc.com/xbox_app_pops_leaked_windows_10_build_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_logo.jpg" alt="Xbox Logo" title="Xbox Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Yes console games, we can all get along</h3> <p>There are several interesting things taking place in the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_9901_packs_slew_ui_changes543">leaked Windows 10 build</a>, the one that Microsoft is apparently <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_turns_new_leaf_isnt_bothered_windows_10_leaks_2014">super calm</a> about making the rounds. One that we wanted to touch a bit more on is a <strong>new Xbox app</strong>. This is something that Microsoft is still working on, as the app clearly states when it's fired up, but the Redmond outfit is so excited about it that it wanted to give early users a sneak peek.</p> <p>The folks over at <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/14/7389563/windows-10-xbox-app-cortana-features" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a> have been playing around with Xbox app. They say it appears to act as a gateway into the entire Xbox ecosystem -- you'll have access to achievements, your friends list, activity feeds, and the Store. And since it's an extremely early version, there's speculation that the final release might include SmartGlass integration as well.</p> <p>As our sister site <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/windows-10-leaked-build-reveals-new-xbox-app/" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> points out</a>, there's a chance this could be what Microsoft's Phil Spencer was referring to a week ago when he said it was "time for us to talk about gaming on Windows." We're crossing our fingers that Spencer was hinting at something more than an Xbox app -- as cool as that is, accessing our Xbox achievements on our Windows rigs isn't exactly game changing.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/xbox_app_pops_leaked_windows_10_build_2014#comments app Gaming microsoft operating system OS Software Windows windows 10 xbox News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 29095 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Turns New Leaf, Isn't Bothered By Windows 10 Leaks http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_turns_new_leaf_isnt_bothered_windows_10_leaks_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_1.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />It's all good in Redmond's hood</h3> <p>Excuse us as we do a double take, the only normal reaction to <strong>Microsoft being totally chill with a new build of Windows 10 being leaked to the public</strong> before its intended release. We're referring to Build 9901, which contains a whole bunch of consumer-specific features and improvements, not all of them working. It <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_9901_packs_slew_ui_changes543" target="_blank">leaked to the web over the weekend</a>, and Microsoft's response is refreshingly relaxed.</p> <p>"@GabeAul Im really enjoying your MS/'s attitude regarding preview/leaked builds. It's refreshing," Twitter user Brian Haslip <a href="https://twitter.com/blackroseMD1/status/544221580445110272" target="_blank">posted</a> to the microblogging site.</p> <p>In response, the longtime Microsoft veteran <a href="https://twitter.com/GabeAul/status/544222969212325888" target="_blank">tweeted back</a>, "How could we be upset about lots of people wanting to try our new stuff? We'd prefer you stick to official builds though," followed by a smiling emoticon.</p> <p>That's a different type of response than we're used to hearing from Microsoft. Consider that in the past, Microsoft would warn users that pre-release versions of Windows 7 could contain malware, an honest statement but also one that was intended to scare users away from playing with leaked builds.</p> <p>This time around, Microsoft seems fine with the curiosity, perhaps because it needs Windows 10 to be a smashing success. The only thing Aul warns is that "If you install 9901, the next build will notcome to you automatically. You'll have to install it via ISO."</p> <p>Duly noted.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_turns_new_leaf_isnt_bothered_windows_10_leaks_2014#comments Gabriel Aul microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:19:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 29091 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Windows 10 Build (9901) Packs Slew of UI Changes http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_9901_packs_slew_ui_changes543 <!--paging_filter--><h3>A precursor to the Windows 10 Consumer Preview</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft plans to shed light on the consumer side of Windows 10 at a special event on January 21, 2015</strong>. If the release of the consumer preview can’t come soon enough for you, there is now a new leaked preview build that you can turn to for some valuable clues as to the kind of consumer experience that the Redmond-based company has in mind with the upcoming operating system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/14/7389563/windows-10-xbox-app-cortana-features" target="_blank">Build 9901</a>, which began circulating the web earlier today, is the <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-build-9901-has-leaked" target="_blank">third Windows 10 test build to have leaked onto the internet this month</a>. Even though it is technically a “technical preview”, it is notable because it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEbiHIFTqIE" target="_blank">contains a number of new consumer-specific features and improvements (video)</a>, not all of which appear to be functional.</p> <h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/win9901.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Build 9901" title="Windows 10 Build 9901" width="620" height="407" /></h3> <p>Just to the right of the Start Button on the taskbar, there is a search bar that can be used to summon Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana. App settings can now be accessed from within the Modern apps themselves instead of the Charms bar, which no longer includes a settings option. Further, Modern apps also include an improved task bar with new-look minimize, maximize, menu (“hamburger” instead of window) and close buttons.</p> <p>This build also includes a bunch of new apps. Chief among them are a new Xbox app and overhauled Windows Store (beta) app that includes music, video, games and apps all in one place.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Collection Book <br /></em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_9901_packs_slew_ui_changes543#comments consumer preview cortana microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 windows 10 technical preview build 9901 xbox News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:31:10 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29085 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tells Windows 10 Users to Uninstall Office Prior to Applying Patch Tuesday Updates http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tells_windows_10_users_uninstall_office_prior_applying_patch_tuesday_updates_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />The pitfalls of pre-release software</h3> <p>Microsoft's Gabriel Aul of the Windows Preview team tweeted out some inconvenient news to Windows 10 users who have Office installed.<strong> In order to install the crop of updates for this month's Patch Tuesday, Windows 10 users will have to first uninstall Office</strong>, or the installer will fail. Once all the security patches are applied, users are free to then reinstall Office on their Windows 10 rigs.</p> <p>Alternately, Microsoft could have worked on a fix, though "rather than rolling a new fix (losing several days in the process) we're going to publish as-is," Aul said on Twitter. You can view the series of tweets at <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2386122/windows-10-users-forced-to-uninstall-office-on-patch-tuesday" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em></a>.</p> <p>Times like this underscore one of the drawbacks to working with pre-release software. Windows 10 is in Preview form, meaning it's not yet finished and still needs polishing. That's not to say something like this couldn't also occur with finished software, it's just more likely when working with an early build that isn't yet ready for prime time.</p> <p>December's Patch Tuesday contains seven updates with fixes for two dozen vulnerabilities, four of which are rated Critical and three others rated Important.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tells_windows_10_users_uninstall_office_prior_applying_patch_tuesday_updates_2014#comments microsoft office operating system OS Patch Tuesday Software windows 10 News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:11:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29070 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Keeps Mum on New Plans to Monetize Windows, Will Reveal Strategy in 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_keeps_mum_new_plans_monetize_windows_will_reveal_strategy_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_systems.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Systems" title="Windows 10 Systems" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Along with a new OS release comes a new strategy to make money</h3> <p>Things are going to be different with Windows 10 in a number of ways, and all presumably for the better (or so we're hoping and knocking on wood with Hulk-like force). It's not just the features and design that Microsoft is altering, however, but also its business model. <strong>Microsoft COO Kevin Turner spoke at a Credit Suisse technology investment conference recently, revealing that his company is looking at new ways of making money off of Windows</strong>.</p> <p>One of the strategies has already been put in motion, and that's the removal of royalties on devices with screens that are 9 inches or smaller. The intention there was to fight back against the Chromebook push and reinvigorate the low-end laptop market with Windows machines. As a result, it's now possible to find plenty of Windows laptops in the range of $200, and a few that even go for half that much.</p> <p>However, giving Windows away for free isn't something we should get used to, as Microsoft has no plans of making Windows 10 a loss leader. <a href="http://hexus.net/tech/news/software/78149-microsoft-unveil-new-plans-monetise-windows-early-2015/" target="_blank">According to <em>Hexus.net</em></a>, Turner revealed that Microsoft will instead make up some of the difference in revenue by looking at other ways to make money from Windows, though he didn't say exactly what they would be.</p> <p>"We've got to monetize it differently. And there are services involved," Turner said. "There are additional opportunities for us to bring additional services to the product and do it in a creative way. And through the course of the summer and spring we'll be announcing what that business model looks like."</p> <p>Turner added that Microsoft's first 39 years was highlighted by "one of the greatest business models of all time built around" Windows, though said that's in the past. Looking to the future, he sees opportunities in "becoming a cloud OS, a devices operating system, having first party hardware light up those experiences," while also providing a dual-user experience (work and play, basically).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_keeps_mum_new_plans_monetize_windows_will_reveal_strategy_2015#comments kevin turner microsoft operating system OS Software Windows windows 10 News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:40:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29062 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fedora 21 Arrives in Three Different Versions http://www.maximumpc.com/fedora_21_arrives_three_different_versions_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>The first Fedora release influenced by the Fedora.next initiative</h3> <p><strong><img src="/files/u69/fedora_21.jpg" alt="Fedora 21" title="Fedora 21" width="228" height="111" style="float: right;" />Fedora 21 is now available to the general public</strong>, representing the first OS release to come out of the Fedora.next initiative, which emphasizes increased modularity and flexibility that go beyond the desktop. It's a new vision for Fedora, in terms of the way it's developed and the types of users it's targeting, and with Fedora 21 come three different variants -- Fedora 21 Cloud, Fedora 21 Server, and Fedora 21 Workstation.</p> <p>"With Fedora 21, we are able to address specific use cases across the desktop, the server room and the cloud, bringing to light new developer tools, enabling specific server roles, and providing a powerful, lightweight host for containerized applications," said Matthew Miller, Fedora project leader.</p> <p>Though the three variants take aim at meeting specific user demands in different areas, each one is built from a common base set of packages -- they contain the same Linux kernel, RPM, yum, systemd, and Anaconda. In other words, the foundation is the same, even though they spread their wings in different directions.</p> <p>Fedora 21 Cloud provides images for use in private cloud environments, like OpenStack, and Amazon Machine Images for use on Amazon Web Services. It also has a base image to enable creation of Fedora containers.</p> <p>The Server version introduces three new technologies to handle the management and installation of discrete infrastructure. They include Rolekit (provides a Role deployment and management tooklit for admins), Cockpit (web-based user interface for configuring, managing, and monitoring servers), and OpenLMI (remote management system built on top of Distributed Management Taskforce -- Common Information Model for scripting management functions across machines).</p> <p>Finally, Fedora 21 Workstation offers a streamlined software installation, experimental Wayland support, and DevAssistant to automate the setup process for a larger number of language runtimes and integrated development environments.</p> <p>You can find out more about each one <a href="https://getfedora.org/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/fedora_21_arrives_three_different_versions_2014#comments fedora 21 fedora.next linux open source operating system OS Software News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:18:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29061 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 10 Expected to Release in Early Fall of Next Year http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_10_expected_release_early_fall_next_year_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_0.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />The general release time frame for Windows 10 gets narrower</h3> <p>In the past, we were told that Windows 10 would launch to the public sometime in late 2015. While no specific release date has yet been set, Microsoft has at least tightened the launch window by revealing <strong>Windows 10 is on track to come out in late summer or early fall" of next year</strong>. That's according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, who talked a little about Windows 10's release at a Credit Suisse Technology Conference recently.</p> <p>"We’ll have a developer preview and be able to talk to that in depth in the early summer timeframe," Turner said. "And then by next late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS."</p> <p>The other thing to extrapolate from all this is that Windows 10's ongoing development appears to be on schedule and coming along without any hiccups that might cause a delay. And <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-windows-10-on-track-for-latter-half-of-2015/" target="_blank">according to <em>CNET</em></a>, Microsoft next month will show off its January Technology Preview of Windows 10, along with a first preview of the Windows 10 mobile build that will run on Windows Phones, ARM tablets, and Intel tablets.</p> <p>Windows 10 is the next major release of Windows after Windows 8/8.1. Microsoft decided to skip over Windows 9 because the next version is supposed to be such a drastic change, that a single number jump wouldn't do it justice.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_10_expected_release_early_fall_next_year_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:07:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29052 at http://www.maximumpc.com