We don't want to come off as curmudgeons halfway through the first month of a new year, so let's start by focusing on the good news surrounding Grand Theft Auto V for PC. For one, Rockstar Games today shared the first screenshots of GTA V for PC, which were taken at 4K. And secondly, the developer has given gamers a heads up about the minimum and recommended specifications.
Evolve by publisher 2K Games and developer Turtle Rock Studios is expected to release to Windows (as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) on February 10, 2015. However, up until now we didn't know what the recommended and minimum specs would be to run this game, which utilizes the 4th generation CryEngine game engine. Here's a look at what you'll need.
During the holiday break, Google's Project Zero team disclosed a vulnerability in Windows 8.1 after Microsoft failed to issue a patch within the 90-day deadline that Google gives vendors. That sparked a debate on whether or not Google did the right thing, and while many (not all) of our readers sided with Google, Microsoft has some information that warrants asking the question again. Specifically, Microsoft says it was scheduled to patch the vulnerability on Patch Tuesday, two days after Google's deadline, and that Google ignored its request to withhold details until that time.
Company trying to get rid of multiple sync engines
Microsoft drew the ire of many Windows 10 Technical Preview testers when Build 9879, which was released in November, was found to be missing a key OneDrive functionality: “smart files”, which are offline placeholders containing thumbnails and metadata of OneDrive files. At the time, the company said the feature had been withdrawn in response to consumer feedback and some key parts of placeholders could return once it was done making “fundamental improvements to how Sync works.” A few days back, the company outlined its OneDrive improvement plans much more clearly.
If your friends and co-workers all seem unusually busy as of late, it's probably because they discovered a virtual gold mine of gaming goodness. You can discover it too, courtesy of the Internet Archive and software curator Jason Scott, who assembled a collection of roughly 2,400 MS-DOS games, all of which are playable in your browser. We're talking titles like The Oregon Trail, Leisure Suit Larry 1 - Land of the Lounge Lizard, Golden Axe, Street Fighter, Silent Service, and so many more.
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. 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.
As always, be suspicious of links in your Steam chat sessions
Hopefully you're getting to spend a bit of time in Steam over the holiday season, catching up on a treasure trove of games that you picked up on discount through various sales. While you're navigating Steam, however, be advised that there's a piece of malware spreading through Steam chat sessions. Messages on Steam chat saying "WTF?????" seem to link to a JPEG file, but it's really a malicious executable.
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, you can now run Linux in a Window on Chromebooks.
The reason Microsoft is rolling with Windows 10 instead of Windows 9 for its next major operating system is because the changes are so dramatic, it warranted a generational leap in naming the product. That's the official story Microsoft wants us to believe, anyway, and while there are alternative theories -- like lazy coding -- there are parts of Windows 10 that are truly shaping up to be vastly different than Windows 8/8.1. That includes the browser, and word on the web is that Microsoft is rolling out a new vehicle for surfing through cyberspace in Windows 10.
PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10
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 PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.