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.
When Windows 10 launches in its final form to the public later this year, it will come with a smaller footprint than what you might be used to. That's because Microsoft is making a concerted effort to reduce the storage space necessary for a Windows 10 device, and there are two ways the Redmond is going about it -- compression and recovery enhancements. Microsoft explains both in a blog post.
A couple of years after its official release, Valve’s Steam for Linux initiative is making steady progress. It recently notched up a significant milestone when the number of Linux-compatible games on Steam breached the 1,000 mark.
On Monday, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul (general manager, OSG data and fundamentals team) admitted to the company erring on the side of caution and being “conservative” about releasing Windows 10 Technical Preview builds. Five days later, even as Aul and his team were still dithering over whether to speed up the release cadence in deference to public demand, a new Windows 10 build quietly leaked onto the web. For those keeping score at home, build 10036 is the third to have become available to the public in this manner and the seventh to have become available at all.
After the fiasco with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and the way it handles the last .5GB of its onboard 4GB of memory, Nvidia could use a bit of positive press. One of the best ways to do that is to dangle something shiney in front of the public, like an anticipated game. So, available now for a limited time, customers who buy a select GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 960 graphics card, or a GTX 970M or above notebook, will receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Nvidia announced today.
Be that as is it may, company is not entirely blameless
On Thursday, a uTorrent user going by the handle “Groundrunner” took to the popular torrent client’s official forum to report something fishy. Updating to the latest version of the client (3.4.2 build 38913), he complained, “silently installed a piece of software called EpicScale” (a cryptocurrency miner) on his machine. He also linked to a web page littered with similar complaints — some dating back to early Feb — from angry uTorrent users. As was to be expected so close on the heels of Lenovo’s Superfish fiasco, it didn’t take long for a furor to erupt around these sensational claims.
Take a peek at the first game using Oxide's Nitrous engine
The future of AMD's Mantle is up in the air since AMD recently told developers to focus on DirectX 12 instead. However, it doesn't appear as though AMD is ready to completely dismantle its API, which will have a future in Vulkan, the next version of the OpenGL API. You may recall that Oxide Games was a big proponent of Mantle -- check out our interview from a year ago. How does Oxide feel today? To find out, we headed to Oxide's booth at GDC and talked about a number of things.
Epic Games earlier this week announced that it was dropping its subscription fee to license Unreal Engine 4. Now instead of paying $19 per month on top of any applicable royalties, developers can dive in and get access to UE4's complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub. They can even make a little bit of pocket change without sharing the wealth -- up to $3,000. After that, a 5 percent royalty per quarter applies. Not a bad deal, and we caught up with Epic at GDC to talk about this and more.
In a blog post on Monday, AMD's Raja Koduri waxed nostalgic on Mantle and how it "revolutionized the industry's thinking on low-overhead/high-throughput graphics," among other things. But at the end of what reads like a reluctant death sentence, AMD told developers that if they're interested in Mantle 1.0's functionality, they should focus their attention on DirectX 12 or GLnext.