Software http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/205/ en Steam Posts Minimum System Requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/codadvancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare needs 6GB of RAM</h3> <p>If you've been wondering what it takes to run <strong>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you'll be happy to know that Steam has now posted minimum system requirements</strong>. All in all, you'll need a fairly respectable system to run the game -- among the requirements are 6GB of RAM and 55GB of free hard drive space, and that's just to get your foot in the door. What else do you need?</p> <p>According to <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/209650/" target="_blank">Steam's listing</a>, you'll need an Intel Core i3 530 processor clocked at 2.93GHz or an AMD Phenom II X4 810 clocked at 2.8GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 450 or ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, DirectX 11, broadband Internet connection, and Windows (Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, or Windows 8.1 64-bit).</p> <p>As for recommended system requirements, Activision is still mum on that front.</p> <p>CoD: Advanced Warfare releases to the public on November 4. Unlike previous CoD games, Advanced Warfare won't make use of a traditional heads-up display and will instead use holographic projections from whichever weapon you have equipped.</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/steam_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014#comments call of duty: advanced warfar cod games Software Steam News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:58:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28754 at http://www.maximumpc.com Are Chrome and Android About to Merge? http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chrome-android-merger.jpg" alt="Chrome-Android Merger" title="Chrome-Android Merger" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recent management change suggests so</h3> <p>Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/17/executive-change-latest-hint-of-chrome-android-marriage/" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, such a <strong>merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.<br /></strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering at Google’s Android division, has now also been entrusted with the task of overseeing the Chrome engineering team. Google previously had Linus Upson in this role. </p> <p>This move shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. We have now finally begun to see some synergy between the two platforms, with Google last month bringing the first batch of Android apps — Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine — to the cloud OS. These apps run on Chrome using using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), a project the company announced at Google I/O in June. The company is now “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.” To us, it looks more like the “Androidifcation” of Chrome than a merger. What do you think?</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Chrome Story</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on<a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank"> Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721#comments android app runtime for chrome chrome os Hiroshi Lockheimer linus upson Software News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:42:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28746 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP to Stick a Fork in webOS, Preps Complete Shutdown of Services on January 15, 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stick_fork_webos_preps_complete_shutdown_services_january_15_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/webos_glasses.jpg" alt="webOS beer glasses" title="webOS beer glasses" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Somebody start playing Taps</h3> <p>Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that <strong>HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015</strong>. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.</p> <p>"We appreciate your loyalty to the webOS platform," <a href="https://developer.palm.com/" target="_blank">HP said</a> in a succinct statement accompanying the announcement. There's also an <a href="https://developer.palm.com/content/resources/develop/faq.html" target="_blank">FAQ</a> that sheds more light on HP's decision to call it a night.</p> <p>HP explains that it's part of an ordelry end of life program, noting that it announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over three years ago. The company kept its services running as a courtesy to its customers, but now that the "user count has dwindled," HP says it's no longer viable to keep doing so.</p> <p>For those of you who still own a webOS device, it will continue to work beyond January 15, 2015, though you won't be able to download new apps or updates, backup or restore from the cloud, setup new devices, or recover lost passwords. If you purchased an app but have yet to download it, now is a good time to snag it -- the HP App Catalog will be unavailable after the shutdown.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophistechate/5204758824" target="_blank">Flickr (Lisa Brewster)</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/hp_stick_fork_webos_preps_complete_shutdown_services_january_15_2015#comments hewlett-packard hp mobile operating system Palm Software webos News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:55:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28732 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Windows Boss Elaborates on Decision to Skip Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_windows_boss_elaborates_decision_skip_windows_9_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Toe the company line</h3> <p>Somewhere out there is a hidden warehouse filled with missing software. In it you'll find such titles as Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, Ultima X: Odyssey, and Windows 9. The location will remain a mystery until the end of time, though the decision to fill it with certain pieces of software is more readily known. <strong>With regards to Windows 9, Microsoft's Tony Prophet shared some additional details about the decision to skip it</strong> and go straight to Windows 10.</p> <p>Quoting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Prophet took to the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco and said simply, "It came and it went." That's really the only explanation anyone needs, though Prophet offered up some additional insight into the matter.</p> <p>"Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1," Prophet said, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Microsoft-Windows-chief-on-what-happened-to-Windows-9/articleshow/44813407.cms" target="_blank">according to <em>The Times of India</em></a>. "Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We're trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."</p> <p>Microsoft doesn't want anyone associating Windows 10 with Windows 8/8.1. One of the keys to getting it right this time around is allowing users to try out the OS much earlier in the development process than before. The stated goal of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is to collect feedback.</p> <p>"The reason we're doing that is so we can listen to our customers," Prophet says, adding that Microsoft is especially interested in what enterprise customers have to say.</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_windows_boss_elaborates_decision_skip_windows_9_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software tony prophet windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28710 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Windows Insider Program for Windows 10 Hits 1 Million Registrants http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_windows_insider_program_windows_10_hits_1_million_registrants_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine</h3> <p>Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014">jumped directly to Windows 10</a> -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000">free upgrade</a> for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. <strong>Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants</strong>.</p> <p>Signing up for the Windows Insider Program is a prerequisite to downloading the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a>, and while Microsoft didn't provide specific download figures, the company stated in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/" target="_blank">blog post</a> that those 1 million registrants "equates to a lot of people" using the new OS.</p> <p>Microsoft's goal with the Technical Preview is to get feedback from users (or if you're wearing your conspiracy theory cap, it's to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014">spy on users</a> and collect personal data). In the less than two weeks since Windows 10 has been available to the public, Microsoft has collected over 200,000 pieces of feedback submitted via the Windows Feedback app.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, "only 36 percent" of Windows 10 Technical Preview installations are on a virtual machine (VM); the rest are on actual PCs. While Microsoft says it's "cool" to use a VM if you want, the amount of users running the OS on an actual PC makes the company confident that the majority of feedback is based on "medium-term" use rather than just a few minutes of experimentation.</p> <p>Other fun stats -- around 68 percent of Windows 10 users are launching more than seven apps per day. A quarter of Windows 10 users have been launching more than 26 apps per day, while 5 percent average 68 app launches on any given day.</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/microsofts_windows_insider_program_windows_10_hits_1_million_registrants_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:02:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 28708 at http://www.maximumpc.com Ryse: Son of Rome Lands on PC Supporting 4K, Gets Panned for Repetitive Gameplay http://www.maximumpc.com/ryse_son_rome_lands_pc_supporting_4k_gets_panned_repetitive_gameplay_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ryse_0.jpg" alt="Ryse: Son of Rome" title="Ryse: Son of Rome" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" />Xbox One launch title makes its way to PC</h3> <p>Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as a launch title for the Xbox One back in November of last year. However, Crytek <a href="http://www.crytek.com/news/ryse-set-to-conquer-pc-on-october-10th" target="_blank">announced</a> a little over a month ago that it would ship to PC on October 10, and in case you missed it, <strong>Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on Steam for $40</strong>, along with a pair of hotfixes to address freezing cutscene issues.</p> <p>The port to PC comes with 4K Ultra HD resolution support, along with supersampling and other eye candy, ultimately allowing for superior visuals than you'll get with an Xbox One connected to a Full HD 1080p television. However, the same criticisms apply -- gameplay is repetitive.</p> <p>While we have yet to post our own review of Ryse, our sister site/magazine <em>PC Gamer</em> scored Ryse a <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/ryse-son-of-rome-review/" target="_blank">57 out of 100</a>. Short and to the point, <em>PC Gamer</em> concluded that "Ryse: Son of Rome's combat and incredible graphics are entertaining, but it's too narrow and repetitive, even for a short ride." Bummer.</p> <p>In any event, you can watch the 4K launch trailer below, and if interested, <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/302510/" target="_blank">pick Ryse up on Steam</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iileAWtuQZU" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/ryse_son_rome_lands_pc_supporting_4k_gets_panned_repetitive_gameplay_2014#comments 4k Crytek games ryse: son of rome Software Steam ultra hd News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:38:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28706 at http://www.maximumpc.com Oops! Dropbox Bug in Selective Sync Inadvertently Deletes Files http://www.maximumpc.com/oops_dropbox_bug_selective_sync_inadvertently_deletes_files_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dropbox_kite.jpg" alt="Dropbox Kite" title="Dropbox Kite" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Bad things happen in the cloud, too</h3> <p>The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, <strong>Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data</strong>.</p> <p>"We're reaching out to let you know about a Selective Sync issue that affected a small number of Dropbox users. Unfortunately, some your files were deleted when the Dropbox desktop application was shut down or restarted while you were applying Selective Sync settings," <a href="https://plus.google.com/+MichaelArmogan/posts/E9sVnrLTB5C?pid=6068777695005360610&amp;oid=110636213896388737855" target="_blank">the email reads</a>.</p> <p>In some cases, Dropbox was able to recover some of the deleted files, though that wasn't always the case. Casual users aren't likely to be affected by this, though for people who upload large amounts of data, Selective Sync is a handy feature that lets you choose which Dropbox folders get synched on the desktop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.slashgear.com/dropbox-selective-sync-confirmed-to-have-selective-amnesia-13350384/" target="_blank">According to <em>Slash Gear</em></a>, the problem in this case is traceable to an older and unmaintained version of the desktop client when Selective Sync is enabled. What that ultimately means is that not a ton of Dropbox users were affected by this, though that's little consolation to the ones who saw their files disappear into the cloud, never to return.</p> <p>Not without remorse, Dropbox apologized for the situation and is giving affected users one free year of Dropbox Pro service.</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/oops_dropbox_bug_selective_sync_inadvertently_deletes_files_2014#comments cloud dropbox online selective sync Software storage News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:57:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28705 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumored to Refresh Never Settle Game Bundle http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_refresh_never_settle_game_bundle_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/never_settle.jpg" alt="Never Settle" title="Never Settle" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />More free titles from AMD might be on the way</h3> <p>With the recent launch of Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards, the pressure is on AMD to respond, especially since we haven't heard much about its Tonga XT architecture as of late. One alternative to releasing a new graphics card that's proved popular is giving away free games, and <strong>rumor has it AMD is getting ready to announce a new Never Settle bundle</strong>.</p> <p>That's according to news and rumor site <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36015-amd-preparing-new-never-settle-bundle" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which says it learned that AMD is planning the new game bundle for a launch later this month. There hasn't been a lot of chatter about the specific titles that will be included, though one that's cropped up around the rumor mill is Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.</p> <p>AMD has supposedly told its hardware partners to be on standby for the announcement. If true, the refreshed Never Settle bundle would come not long after the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell">recent price cuts</a> that retailers doled out to the Radeon R9 290 and 290X graphics cards, which can now be had for as little as $276 (street) and $360 (also street), respectively (or lower with mail-in-rebate).</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/amd_rumored_refresh_never_settle_game_bundle_2014#comments amd Build a PC games Gaming graphics cards Hardware never settle Software News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:24:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28704 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Explains Key Logging Activities in Windows 10 Technical Preview http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/keylogger.jpg" alt="Keylogger" title="Keylogger" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />'You agreed to it, sucka!'</h3> <p>Microsoft has a chance to atone for Windows 8/8.1 with Windows 10, the operating system that Windows 8 probably should have been, though things are getting off to somewhat of a rocky start. <strong>Complaints are starting to roll in that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is overstepping its bounds with the amount of information it collects</strong>, and some have even categorized the OS as a keylogger of sorts.</p> <p>Turns out it's true -- the Windows 10 Technical Preview does record keystrokes in certain situations, and it also mines quite a bit of personal data. However, Microsoft contends that these methods are all laid out in the Terms of Use -- the fine print filled with legalese that we all make sure to read, right? -- and by downloading and installing the software, you agreed to the data collection.</p> <p>"With Windows 10, we're kicking off the largest ever open collaborative development effort that will change the way we build and deliver Windows. Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers," <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2374302/microsoft-reminds-privacy-concerned-windows-10-beta-testers-that-theyre-volunteers" target="_blank">Microsoft told <em>The Inquirer</em></a>.</p> <p>"As always, we remain committed to helping protect our customers’ personal information and ensuring safeguards are in place for the collection and storing of that data. As we get closer to a final product, we will continue to share information through our terms of service and privacy statement about how customer data is collected and used, as well as what choices and controls are available," Microsoft continued.</p> <p>Straight to the point, Microsoft is saying that this is pre-release software, and in order to shape and mold it into a prime time OS, it needs to collect your data, data which you agreed to fork over. And in the future, Microsoft will be more upfront about its data collection methods, scout's honor.</p> <p>So, what exactly are you agreeing to? As laid out in a <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/preview-privacy-statement" target="_blank">Privacy Statements page</a>:</p> <p>"When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks," Microsoft states.</p> <p>Microsoft goes on to give examples of the data it collects, which includes your name, email address, preferences and interests, browsing, search and file history, phone call and SMS data, device configuration and sensor data, and application usage. However, it's this entry that has people comparing the Technical Preview to a keylogger:</p> <p>"When you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file and how long it takes and use it for purposes such as improving performance; or enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving auto-complete and spell check features," Microsoft explains.</p> <p>If you're okay with all that, as well as your data being shared, then carry on. Otherwise, the only real solution is to not use the Technical Preview and wait for a later version, such as the final release or a Release Candidate.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie73/4853086176" target="_blank">Flickr (Robbert van der Steeg)</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_explains_key_logging_activities_windows_10_technical_preview_2014#comments keylogger microsoft operating system OS Privacy Software technical preview windows 10 News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:12:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28674 at http://www.maximumpc.com Yes, DirectX 12 is Shipping with Windows 10 http://www.maximumpc.com/yes_directx_12_shipping_windows_10 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/forza.jpg" alt="Forza" title="Forza" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Microsoft confirms that DirectX 12 will be included in the final release of Windows 10</h3> <p>In case you were wondering, <strong>Microsoft fully intends to bake DirectX 12 support into the final version of Windows 10</strong> when it releases next year, the company confirmed in a DX developer <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/10/01/directx-12-and-windows-10.aspx" target="_blank">blog post</a>. Oh, and also in case you were wondering, Microsoft thinks "it's going to be awesome," which is much better than the company saying, "Meh, it's simply okay. Actually, it kind of sucks, but we're including it anyway."</p> <p>Game developers who want to get a head start playing with the API can register for the DirectX <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/survey?resid=A4B88088C01D9E9A!107&amp;authkey=!AFgbVA2sYbeoepQ" target="_blank">Early Access</a> Program. Those who are accepted will receive updated runtimes, API headers, drivers, documentation, and samples, all of which Microsoft says will work with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.</p> <p>But wait, there's more! Microsoft has teamed up with Epic to create a DX12 branch on the Unreal Engine 4 GitHub repository. It supports UE 4.4, which is the latest publicly released version of the Unreal 4 Engine. Those who also <a href="http://www.unrealengine.com/" target="_blank">subscribe to Unreal Engine 4</a> can join Microsoft's open development project.</p> <p>Like AMD's Mantle technology, the DX12 API offers developers deeper access into hardware to improve performance. It also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/03/20/directx-12.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft says</a> will "dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms."</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/yes_directx_12_shipping_windows_10#comments api directx 12 dx12 microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28658 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 Market Share Headed Back Towards Single Digits http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_market_share_headed_back_towards_single_digits_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_1.jpg" alt="Windows 8" title="Windows 8" width="228" height="222" style="float: right;" />Windows 10 will go up against Windows 7, not Windows 8/8.1</h3> <p>Now that Microsoft has <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014">unveiled Windows 10</a> and is even <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014" target="_blank">serving up a Technical Preview</a> for curious folks to check out, Windows 8 is already feeling like old news. Some felt that way even before Microsoft's announcement, which might explain why <strong>Windows 8 lost market share in the desktop OS market in the month of September</strong>. At this rate, it won't be long before Windows 8's share drops back into single digits.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.netmarketshare.com/" target="_blank"><em>Net Applications</em></a>, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 fell to a combined 12.26 percent of the desktop OS market by the end of September, down more than a percentage point from 13.37 percent at the end of August, which is the highest it's ever been.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see how things shake out from there. On one hand, it's possible that Windows 8/8.1 peaked in August and will never see a higher share of the market now that Windows 10 is on the horizon. However, it's also possible that Windows 8/8.1 will see a small surge as companies continue to migrate away from Windows XP, though the numbers don't yet support that notion.</p> <p>Since having support pulled back in April (except for firms who pay for extended support), Windows XP has dropped less than 3 percentage points, going from 26.29 percent at the end of April to 23.87 percent at the end of September, a decline of 2.42 percent. During that same time, Windows 8/8.1 has gone from 12.24 percent to 12.26 percent, or virtually nowhere.</p> <p>Windows 7 is the one that's benefiting from XP's demise -- it's share of the market has gone from 49.27 percent at the end of April to 52.71 percent at the end of September, a bump of 3.44 percent. Barring an extreme turn of events, Windows 10 will find itself competing with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8/81.</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_8_market_share_headed_back_towards_single_digits_2014#comments net applications operating system OS Software Windows windows 8 windows 8.1 News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:13:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28654 at http://www.maximumpc.com Try Out Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview Today http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Kick Windows 10's tires for free</h3> <p>Microsoft surprised quite a few people yesterday when it <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014" target="_blank">unveiled its next generation of Windows</a>. It wasn't that Microsoft announced a new version of Windows, but that it decided to skip over Windows 9 and go straight to Windows 10. The reason behind the decision is because the new version is the beginning of a new era for the Windows platform, so Microsoft decided it warranted a numerical skip. Curious about the new OS? <strong>If you join the Windows Insider program (free), you can download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview today (also free)</strong>.</p> <p>"As a member of the Windows Insider community, you will have an active role in helping us build Windows 10 and be among the first to see new stuff," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc explains in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/01/join-the-windows-insider-program-and-get-the-windows-10-technical-preview/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "You will automatically receive new builds as we release them with the latest features we’re experimenting with – and our freshest bugs. Some of these features may not be fully 'baked' – meaning they may not work correctly as you are seeing these features as we work on them. And there’s no guarantee that what you see will be part of the final release. But as a Windows Insider, you’ll have the ability to impact and influence those types of product decisions."</p> <p>Keep in mind that this is pre-release software you'd be dealing with, so it's probably not wise to install the Technical Preview on a mission critical system or any other rig that favors reliability. However, if you're curious about Windows 10 and want to help shape the direction it goes in, this is your chance to give it a spin and let your voice be heard.</p> <p>There's a Windows Feedback app you can use to report any issues you run into, or to simply tell Microsoft, "Hey, I don't like this feature and that feature," but hopefully with more detail than that.</p> <p>Also bear in mind that what you see today isn't the whole Windows 10 package. The final version will ship in 2015, and by then, it's likely to look and act a bit differently than what the Technical Preview portrays at this moment in time.</p> <p>All that said, if you still want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview" target="_blank">click here</a> and follow the instructions.</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/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28648 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tosses 'Windows 9' into Recycle Bin, Announces Windows 10 Instead http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Mock Logo" title="Windows 10 Mock Logo" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />"It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9" - Microsoft</h3> <p>You're probably familiar with the argument, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/30/microsoft-skips-windows-9-heads-straight-to-windows-10/" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/29/microsoft-previews-windows-9/" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/30/microsoft-windows-10/" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</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_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at http://www.maximumpc.com Visceral Director Confident Battlefield: Hardline 'Will Work' at Launch http://www.maximumpc.com/visceral_director_confident_battlefield_hardline_will_work_launch_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bf_hardline.jpg" alt="Battlefield Hardline" title="Battlefield Hardline" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Cross your fingers the launch goes smoother than BF4's did</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/battlefield_4_review">Battlefield 4's</a> launch went about as smooth as the Andrea Gail's trip out to sea in the nonfiction book-turned-movie The Perfect Storm. Hey, at least BF4 didn't sink -- the developers eventually ironed out most of the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lawfirm_may_sue_ea_over_buggy_battlefield_4_rollout2013">bugs and server issues</a>, though it's understandable that some gamers are worried about Battlefield: Hardline going through similar growing pains. There's no need to be, according to <strong>Ian Milham, creative director for Visceral Games, who says that Battlefield: Hardline is in "great shape."</strong></p> <p>Heath Hindman, a journalist for <a href="http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/battlefield-hardline-will-work-at-launch-says-visceral-28643" target="_blank"><em>Game Revolution</em></a>, caught up with Milham at the Tokyo Game Show and had a short chat about the upcoming game. Hindman said he expressed concern over Hardline's ability to fully function at launch considering that BF4 had several issues.</p> <p>"What you're basically asking is, 'Is your gaming going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work," Milham said, adding that his development team began work more than a year before Battlefield 4 was released. "We've been working with the DICE guys for a long time; some of our engineering work is actually in Battlefield 4 and things they've been doing since then. It's in pretty great shape now and all that work is gonna come into what we're doing doing."</p> <p>That's not to say there won't be some hiccups. In fact, Milham readily admits that bugs are virtually unavoidable when dealing with a game as big as Hardline, especially when planning for five different platforms. However, he doesn't foresee any major issues like there were with BF4.</p> <p>"We taking shipping a working game pretty seriously," Milham said. "So yes, the game will work."</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/visceral_director_confident_battlefield_hardline_will_work_launch_2014#comments battlefield: hardline Electronic Arts games Software visceral News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:30:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28631 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_9_1_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9 to be free for Windows 8 users" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>‘Threshold’ will be officially unveiled on September 30, 2014</h3> <p>Microsoft has scheduled a <strong>special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed “Threshold” but popularly referred to as Windows 9).</strong> As is usually the case, the event’s imminence hasn’t resulted in a moratorium on Windows 9 rumors and speculation, but instead caused the tech rumor mill to kick into high gear, with the latest juicy Windows 9-related tidbit coming to us all the way from Indonesia — and apparently straight from the horse’s mouth.</p> <p>According to Indonesian news portal <a href="http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/09/25/182535/2701450/317/ceo-microsoft-windows-9-gratis-asalkan?k=ecym&amp;p=ct">Detik</a>, existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Microsoft’s next operating system <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/09/28/windows-9-upgrade-free-download/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">absolutely free of cost</a>. And how exactly do they know this, you ask? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro said so in Jakarta Thursday. Actually, rumors to this effect have been doing the rounds for sometime now but this is the first time that someone from Microsoft — someone as powerful as Diantoro at that —&nbsp; has commented on the subject, let alone outright confirmed the rumor.</p> <p>Although this particular report is silent on the upcoming operating system’s likely cost for those who don’t own a Windows 8 copy, Russian Microsoft leaker WZOR last month claimed that Microsoft was readying an <a href="http://www.myce.com/news/windows-9-enterprise-has-no-metro-interface-upgrade-to-windows-9-free-or-20-72511/">“awesome’ upgrade offer for Windows XP users.</a></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000#comments microsoft indonesia operating system report Software windows 9 windows threshold News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:26:59 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28621 at http://www.maximumpc.com