Don’t like Windows 10? Here’s how to uninstall it

With Windows 10, Microsoft has made some massive changes to the way its operating system works, and it’s managed to win over a lot of people (IT Pro included).

However, it’s not been a hit with everyone. Some don’t like the new Start menu, there have been reports of compatibility issues, and many just aren’t comfortable with it. If you’re one of the people that wish they hadn’t upgraded, fear not – you can still go back to your old version of Windows.

Be warned, though – you’ll need to act fast. Microsoft has built a feature into Windows 10 allowing users to roll back to their previous Windows version, but it’s only available for the first ten days after you install the new OS. It’s still possible to go back to an older version after this period elapses, but it’s more difficult and time-consuming.

How to uninstall Windows 10 from automatic install

Although Microsoft has denied it, a number of Windows 7 users have complained that Windows 10 has begun automatically installing on their systems (even one of IT Pro’s staff left their home computer running one evening and returned to find the installation process had started).

If you’ve returned to your PC to find that it has somehow upgraded itself to Windows 10 without your consent, this tutorial will also apply to you.

Previously, once you switched (or your computer switched) to Windows 10, you had 30 days in which to convert back to your previous OS. Once you’ve installed the Anniversary Update, that time falls from 30 days to only ten days. Microsoft has said the change was made following “user research” that revealed most users reverted within the first several days, and shortening the time to 10 days frees up the 3GB to 5GB of storage space that was holding onto the previous OS.

When your PC upgrades to Windows 10, the old operating system is kept on the hard drive for around a month; after the Anniversary Update, that falls to just 10 days. This means that you haven’t got long to decide whether or not you like the new OS.

Before you do this, it is a good idea to make sure all data is backed up using either an external hard drive or a cloud-based backup service. You may also want to ensure your old Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key is to hand just to be doubly careful.

To roll back to your previous version of the OS, go to the Start menu and choose ‘Settings’, then ‘Update & security’. Choose ‘Recovery’ in the left-hand panel and, on the right, find ‘Go back to Windows 8.1′ or ‘Go back to Windows 7’. Click the ‘Get started’ button below that and follow instructions.

Once you have gone back to the old version of Windows, older programs may need to be installed.

Of course, this will only work if you still have the Windows.old folder (C:\Windows.old). If you can’t find it or you have deleted it, then you are out of luck.

A complete reinstall may be your only option if the rollback method described above is no longer available.

This can also have the effect of removing tons of bloatware that have clogged up your operating system, slowing it down.

A clean install is different from the Reset you PC option in Windows 8 and above. This can often re-install junkware that came from the manufacturer with the laptop.

This uses just the Windows media (CD or USB) and nothing else and should result in a faster PC as well. It is also a way of dealing with any malware-infected machines or those that have been riddled with ransomware and had data encrypted.

To perform a clean install, insert the Windows DVD into the disc drive or insert a USB containing the Windows installation media into a free USB port. Then turn on the computer (or restart it).

Look for Press any key to boot from CD or DVD or Press any key to boot from an external device. Pressing a key will force the computer to boot from either the Windows DVD or a flash drive with the Windows 8 installation files on it.

If you can’t find your old disc, as long as you have the product keys, you can download Windows installation media and burn the ISO file to a disc or copy it to a USB drive using Microsoft’s Windows USB/DVD download tool.

On a Windows 7 PC, look for a “certificate of authenticity” sticker with a key on it. It is normally on the underside of a laptop or at the back of a desktop PC. For Windows 8 PCs, the key can be embedded in your computer’s firmware. This means Windows 8.1 will automatically detect it and allow reinstallation of Windows 8.1 without even asking for a key.

 

 

[Source:- ITpro]

Here’s When the Next Titanfall 2 Beta Starts

Here’s When the Next Titanfall 2 Beta Starts

Respawn’s Lead Engineer Jon Shiring details the development team’s findings from Titanfall 2‘s recent weekend test, as well as what they will be testing in the upcoming beta.

This past weekend Respawn Entertainment ran the first of its two planned beta tests for Titanfall 2. Today, the developer put up a blog post, which details what they learned from the first test, as well as what we can expect from the second test, which runs this coming weekend.

In the blog post, Respawn admitted that the first beta test alerted them to “at least a dozen” issues, though it is likely that many of these issues were never noticed by players. Titanfall 2‘s lead engineer, Jon Shiring elaborated on what the team has done with the results of the initial test run.

“We are doing these two weekends of the Tech Test because we knew we would hit problems that we’d never seen before. While a massive number of people were hard at work getting wins this weekend, we were busy finding and fixing at least a dozen separate issues. Those are all problems that we won’t have to find and fix at launch. Many issues that we identified and fixed were things that users never noticed, which was one of our goals.”

 

Shiring went on to say that the beta version that was played this weekend was from a build of the game dating back from June, and that many of the reported issues have already been fixed in the subsequent builds. As much as players love the gameplay during a beta test, Shiring admitted that this latest beta was implemented to test the game’s new server and matchmaking systems as well as testing server security through simulated network attacks.

According to Shiring, the “matchmaker had a trial by fire this weekend,” while he and his team were “really happy with the results.” This is undoubtedly good news for Titanfall fans who were worried about a lengthy or non-functioning matchmaking system on the game’s release. Shiring has already previously spoken about how they plan to avoid server issues with Titanfall 2, and this blog post seems to reinforce that statement.

 

After detailing what they had learned from the initial beta test, Shiring ended by explaining what they’d be testing in the second beta, which runs this weekend. Regarding the matter, he said, “We’re going to do some fun things for weekend two of the Tech Test. With the learnings from weekend one, our next goal is to really spike the number of players playing online at the same time.”

So it seems if nothing else that Respawn is dedicated to delivering a game that actually works on the first day of the launch. This server stability, along with a single-player campaign, may actually give them an edge over competitors like Battlefield 1 which releases just three weeks afterTitanfall 2 and targets a very similar audience.

 

 

[Source: GR]

 

Here’s how to get the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas

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After getting our first look at iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we’ve been eager to get our hands on Apple’s latest operating systems. It’s been less than a month, and Apple has already started rolling out the public betas. As long as you’re willing to put up with potentially buggy software, now’s your opportunity to try the latest and greatest out of Cupertino.

Before you consider installing either one of these betas, you need to make sure that you have a complete backup. For your iOS device, plug into either a Windows PC or a Mac, and press the “Back Up Now” button in iTunes. As for your Mac, you’re probably best off making a bootable backup with an app like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. Once you’ve verified that all of your data is backed up properly, it’s safe to proceed.

 

Install iOS 10

Head to Apple’s beta website, and sign-up for access. You’ll need to log in with your existing AppleID, and then agree to the terms and conditions. Next, you’ll need to visit this page on your iOS device to download the beta profile. Install the new profile, and reboot your device once it’s finished.

Once you’ve rebooted, launch the Settings app. Navigate to General > Software Update, and you should see the beta update on the right-hand side. Tap “Download and Install,” and then wait for the process to finish. You’ll need to reboot once more, and you’ll be ready to roll.

 

Install macOS Sierra

Just like with iOS 10, you’ll need to register for the beta program by logging in with your AppleID, and agreeing to the fine print. Once that’s done, go to the “Enroll Your Devices” section of the beta website. Click on the “macOS” tab, scroll down, and click the “Redeem Code” button. This will launch the App Store, and begin the download.

Once it’s finished downloading, the installation app will automatically launch. If you’re ready to make the jump, you can simply follow the on-screen prompts to upgrade to macOS Sierra. But if you need some time, don’t hesitate to simply quit out of the app, and come back later. The installer is titled “Install macOS Sierra Public Beta,” and it will be sitting in your Applications folder.

Is it worth it?

As with any unfinished software, there are bound to be bugs, crashes, and some wonkiness all around. If you only have a single device, you shouldn’t move to the unstable version. But if you have some spare time and an extra device (or partition) lying around, it can be fun to get a sneak peek. If all of that sounds peachy-keen to you, let’s look at what the updates have to offer.

First off, we have iOS. The Messages app has been overhauled with stickers and drawing tools, it’s easier to act on notifications, smart home devices can be controlled with the new Home app, Apple Pay works on the web, and third-party apps can finally work properly with Siri. There’s no single big change here, but Apple is making a handful of smart improvements that will make long-time iOS users very happy.

On the macOS side, you’ll see a very similar group of small changes that make the overall experience better. The addition of Siri is probably the single largest user-facing feature, but that’s not all Apple has up its sleeve. For those of us with tiny SSDs, the Optimized Storage feature will be a game changer. Old, unused files can be automatically moved to the cloud to help clear out space. And my personal favorite? The Universal Clipboard allows you to copy text and multimedia files from your Mac to your iOS device. That feature alone is worth the upgrade in my eyes.

Even if you have no interest whatsoever in participating in the betas, you’ll still receive all of those features and many more when iOS 10 and macOS Sierra release for free later this year.

 

 

 

[Source: Extreme Tech]

 

Android antivirus apps are useless — here’s what to do instead

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It seems like you can’t go a week without one security firm or another producing a statistic illustrating just how much Android malware there is in the wilds of the internet. More often than not, these reports come with a few reminders that the company’s own security suite can protect you from these nasty bits of code, which is true some of the time. However, Android is by its very nature more secure than a desktop computer, so maybe you don’t need these security apps. You’ve probably already got what you need.

The scare tactics

The most recent Android malware report comes from Check Point, which says nearly one billion android devices have critical vulnerabilities in the underlying Linux kernel. Shocking and upsetting, right? It’s a legitimate security issue, but the reporting is, as usual, overly breathless and dramatic. The PR certainly makes it seem like your phone is ripe for infection, but the real situation is much more nuanced.

The latest QuadRooter scare is actually a set of four issues known as CVE-2016-2059,CVE-2016-2504, CVE-2016-2503, and CVE-2016-5340. They are rooted in the Linux system code provided by Qualcomm to partners like Google. The way this is presented by many mainstream reports, you’d think Google is in panic mode and rushing out patches. In fact, the Android security model is much more mature now. Several of these vulnerabilities are already patched in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and the others will be soon. As OEMs build new updates, they’ll include updated patch levels, which you can see in your software info.

We’ve all been programmed by PC malware, which can sneak onto your system simply because you visited the wrong website with a vulnerable browser. These “drive-by downloads” aren’t feasible on Android without a pre-existing infection. On Android, you have to physically tap on a notification to install an APK downloaded from a source outside the Play Store. Even then there are security settings that need to be manually bypassed.

What if a QuadRooter app were to make it into the Play Store before then? Google’s platform has the ability to scan for known malware when it’s uploaded. There’s also a human review process in place for anything that looks even a little bit questionable. Google just started doing this a few months ago, mainly as a way to keep copycat apps and obvious scams from slipping through the cracks.

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The solution pushed by AV companies is to install a security suite that manually scans every app, monitors your Web traffic, and so on. These apps tend to be a drain on resources and are generally annoying with plentiful notifications and pop ups. You probably don’t need to install Lookout, AVG, Symantec/Norton, or any of the other AV apps on Android. Instead, there are some completely reasonable steps you can take that won’t drag down your phone. For example, your phone already has antivirus protection built-in.

What you should do to stay safe

Your first line of defense is to simply not mess around with Android’s default security settings. To get Google certification, each and every phone and tablet comes with “Unknown sources” disabled in the security settings. If you want to sideload an APK downloaded from outside Google Play, all you need to do is check that box. Leaving this disabled keeps you safe from virtually all Android malware, because there’s almost none of it in the Play Store.
There are legitimate reasons to allow unknown sources, though. For example, Amazon’s Appstore client sideloads the apps and games you buy, and many reputable sites re-host official app updates that are rolling out in stages so you don’t have to wait your turn. If you do take advantage of this feature, the first time you do so a box will pop up asking you to allowGoogle to scan for malicious activity. This is known as Verify Apps and it’s part of Google Play Services on virtually all official Android phones. Google has confirmed that QuadRooter is detected and disabled by Verify Apps. So, even if your device is lagging on security updates, you shouldn’t have to worry.

Users have been rooting their Android phones ever since the first handsets hit the market, but it’s less common these days. The platform offers many of the features people used to root in order to acquire. Using rooted Android is basically like running a computer in administrator mode. While it’s possible to run a rooted phone safely, it’s definitely a security risk. Some exploits and malware needs root access to function, and otherwise it’s harmless even if you do somehow install it. If you don’t have a good reason to root your phone or tablet, just don’t open yourself up to that possibility.

 

 

[Source: Extreme Tech]

Here’s Why Titanfall 2 Is Coming to PS4

Here’s Why Titanfall 2 Is Coming to PS4

Respawn Entertainment CEO and co-founder Vince Zampella reveals why Titanfall 2 is coming to PS4, despite the original Titanfall being exclusive to PC and Xbox consoles.

Released on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2014, many PlayStation players were disappointed that Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated shooter, Titanfall, did not come to Sony platforms, too. In fact, even the development team was surprised to learn that Titanfall 1 wouldn’t be released on PlayStation, and that it wasn’t just a timed-exclusive for Microsoft.

With the sequel, there will be no such disappointments or shocks, however, as Titanfall 2 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In a new interview, Respawn Entertainment’s CEO and co-founder, Vince Zampella, has now revealed exactly why Titanfall 2 is coming to PS4 as opposed to opting to continue the Microsoft exclusivity deal.

Speaking to the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (issue #126, September 2016), Zampella explains that “ultimately, it’s about bringing in as many people as possible to play the game.” The Respawn boss goes on to say that “we spent years of our lives making these things, so we want as many people as possible to see them. It makes sense.” Moreover, the developer wants a playerbase so that “games are more fun and more balanced, we want to get better games going” and that “it’s bringing things to the world that people enjoy, so the more the merrier.”

This isn’t the first time that Zampella has suggested that Respawn’s decisions are “all about the fans,” as the CEO previously revealed that Titanfall 2 DLC will be free because the developer doesn’t want to split the community. That announcement was largely applauded by gamers at the time, especially as other multiplayer titles such as Evolve have been accused to fracturing the playerbase with DLC plans that were confusing and muddling to players rather than encouraging them to play.

Others, though, have dismissed Zampella’s comments, saying that what he really means is that he’d like to increase Respawn (and Titanfall 2 publisher) EA’s bottom line. The original Titanfall was a massive success, with the first-person shooter seeing a whopping 7 million unique players after just 8 months of availability. Some sceptical gamers argue that as Xbox One sales continue to trail behind the PS4 despite Microsoft price cuts, Respawn and EA see the Sony console as a lost, money-making opportunity that the two companies are looking to bank on with Titanfall 2.

And, while it’s certainly true that Titanfall 2 is likely to outdo its predecessor’s sales because of it multi-platform status, other additions such as Titanfall 2’s new ‘Ronin’ class and Respawn’s commitment to Titanfall 2 server stability could also make a huge difference in how many copies are sold.

 

[Source: Gamerant]

Still want Windows 10 for free? Here’s how changing the clock will enable the free upgrade again

The free upgrade to Windows 10 ended on July 29th, however, as expected, not everyone had taken the chance to upgrade. Luckily for them, it appears they may not need to shell out $119/$199 to upgrade to Windows 10. According to YouTuber vwestlife, simply changing your system’s clock to July 28th will re-activate the Upgrade Prompt and allow the upgrade to be started.

Once the clock has been changed to July 28th, the prompt will provide the option to start the upgrade. After clicking that, it will begin downloading Windows 10 and the installation will commence.

For those wondering if this actually works – it does, according to a Redditor, who was previously suspicious of whether this trick would work or not. Entering a Windows 7 key into Windows 10 also still works.

It is not clear how long this trick will work for; it is possible that Microsoft has a grace period, in which it will still accept activations for those people where downloading took a little longer to complete, however, if you missed the deadline to upgrade for free and still wish to do so – give this a try!

One other method of obtaining the upgrade for free is Microsoft’s offer that assistive technology users will continue to be able to upgrade for free – check out our post on how that works here.

 

[Source: Winbeta]

Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14322 available for the Fast Ring and here’s what’s new

As promised, Gabe Aul and the gang over in the Windows development group have delivered Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14322. Similar to the PC release of the latest preview build, the mobile release comes with a plethora of new features in tow.

The list of new features almost makes build 14322 feel like a new OS to some extent. Here’s what’s new in build 14322 for mobile:

Improvements to Action Center & Notifications

Visual changes to Action Center: Individual app notifications in Action Center no longer show the app icon repeated for each notification and will only be seen in the header that groups together all the notifications specific for that app. This change allows for more space in Action Center to show more content.

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Customized Notifications

Visual Update for Action Center Notification Improvements

  • Visual changes to Notifications: We’re making Action Center richer with support for notifications with more flexible layouts similar to the richness of Live Tiles. Notifications with images will now display larger than they did previously. Notifications can have “hero image” for content that is an even bigger image size to make content in notifications pop even more.
  • Cortana notifications in Action Center: We have also added new insights from Cortana to ensure you are not missing anything important, such as a meeting conflict or anything she needs to remind you about.
  • Notification prioritization in Action Center: You can manage the notification settings for individual apps by going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and prioritize which app notifications are more important to you. You can prioritize its notifications to be in one of 3 levels: Normal, High, or Top. You can also adjust how many notifications are visible per app. The default is now 3 per app. If an app has more than 3 notifications, just click or tap to expand and see all notifications for that app. This feature is also available on PC starting with Build 14316.
  • Customize your Quick Actions in Action Center: You can add, remove and re-arrange the Quick Actions that show up in Action Center. To customize your Quick Actions, just go to the Settings > System > Notifications & actions. In this settings page, you will see a replica of your Quick Actions as it appears in Action Center, and with a simple press and hold you can move the Quick Actions to the place where you want them to be. Then to add or remove a Quick Action, there is a link below the grid that will allow you to turn on or off the available Quick Actions.

Cortana Improvements

  • More ways to create Cortana Reminders: We are making it easier and quicker to set a reminder in Cortana with 2 new exciting ways to create reminders. You can now create a Photo Reminder by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, like that beer you just tried and want to pick up next time you’re at the store. You can also now set reminders on content from UWP apps that utilize the share contract in Windows, like Microsoft Edge and the News app, so you don’t forget to read that article your friend sent you. You can share an article from the News app to Cortana and have her remind you to read it at a later time. This even works with photos from your collection in the Photos app! Give it a try.

Updates to the Settings app

  • Icons for individual settings pages: All pages in the Settings app now have individual icons associated with them. These individual icons will also be shown when you pin a settings page to Start. And we have also added a dropdown flyout with page suggestions that will appear as you type into the Settings search box. These changes are designed to make it easier to find the settings you are looking for.
  • Navigation bar settings page and vibration setting: We created a page for the navigation bar at Settings > Personalization > Navigation bar. You can now use this page to configure preferences for vibration and double tap the navigation bar to turn off the screen.

Navigation bar settings page

  • Glance screen settings have moved: As part of our work to make settings more discoverable and user friendly, we’ve simplified the Glance settings options and moved the page out of the Extras section in the Settings app. These settings can now be found via Settings > Personalization > Glance screen. With this change, Glance settings no longer need to be downloaded or updated from the Store.
  • Updated Battery Settings and Battery Saving Experience: Just like what was seen in last week’s PC build, there is now a single entry point for all battery related settings in the Settings app – including Battery Saver. This also includes the updated the Detailed Battery Use page so you can now manage the per-app background settings inline without going to a second page. You can also adjust the percentage in which Battery Saver turns on (which is at 20% by default) – something we had with Windows Phone 8.1 that Insiders wanted to see us re-implement as we merged Battery Sense into the Settings app for both PC and mobile.
  • Updated Windows Update Settings: You can now also set the time in which you are most active on your phone just like on your PC by adjusting active hours under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. Windows Update will avoid automatically installing updates during your active hours on your device.

Updated emoji

  • This build brings our new emoji to your phone. As part of this work, the emoji section of the keyboard has been slightly reorganized to better align with the newly available emoji. It’s now arranged as follows: Favorites, Smileys and Animals, People, Celebrations and Objects, Food and Plants, Transportation and Places, Symbols, and ASCII emoticons.
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Updated Emoji options

Microsoft Edge Improvements:

  • Better copy/paste: We’ve made a couple of improvements to copy and paste on the phone. When you are typing into an edit box on a web page, you will now be able to use the paste button above the keyboard. Also, if you select text on a web page the copy button will appear immediately near the selection.
  • Better tab behavior: Microsoft Edge keeps your tabs under control when you use it with apps on your phone. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button when you’re done will close that tab, then take you back to the app. Your tabs list stays lean and relevant, by smartly closing tabs you’re done with.

You can also check out the Microsoft Edge changelog website for more information on platform changes in Microsoft Edge with Insider Preview builds.

USB Ethernet Support with Continuum (Mobile)

  • Continuum-capable phones now include support for most USB Ethernet adapters. If you connect a USB Ethernet adapter your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL via the Microsoft Display Dock for example – you will have network connectivity through an attached Ethernet cable. A few notes on this feature:
  • You may see an error message the first time you connect. There is nothing wrong with your adapter, and the message will be eliminated in a future update.
  • Not all adapters are supported yet – more will be added in a future update.
  • In this update, you will not see a visual indicator that you are connected, so if you want to double-check that it’s working you can turn off Wi-Fi and cellular data.
  • Windows 10 Mobile supports proxy configuration for Wi-Fi and VPN connections. Proxy support for LAN connections will be available in a future update.

Improved experience while on Lock screen

  • Camera button on the Lock screen: When your phone is locked, the back button on the navigation bar is now replaced with a camera button. Press and hold this button to launch the Camera app from the Lock screen.
  • Media controls show on top of the Lock screen: We’ve heard a lot of feedback on this so we’re really excited to get this out to Insiders. While you are listening to music, you will now be able to control the music you are listening to right from the Lock screen! If you turn on your phone’s screen, the media controls will now be shown embedded right on top of the Lock screen.

Commenting in the Feedback Hub

  • Just like on PC, you also have the ability to comment on feedback inside the Feedback Hub on your phone in addition to the responses from our engineering team you have seen in the app already (we call these “sticky comments”). So in addition to up-voting on feedback, you can now comment on feedback too.

Messaging Everywhere Preview Coming Soon

  • We will soon be enabling a preview of the “Messaging everywhere” feature in Windows 10 that allows you to send and receive text messages from your phone directly from your Windows 10 PC’s. You will see options for this feature in the Messaging app on PC but not on Mobile. A newer Mobile build is required for this experience to fully light up. More to come on this when the experience is live.

[Source:- Winbeta]

Microsoft could still make Windows Phone a success and here’s how

It’s not a secret that Microsoft’s mobile efforts, currently called Windows 10 Mobile, are in trouble. With a 2.6% market share worldwide, falling sales, and not one single mention at Build, it’s easy to see why.

According to Terry Myerson, the head of Windows, the company’s mobile plans are not somewhere it wants to “lead” in 2016, and potentially beyond. Instead, Microsoft will focus on devices with screens between 9- and 30-inches, a category that Windows 10 caters to perfectly.

More than 270 million people are using Windows 10 across a range of devices and the improvements that Microsoft is making — especially around the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) — mean that the experience is getting better every day. Apps, like Uber or the New York Times, are arriving on Windows 10, plugging the “app gap,” a situation that has plagued the platform for years.

While there is still a long way to go, some of the positives from the UWP are even making their way to Windows phones. This won’t be enough to convince the majority of Android or iPhone owners to switch, but it could appeal to one key market: Businesses.

Essentially, Microsoft is becoming more and more of an enterprise company over a consumer company. It makes the majority of its revenues from selling services, like Azure, to big businesses and loses most of its money on selling Lumia handsets and other consumer stuff.

This strategy is fine because Microsoft makes so much money from enterprise, but the shift to enterprise is there nonetheless. Windows 10, for example, is being adopted at unprecedented rates by businesses and Azure is fast becoming a competitor to Amazon Web Services, which leads the cloud services industry.

For a business, Microsoft is an attractive partner because it provides the whole package. A chief technology officer can simply go to Microsoft and order a few servers, the software to run them, an Office subscription, and Windows licenses — and that’s it. Done.

However, companies are increasingly finding that this strategy has one key element missing: smartphones. Thanks to the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), employees have been choosing their own smartphone which company IT departments then have to support. This is expensive, time-consuming, and ineffective at scale.

While Apple has been making overtures to companies and has partnered with IBM, there are still a host of Android phones — not to mention different versions of iOS that aren’t the latest — that companies must work with, build software for, and support generally.

Microsoft, up until now, has not been able to offer a compelling solution to this problem. While managing an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy is expensive, it does at least have all the apps a user could want. Windows, however, likely did not. With the introduction of the Universal Windows Platform and its subsequent adoption by developers, that changes.

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Features like Continuum, which can turn a Windows Phone into a desktop computer with a Microsoft-made dock, could appeal to businesses, especially with employees who are on-the-go but need the power of a computer. Neither Apple nor Google has anything like this — beyond a small amount of tie-in between OS X and iOS — and this, really, is Microsoft’s ace in the hole.

Elsewhere, the integration with Office that Microsoft has built into Windows Phone could also be appealing. While Apple and Google have support, Microsoft actually makes Office and the apps on Windows Phones integrate nicely, even with niche features.

Now, in 2016, Microsoft can offer the whole package: software, services, and a compelling smartphone experience that is cheap, easy to manage and works well with all the services Microsoft already offers.

Of course, winning enterprise — if “winning” is the right word — is nowhere near as lucrative as owning the consumer market, as Apple does, and it will likely never be a total Microsoft smackdown. But, it could be a way for the company to get something back from the resources, both in terms of time and money, it has spent on developing Windows Phone.

It may end up that Microsoft is not, in fact, interested in Windows Phone at all. The lack of mentions at Build 2016, for instance, was not a good sign at all. It may be that Satya Nadella has realised that the ship cannot be salvaged, a 2.6% marketshare cannot be overcome, and it is best just to let the platform die slowly and quietly.

Microsoft currently has a range of compelling software on iOS, Android, and Windows for desktop and so, in many ways, it doesn’t matter if Windows Phone lives or dies. But it would likely be nice for Microsoft to be able to turn around and prove the sceptics wrong, especially as there is a broad feeling that missing mobile was one of the company’s biggest mistakes.

The position that Microsoft is in is actually very fortunate, as Windows Phone’s success does not dictate whether the company ultimately lives or dies. Unlike Apple, which derives around 60% of its revenues from the iPhone, the mobile market is not a big factor for Redmond. (Which, it’s worth noting, means Microsoft has missed out on hundreds of billions of dollars.)

The progress Microsoft has made as a company — in terms of culture — and strategically as a business have been good under Nadella, but it would be nice to see Windows Phone, a long-term failed project, succeed and this may be a way for it to do that.

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Windows 10 Insider preview build 14316 is out, here’s what’s new

During Build 2016, Microsoft listed a slew of new features coming to what it’s calling the Windows Anniversary Update planned for consumer release later this year. However, to get to Microsoft’s promise land of bountiful features promised Windows 10, the company is going to begin testing them with it Insider program.

Speaking of which, a new Windows 10 Redstone Insider Preview has just been made available. Build 14316 is now hitting the Fast Ring for Insiders and with it comes a bevy of new features and improvements.

Bash in Windows

  • Run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows: In this build, you can natively run Bash in Windows as announced last week at Build 2016. To do this, you first need to turn on Developer Mode via Settings > Update & security > For developers. Then search for “Windows Features” and choose “Turn Windows features on or off” and enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta). To get Bash installed, open Command Prompt and type “bash”. For more details, see this blog post.
  • Cortana Cross-Device Features: Starting today, we will be releasing new features to Insiders on an ongoing basis that keeps you in perfect sync across all the devices where you use Cortana to stay connected and never miss a beat throughout your day. With today’s build, we are rolling out the below features. If you are an Insider who doesn’t have a Windows phone, these features will also work with Android devices too but you will need Cortana Version 1.5 or higher (Download here for U.S. and download here for China) for them to work.
  • Low Battery Notifications: Cortana will now inform you of low battery power on your mobile devices. For example, if your phone’s battery is low, a notification will pop up on your PC so you can promptly charge it before your next meeting.
  • Find my phone/Ring my phone: We all lose track of our phone from time to time and now you can ask Cortana to find your phone, regardless of device, on your PC using the new find my phone feature. The feature will allow users to locate their phone from their PC through geo-location and by having Cortana ring your phone.
  • Share map directions across devices: To date, people go through a lot of effort to manually connect the dots between devices—emailing links to open on other devices or re-doing a search on the phone to find directions to a location they were just looking at on the PC. Today, we’re breaking down one of those barriers by enabling you to access navigation details across devices through Cortana. Tell Cortana “directions to < place>” on your PC and she’ll send those same directions to your phone.
  • Making Cortana easier to setup on your device: If you are in Cortana supported markets and struggled to get Cortana enabled, this will automatically download the necessary speech language, if needed, and enable Cortana for you.
  • New and Updates Extensions for Microsoft Edge: A few weeks ago, we announced the availability of extension support for Microsoft Edge with more on the way. Today, we are excited to share with you some new extensions that you can try out – Pin It Button and OneNote Clipper. In addition, we have updated versions of Reddit Enhancement Suite, Mouse Gestures, and Microsoft Translator. To install these new extensions, just click on “More” (…) at the top right in Microsoft Edge and click “Extensions” to open the Extensions pane and click “Get extensions”.

Pin It Button and OneNote Clipper Edge Extensions

  • Please note: There is change in this build that will break existing extensions installed on your PC in Microsoft Edge if they were previously installed using an older build. You can download the new installation files and re-install the existing extensions using the new installers.
  • Try out the Skype UWP Preview app: You can try out the Skype UWP Preview app announced a couple of weeks ago on the Skype blog. The Skype UWP Preview app includes a lot of the basic Skype functionality – with more features and functionality to come in the next couple of releases. We are first releasing this for PCs only, but we will be making the Skype UWP app available on for Mobile in a future build.
  • Action Center Improvements: We have added the ability to select which app notifications are more important to you in Action Center. On your device, you can manage the notification settings for individual apps by going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Just click or tap on a specific app to adjust its notification settings. You can prioritize its notifications in Action Center to be one of 3 levels: Normal, High, or Priority. Additionally, you can also adjust how many notifications are visible per app. The default is now 3 per app. If an app has more than 3 notifications, just click or tap to expand and see all notifications for that app. This was a top request from Insiders.

New Microsoft Emoji

  • Our new emoji also supports skin tone modification across a wide variety of people glyphs.
  • Personalization Improvements: We’ve added the ability to universally toggle between dark and light modes via Settings > Personalization > Colors.
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New Windows 10 Emoji’s

  • Updated Emoji: We wanted to share some cool work from our design team that is showing up in this build. We are updating the entire set of font-based emoji in Windows 10 that aligns with the Microsoft Design Language with a distinct visual style as well as the Unicode standard.
  • These new emoji are designed to be detailed, expressive, and playful. Their larger size takes full advantage of every pixel and the two-pixel outline allows for emoji to appear on any color background without loss of fidelity.

New Dark Mode

  • When you switch to dark mode, apps such as Settings, Store, Alarms & Clock, Calculator and other UWP apps that listen and respond to theme changes in the OS will change into dark mode. Some UWP apps that control their own theme settings (separate from Windows) won’t change by toggling this setting.
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New Dark Theme

New Personalization Settings in Windows 10

  • We’ve also added a new option under Settings > Personalization > Colors to show color only on app title bars in addition to the option to show color on Start, the taskbar, and Action Center.
  • New PC access experience: Using the new Connect app, you can bring the Continuum experience from your phone (a Continuum-enabled Windows 10 phone is required) to the PC without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. Additionally, it also allows other Miracast-enabled PCs to project to other PCs without needing a dock or Miracast adapter as well. The Connect app will mention the ability to use a USB cable to connect to your PC however this is a bug and the app only supports wireless connections on PCs. This is an early preview of this feature – we have more work coming to make the experience even better.

New Connect app for Windows 10 PCs

  • New PC access experience: Using the new Connect app, you can bring the Continuum experience from your phone (a Continuum-enabled Windows 10 phone is required) to the PC without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. Additionally, it also allows other Miracast-enabled PCs to project to other PCs without needing a dock or Miracast adapter as well. The Connect app will mention the ability to use a USB cable to connect to your PC however this is a bug and the app only supports wireless connections on PCs. This is an early preview of this feature – we have more work coming to make the experience even better.

Better virtual desktop experience

  • Virtual Desktop Improvements: You can now pin a window so it’s available on every desktop. To do this, launch Task View then right-click on the window you want to pin and choose “Show this window on all desktops”. Try pinning Skype or Groove Music so they’re always at your fingertips. And if you have a multi-mon setup, you might enjoy the ability to have your email app on the second monitor no matter which desktop you switch to.

New Upgrade Experience

  • New Update Progress Experience: When you PC installs today’s new build update – you will see a new progress experience for installing the update. This is part of an effort to align the experience of installing updates from Windows Update.

Battery Settings

  • Updated Battery Settings and Battery Saving Experience: We have renamed “Battery Saver” settings page to be “Battery” since we believe a single entry point for all battery related settings including Battery Saver simplifies the user experience.

Battery Usage Details

  • We also updated the Detailed Battery Use page so you can now manage the per-app background settings inline without going to a second page and added a new background settings option called “Managed by Windows”.
  • With this option, not only will the app stop running in the background when Battery Saver is enabled, but it will temporarily turn off apps with high battery drain that you haven’t used in a while or pinned to your Start screen till you next launch the application (shown as “Turned off by system” on the Detailed Battery Use page). We also added a prompt asking the user if they’d like to turn on Battery Saver when battery is at 20% – something we had with Windows Phone 8.1 that Insiders wanted to see us re-implement as we merged Battery Sense into the Settings app for both PC and mobile.
  • Updated Windows Update Settings: You can now set the time in which you are most active on your device by adjusting active hours under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. Windows Update will avoid automatically installing updates during your active hours on your device.

Commenting in Feedback Hub

  • Commenting in the Feedback Hub: As we announced at Build last week, we have added the ability to comment on feedback inside the Feedback Hub. You have seen responses from our engineering team in the app already, in what we call “sticky comments”. Those comments are now the top items in a comments thread where you can discuss feedback with each other and us. So in addition to up-voting on feedback, you can now comment on feedback too. We hope you will use the discussion feature to share workarounds, discuss suggestions others have made, and share any new info you have about problems you’re seeing. As always, please let us know what you think by going to Apps & Games > Feedback Hub and joining the discussion!

New messaging experience upcoming

  • Messaging Everywhere Preview Coming Soon: We will soon be enabling a preview of the “Messaging everywhere” feature in Windows 10 that allows you to send and receive text messages from your phone directly from your Windows 10 PC’s. You will see options for this feature in the Messaging app on PC however an update is required for the Messaging app for Mobile for this experience to work. More to come on this when the experience is live.

From the looks of it, this new build brings much of what Microsoft demoed at Build 2016 and then some. We’ll be updating our coverage accordingly in the next few days to cover, in depth, all the new features, bugs and improvements we and our commenters discover.

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Here’s How the Fake Nintendo NX Controller Was Made

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The creator of the second fake Nintendo NX controller image apologizes for tricking so many people, and shows how the fake image came to be.

The original prankster behind the alleged Nintendo NX controller leak recently came forward and admitted his image was nothing more than a Photoshop job, which has prompted the creator of the second controller image – which caused an equally big stir upon its release – to reveal his work to be a sham, too.

As it turns out, the second batch of Nintendo NX controller photos didn’t come courtesy of Photoshop, but were actually a proper 3D design and lasercutter job by a Finnish man named Frank Sandqvist. He copied the design of the original fake image, and added his own stickers and adjustments after looking at the leaks of Nintendo consoles past for inspiration. Now, however, the creative Nintendo fan has come clean, and has also posted an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at how he was able to fool most of the masses.

Here’s the video itself, which Sandqvist was kind enough to make an English version of:

Frank first apologized to the people who’s hope he built up with the impressive fake, and then went on to explain that he utilized the tools available to his family business to forge the fake Nintendo NX controller, using a 3D printer and a professional lasercutter device.

As it turns out, the glossy screen of the controller has nothing behind it, and the analog nubs are made out of the same material as the sides of the fake device itself – they were merely spray-painted to look like they had rubber grips. The Unit 2 sticker, as it turns out, was actually placed there to cover up a paint bubble. Ironically, the sticker that stated it was ‘confidential property’ generated the most doubt over the internet, although it was a sticker directly copied from previous Nintendo leaks.

As some may have guessed, the backside of the device, which never had photos published online, was completely bare. Frank stated that he would have had to do a lot of extra work to make it look authentic, like making some screw holes and adding a fake battery compartment. Evidently, it was easier just to forego that entire process and just take a photo from the top down.

Frank also shows how the device was 3D printed, and showed off some of the steps behind making everything look as professional as possible. It’s clear he did a good job in this regard, as the internet seemingly exploded after his fake low-resolution image was posted online.

He also stated that his forged creation was uncomfortable to hold, though to be fair, it doesn’t have the two grip areas that the official Nintendo patent features.

What do you think of the fake Nintendo NX controller, Ranters? Do you think the official Nintendo product will resemble something like this?

 
[Source:- Gamerant]