Microsoft accidentally reveals Windows 10 on ARM limitations
- Microsoft launched ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with “all-day” battery life back in December.
- While HP, Asus, and Lenovo’s devices aren’t on sale just yet, we’re still waiting to hear more about the limitations of Windows 10 running on these new PCs. Microsoft published a full list of limitations last week, spotted first by Thurrott, that details what to expect from Windows 10 on ARM.
- It seems that for most Windows users, Windows 10 on ARM will support common apps and scenarios.
- Microsoft’s emulation work allows you to download most 32-bit exe files from the web and install them on ARM-powered laptops.
- We’re still waiting to test an ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop to see if the battery life is what has been promised, and whether performance for desktop apps is reasonable enough.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is what Microsoft promised
- Microsoft is bringing back the Age of Empires series, and it is starting with an updated version of the original game for $20 on February 20.
- This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the real-time strategy hit, and it also should prepare fans for the upcoming Age of Empires sequel that Microsoft has in the works.
- I’ve spent some time with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on Windows 10, and Microsoft has delivered on its promise to update the game for modern audiences without stripping away what made Age of Empires so popular in the first place.
- Definitive Edition integrates that improvement so well that it ends up feeling like something that was always a part of the game.
- I’m not sure how much time I’ll spend with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition going forward.
Can Machines Save Us From the the Machines?
- Even as companies and consumers get better at playing defense, a host of new cyber threats is at our doorsteps—and it’s unclear if anyone can keep them out.
- The use of browser plug-ins to launch such attacks is part of a familiar strategy by hackers—treating third parties (in this case the plug-ins) as the weakest link in the security chain, and exploiting them.
- One option is to cross our fingers that new technologies—perhaps Microsoft’s blockchain-based ID systems—will help defeat phishing and secure our browsers.
- It’s a new book by Andrew Keen, a deep thinker on Silicon Valley culture, that proposes reconstructing our whole approach to the Internet by putting humans back at the center of our technology.
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Electronics-recycling innovator faces prison for trying to extend computer lives
- The case centers on "restore discs," which can be used only on computers that already have the licensed Windows software and can be downloaded free from the computer's manufacturer, in this case Dell.
- At 19, Lundgren moved to Los Angeles and started his first electronics recycling company, and at 20 he landed his first big client: American Airlines, refurbishing and selling about 40,000 computers a year.
- Jonathan McGloin testified that Microsoft licensed Windows to computer manufacturers such as Dell and also licensed them to make restore or recovery discs to be included with the new computers.
- McGloin also testified that Microsoft charges computer refurbishers about $25 for a new license and copy of the software but didn't differentiate that from what was done by Lundgren, who was not making a new copy of the software and intended his restore discs only for computers that were already licensed.
Microsoft is offering refunds after accidental overcharges for EA Access on Xbox One
- In the last couple of months, Microsoft has accidentally charged some people twice for the same subscription.
- The publisher wants to give Xbox owners their money back, and it has recently set up its refund site to automate the process.
- If you aren’t sure if you need a refund, Microsoft should email you or you can check the Subscription Refund tool.
- Then all you need to do is agree to have the money returned to your form of payment or sent as credit to your Microsoft account.
- I went through this process after getting an email from Microsoft about my EA Access subscription, and it turns out that I overpaid by $27.
- But the publisher has refunded me that money, and then it even sent a $10 Xbox store credit to my account as a make-good.
This college student’s viral LinkedIn post got her a Microsoft internship — and congratulations from the CEO of Microsoft
- You can never be too "bold" on LinkedIn — at least, that's what one college student has learned.
- Last November, Miami University student Akosua Boadi-Agyemang wrote a public LinkedIn status declaring she was looking for an finance or accounting internship for summer 2018 — and tagged Jeff Weiner, CEO of the Microsoft-owned social network.
- Now, three months later, she has an update: She's landed an internship at Microsoft.
- The post caught the attention of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who personally commented on the post, congratulating her on the internship.
- Boadi-Agyemang also writes that Microsoft has "deep meaning" for her.
- Growing up in Botswana, she writes, she learned how to type on Microsoft Word, and played the "Reader Rabbit" game on a Windows-powered computer.
- We've reached out to Boadi-Agyemang for more and will update if we hear back.
Hey Microsoft, Stop Installing Apps on My PC Without Asking
- There is, technically, a way to disable this and stop Windows from installing these apps…but it’s only for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education users.
- The group policy or registry setting that disables this feature originally worked on Windows 10 Home and Professional in the November 2015 update when Microsoft originally added the Consumer Experience.
- Maybe Microsoft’s permissions system would make sense if they Windows 10 didn’t automatically install apps on our PCs. But, since Microsoft is going to force these apps on us, the least they could do is make them ask before sending notifications.
- Microsoft should at least give Windows users a way to disable this “feature”, if not end the entire Microsoft Consumer Experience program entirely for the good of its customers.
- Or, even if Microsoft makes no other change, they should at least remove notification permissions from these automatically installed apps.
Microsoft offers $200 off Surface Pro to celebrate its fifth anniversary
- Microsoft's first x86 PC, then known as the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, hit the market five years ago.
- The first version was a little strange—a bit too big for a tablet, a bit too small for a laptop—but with its third iteration, the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's hardware hit its stride.
- This third version of Surface Pro spawned a number of copycats from companies like Samsung, Dell, and HP, and arguably it made Microsoft's concept—the laptop-like tablet—a permanent fixture of the PC landscape.
- To celebrate this fifth anniversary, Microsoft is offering $200 off two configurations of the current model Surface Pro. The Core i5 with 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM is available for $799, and the Core i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM is $1,099.
Windows 10's new 'Ultimate Performance mode' sacrifices efficiency for raw power
- Microsoft generally rolls out new features in its Insider builds for testers before they are released to the public.
- Yesterday’s build 17101 includes a feature that may be particularly intriguing for power users and professionals: an ‘Ultimate Performance’ mode.
- It’s basically exactly what it sounds like – the highest performance setting in Windows.
- It’s not overclocking your PC or anything, but the company says the new settings “builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques.” The goal is get rid of the places where Windows normally makes efficiency trade-offs, yielding improved performance at the OS level.
- Microsoft says it can “directly impact hardware.” Naturally, any time you push performance to its limits, it could have a detrimental effect on your components.