If you own an older Microsoft smartphone that is still running on Windows 8.1, things are about to change as a Windows 10 update for your smartphone is probably on the way already. This is not beta, but a fully fledged final version of the upgrade that has been in the making for months. Although Microsoft has officially started rolling it out to its smartphones around the world, not all phones will be receiving the update at the same time. Also note that if your Windows phone was not manufactured by Microsoft (or Nokia) but some other company, there will be an additional delay.
Check if your phone is in the list mentioned below:
- Lumia 435
- Lumia 430
- Lumia 638 1GB
- Lumia 636 1GB
- Lumia 635 1GB
- Lumia 540
- Lumia 535
- Lumia 532
- Lumia 830
- Lumia 735
- Lumia 730
- Lumia 640XL
- Lumia 640
- Lumia 930
- Lumia 1520
- BLU Win HD w510u
- BLU Win HD LTE x150q
- MCJ Madosma Q501
If you found your model in the list above, then go to the Windows Store and download the application called Microsoft's Update Advisor. Use it to find out if your update is on the way and turn on the option Enable Windows 10 Upgrade. Select Next and it will prompt something like ready to upgrade. Once you see that prompt, tap on Done to finish the setup. You can now go to Settings>Phone Update>Check for Updates to see if the upgrade has arrived yet. When it does actually arrive, you will see the notification automatically now.
Microsoft has finally unveiled the Lumia 650 and officially confirmed the launch of the smartphone after several rumours about it surfaced in the last few months.
It will come with a 5-inch 720p screen, but contrary to the predecessor Lumia 550, the 650 boasts an AMOLED display panel. Microsoft is super excited and they have gone ahead to name it as their most beautiful screen ever at this time.
This Windows 10 device will be backed by the Snapdragon 212 SoC without Continuum, and its quad-core Cortex-A7 processor will be clocked at 1.3GHZ - the unique thing in comparison to the S210 in the Lumia 550. It's packed with 1GB of RAM and the 16 gig internal storage could be expanded by microSD. The primary snapper will be of 8MP (type 1/4 inch sensor, 28mm equiv. focal length, f/2.2 aperture), while the front camera will have 5MP sensor with f/2.2 lens.
There are wide range of connectivity options - multi-band 2G/3G/4G, and LTE with Cat 4 (150Mbps down, 50Mbps up). It also has Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. There will also be a dual-SIM variant of the device. Radio listeners can surely enjoy the FM Radio.
The Lumia 650 features solid aluminum body, replaceable back covers and comes with two color options - black and white. It weighs 122g and dimension wise it quite sleek (142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm). Its 2,000mAh battery can be replaced by the users..
From February 18th, this device will be available in some of the European markets and cost around $199 before taxes or subsidies (US dollar pricing announcement in Europe is surprising though).
Microsoft is suing Samsung for $6.9 million, which the software giant says is unpaid interest that is owed to it by Samsung. The latter apparently felt that Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services unit was a breach of contract. The contract called for Microsoft to be paid a royalty for each Android phone and tablet produced by the Korean manufacturer over the course of a year.
While Samsung did eventually pay the $1 billion it owed Microsoft last year, the crew in Redmond said that the payment was late, and as a result it is owed the $6.9 million in interest on the $1 billion. The deal was agreed to back in 2011 and runs for seven years. It also includes a cross-licensing pact between the two firms.
According to a Forbes report, Microsoft is about to launch a wearable device in the coming weeks. The gadget will reportedly hit the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.
Microsoft's upcoming creation will focus on tracking physical activities that include steps, heart rate, and calories burned among others. Some smartwatch functionality is also expected, though it will not be the product's main highlight. Battery life of the wearable device is tipped to be in the ballpark of two days.
Lately, The Nokia brand has been phased out by calling the phones just "Lumia" and redirecting Nokia online properties to Microsoft.com. This rebranding effort will expand and soon the lineup will become "Microsoft Lumia".
Lumia is already the de facto face of Windows Phone it accounts for about 90% of the market. Microsoft has been busy signing up new vendors but they will struggle to gain significant market share as the big names have mostly neglected WP.
Microsoft Office 365 subscribers will receive unlimited OneDrive cloud storage going forward. OneDrive subscription plans that include the sweet cloud storage option kick off at $6.99 per month.
The new arrangement will begin rolling out to users with Home, Personal, and University accounts beginning today. OneDrive for Business customers will have to wait until 2015 to get the treatment. Unlimited cloud storage is bound to make the already capable Microsoft Office 365 an even more attractive proposition.
Reports suggests that Microsoft is working on a New Internet Browser for Windows 10, Moving from the good-old bad-old Internet Explorer to the new Microsoft Spartan Browser. The New "Spartan" browser is still in-development. Today though there are a couple of new leaked images doing the rounds, and these two show us a very different design for Spartan.
The actual leaked images are the first two below. Underneath you can see a mockup based on them, which is supposedly a near 1:1 replica of the browser's UI.
Thankfully this time around Spartan looks a lot more modern, yet it still manages to be quite minimalistic. The browser clearly looks more like Chrome and Firefox than IE, and not many will say that's a bad thing. Next to the star for bookmarking purposes lies a "reading mode" button which strips out the text and makes whichever page you're on more readable (this is similar to Safari's Reader Mode).
The share icon lets you easily send a link to the current website through social networks or by email, and the three dots on the right are there to open up the settings, as you may have guessed. Spartan's window is borderless, allowing content to stretch from edge to edge. All of the UI elements are at the top.
Microsoft launched its first Smart augmented reality Glass, called "HoloLens" few days ago along with Windows 10. This augmented reality kit has its own computing power, rivaling that of current laptops, and spacial sound technology for holographic processing, able to understand what you are looking at, understand your voice, and run without any wires, processing terabytes of information in real time. No phone is required, no PC connection, and, as we mentioned, no cables even, which is really crazy.
The Holo Studio was also announced a platform that allows you to create for the new Windows Holographic experience and the HoloLens device in a jiffy. The demonstration showed a quad-copter being imagined and created with Holo Studio, then 3D-printed as a physical object. Wired magazine sat down with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, and featured the cool new products and services developed under his supervision long and hard, but what attracted our attention were the details about HoloLens.
Microsoft is apparently planning to roll the headgear to influential opinion-makers at first, the kind of folks that would give TED talks, for instance, and engage the ever-critical development community to take a long and hard look at what can be done with the holographic abilities of HoloLens, only then rolling them out to retail, so that your kid can play 3D Minecraft with their buddies. To know More about Microsoft HoloLens, Check out the Infographic below detailing its build and abilities, and also Microsoft's Official Promo video below.
Today, Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will make an investment in, the Android ROM developer company, Cyanogen Inc. The Redmond giant is expected to become a minority investor in a $70 million round of equity financing.
The latest round of funding is said to value Cyanogen Inc. in the high hundreds of millions. Spokespeople from both Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. declined to comment on the matter.
Cyanogen made quite a splash a few days ago when the company's CEO Kirt McMaster told an audience in San Francisco that the company wants to take Android away from Google. The ambitious startup plans to create a version of Android, which isn't dependent on Google Play apps and services.
It's a little weird but Microsoft is working on a new friend tracking feature in an upcoming app People Sense for the Windows Phone devices and is internally referred as "Buddy Aware".
With this app, Windows Phone owners will be able to share their location in real time with their friends and family. The location sharing will also offer step-by-step navigation to the contacts. Quick shortcut for instant messaging, voice calls, and support integration with other third party apps will be anchored inside it. In a way, calling and messaging would be possible right inside, without having to switch between apps.
People Sense app is quite similar to Find My Friends app for iPhone and many others on the Android platform. In fact, Google had a similar implementation named as Google Latitude which was discontinued in August,2013.
Today, at MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.
Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast.
One of the biggest changes in technology that's coming this year is DirectX 12 and the new set of standards, which will be used on both Windows 10 and the Xbox One. Elijah Freeman, an executive producer at Crytek, is quoted by GamingBolt as saying that his team might benefit from the fact that better optimization will be possible, which in turn will make it easier to run consistently at high-frame rates.
He states, "Everything which helps to make drawcalls more efficient is highly useful, so DX12 with its reduced API overhead and better parallelization capabilities can definitely play a part in helping us create more complex VR worlds than before."
DirectX 12 is supposed to introduce a wide variety of improvements, and Microsoft has not yet offered a clear launch date for it. Another piece of tech that has received a lot of attention recently is the cloud and the way it can be used to boost the quality of graphics for a title or to enhance its gameplay.
Freeman believes that it will have a smaller impact on virtual reality gaming because minimum latency is required. If DirectX 12 offers a solid boost to VR, it will be a little ironic, given that Microsoft is not working on a solution in this field.
Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for Windows, finally out of beta previews. The final version packs lots of new features and optimized for Windows 10 release. The one-time price is $149.99 or Office 365 subscriptions start at $69.99 per year, and deliver continuous app updates as well as other integrated services such as Yammer, Delve, and Skype for Business.
Office 2016 comes with support for co-authoring, Skype in-app integration, and Office 365 Groups inside Outlook 2016. Additionally, Outlook 2016 has smart search, automatic removal of low-priority mail, and support for cloud-based attachments.
Excel 2016 includes integrated publishing to Power BI, as well as new chart types. Throughout Office, there's a most recently used documents list which lets you quickly jump back in.
Nokia Official Facebook page just posted a Photo saying that it has moved to a new "Home" referring to a new website (microsoft.com/mobile) instead of (nokia.com/lumia).
It looks like Microsoft has already started re-branding it's Mobile device, trying to replace the Nokia brand with its own, So it will soon be "Microsoft Lumia" not "Nokia Lumia" as a way to kill the Nokia brand.
So all we have to say is Goodbye Nokia, you've been a great innovative company.
Microsoft is killing Nokia Branding step by step, the company just announced the "Microsoft Portable Power DC-21" with a 6,000 mAh charger available in three different bright colors. It is the most powerful charger by the company to date, but it is also the first one using the new branding "Microsoft" not "Nokia" or "Lumia".
Since Microsoft is dropping the Nokia branding already, I guess the rumors were true and upcoming phones and accessories will be Microsoft branded as well.
About the charger now. Microsoft Portable Power is a 6,000 mAh portable charger available in white, green and orange. When used with Nokia Universal Fast USB Charger AC-60 (or any 1.5A wall charger I suppose), it goes up to 80% for three hours and up to 100% in four hours. The Charger will cost about $50.
Samsung has issued a court filing regarding its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows Phone and states that it refuses to fulfill its end of the deal as it now sees the software giant as a direct competitor. The business collaboration agreement between the two companies sees Samsung pay Microsoft north of $1 billion in patent royalties and $6.9 million interest due to payment delays. Microsoft took action in early August in an attempt to collect the cash.
However, that's unlikely to happen if the New York federal court, where the filing is made, decides in favor of Samsung. The company says that because of the Nokia acquisition, Microsoft violated its 2011 deal with Samsung. According to the deal, Samsung had to pay Microsoft royalties in exchange for a patent license on its Android smartphones.
"The agreements, now between competitors, invite charges of collusion," Samsung said in the filing. However, Microsoft won't give up and is "confident" in the strength of its case. We'll continue to cover the development of the court case between the two companies and inform you if Microsoft will get its patent licensing fees or if Samsung will save $1 billion.
It wasn't long ago when seeing a "Microsoft Edition" logo stamped on a Android powered phone by Samsung wasn't really something you would expect. However, things have now changed and Microsoft is out of the mobile game as a manufacturer. That doesn't necessarily mean though that Microsoft and Samsung still can't partner up and that's exactly what has happened with the Galaxy S8's launch.
Microsoft retail stores in the US will be selling a Microsoft Edition of the S8 and S8+. According to the software giant, "A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi." In addition to the Office tools already bundled into every regular device, this edition will also come with Cortana and Outlook.
If you are wondering what visual changes the Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be sporting, know that there will be none. It won't even cost you anything extra to pick it up. If you want, it is available for pre-order right now in America.
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It's no secret that the two giants had been in collaboration for the last year or so and we also knew that the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition was coming, but now it's finally here. The smartphone is available from Microsoft's own online store in the US if you are interested in buying it. In case you are wondering, yes, the Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8+ is also available for purchase at the store. As of now the Galaxy S8 is priced at $724.99, while the S8+ is priced at $824.99 at the MS Store with special offers for Black Friday.
In terms of hardware, there's nothing new here because they are identical to any other US version of the two handsets. The main difference is in the incorporation of Cortana, Microsoft's own digital AI assistant, which is probably a bit awkward for Bixby now... Aside from that, the Microsoft Edition includes a number of the PC giant's applications, including Microsoft Launcher for easily accessing various file types and documents.
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It was just about a week ago that the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition became available for purchase via their online store and now the Galaxy Note 8 Microsoft Edition is available there as well. It's the same Note 8 though in terms of hardware, but the Microsoft Edition does have a few Microsoft exclusive software bundled in with it. Cortana and Microsoft Explorer stands out among the list of included software as the most prominent ones, but there are also a few others included.
You can buy the handset right now for exactly $929.99, but you would probably do well to hold out till the Black Friday deals hit. Do keep in mind that the Microsoft Edition only includes the 64GB version, so you are out of luck if you were looking for the higher storage version. Is there a reason that justifies buying the Galaxy Note 8 Microsoft Edition over the standard edition? Umm... Not really! Nevertheless, feel free to do so if you wish! The included software might be a nice touch.
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In the world of Virtual Reality, Microsoft and Samsung are competitors, but it looks like these two tech giants are working together on a project that involves an AR/VR headset. There's a big difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as the former encompasses and augments the real world with virtual elements, while the latter cuts the user off completely from the real world to provide an immersive experience. It looks like the next project from the duo is going to blur the line between the two as the wireless headset they are working on will allegedly have both and AR and VR capabilities. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset which was released in 2017, this one will probably not need a separate computer to power it.
The news was confirmed by The Korea Times after a Samsung representative spoke to them and even informed the paper that the product will have Samsung's own AMOLED displays, sensors and processors.
Microsoft has purchased gaming company Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, for the cool $2.5 billion. The company shares that its partnership with the game maker began when the two discussed the Xbox One version of the game.
Since Minecraft's launch in 2009, it has been downloaded by more than 100 million users. As Xbox boss Phil Spencer states, Microsoft will continue to make Minecraft available across non-PC and Xbox platforms, such as iOS, Android and PlayStation.
"Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities," he added.
Minecraft creator Markus Notch Persson allegedly doesn't want to deal with such a large and global project that Minecraft has become for the past 5 years. That's one of the reasons he, as the majority stakeholder of the company, wanted to sell it. The rest of the co-makers of the game, Carl, and Jakob, are also leaving the company.
Today Microsoft has officially unveiled its Wireless Display Adapter, which will serve as its competitor for Google's very successful Chromecast dongle.
The Wireless Display Adapter uses Miracast technology, so any Miracast-enabled device can send stuff to it. The adapter itself comes with two plugs: one goes into an HDMI port on your TV, monitor, or projector, and the other one is a normal USB plug which is used for powering the dongle.
On most TVs, you should be able to simply use a spare USB port for this purpose. The setup is very similar to what's needed to run a Chromecast, in fact. Microsoft's offering boasts improved compatibility, however, since it automatically works with any Miracast-enabled device out there, so you're not limited to certain apps that support its streaming protocol.
There is one downside to Microsoft's dongle when compared to the Chromecast price. The Wireless Display Adapter is now available for pre-order in the US and Canada, via Microsoft's online store. In the US, it's priced at $59.95. It will be released on October,31st.
Cyanogen's employee Adnan Begovic dropped quite the bomb over the Seattle Coderush dev event. He claims today Cyanogen has over 50 million users, which is more than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined.
And let me stop you before you start digging evidences and reports that this is not true. He is absolutely right, at least technically.
Windows Mobile is the key here the OS is the predecessor of Windows Phone and very few people are still using it today. The golden era of the Windows Mobile has been long over and only few users are still using their WM phones. Most of them probably use the notorious HTC HD2 and may even not run WM, but that's for another topic.
There is a chance Adnan Begovic meant Windows Phone instead of Windows Mobile. This means someone at Cyanogen was too keen to brag before making any proper calculations. Windows Phone had 50 million active users by the end of 2013 as per AdDuplex report, which means 20 months later those should be a lot more. And we are sure BlackBerry users are enough to tip the scales even if the Microsoft platform has been standing still.
Scrolling through your list of installed software on your computer, you are bound to find a lot of interesting information. You may come across Visual C++ Redistributable file(s) on your drive and could be wondering what purpose they render. A Microsoft Visual C++ comes integrated with a computer to aid the running of apps writing in C, and C++ programming language. Visual C++ has gone from the days it used to be a stand alone software to being part of Microsoft Visual Studio.
With Visual C++ Redistributable, developers have an application they can write code with, edit code, test code and debug code. This environment for programming is involved with a lot of shared code libraries which allow developers make use of code that has already been developed for specific procedures, without any need for writing their own from scratch. You must have come across DLLs while using your computer; this is the form the shared code takes. For users to start using a recently developed software, the developers can either choose to bundle a DLL into their software as it installs or simply rely on a standard distributable package of shared code. Most developers choose to rely on a standard distributable package which is essentially Visual C++ Redistributable.
Why There are A Lot Of Them On Your System
Some Visual C++ Redistributable are installed along with Windows. For Windows 10 users, the version that is common to it is Visual C++ Redistributable 2012 and Visual C++ Redistributable 2013. A Windows 10 user will get a 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) version installed on your computer. However, if you are using an older Windows version, that is a 32-bit version, you will not see the ones of 64-bit. This is because a 64-bit computer can run applications that are 32-bit and also those that are 64-bit, but a 32-bit computer can not run a 64-bit app.
Some other Visual C++ Redistributable get on your computer as a result of the version of programming language that the software's developer wrote a particular software with. So if a program was written with Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, you may see a Visual C++ Redistributable of version 2008 installed alongside the software. This Is how they slowly eat up memory space on your computer, and increase in number.
Deleting some of them to reclaim storage can be risky because they are essential to the running of more than one app on your computer. If you notice that programs that are previously functioning well, but now can't work well, you will have to check to see if you have accidentally deleted a Visual C++ Redistributable program that the software needs to run smoothly.
Visual C++ redistributable is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used to create a Windows application in C, C++ and C++/CLI Programming languages. This software is important for different apps to work on your computer, as developers prefer using this standard distributable and not DLLs. More than one program can be used by multiple computers.
All the Visual C++ Redistributable present on your computer are important.
Windows 9 is close to announcement (September,30th) and the leaks of some of the new features have already started cropping up. Today's leak shows us something that looks like a new centralized Notifications center and a new Multi-Desktops feature.
We already showed you the leaked video of the revamped Start menu, but this time the same source has shared demos of the new Notification center and the Multi-Desktop feature, which will be part of the new edition of Windows.
This demo is reportedly based on Windows 9 Technical Preview version, so the look and feel of these features is anything but final. We recently saw a bunch of screenshots showing these and other new features.
Surprise! Some Exclusive Screenshots of the Upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview has been leaked ahead of the scheduled release which is set for early 2015. The Preview is for Microsoft Windows NT 6.4 Build 9834 which is known as "Windows 9".
The screenshots show a refreshed user interface with some new, flat iconography, alongside the long awaited return of the classic Start menu. Windows 9 can run with just 1GB of RAM, which means that Microsoft has done some serious under the hood work to optimize the OS.
Codenamed Threshold, Windows 9 is anticipated to bring some new features as well. One of them is the highly anticipated option to add a bunch of workspaces. Akin to Linux, those workspaces can hold different applications and make switching between different working environments a breeze.
Finally it's official, Microsoft has just sent out invited to the Windows 9 announcement Press event. It will be hold in San Francisco on September,30th which is not a very far date. Microsoft upcoming announcement will also focus on enterprise. The company's executives Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson will talk about the future of Microsoft Windows.
The invitation clearly said "Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and enterprise". Release of a Windows 9 Technical Preview is all but certain.
The increasing number of leaked screenshots and videos also points in this direction. Check out the latest leaked Screenshots of Windows 9 Here.
Microsoft has increased the amount of free space you get if you use OneDrive on your phone. Previously the free space used to be 15GB but now you'll get 30GB instead.
To get the additional space, you will have to install the OneDrive application, if you haven't already, and enable camera uploads, which will automatically upload the photos taken by your phone to OneDrive. This works on iOS, Android, and of course Windows Phone.
It must be noted that the space is split between 15GB for the main account and 15GB just for camera uploads, so it's not a unified space accessible for everything. Also, the offer is valid till the end of September but is available to new and existing OneDrive users. So if you use OneDrive with camera upload, you should see the additional space.
Microsoft has officially announced the latest version of its latest graphics technology DirectX 12 at the GDC last week. The excited part that it will launched with special optimizations to Windows Phone devices along with the desktop versions of Windows.
DirectX 12 includes special APIs and libraries to provide greater performance with reduced power usage. It will be quite a while before we see anything on the next generation mobile gaming front. Hopefully, the first DirectX 12 games are expected all the way in late 2015.
Microsoft would be updating its IE software to protect against older, malicious plug-in malware. The catch was, the new updates would leave older versions of Internet Explorer without any updates or support any more. New info reveals that Microsoft is going to be pulling the plug on older versions of IE.
This is a move to get users to update to the newer software offered by Microsoft, which explains that IE 11 is a faster, more secure web experience, and that users are halting the progress of developers who need to spend time coding for older web technology that doesn't play nice with modern web tech.
So, When will Microsoft finally decide to pull the plug? January 12th, 2016 and after that, the company will no longer support any versions other than the current IE build: IE 11. Microsoft even provided links to users to different resources that assist with browser migration.
A public "Tech Preview" of the next version of Windows, Windows 9 codenamed "Threshold", could apparently land as soon as next month, according to certain unnamed sources. This version will almost certainly end up being called Windows 9 when it's going to be released in spring 2015.
Windows 9 has recently been rumored to introduce a few interesting new features, most of which are actually fixes to the niggles many have had with Windows 8 and its radical two-faced approach to computing. Long story short: using Windows with a mouse and keyboard is about to become a lot less of a hassle.
So, the Modern (aka Metro) apps are due to get windowing support, the elusive Charms bar will be gone forever, there will be a new "mini" Start Menu, and Microsoft may also bake in virtual desktops. Additionally, we may see Cortana make an appearance outside of the confines of Windows Phone.
Microsoft decided to skip the number 9 entirely and name Windows 10 as the successor to Windows 8.1. The new OS version will unsurprisingly come with the features that have been rumored for the next Windows iteration over the past few months.
On the PC side, Windows 10 seems to be all about convincing those who are still sticking with Windows 7 to finally upgrade.
So the Start Menu is back, though with a distinct "Metro" vibe. It has tiles and icons that are a blend of classic and new universal apps. Tiles can be re-sized. The new Search feature in the Start Menu pulls results from the Web as well as local content.
Users of Windows with mice and keyboards are finally taken seriously again, with the dual-environment feel of Windows 8 now totally gone. Modern (metro) apps can run in windowed mode. Hence, Snap View now works with both types of apps, and it's even been expanded to allow for a maximum of four apps to be on the screen at the same time.
While PC users are waiting for the Microsoft Windows 10 release, new information comes from Russian leaker WZor, who has already provided us with plenty of accurate details about Windows 10, but everyone should still take it with a pinch of salt until Microsoft actually confirms the roadmap for its operating system.
Microsoft Windows 10.1
With Windows 10, Microsoft will finally give up on shipping stand-alone releases for Windows in favor of rolling yearly releases, so the company will switch to a continuous update model that would bring improvements and new features to users at a faster pace.
Следующая версия Windows 10.1 будет выпущена в октябре 2016 года, ровно через год после ПОЛНОГО релиза Windows 10 в октябре этого года!— WZor (@WZorNET) May 8, 2015
The naming system for Windows will also be changed, so the upcoming update due in 2016 is expected to be called Windows 10.1, according to WZor. It's not yet clear if Windows 10.1 is actually the official name of the Redstone update we first heard about earlier this year, but there's no doubt that 2016 will bring us a major update for Windows 10.
If this plan goes through, Microsoft might ship a big update for Windows 10 every year, so Windows 10.2 could see daylight in 2017, followed by Windows 10.3 in 2018, and 10.4 in 2019.
Windows 10 may arrive earlier than expected. Previous info had us marking July,29th on our calendars, but Microsoft is testing candidate builds for both computers and phones. Now, Microsoft may go through a number of candidates before ironing out all issues, but the builds currently in testing reportedly look promising.
They are undergoing the review process and a decision should be made soon. There was an impression that Windows 10 Mobile, the smartphone version, will launch later than its computer twin, but now it sounds like both versions are going hand in hand.
The Mobile version has been available as a Technical Preview since mid-February. Since then it has become clear that all WP8-running Lumia phones (and non-Lumia ones) will get Windows 10 though those with 512MB RAM will have some limitations.
Microsoft has officially released the Windows 10 as an update to Windows 7/8/8.1 users worldwide only two days ago.
In these two days, Windows 10 has already been installed more than 14 million times, its maker has revealed. And this was achieved in just the first 24 hours of availability. That's no small feat for such an incredibly short period of time.
Obviously, the great distribution was also helped tremendously by the fact that Microsoft is giving away the update to Windows 10 for free for those who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Microsoft is working on a keyboard for Android Wear devices. The company has now released a proto-type version of the keyboard, which can be downloaded from the company's website.
The Microsoft keyboard is a bit different than the ones we have seen so far, wherein it doesn't have actual keys but uses the screen to let you draw characters on the screen, which are then converted into actual characters.
I suppose this is a better way to enter text on your watch but if you stop and think about it, you are still that guy who enters text on your smartwatch. Why you wouldn't use voice or just use your phone is beyond me.