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Windows 10 Polaris is expected to arrive sometime in 2019. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 January 2018 13:36

Maybe by next year, new consumer-focused PCs, desktops, and 2-in-1s could arrive with a lightweight version of Windows 10. No, it doesn’t have any links to the existing Windows 10 S – a spinoff of the Windows 10 Pro. According to a Windows Central report, Microsoft is working on a lightweight version of Windows 10 called ‘Polaris’. The new modular operating system will be powered by Windows Core OS and CShell. We have told you in earlier reports, Microsoft is making a similar attempt for mobile devices in the form of Andromeda OS. The modular operating system is being built from scratch for a rumored foldable Surface device. Polaris will only use UWP, ditching the legacy components such as Win32. Doing so would allow Redmond to reduce the size of the OS, improve performance, beef up security, and extend battery life. Stripping off the legacy stuff will leave the OS incapable of running the desktop apps natively. While even Windows 10 S can’t do so directly, it supports desktop apps on Microsoft Store, made compatible with the help of Project Centennial. For Polaris, Microsoft would try running Win32 apps via remote virtualization, similar to what is done in the case of HP Elite x3, but with containers to provide a “native” experience.

More details about Windows 10 Modular OS leaks online. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:01

Microsoft is working on yet another revamped version of their Windows operating system, with reports claiming that the new version of Windows 10 will be called ‘Windows Core OS’. The new modular version of Windows would run on all form-factor devices including PCs, Laptops, foldable phones and other mobile computing devices. The rumours recently shed both light and hope on the future of Windows Phone. In other words, Windows Core OS is the first step towards unifying the Windows 10 platform, basically the operating system would be able to adapt to its environment i.e it would run on a phone, tablet, or computer. Since Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, and there would be no Windows 11, Microsoft introduced several new Windows 10 SKUs last year – For example ‘Windows 10 S’ which is locked to Windows Store, though it could be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Despite Windows 10 S can only run Store apps, it isn’t really any different from Windows 10 Pro. In other words, Windows 10 S is the same operating system, while Windows Core OS is a revamped version of Windows 10 with Store apps, performance and security. The software giant is radically simplifying how Windows 10 works, and to improve the performance of the operating system, Microsoft needs to get rid of all the legacy stuff including the Win32 application, File Explorer and Control Panel. Last year we saw reports and evidence of Windows Core OS for Phones, today, a report from reliable source sheds light on Windows Core OS for desktop... read more on our forum

Hands-on with Windows 10 build 17083 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 26 January 2018 12:52
Talk of the next Windows 10 release later this Spring is already being heard as the development of Redstone 4 continues. We’re getting to that stage where the final feature set is being decided, and preview experiences such as ‘Sets’ have been completely switched off. Despite this, Build 17083 contains several new features that won’t go unnoticed. The death of Control Panel draws nearer with each update of Windows 10. One switch at a time, it won’t be long before the last lights are shut off and the Windows Settings claims it’s title as the center of configuration on your PC. Recently, we saw a section of Sound added to the Settings. Now, we have a page of Fonts. Here, you’ll be able to see all the Fonts you have installed on your PC, which are listed with some sample text that helps you contrast one from another. Clicking on one of the previews will take you to a details page for that font. This new details page is much more helpful than the one found in the Control Panel. Here, you can see all the different weights and styles of a font family in a list whose size can be adjusted with a slider. The ability to type custom preview text is also much more helpful than the pangram (The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog). You might recall my demonstration of Bahnschrift, the new OpenType Variable-font included with Windows. I elaborated on the infinite possibilities of a typeface whose properties could be manipulated so freely, asking you to imagine being able to adjust the weight of a font with a slider. While the text in that video was simply animated, that slider actually now exists! With an OpenType Variable-font, you can use the new details page to discover the flexibility of fonts such as Bahnschrift with a slider to manipulate its properties with a preview. This makes me happier than it should.You're going want to finish reading this publication, so Please visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft is building a 'modern' version of Windows 10 for PCs codenamed Polaris PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:58
windows 10 polarisMicrosoft is building a new version of Windows 10, codenamed Polaris, for traditional PC form factors that strips out legacy components in favor of a more modern OS. Last September, I exclusively revealed "Windows Core OS," an internal project at Microsoft that aims to turn Windows 10 into a truly modular OS. This new modular base opens the door to many new configurations of Windows 10, giving Microsoft the flexibility to build new Windows experiences for device form-factors that exist today and, more importantly, will exist in the future. In that article, I mentioned that Microsoft is looking to build a truly modern version of Windows 10 for desktops, codenamed Polaris. Our friends over at Surface-Phone.IT later reported hearing the same. So far, however, I've only really talked in detail about Microsoft's plans for Windows Core OS in the mobile space, which I'm told will be the first Windows Core OS based variant to ship publicly. This new mobile version of Windows 10 is codenamed 'Andromeda OS' and is built from the ground up for dual-screened, foldable, pen first form-factors. Sources say that Microsoft is looking into bringing Win32 app support to Polaris via remote virtualization, kind of like how HP did on the Elite x3, but with containers that make for a more "native" experience. I don't have all the details on this just yet, but I am told that it is something Microsoft is seriously invested in for Polaris as it will allow users to use Win32 programs when required...Yes, we do have more posted on OUR FORUM.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds reveal new privacy tools PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:38

In a step up towards addressing the spate of privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing new privacy tools that will enable users to see the exact data being sent as telemetry information. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds feature options to view the telemetry information sent to Microsoft and if required, delete them from the computer. The feature was spotted in the latest Redstone 4 (RS4) builds 17063 and 17074. Currently, the commands are just placeholders but will likely be enabled as the OS inches closer to release sometime in H1 2018. Ever since Microsoft made Windows 10 as a service (WaaS), the OS gained notoriety for collecting a lot of telemetry data. Microsoft published a comprehensive list of the information that it collects and has also been insisting that the data is only being used to improve the OS iteratively and that it will not be sold to third parties. While telemetry collected can never be zero, Microsoft has been proactively including options for more transparency. The Fall Creators Update, for example, enabled users to select privacy options during the installation process itself. Apart from the above two new privacy tools, RS4 will possibly include a new 'View User Dictionary' option under Speech, Inking & Typing that shows a list of new words that the user has saved to the dictionary. This could be important for the those concerned with the logging of proper nouns such as names of people and places in the dictionary. It is a welcome move by Microsoft to include these changes in Windows 10 as an answer to some of the sharp criticism it has received over the years regarding the amount of telemetry data collected. Hopefully, this will (at least slightly) improve the adoption of Windows 10 in enterprises working with highly sensitive data. Via

Intel Testing Fix To Spectre Reboot Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:47

Intel announced that it has made progress in correcting the issue causing random reboots in the fix for the Spectre vulnerability that it issued to hardware partners earlier.
The news from Intel that the CPU microcode update, which it issued to patch the Spectre vulnerability, was inducing random system reboots just made the Meltdown/Spectre issue go from bad to worse. Intel first announced that the issue affected Haswell and Broadwell systems, but later expanded the list to include Kaby Lake, Skylake, Ivy Bridge, and Sandy Bridge. The issue was discovered after a huge amount of hardware partners had already issued the fix to their customers, leaving some stuck with the issue. At the issue’s outbreak, Intel advised hardware partners to stop issuing updates for unpatched devices, but not to recall the updates they had already issued. Intel’s reasoning for this was that they still provided protection against the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Intel says that it has root-caused the issue on Haswell and Broadwell systems and that it has already issued a version of the fix to hardware partners, which are currently testing it. Intel’s official advisory to hardware partners hasn't changed: Don’t issue any more of the bugged update and start testing the new one. However, Intel says it is also working to create a new version of its original update that removes Spectre variant 2-related fixes, but maintains Spectre variant 1 and Meltdown fixes. This new update will be made available for the interim period.

A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:13

A man at an electronics store in China decided to give a smartphone battery his own litmus test by biting it. The battery ruptured and caused a small explosion. The spectacle, captured by the store’s CCTV security cameras, was uploaded to Miaopai, a Chinese video sharing platform similar to the now-defunct Vine. It has since garnered 4.69 million views. According to Taiwan News, the man was in the store on January 19th to replace his iPhone battery. It’s not clear which store he was in, but the side of the shop has big characters that read “Professional screen change.” The man began to look closely at the battery and, to check if it was real, decided to bite down on it, triggering the explosion. Despite the fact that the blast was inches from the man’s face, and other onlookers, no one was reportedly injured. “The battery is not gold, why are you biting it?” a Chinese netizen joked. While it’s true that faulty and counterfeit lithium-ion batteries may sometimes explode or simply overheat, this man’s method of testing the battery was pretty suspect, as we won’t know whether the battery exploded because it’s fake or because he damaged it with his teeth. After Apple admitted last month it was throttling iPhone CPUs to combat older batteries’ random shutdowns, the company offered battery replacements for $29 instead of the usual $79, which will possibly lead to more people deciding to replace their devices’ batteries. Via the

Skype for Windows 10 updated with improvements on the Fast Ring PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

Microsoft is today updating Skype for Windows 10 devices on the Fast Ring, and the latest update brings some minor improvements.

Telecommunications application, Skype is updated for both Windows 10 Mobile and PC to version 12.1803.277.0. The changelog of the update is old, we have however noticed that Microsoft has moved the Settings button to the Ellipsis menu from the Profile Page. The company has also modified the look of the app version page. Apart from these changes, Microsoft has fixed general bugs to improve the performance. Despite the company has officially announced that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, Microsoft wouldn’t stop updating the first-party anytime soon. Earlier this week, Microsoft began rolling out a Skype update for Windows Phone users on the Production Ring and it comes with a rear camera upside down the bug. Skype universal app stable version 12.13.257 has the ridiculous camera bug. It might sound weird but Microsoft had fixed this bug with front camera earlier this month and the latest update again introduced this bug. It’s really not the first time the engineers have created a weird bug, Microsoft has been doing this for several years. The company is currently rolling out the updated version of the Skype app on Fast Ring and you can download it by launching Microsoft Store. Via


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