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Some Microsoft enthusiasts create their very own concepts imagining Windows 10 features, and today it’s Windows XP's turn. It’s been more than four years since Windows 'XP' support officially came to an end. While Microsoft has stopped patching the old operating system and the company has also asked the users to upgrade to Windows 10, but it still remains one very popular choice for PC users across the world. A YouTuber has created a new concept titled “Windows 'XP' 2018 Edition Concept” which imagines the 16 years old platform with a whole new interface. The new Windows XP features a start menu from Windows 10 but the elements resemble the look and feel of the old OS. The conceptual Windows 'XP' features a modern looking user interface elements, and the taskbar has been also redesigned. Despite the modification, the concept still resembles the classic Windows 'XP' and it looks really nice. Follow this development on OUR FORUM.

We know the Internet of Things is going to take over the world within the next few years. It’s been around for a while, but we’re really starting to appreciate it. A big part of the reason for that is companies coming up with inventive ideas. Microsoft is doing their part to help out by letting them use Windows 10 IoT. You’ll be amazed by some of the things it’s helped create so far. We’re going to look at a few big ones right now, so you’ll know what to expect in the future. 1. Saving Water Before It Runs Out
We’re going to see massive water shortages in the next few decades. Not only are our reserves running out, but we also waste far too much water. Microsoft Research used Windows 10 IoT to come up with Farmbeats. It will tell farmers exactly how much water their plants need. The system lets them know how much fertilizer is required too. It narrows it down to individual plants, so it’s extremely easy to save water.
2. Processing A Customers Payment   read more on our Forum

We’ve been hearing a lot about the problems with the flickering screens of the Surface Pro 4 tablet and now it seems that Microsoft is ready to take action about it. Not only are they replacing faulty units, but also doing so even for units that are out of warranty. It was back in February when we learned that people were putting their Surface Pro 4 devices on ice, as a workaround to solve the devices’ problems. Putting the tablet in the freezer seemed to fix the screen flicker. It was only temporary, as 10 minutes in the fridge meant about half an hour of use without problems. Microsoft decided that the tons of forum threads and Reddit complaints were enough and they’re acting on it. Microsoft decided that some units are simply not repairable and they’re going to replace units, even if they’re out of warranty. Still, no longer than 3 years have to have passed since the purchase. If you already spent money on repairs, you will be reimbursed. Of course, you will get a new Surface Pro 4 as a replacement, not the new last year model, as you probably imagined. Full details can be found on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft's twice-a-year feature updates are a greater burden on companies than the old upgrade-every-six-years pace businesses used to face, according to Gartner Research. Microsoft has given customers all kinds of reasons for why the faster release pace of Windows 10 is a great idea, from keeping pace as technology change accelerates to staying ahead of hackers by constantly improving security. What it's never spelled out is how much the rapid releases would cost users. In a recent report, Gartner Research put numbers to those costs, and concluded - spoiler alert! - that Microsoft's twice-annual feature updates were a greater burden on enterprises than the once-traditional upgrade-every-six-years tempo that businesses managed until 2015. The report described a tool Gartner offered to clients, the "Windows 10 Feature Update Cost Model," which lets enterprises estimate costs for tackling one or two such updates each year. The goal of the tool: to "model and plan your cost and labor requirements" for those transitions... read more on our Forum

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Back in 2008, Microsoft was internally testing a tablet PC with two displays, and the device would have featured a booklet design. The two displays with touch support faced each other in a booklet form and it also supported stylus (pen). Microsoft did work on Courier but the company never released it in the market. While Microsoft is working on a new mobile device similar to the Courier digital Notepad concept, but the company has always remained tight-lipped on the original and canceled Courier tablet. At Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft revealed what exactly happened to the Courier project. The operating system of the Microsoft Courier was reportedly a custom version of Windows. Steve Ballmer decided to cancel such a device “because it didn’t have a clear platform or developer story”. “The reason Courier got killed was that it was another side project, it was another thing we were playing with and it didn’t have a clear developer story or clear platform story,” Friedman said. In other words, Courier was canceled because it ran a custom version of Windows, and it didn’t align with Microsoft’s vision. More can be found on OUR FORUM.

Just a couple of days back we reported that Microsoft’s latest cumulative patch for April 2018 Update is causing black screen issue. Now, Microsoft has shared more details on the issue and Intel SSDs are to be bl amed.The company has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed that the issue is caused on devices with Intel SSDs. Microsoft is also working with third-party OEMs to block the latest update on devices with Intel SSDs. When attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, select devices with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series may crash and enter a UEFI screen after reboot. Microsoft is working with OEM partners and Intel to identify and block devices with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance and stability issues.  If you have encountered this issue, follow the steps to reinstall the previous operating system (Windows 10, version 1709). Microsoft is currently working on a resolution that will allow the April 2018 Update on these devices in the near future. The company hasn’t shared ETA on when it will be fixed but we can at least be sure that the company is actively working to fix the issue. read all Intel related news on our Intel Board