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Windows 10 Will Launch July 29th, And There Will Be Lots To See

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Microsoft has outed the street date of the Windows 10 launch: July 29th. With it, Windows becomes a service that caters to all screen sizes and hardware, rather than the arguably static most-used computer operating system it has been, until this point.

Of course, this aggressive release date is of some concern: bugs and finalized features will all but have to be ironed out in less than two months. Available as a free upgrade (for the first year) for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will revitalize Microsoft’s crown jewel, with Cortana, a new browser, the return of the Start menu, and a few more bells and whistles.

Time to put a reminder on the calendar, meanwhile.

Via: The Windows Blog

Microsoft Surface 3: The Little $499 Tablet That Crashed The Party

surface-3The Surface RT was a failed attempt of turning Windows into a strictly tablet OS designed for very few pieces of hardware. Instead, the better idea was to always include tablets as the general Windows fold, and make Windows adjustable and reliable when used as a tablet’s interface.

While the Surface 3 Pro is a testament to high-powered (and expensive) tablet gear, the Surface 3 is the $499 entry to make an excellent mainstream tablet — while also reserving the right to be converted to full Windows laptop.

Specs include a 10.8-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (1920 x 1,280 resolution), a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 features,pen functionality, front and rear-facing 1080p cameras, and integrated kickstand (non-adjustable). 64 GB (2GB RAM) and 128 GB (with 4GB of RAM) models exist, plus a 4G LTE-ready version: Surface 3 (4G LTE), T-Mobile of which has already published a release supporting the new tablet.

Also: the Surface 3 Type Cover and Pen work just as the Pro variants, except they’re smaller and suited towards the Surface 3.

Launch date? May 7th.

Via: Surface Blog

Windows 10 Will Launch In 190 Countries This Summer

windows-10Times are changing in the PC space. Windows 10, the grand unification of Xbox, mobile, tablets, desktops, and laptops for Microsoft is due for release in the summer, in 190 countries and in 111 languages, the company states. So, all of that should be fun, no doubt.

However, a bit of news that is more interesting is the free upgrade for users on Windows 7 and 8 that includes all versions — genuine or otherwise (!). Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, told Reuters that, “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10.”

The report was in regards to  China, but considering “all qualified PCs” is a very broad term, this could also extend to other regions — and thus really make the adoption rate of Windows 10 immense, then luring the profits through the use of premium programs.

Via: Microsoft

There’s A Razer Blade Laptop Refresh: 3200×1800 Screen And Nvidia 970M

uU6ss6DNAILp.878x0.Z-Z96KYqThe laptop with the most power per cubic inch just got a little bit more powerful. Updated to the latest Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor from Intel, the 14-inch Razer Blade has also been christened with Nvidia’s latest 3GB GTX 970M graphics card — crisper, faster, and more powerful gaming on the run, definitely.

16GB of RAM is included by default, while the processor is clocked at 2.6GHz and can be turbo-boosted up to 3.6Ghz — speed is all the Blade knows. To top it all off, a higher-resolution display is included, at 3200×1800 pixels with IGZO touch display technology; a lower power display material better-suited for higher pixel densities.

Price? $2200, with a launch on February 16th.

Via: Razer

Microsoft Outs Windows 10 Preview, With Xbox And Cortana Features

cortanaFor those of you looking for the cutting edge in the new Windows ecosystem — now is the time, unless you want to wait for the official release. The Windows Insider site currently has the ISO file available for use on CDs or emulators. This January preview of Windows 10 features Cortana, the new Start menu, the new Xbox app’s basics, and some extra fixes.

Via: Windows Insider 

Windows 10: Cortana AI, New Spartan Browser, Xbox Streaming And Unified Experience

Windows-10_Product-FamilyIt’s Microsoft’s big day, with Windows 10. First off, the upgrade path: all devices running Windows 8.1 and 7, along with Windows Phone 8.1, will get the upgrade to Windows 10 — for the first year. But now, on to the fun stuff.

Microsoft Windows 10 will be the first time that Microsoft has truly unified its ecosystem. Windows on PC and large tablets will have a unified appearance, with a new Taskbar and a Start button that contains its own set of smart tiles, no longer delivering you to the Start screen, exclusively. This duality makes them the highest-ranking Windwos devices. Smaller tablets meanwhile get a more condensed, but still proportionate view, and smartphones get the usual Phone design.

Meanwhile, DirectX 12 technology makes its debut, bringing PC gaming (and graphics) to a whole other level. This level of unification and seamlessness continues into the more proprietary devices, like the 84-inch 4K screen called the Surface Hub, or something simpler, like the Xbox One.

The new Project Spartan browser is a complete overhaul, and includes handy annotation tools, offline reading, as well as a sharing section. Cortana, seen on the Windows Phone devices, comes along to be the full system virtual assistant, including inside the browser. Now, things start to get interesting for gamers at the Xbox level, where streaming is now possible from console to computer, and using the Xbox controller to play the game.

And of course, last but surely not least, is Windows Holographic: think augmented reality with Windows apps, tasks, and games, all through a HoloLens headset.

Release date? Later this year.

Toshiba Outs Their Surface Pro 3 Competitor, The Portege Z20t

Toshiba+Port-g-+Z20t+#4_630_wide_with_penPreviously, the Surface Pro 3 was by far, the best actual tablet computer (running a desktop/laptop operating system). But, this is 2015 and the competitors are lining up once more, using newer technology. The Portege Z20t is a laptop/tabley hybrid, with a 1920 x 1080 screen, measuring 12.5-inches — .5 more than the SP3’s.

Aesthetics: a mere 0.35 thick, weighs 1.6 pounds, and if the optional keyboard dock is purchased, a battery life of 17.5 hours, instead of the base 9.1 hours.

Powering the Portege Z20t? Intel’s newest Core M chip, which in this case is optimized for performance, but also takes a nod at preserving battery life. Base ports include a micro-HDMI socket, micro-USB connection and a microSD slot — plus power jack and 3.5mm audio jack, of course. The dock adds full-size HDMI, Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports.

The Portege goes on sale this January, with options for either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of solid-state storage. Starting at — wait for it — $1,399, which is much more than the entry-level Suface Pro 3 ($799), or $1,899 to get the full kit with Wacom pen.

Definitely breaching Ultrabook pricing here, Toshiba. Via: Toshiba

Microsoft: Windows 10 Comes Out Late Next Year, Brings Back Start Menu

windows-10Yes, the Start menu is coming back in Windows 10, the next version of Windows. Besides reintroducing the Start menu with Live Tiles, there is the addition of multiple desktops, universal search, as well as adaptability for mouse and keyboard, tablets, touchscreens, and servers.

Starting tomorrow, buggy and unfinished copies of Windows 10 (the Technical Previews) will become available to developers and those who are brave enough to play with the new OS, through a service called the Windows Insider Program, which is designed to get both dev and customer input.

Here’s how Microsoft describes its ambitious operating system that will work across all device platforms:

Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.

This will be a true test of courage and ingenuity from Microsoft, because the Windows 8 and Windows 7 transitions were anything but beautiful; late 2015 will be quite a crucial time for the company.

Via: Microsoft