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 on: Today at 02:27:45 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Windows 10 Mobile seemed to be a stripped-down version of Windows 10 since they shared the same kernel, UI components, settings and they even shared the same UWP app platform. But Windows 10 Mobile was never a stripped-down version of Windows 10. Also, things didn’t turn out as expected and Microsoft had to move Windows 10 Mobile to the feature2 branch which focussed only on bug fixes and under the hood improvements. Now, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be available in any new hardware which makes the OS dead.

The need for an actual stripped down version of Windows 10 is quite high, especially for low-cost Windows 10 devices. ChromeOS works well with budget devices with poor specifications. This made ChromeOS very popular in the education segment. Microsoft’s answer to this was Windows 10 S. While it wasn’t necessarily a lighter version of Windows 10, it tried to be that lighter version by disabling the ability to download apps from outside the Microsoft Store. This would prevent the installation of executable files which would eventually slow down the PC in a long term. So the only advantages of Windows 10 S were that it wouldn’t slow down the PC in the long run and also would make it more secure.

Windows 10 Lean could be an actual stripped down version of Windows 10

A Twitter user has recently found out that the installer for Windows 10 Lean started rolling out with build 17650 (Redstone 5) of the Skip Ahead Ring for Windows Insiders. A 64-bit clean install of this version of Windows is notably 2GB lesser in size when compared to a 64-bit clean install of Windows 10 Pro. This means that Microsoft has removed a lot of packages from the operating system.

One such feature missing is wallpaper support. Windows 10 Lean by default doesn’t come with wallpaper. Registry Editor (regedit) is also missing but it can be imported. So this means that Windows 10 Lean does not have any limitations regarding the installation of Win32 apps.

Interestingly, it was thought that Microsoft was working on another stripped-down version of Windows 10 which was called Polaris. Polaris does not have any Win32 elements in it. So this is probably meant for a “mobile device” which the company might be working on. Windows 10 Lean, however, is not like Polaris as of now.

Microsoft is also working on Windows Core OS which adapts itself to different device types. These may sound confusing but we hope to hear more about these different versions in the coming months. Microsoft might also announce one of these in Build 2018.


 on: Today at 02:15:25 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
While Microsoft is yet to announce the release date of Windows 10 Redstone 4 update, reports suggest that the company could launch the next major update in this week. The next version of Windows might be called Windows 10 April Update, and it certainly makes sense as this week aligns with the April target that the company had initially planned.

Microsoft compiled the Windows 10 version 1803 in March 2018 and the update will be released to the general public by end of this month if everything goes as per the plan. Microsoft is still expected to begin the rollout of Windows 10 April Update and ship the final build to the first wave, and a cumulative update on day one. While Windows 10 April Update codenamed Redstone 4 will be rolling out to the public by the end of this month, the majority of the users are expected to receive the update in the coming months as per Microsoft’s typical release schedule.

We’re now in the last week of April, and with the RTM build already available for all Windows Insiders, it certainly makes sense for us to highlight the top changes introduced in the latest version of Windows.

New features in Windows 10 April Update

Windows 10 April Update is a big release with a lot of new features, and as well as improvements. Microsoft is bringing Windows Timeline, Fluent Design, improved privacy settings and more to Windows with this release.


Microsoft initially planned to release Timeline with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update but due to some reasons, the feature wasn’t ready in time for the 2017 release. Timeline basically allows users to pick up from where they left off on a different Windows device, and you can resume any activity from an earlier snapshot.

Windows Timeline uses the power of the cloud to sync the activity across devices where Microsoft services are configured. For example, Microsoft Edge on Android supports Timeline, as a result, the browsing activity left off in Microsoft Edge for Android could be resumed on your PC.

It certainly makes switching from one PC to another or mobile to PC transition smooth as it shows up the documents, files and web pages that the users were browsing at a certain time in one place. The timeline snapshots are displayed as cards, and the interface is quite easy to operate.

Nearby Share

One of the most interesting features added into Windows 10 operating system with April Update is Nearby Share. It is supposed to improve the sharing feature between the Windows 10 devices.

When both of the devices are running on latest version of Windows 10, the users can share and receive files over the Bluetooth connection only, as Wi-Fi support is not offered yet. You can share Microsoft Edge links to a different computer with the Nearby feature.

Fluent Design

Microsoft announced Fluent Design at Build 2017 developer conference, but only certain parts, like the acrylic effect, made it to the operating system with the last update. Microsoft is bringing Fluent Design to other parts of the operating system. With April Update, Microsoft is adding the Reveal effects and acrylic in Start menu and other areas. The changes are mostly based on user feedback and this time it is easily noticeable across the platform.

Windows 10 April Update could be released as soon as this week, although the people familiar with the rollout plans believe that today (Tuesday) could be the day when the first systems might get the new update. It is worth noting that the update won’t be released on the weekend as Microsoft needs to gather enough data and address bugs with a hotfix. By the looks of things, Windows team would have to work during the weekend.

While Microsoft is yet to announce the name of the next Windows 10 update, Microsoft Edge homepage has confirmed that the company is calling the release as ‘April Update’. What do you think about Windows 10 April Update and its features? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


 on: Today at 01:08:56 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
At Hannover Messe in Germany today, Panasonic announced a new fully rugged Windows-based Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet with integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera which can be used in a wide range of industrial applications including warehouse space optimization, plant, and asset maintenance, wound monitoring in healthcare and crime scene and insurance claim photos.

The Intel RealSense D410 camera will allow users to take and process accurate 3D measurement on the spot which can be used in a variety of LOB applications. Apart from the RealSense camera, this tablet can be configured with other accessories such as a barcode reader, thermal camera, wired LAN, rugged LAN, Serial Port and USB 2.0.

Jan Kaempfer, General Manager of Marketing for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, said: “To maximize the productivity of their mobile workforces, businesses need mobile computing devices that can be configured and are flexible enough to meet the specific needs of their different workers. Just like our recently launched rugged tablet with a thermal camera, the Panasonic FZ-M1 tablet with Intel RealSense has been designed with the needs of particular users in mind. It is ergonomic to use, yet rugged and highly accurate 3D mobile computing device built to match business requirements.”

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is powered by 6th gen Intel processors and will offer up to a 9-hour battery life with 20-hour option and hot-swap battery capabilities.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with a RealSense camera will start from €2,044 plus VAT.


 on: Today at 01:04:46 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Veteran Microsoft Store Webrox has brought their popular video player to the Windows Mixed Reality.

Mainly focussed on 360° content on YouTube, TubeCast VR lets you view  360° videos by moving your head, and browse the interface with the motion controllers.

The app features:

■ Watch 360° videos from YouTube in any format (up to 8K)

■ Watch 360° videos and photos from local and external storages.

■ Multi 360° formats supported: Spherical, Side By Side

■ Search YouTube videos with the internationalized embedded keyboard or with speech

■ Download videos up to 8K

■ “History” playlist

■ “Favorites” playlist

■ “Downloads” playlist

■ Handy navigation like in a web browser

■ Support restricted videos (you have to log in to prove your age)

■ 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian.

See it in action in Webrox’s promo video below:

The app comes with a free trial which lets you try out 20 videos. Download it from the Windows Store here.


 on: Today at 12:46:18 AM 
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Huawei which is selling its smartphones with the brand Honor, has launched the company’s first notebook called “Honor MagicBook”. The MagicBook gives you a slight resemblance of Apple’s MacBook since it is a lightweight laptop.

The MagicBook is expected to be made available in three color variants – Glacier Silver, Star Grey and Nebula Violet. The device is currently launched in China and is expected to be made available for purchase starting today.

The MagicBook comes with a 14 inch HD display with 5.2mm narrow bezels. The display provides 800:1 contrast and is powered by 8th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor.

With the 8th generation processor, the device comes packed with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD with 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. The CPU sports a single fan via the heat pipes which takes cool air by blowing out the hot air.

The device sports a big 57.4Wh battery providing around 12 hours of use and can be charged via USB Type-C cable with the charging capacity of 0 percent to 70 percent within an hour.

The Honor MagicBook comes with USB Type-A 3.0 and a USB Type-A 2.0 apart from the USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device comes preloaded with the Magic-Link app which lets its buyers to transfer files between a Huawei smartphone and the laptop easily.

The Honor MagicBook comes with a fingerprint sensor on the side and will be available with Windows 10 version out of the box. The MagicBook is expected to be priced at CNY 5,699 (around INR 60,000) for the Core i7 model and CNY 4,999 (around INR 52,600) for the Core i5.

There are currently no details in terms of the pricing and release date of the device globally but we expect the company to release the device very soon in the global markets.


 on: April 23, 2018, 11:39:47 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
A month ago Joe Belfiore confirmed that in the future all Windows 10 PCs will be offered in the locked down Windows 10 S-mode, saying:

“Starting with the next update to Windows 10, coming soon, customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled.”

Given how unpopular the restrictions will be, however (with only Store apps allowed in S-mode) it is likely the majority of users who purchase PCs in S-mode unwittingly will want to switch to the unrestricted version of Windows.

It appears this will occur via a trip to the Microsoft Store, as spotted by Richard Hay.

This is similar to how one can buy an upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro in the Store, but for now, this appears to be free. It is notable that a full re-imaging is required to get back into S-mode once switched out.

It is not known how widespread the distribution of PCs shipped with S-mode on by default will be. Presumably, retailers will face a balance of pressure from Microsoft against the pushback from consumers unwilling to even make the trip to the Microsoft Store to restore their PC to full functionality.


 on: April 22, 2018, 10:34:28 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Microsoft recently pushed a new RTM build to all rings of the Windows Insider program, suggesting that the company is ready to begin the public launch of Windows 10 Redstone 4. Today, Microsoft has confirmed that the next version of the operating system could be called “Windows 10 April Update’.

Microsoft Edge is getting a server-side update in the Redstone 4 builds and the browser displays a new welcome page which confirms that the “Windows 10 April Update” could be the name of the next update. The welcome page is also promoting the features of Windows 10 April Update including Windows Timeline. You can find the welcome page here.

This could also mean that Microsoft is very close to completing the testing process of the RTM ahead of the release. The company has already pushed the Windows 10 Build 17134 for download for users in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings.

It is, however, worth noting that the release depends on the bugs and other factors. If no major bugs are found, the update could be released as soon as next week, and the second wave of the update should begin next month. It shouldn’t be surprising as Microsoft prefers gradual rollout of the operating system.

Microsoft was supposed to begin the rollout of Windows 10 April Update on April 10 but the company delayed the launch after it discovered a critical blocking bug in the previous RTM build. There is one more bug in the operating system that causes the Settings app to crash when changing the default app. Microsoft is aware of the bug and it could be fixed with a cumulative update.

Microsoft delayed the next version of Windows 10 operating system to avoid any potential upgrade issues that could have happened on some devices when installing the update.

The said cumulative update could be released in the coming days and it would add final touches to the RTM build. Microsoft could publish another cumulative update on day one in order to fix some bugs.

Earlier it was believed that Microsoft could call the update as Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, but the plans have changed and the April Update name certainly makes more sense given that the update will be released this month. It is worth noting that Windows 10 version 1803 will remain same regardless of the public name or release date.


 on: April 21, 2018, 05:36:14 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The best feature of the Microsoft Store is the security of having your apps curated and checked, meaning it is a much safer source of applications.

The second best feature is that apps are automatically updated, without needing a constantly running background updater in your system tray.

Now a new feature of Windows 10 RS4 App Installer means this feature will also be available for side-loaded apps.

In combination with the latest version of Visual Studio 2017, developers will be able to create download pages for APPX files which let users download and install applications directly from the internet, completely bypassing the Microsoft store and any certification process.

Developers will also be able to specify a URL Windows should check to see if an update has been published (which can be done daily or when the app is started), which Windows will then install transparently, just like any other Microsoft Store app.

While the feature is mainly intended for internal company apps, with the increased content restrictions and censorship in the store, this feature should also be popular with developers that want to reach their users without any interference from Microsoft at all.

Developers can read full detail of the implementation at Microsoft here.


 on: April 21, 2018, 07:28:02 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt

It seems Microsoft is working on a cut down version of Windows 10 for the next major release of Windows 10.

As spotted by Lucas on Twitter, Windows 10 Lean’s installer is 2 GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and is missing basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD and DVD Drives and even apps such as RegEdit. Interestingly these apps are however not restricted, and once imported you can run RegEdit without any issue, meaning while being smaller the OS is not restricted in any way.

It launched by default in Windows 10 S mode however and also identifies as Windows 10 CloudE.

It is not clear what Microsoft plans to do with the SKU. It may simply be intended for virtual machines, or Microsoft may be looking to make another go at a version of Windows for really low-powered devices.


 on: April 21, 2018, 07:22:35 AM 
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Microsoft is today rolling out the Windows 10 Build 17134 to the Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview Ring, which suggests that the update could be rolled out to the public by the end of this month if everything goes as per the plan. Microsoft might be planning to address the Settings app bug with a cumulative update which could be released as soon as next week.

Windows 10 Build 17134 is reportedly the RTM candidate of Windows 10 April 2018 Update and it comes with fixes for some reliability issues that have been discovered in Build 17133.

A couple of days ago, we reported about a bug in Windows 10 Settings where selecting app defaults options crashes the app. Microsoft’s Windows Insider team has acknowledged the bug and the company has also confirmed that it was not widespread based on the amount of the data available. It’s likely that Microsoft will address this bug with a cumulative update.

It’s still not clear if Windows 10 version 1803 will be called April 2018 Update or when the general public rollout will begin. Before rolling out the update to all users, Microsoft will listen to Insider feedback and fix remaining issues.

Windows 10 version 1803 is a big update for the operating system as it brings some substantial improvements in terms of both features and improvements. The Fluent Design in Windows 10 is receiving a big update in this release as Microsoft is bringing the acrylic effect to other parts of the operating system such as Microsoft Store.

Needless to say, Fluent Design is evolving but in the latest version of the operating system, Microsoft is finally pushing this makeover one step forward. For example, Microsoft is adding Reveal effects and acrylic in more essential areas, like the Start menu.

If any substantial delay happens, Microsoft could miss its target of launching the update in April. Microsoft originally planned to launch the Windows 10 version 1803 in April and with the name of Spring Creators Update. The next version of Windows 10 is codenamed Redstone 4 and version 1803 refers to the compiling date. The first two digits represent the year, while 03 represents the month, March.

Microsoft has already fixed the blocking bug in Windows 10 version 1803 and Build 17134 has no major bugs. If you’re interested, you can upgrade your PC to the newest version of Windows 10 by joining the Windows Insider program.


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