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Windows 10 is finally getting a colorful well-deserved icon makeover

By Jak Connor | Feb 21, 2020 02:07 am CST

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 icons will be getting a fresh coat of paint in the coming months ahead. Prepare for your Windows 10 icons to be updated!


Windows has taken to its blog to announced that Windows 10 icons will be evolved into some newer and fresh. Microsoft will begin the re-design with some built-in apps like Alarms & Clock, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar. The effort behind this re-design is to bring a new level of consistency and connection across all of Windows' icons.

The first apps that will get the fresh coat of paint will be Calendar and Mail. The updates for them have already rolled out to Windows Insiders, as updates from the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 users can expect the rest of the icon updates to follow over the course of a few months. If you are interested in checking out more information for what Microsoft has planned for Windows 10, check out this link here.

Microsoft makes Windows 7 excommunicado by killing support today

By Jak Connor | Jan 15, 2020 02:24 am CST

Microsoft has announced an end of an era, Windows 7 will no longer receive any support and its users that remain are advised to move onto Windows 10.


Microsoft has been giving Windows 7 support for the last ten years, and the time to end that lifeline support is officially upon us. In a new blog post on Microsoft's website, it says that as of January 14th, 2020, "Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product." Microsoft has instead moved onto supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.

If you are a Windows 7 user, Microsoft recommends you to upgrade to Windows 10 as you will be provided adequate protection on a more updated OS. Windows 7 users can do this for free through a loophole in the Media Creation Tool. Windows Latest reports that if users download and run the Media Creation Tool and input their existing product key for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, they will receive a new Windows 10 digital license.

Facebook working on OS from scratch, wants to break up with Android

By Anthony Garreffa | Dec 20, 2019 10:39 pm CST

Facebook is reportedly working on its own operating system, in the hopes that sometime in the future it can pull back its reliance on Android. A new report from The Information says that the co-author of Windows NT, Mark Lucovsky, is leading the project.


We don't know how Facebook's own OS would work exactly, but we do know that Facvebook currently uses a modified version of Android to run its Oculus and Portal devices. Facebook's head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth, explains: "We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves".

Ficus Kirkpatrick, one of the bosses of Facebook's internal AR and VR departments, says that "it's possible" that future Facebook hardware won't rely on Android. Right now, Google has a nice stranglehold over Facebook's hardware, and Facebook sees that as a big issue, that it is now trying to resolve.

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Microsoft's new Edge logo looks like a Tide pod, please don't eat it

By Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2019 08:29 pm CST

Microsoft has just made the most radical change to its web browser logo since the introduction of Internet Explorer, with the new Edge browser receiving a new logo.


The original Edge logo that launched with the browser in 2015 had parts of the original Internet Explorer infused into it, but the new one looks like nothing like it -- it resembles a Tide pod if anything. The new logo was discovered inside of a surfing mini game that was hidden inside of the latest Canary versions of Edge.

Edge's slick new logo looks like a wave... get it? You're surfing the web. Just don't try and eat the new Edge logo, okay? Microsoft's brand new Edge browser will launch on January 15, 2020 with the new logo. You can try out the new Edge browser in release candidate form here.

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Windows 10 update KB4524147, fixes nothing, breaks more!

By Shannon Robb | Oct 7, 2019 04:45 pm CDT

Users of Windows 10 are no stranger to updates causing issues. But, a recent update has really shown just how bad it can go.


That's right, a recent update labeled KB4524147, which is supposed to fix some Internet explorer and printing bugs. Has instead gone YOLO on users start menu causing an error prompt reading as the user describes "Critical error start menu not working, sign out ... or something like that ." rendering PC's far harder to navigate.

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End of the road for Windows 7: Windows 10 exceeds 50% market share

By Sponsored Content | Sep 30, 2019 09:07 pm CDT

Just over four years after its launch - and for the first time ever! - Windows 10 has finally surpassed the 50% market share in Desktop Computers, according to the latest August Data from the well-known analysis company Netmarketshare.


Netmarketshare Statistics suggest we should upgrade to Windows 10 now!

Windows 10 was released a bit over four years ago and is quite popular among the majority of Windows users, having recently become the most popular Operating System of all time. In its first four weeks alone, Microsoft's spectacular OS was installed on more than 75 million PCs, and passed 110 million devices after just ten weeks! Its growth has been fairly steady since then, but up until now, Windows 10 had only shown a max market share of 48.86% (July), now gaining 2.13 percentage points and reaching 50.99% in August - while Windows 7 dropped 1.49 percentage points, going from 31.83% to 30.34%. This is definitely a sign of the times to come!


StatCounter's Global Statistics show the Windows 10 dominance in the last year!

At the same time, we must not forget that Microsoft will end its support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This means that from that day on, Microsoft will stop issuing new security updates and any other patches for Windows 7 - putting anyone who still uses it in great danger! While there will be security updates that you can pay for, they will only truly apply to those corporate customers who can actually afford them.

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Windows 10 is now on 900M devices, 1 billion milestone in 2020

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 24, 2019 09:48 pm CDT

Windows 10 is now on over 900 million devices, with a tweet directly from Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices Group at Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi.

Microsoft's latest operating system is on a bunch of devices that go beyond just the PC, with Windows 10 inside of HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, the entire Surface family of devices, and more.

We should expect to see Windows 10 reach over 1 billion users at this rate in the coming months, with early 2020 seeming the most likely. Microsoft had 800 million users on Windows 10 in March which was 6 months ago now, so we should expect February-March 2020 for the huge 1B milestone.

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Windows 10 game bar update includes FPS counter in overlay

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 22, 2019 10:31 pm CDT

Microsoft has been making some great changes for gamers in Windows 10, and it looks like one of the best ones is now here -- an FPS counter built into the game bar.

The news broke with Mike Ybarra, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Program Management, who tweeted the updated game bar with its FPS counter. The updated game bar will display real-time frames per second for your games, as well as an Achievements overlay.

Achievements in the overlay is a nice touch, a nice quality of life feature that will make keeping a tab on your achievements easier than going into a separate sub menu. I think the inclusion of an FPS counter is a much bigger deal, as more and more people like to keep a track of their in-game performance.

Android 10 is now rolling out to all Google Pixel smartphones

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 3, 2019 11:16 pm CDT

Google is pushing out Android Q onto all Pixel smartphones, something that includes the newer Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL and should come out-of-the-box on the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.


Android 10 is now available for Pixel smartphone owners and as a Pixel 3 XL owner, I've upgraded to Android 10 -- up from the latest Android Q beta. Google has said that it is getting Android 10 into more smartphones and other brands, with the company saying it is "working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year".

Android 10 provides system-wide Dark Mode which is one my favorite things, improved battery life, and a slew of new features that include a new Focus Mode that will keep you, yes, more focused. Android 10 also features full support for foldable smartphones like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

Microsoft will STILL have humans listen in on Skype and Cortana chats

By Jak Connor | Aug 15, 2019 01:06 am CDT

Services that have voice assistant software have been under fire as of late, as it was discovered that many of these services have manual, or human reviewing.


Microsoft is one of the companies that many users of Skype and Cortana have concerns with as it wasn't clearly indicated in their privacy policy that humans would be reviewing some conversations. Since these concerns arose, Microsoft has gone over their privacy policy and updated it, but still human workers will be listening in on some conversations and voice commands to improve the service quality.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard that "We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content." Microsoft's new privacy policy states "Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing."

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