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  • Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container Support

    Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container Support

    Microsoft today published the third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. As promised, this is also the first version of Windows Server to natively support Windows Server Containers — that is, Microsoft’s version of Linux containers that can be managed both through Powershell and Docker’s command-line tools. Read More

  • Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

    Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

    Mozilla is testing a new private browsing mode in Firefox that doesn’t just keep no trace of your porn browsing habits on your machine but that also blocks online services that could track you while you’re surfing the web. That’s not unlike what plug-ins like Ghostery and the EFF’s Privacy Badger can do for you, but Firefox now combines that with its own incognito mode. Read More

  • Windows 10 Is Now Available For The Raspberry Pi

    Windows 10 Is Now Available For The Raspberry Pi

    Want to run a stripped-down version of Windows on your Raspberry Pi? Sure you do. Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows for embedded devices, is now available from Microsoft and looks to be an interesting alternative to Raspbian and other Linux-based portable OSes. What is it, exactly? First, it’s Microsoft’s effort to get ahead of the single-board computer craze. It is… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    The Digital Reader found an interesting email sent to international Nook users about the Nook app for Windows. Essentially it informs international Nook users outside the US or the UK that their content will be removed from Windows machines and their money refunded. “We recently announced that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have agreed to terminate their commercial… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 Will Launch On July 20

    Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 Will Launch On July 20

    Microsoft today announced that Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015), the latest version of the company’s integrated development environment, will launch on July 20. This latest version greatly emphasizes cross-platform development, with support for targeting Windows, iOS and Android, in part through its support for the Apache Cordova project and Xamarin’s app development platform. Read More

  • Watch Microsoft’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Watch Microsoft’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Microsoft’s E3 2015 press keynote gets underway today starting at 9:30 AM PT (12:30 PM PT), and the company is likely going to talk more about how it’s bringing Xbox gaming to all Windows 10 devices when that OS update launches in July. Expect plenty of new game news, too, and perhaps some surprises we haven’t yet dreamt up. Read More

  • Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype’s web-based client, along with both IM and video/audio call functionality, is now available to all users in open beta, the company announced today. The web-based version of the popular chat and calling tool came out at the end of last year, with access gated based on an invite system, but now everyone can join in, so long as you’re residing in the U.S. or U.K. The Skype web… Read More

  • Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Microsoft kicked off June with news that Windows 10 will ship on July 29, just a little under two months from now. The next big update for MS is designed as a unifying platform that will offer continuity across mobile, desktop, tablets and even the Xbox One gaming console, and it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year. To help ensure easy updates (and probably as a… Read More

  • Duet Display Now Lets Your iPad Act As A Second Screen For Windows

    Duet Display Now Lets Your iPad Act As A Second Screen For Windows

    Duet Display has added a feature that I frankly never thought it would get: Windows support! That means with the app and a Lightning cable you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Windows PC or tablet. The app supports devices running either Windows 7 or Windows 8, letting you relish the extravagant advantage of multiple screens on the go even if you’re not cool enough to own… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But wait, that’s not all! We… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches New Azure Backup And Recovery Services

    Microsoft Launches New Azure Backup And Recovery Services

    Microsoft today announced new features (in preview) for its Azure Backup service. In addition, the company is launching new functionality for its Azure Site Recovery service into preview. The company is clearly gearing both of these services toward enterprises and notes that they will be especially interesting to companies making the move to hybrid cloud deployments. Using Azure Backup… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    This afternoon, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for participants in its beta program for the forthcoming operating system. The build (“10041” for those keeping score) includes a number of new features and fixes that we’ll get to in a moment, but more importantly Microsoft has retooled its release program to get new, fresher code more quickly into the market. The… Read More

  • Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Microsoft announced this morning two components of Windows 10, its next operating system, that will help users log into both hardware and digital services. Windows Hello will allow users with machines that have the required hardware to log into their computing device using their face, eyes, or fingerprint. Not all machines will run Windows Hello. Microsoft noted in a blog post that computers… Read More

  • Microsoft Hints At Faster Windows 10 Build Releases

    Microsoft Hints At Faster Windows 10 Build Releases

    Microsoft’s Gabe Aul hinted today at faster releases of new builds of the company’s Windows 10 operating system. The company’s public testing program has attracted more than 2 million users to date. However, according to Aul, there are “lots of questions” regarding when a new build will be released. Given that Microsoft is more than willing to drop new code in… Read More

  • Razer's New Blade Gaming Laptop

    The New Razer Blade Is The Gaming Laptop To Beat

    Earlier this month, Razer launched the second generation of its ultra-high-resolution gaming laptop, the Blade. I’ve since gotten a few weeks to play with it and can confirm that its hardware lives up to the crazy QHD+ screen. Like its predecessor, this year’s Razer Blade packs in a 14-inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel screen. It looks pretty from most angles and can get quite bright, and has… Read More

  • Microsoft’s JavaScript Engine Will Soon Support Mozilla’s Asm.js

    Microsoft’s JavaScript Engine Will Soon Support Mozilla’s Asm.js

    Over the last few years, Mozilla has developed asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can be executed fast. Until now, asm.js optimization was only available in Firefox. But soon this technology will also be available in Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine in the upcoming Windows 10. As the company today announced, asm.js support has long been one of the top 10 most-requested features… Read More

  • Here’s Why Your Windows Phone Might Not Be Able To Run Windows 10 — Yet

    Here’s Why Your Windows Phone Might Not Be Able To Run Windows 10 — Yet

    Windows 10 is out for Windows Phone devices. That’s wrong. Windows 10 is out in preview for Windows Phone devices. Wait, that’s wrong, too. One more try. Windows 10 is out in preview for a subset of Windows Phone devices that currently run Windows 8.1. There we go. If you have a Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 or 830, and are running Windows 8.1, you can get the new code from Microsoft. Read More

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones Now Available

    Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones Now Available

    Microsoft has decided to make my job just a bit harder by naming all variants of Windows 10 clumsily, but if you have a phone that runs Windows Phone 8.1 and you want to try the next generation, ‘Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones” is now available to download for Windows Insiders, via the Windows Insider app. Microsoft’s Insiders program is easy to sign up, requiring… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants You To Store And Manage Your Photos On OneDrive

    Microsoft Wants You To Store And Manage Your Photos On OneDrive

    When Dropbox introduced Carousel, it made a bid to be the home for all your photos. Microsoft wants to make a similar pitch. Today, the company outlined new ways to import, manage and share your photos on OneDrive, its cloud storage platform. Again, it is far from the first company to do so, so we can view its efforts from a historical perspective. Read More

  • Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It's Made of Chrome.

    Wow. So you know all those whispers about a Google desktop operating system that never seem to go away? You thought they might with the launch of Android, Google’s mobile OS. But they persisted. And for good reason, because it’s real. In the second half of 2010, Google plans to launch the Google Chrome OS, an operating system designed from the ground up to run the Chrome web browser… Read More