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First big Windows 10 update starts today

First big Windows 10 update starts today

Microsoft has announced that their first substantial update to the Windows 10 operating system will commence today. This update will be for PCs and tablets, primarily, while updates for Windows 10 mobile will be taking place in the near future. This update will also affect the company's gaming console - Microsoft suggests that "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today". This update will affect the performance of your machine, primarily, while updates to Cortana and Microsoft Edge (the web browser) are also on the docket.

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Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Just when you thought we were getting close to the end of software support for the most notorious version of Windows, it's dashed! Google has announced "the end of software support" for Windows Vista and Windows XP. That'd be super great, except for the fact that they'd already announced the end of software support for those operating systems before. Before, Google suggested that they'd be ending Chrome web browser support for Windows XP and Windows Vista this December. Now they've done (another) extension.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung has updated their line of ATIV notebooks with a couple of hard-hitting devices made with extremely sharp displays. The ATIV Book 9 Pro works with a 15.6-inch 4K display (that's 3840 x 2160 pixels) with touchscreen abilities. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin works with a 13.3-inch display with QHD+ resolution (that's 3200 x 1800), touchscreen, and the ability to fold back over itself 360-degrees to achieve several display modes. Both machines will run Windows 10 and will be released very soon.

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Microsoft tells manufacturers to stop selling Windows 7 Pro PCs in Oct 2016

Microsoft tells manufacturers to stop selling Windows 7 Pro PCs in Oct 2016

Microsoft has updated the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet to tell computer makers when they have to stop selling PCs that have Windows 7 installed. The Windows 7 Pro end of sales for PCs with the OS pre-installed is set as October 31, 2016. Not that many people will care, but that is the same time when Windows 8.1 end of sales will start.

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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

This week ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has confirmed talks between ASUS and Microsoft on creating an ASUS HoloLens-like device. This headset would likely run Windows Holographic, the same system that Microsoft's own HoloLens runs. As Microsoft's goal, apparently, wasn't just to create a device, but a whole new category of devices, it should follow that a manufacturer like ASUS would jump aboard eventually. The ASUS headset wouldn't necessarily be called HoloLens - but it'd be very similar in implementation - it'd certainly be a headset, at least.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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These “PC Does What?” ads are either catchy or cringeworthy

These “PC Does What?” ads are either catchy or cringeworthy

Microsoft is kicking off a "PC Does What?" campaign with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Intel, attempting to build excitement about laptop form-factors. The campaign, which will run online as well as with commercials, is due to kick off in earnest on October 19, though the five firms previewed the spots today.

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NVIDIA GeForce Experience splits from standard GPU drivers

NVIDIA GeForce Experience splits from standard GPU drivers

Starting on December 1st, 2015, NVIDIA's GeForce Experience will require that you provide an email address to download game-ready drivers. For the less enthusiast-based crew of gamers out in the wild, standard drivers will still be available through the GeForce Experience website from NVIDIA. In addition to this, GeForce Experience will have a big jump in quality for GameStream experience - straight up to 4K.

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3 things to know about the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

3 things to know about the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

Windows gaming fans and Xbox gaming fans might argue about whose platform is better, but they generally agree on Microsoft's controllers. Until now, though, if you've wanted to use an Xbox One gamepad with your Windows PC or tablet, you'll have had to plug in a microUSB cable.

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Review: Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10 laptop

Review: Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10 laptop

Not everyone needs or wants a powerful laptop. For many, a low cost and light design are miles ahead on their list of priorities over small boosts in performance -- if the laptop can surf the web, watch videos, and download music, what's there to complain about? Still, low cost notebooks aren't that easy to come by. Netbooks went away as fast as they arrived, and though there are many budget machines out there, many run Chrome OS. Enter Acer's new Aspire One Cloudbook.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?

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