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Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it's gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won't be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

When Microsoft confirmed that the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update would include a certain “Game Mode”, it didn’t really go into detail what that mode would bring aside from a generic “CPU and GPU optimization”. With the Creators Update probably just a week or two away, it’s perhaps time to reveal more information about that. And what better opportunity to do just that than GDC, where Microsoft revealed a few more tidbits about its gaming vision for Windows 10, including the somewhat controversial UWP games.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 gets the 2-in-1 Windows 10 treatment

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 gets the 2-in-1 Windows 10 treatment

2-in-1 tablets running Windows 10 are on the rise, especially at MWC 2017. Most, if not all, of these tablets have premium looks that also belie a certain fragility. Not so the new Panasonic Toughbook CF-33. At the name so plainly implies, this one is designed to stand the elements and some rough handling to boot. It is, however, no slouch either when it comes to performance. Which is pretty much as it should be, considering you’re paying premium for it.

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Windows 10 Cloud to allow win32 apps only from Windows Store

Windows 10 Cloud to allow win32 apps only from Windows Store

It seems that the still unconfirmed Windows 10 Cloud might not be so bad after all. Well, it still depends on how the Windows Store app narrative plays out but at least there’s hope. It recently came to light that the locked down version of Windows 10 will still allow the installation of “regular” win32 apps but with one important catch. Said app should be made available via the Windows app store. This piece of good news might actually mean more to Microsoft than would-be users.

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Alcatel PLUS 12 Windows 2-in-1 puts LTE in the keyboard

Alcatel PLUS 12 Windows 2-in-1 puts LTE in the keyboard

Windows 10 tablets, be it detachable 2-in-1s or convertibles are becoming more common that it’s getting harder to stand out from the crowd. You can try to compete in specs or price but, chances are, you won’t be alone for long. Just like with the LED-covered A5 LED, Alcatel might have an ace up its sleeve with the PLUS 12 Windows 10 tablet. It is one of the few of its kind that comes with 4G LTE support but there’s a catch. That LTE connection doesn’t come from the tablet itself but from the detachable keyboard.

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Galaxy Book and Samsung Flow interaction demonstrated

Galaxy Book and Samsung Flow interaction demonstrated

Samsung’s MWC 2017 presentation was pretty much about large screens, from an Android tablet to two Windows 10 tablets. Despite still being outnumered by Android tablets and iPads, Windows tablets aren’t exactly a rarity. Samsung’s Galaxy Books, however, will have some advantages over its distant relatives. One such advantage ironically comes from outside the Galaxy Book itself. With the Samsung Flow app on both a Galaxy phone and a Galaxy tablet, users can enjoy an almost seamless experience between the two devices.

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Lenovo Miix 320: a 2-in-1 portable Windows 10 workhorse

Lenovo Miix 320: a 2-in-1 portable Windows 10 workhorse

Lenovo has introduced its new 2-in-1 device, the Miix 320. This model is an update to the company’s previously launched Miix 310 model, and it aims to be the highly portable workhorse the average on-the-go user needs. Lenovo points toward many types of users as the Miix 320’s targeted user base — freelancers, travelers, and the ‘meeting marathoner.’ This unveiling joins Lenovo’s newly introduced Tab 4 Series tablets and its Yoga devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

2-in-1 tablets are selling like wildfire, and the new Samsung Galaxy Book range is the company's attempt to get in on the Windows 10 action. Offered in two sizes - the 10-inch Galaxy Book 10, and the 12-inch Galaxy Book 12 - both tablets, freshly revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, feature high-end construction with lashings of real metal and glass. With a new S Pen, detachable keyboard, and optional integrated LTE, meanwhile, should Apple and Microsoft be worried?

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Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Microsoft has announced some new updates for the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps. Says the company, Windows 10 users are gaining access to ‘Focused’ and ‘Other’ tabs in Mail that some Outlook users enjoy today, splitting one’s email in such a way that only the relevant things are shown in ‘Focused’ and everything else is accessible later under ‘Other.’ This feature is joined by several more.

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Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

This week the folks at Microsoft's Mojang have announced an update for Minecraft on Windows Phone. Not just any Windows Phone, but Windows 10 Mobile - specifically NOT Windows Phone 8. You see, Minecraft stopped getting updated for Windows Phone 8 back in October of 2016, and will never be updated for that OS ever again. For Windows 10 Mobile, however, it's time to get some new features!

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