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How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

Microsoft was mighty proud of its shift to a "Windows as a Service" strategy almost four years ago. It definitely has reason to boast, considering its history of painfully slow updates that came via the rare Service Pack. Redmond, however, seems to have swung to the other extreme in its desire to portray a company that can quickly respond to problems and feedback. Now it has to slow down and take stock of its obviously broken update process to ensure that what's left of Windows 10 credibility won't go down the drain.

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Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from forcing its operating systems on users, including mobile, to a more "services-oriented" tactic that offers apps and platforms for others to build on or use on its competitors' platforms. That seems to be the case even when it has competing products like smart assistants. In fact, in the next Windows 10 update later this year, it will be giving those assistants more control even when the PC is still on its lock screen.

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Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Even before it had a chance to fully roll out, Windows 10 was already lambasted for how it nagged users to upgrade to Microsoft's latest but not so greatest. That may now be in the past but it seems that Redmond has found another way to notify users that the version of Windows 10 they're on will be reaching its end of life. What it doesn't make apparent is that it may automatically update such users to the latest version, whether they like to or not.

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GPD Win Max could be a mini laptop and gaming handheld mashup

GPD Win Max could be a mini laptop and gaming handheld mashup

The netbook renaissance is at hand, that is if you ask at least three Chinese manufacturers. GPD, Chuwi, and One Netbook are currently in a race for the 8-inch mini laptop market but GPD is quite happy to stretch its wings even further. It is already known to be working on a slight refresh of its GPD WIN 2 Windows-based gaming handheld but now it's rumored to be smashing those two worlds together into the GPD Win Max.

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Here’s the big Stranger Things Microsoft Windows twist

Here’s the big Stranger Things Microsoft Windows twist

For some strange reason, Microsoft struck a deal with Netflix to cross-promote Windows and Stranger Things Season 3. We've covered earlier teasers of this collaboration over the last couple weeks - today we've got a bit more information on the ever-more name-dropping brand-promoting streaming sci-fi horror adventure show Stranger Things and their future dealings with the big M.

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Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon chips are normally associated with the processors that power our mobile devices. But Qualcomm is about to roll out its Snapdragon 8cx chips, designed for laptops – and it may just give Intel a run for its money.

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Windows 10 Your Phone app can now mirror Android notifications

Windows 10 Your Phone app can now mirror Android notifications

Microsoft may have thrown in the towel in the mobile platform arena but that doesn’t mean it has given up on having a presence in mobile. That means not only having apps on Android and iOS but also trying to bridge the gap between Windows 10 PCs and smartphones. The second scenario is being served by Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app, which just got an important feature that will stop Android users from having to check their phones every time a notification comes in.

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What’s up with Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease?

What’s up with Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease?

If you've checked Microsoft's Twitter recently, then you've likely noticed something a little strange. Microsoft is teasing a Windows release, but it isn't actually a new Windows release. In fact, at this point, the release it's teasing is nearly 35 years old.

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Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

The cat is out of the bag and Steve Ballmer’s worst nightmare has just come true. Microsoft, once the most outspoken enemy of Linux and open source software, not only loves it but may have just become dependent on it. Its cloud computing platform Azure has long offered customers the choice between Linux and Windows virtual machines.

Now a Microsoft engineer has just admitted that Azure customers have preferred using Linux instead of Windows servers. But what is a clear win for Linux in this market could also negatively affect other aspects of the operating system, most especially “The Linux Desktop” everyone loves talking about.

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Next Windows 10 feature update promised to be less disruptive

Next Windows 10 feature update promised to be less disruptive

On paper, Windows 10 would have been one of Microsoft’s best attempt at modernizing an almost ancient platform. It had all the elements of a modern operating system while still keeping compatibility with the thousands of software available for Windows. But, as they say, theory and practice aren’t always the same and Windows 10 became notorious for its updates, both the incessant nagging as well as the broken feature updates. For the next major Windows 10 update, Microsoft is promising it won’t break anything and it will be doing that by making that update less features.

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Cortana app in Microsoft Store could help speed up updates

Cortana app in Microsoft Store could help speed up updates

Today seems to be a day for almost forgotten voice assistants. Samsung has just launched a Marketplace for Bixby Capsules, a.k.a. skills, suggesting there is indeed a market for that. Now Microsoft seems to be moving to decouple Cortana from its Windows 10 operating system. A beta version of a standalone Cortana app has appeared on the Microsoft Store and if the speculation is correct, this could actually help improve Cortana’s visibility and usefulness.

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Next Surface Pro could have custom-made Snapdragon 8cx chip

Next Surface Pro could have custom-made Snapdragon 8cx chip

One of Intel’s staunchest allies may be partially leaving it behind, striking it a blow just when it’s on the verge of making its biggest jump in processor architecture and design. Although Microsoft isn’t completely jumping ship away for its next generation of Surface products, it is reportedly working towards adopting a more diverse strategy when it comes to processors. That includes a Surface Laptop with a 12 nm AMD Picasso chip and, perhaps more interesting, a Surface Pro running on a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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