Microsoft surprised Windows Insiders today, with the roll out of Windows 10 build 15007, its second preview for PCs in the Fast ring this week. It followed the arrival of build 15002 a few days ago, and brought various new features to both PCs and phones. The new build, detailed in a lengthy blog post, adds three key ingredients: new Edge features, the ability to easily resume work after switching PCs, and a downloadable themes store designed to freshen up your PC. Continue reading “Feature packed Windows 10 build 15007 with is out to the Insiders : Theme store coming soon”
Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law. This recently-passed Russian law requires that any company holding data on Russians house that data within Russia. Russia began blocking LinkedIn’s website last November under that law, which some critics argue is an indirect form of censorship. Continue reading “Apple and Google forced to remove the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn app from Russian appstores”
Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows 10, not only for a development point of view but also with marketing as well. The company is pushing the OS at every opportunity and occasionally crossed the boundary of forcing it on to machines even when a user does not want the OS.
Despite such aggressive efforts however, Windows 7 still remains more popular than it was in the summer, though it is considerably down year on year as we dive into the last Netmarketshare figures of 2016. Continue reading “Windows 10 growth slows down as Windows 7 rebounds”
Samsung has had a rough year thanks to the Galaxy Note 7, fortunately for the company though, it is expected to show strong profit margins starting next year. Even though the Note 7 did cost Samsung over $3 billion in losses, it didn’t create as big of an impact for the company as it would have for any other hardware company, thanks mainly to Samsung’s leadership in virtually every segment of the electronics industry.
Such leadership however, doesn’t come cheap. Continue reading “Samsung spends the most on R&D among tech companies”
Following Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, one analyst thinks the Redmond tech giant is on pace to become the first tech company to reach a market value of $1 trillion. This, despite the fact that the Redmond-based giant’s market value currently trails both Apple and Alphabet.
Back in February 2015, the market capitalization of Apple (share price multiplied by number of shares outstanding) surpassed $710 billion. At that point, Apple was the first company in history to be valued at over $700 billion. Continue reading “Microsoft could be first trillion dollar tech company, leaving behind Alphabet and Apple”
Rumours about Microsoft Surface Phone have been floating for a very long time and so far we only have rumours. Today, we have one more. While previous rumours suggested that we may not see a Surface Phone any time soon, it is probably closer than most people think, at least according to a report by Chinese financial publication Commercial Times,
The Commercial Times of Taiwan reports that Chinese ODM Pegatron, which produces the iPhone and also the Surface Studio, is currently running production trials on the mythical Surface Phone. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface phone is apparently ready for trial”
In direct contrast to Microsoft’s assertion that Windows 10 is its most secure operating system ever, the US-CERT Coordination Centre has warned that Windows 7 with EMET offers greater protection than Windows 10.
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a tool that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited. EMET uses security mitigation technologies as special protections and obstacles that an exploit author must defeat to exploit software vulnerabilities. Continue reading “Windows 10 is less secure than Windows 7 … with EMET”
It’s no secret that some Android OEMs, including Samsung, have been pre-installing some Microsoft apps on their Android apps as part of a partnership with Microsoft. In a partnership the Chinese phone maker made with Microsoft, Xiaomi was sold about 1,500 patents from Microsoft and in return, Xiaomi pre-installed a bunch of Microsoft Apps on its devices in return. And now it looks the company will be pre-installing Cortana on its devices such as the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Continue reading “Xiaomi’s Mi MIX will have Cortana pre-installed”
If there’s one thing to be said about 2016, it’s that it’s full of surprises. This year has seen events you would’t have dreamt of a decade ago. A new era in the tech world is upon us, driven by the rise to power of new blood in big companies who are friendlier and more modern in their approach to the rest of the tech world.
If you want proof of that, look no further than Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Much like Sundar Pichai has with Google, Nadella has softened Microsoft up a bit and made the company as a whole more willing to embrace what’s going on around them. Continue reading “Mirosoft joins Linux Foundation, Google joins .NET foundation : What it means for Android?”