Windows 10 Xbox App Now Available to Testers

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft runs out of Surface 2 tablets online: Is Windows RT dead?.

Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT is out of stock at the company’s online store, suggesting it may be discontinued after the decision not to upgrade it to Windows 10. Tech site Mashable noted that at least for now, only Windows Insiders can download and install the new Windows build, though Microsoft is still accepting signups. “While Microsoft has yet to officially announce a public release date for Windows 10, most expect it to arrive before the end of this year. As we noted here, Microsoft has taken a cue out of Apple’s book which has been given OS X and iOS upgrades away for free, to ensure that users don’t have to shell out money for an OS. Microsoft doesn’t have anything to share beyond that.” It could be an early sign that Microsoft will discontinue Surface 2, which was introduced in 2013 and has not been a strong seller. If your PC or laptop is running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and your Windows phone has the Windows Phone 8.1 OS, you will get a free upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 – in the first year.

Windows RT products sold pretty poorly but it’s hard to say for sure if Microsoft will restock the store, said Bob O’Donnell, principal analyst at Technalysis Research. No more Windows Phone, it’s all the same: Unity across operating systems is something that Apple and Google have been going on about for sometime and Microsoft also clearly believes that this is the way forward. Also tablet users can forget the horror of having to deal with something like a new Windows RT on their devices, which received terrible user feedback.

Windows 10 will ensure that desktops, mobiles, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1 devices will all run the same Windows 10 OS, which will be optimised based on the platform. This is great news for those who are heavily invested in the Windows eco-system and for app developers who won’t have to create a separate app for mobile or tablet. Cortana for Windows: Microsoft has gone a step ahead of Apple by bringing its personal voice-assistant Cortana to all Windows 10 devices, including desktops and laptops, which is a massive plus point. All pictures taken on the devices, as well as photos on One Drive will be merged together and the app will automatically delete the duplicate files to reduce the clutter. Hello Project Spartan: Microsoft unveiled its Project Spartan at the event, which is indeed a new browser which comes with Cortana built in with its contextual searching.

On Spartan some of the new features will allows users to annotate a webpage using a stylus or touch interface, click on any section of a webpage to type out a comment and then share this page with friends or co-workers. Reading mode in Project Spartan, similar to the reading mode in Apple’s Safari, will put articles in a layout that gets rid of all the unnecessary elements on a page.

According to a blogpost, the company wrote that “Spartan loads the IE11 engine for legacy enterprise web sites when needed.” Essentially enterprise websites that older technologies designed only for Internet Explorer, such as custom ActiveX controls and Browser Helper Objects will load on Internet Explorer, which will also be available on Windows 10. Internet Explorer will use the same dual rendering engines as Spartan, ensuring web developers can consistently target the latest web standards, says the blog post.

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