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September 8, 2016

Nvidia Releases GeForce Experience 3.0 Featuring Redesigned UI, Improved Functionality

Nvidia recently announced the launch of GeForce Experience 3.0, a software suite designed for Nvidia graphics cards which allow you to update your drivers, optimize your games, and share your in game footage.

According to Nvidia, GeForce Experience 3.0 has been redesigned from the ground up with a host of new features including a new UI, improved features, giveaways, and much more. Under the hood, GeForce Experience 3.0 now runs 3x faster than before and utilizes just half the memory compared to its predecessor. It can also record up to 4K @ 60FPS for those who want to record games in their full 4K high resolution glory.

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September 7, 2016

New CPU Features May Explain Microsoft’s Decision to End Support for New CPUs on Windows 7, 8.1

The tech community has recently gone up in arms against Microsoft after their reaffirmation that they will not be supporting CPUs newer than Intel Haswell on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. While many has seen this as a power play by Microsoft to force users to upgrade to Windows 10, HotHardware recently presented a possible alternate explanation with much less malicious intent.

According to HotHardware, the decision not to support newer CPUs on older operating systems boils down to additional features that were added to the new CPUs. This largely includes the newest power saving features from both Intel and AMD as well as SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) from [...]

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September 1, 2016

Microsoft Ending Support for New Hardware on Windows 7, 8.1

Haven’t taken advantage of that free upgrade to Windows 10? Planning to upgrade to a new Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Zen based Summit Ridge CPU down the line? Think again!

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they’ll be ending support on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for newer CPUs, forcing users who upgrade to a newer CPU to purchase a copy of Windows 10. This new support policy change will include upcoming processors such as Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Bristol Ridge/Summit Ridge CPUs. Originally Microsoft had also included Intel Haswell processors among the processors that would lose Windows 7/8.1 support however, [...]

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August 3, 2016

Microsoft Rolls Out Massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607, Build 14393.10)

If you haven’t checked your Windows 10 updater yet, be sure to do so soon as Microsoft recently rolled out their highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update marking the 1 year anniversary of the new operating system. Microsoft had promised more regular updates to their newest operating system and this appears to be the first of many to come. Carrying the version number 1607 and build number 14393.10, the update is the biggest since the launch of Windows 10 and is going to cost you a couple gigabytes in bandwidth.

While the list of features and bug-fixes are more extensive than can be listed here, some of the biggest feature additions and improvements [...]

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July 20, 2016

Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy Working, Company Smashes Q4 Expectations

Software giant Microsoft recently reported 4Q2016 earnings of $22.6 billion ($20.6 billion GAP) and $0.69 ($0.39 GAAP) per-share profit which were well above Wall Street expectations thanks in large part to strong performance in their cloud business.

Microsoft is organized into three major business segments – Productivity and Business Processes which basically includes all the different versions of Office, Intelligent Cloud which includes enterprise services, server products, and cloud services, and Personal Computing which includes devices, gaming, search advertising, and Windows.

For 4QFY2016, Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud [...]

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January 7, 2016

Microsoft Ending Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

The day has finally come for Microsoft to retire its aging browser versions. The software giant has officially announced the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 on January 12, 2016.

The end of support means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing security, performance, and stability patches to the versions of IE mentioned above. This is done to reduce support cost and allocate more resources to supporting IE 11 and Microsoft’s latest browser Microsoft Edge.

IE 11 will continue to receive support until at least the end of Windows 10’s life cycle, which is October 13, 2020. However, IE 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer [...]

 
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July 29, 2015

Microsoft Officially Launches Windows 10

The wait is over boys and girls, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system has landed!

As the successor to Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 brings some much needed improvements to the popular operating system. Aside from a plethora of under-the-hood performance optimizations, Windows 10 also features a desperately needed UI overhaul that merged the traditional look of Windows 7 and the new card system from Windows 8 for a more intuitive experience. For example, the start button is finally back. It now properly launches the start menu and also displays tiles on the side. There is no longer two desktops to fiddle around with like we had to in [...]

 
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May 15, 2015

Microsoft Announces Seven Windows 10 Editions

With Windows 10’s summer shipping date inching ever closer, Microsoft recently announced no less than seven editions for its highly anticipated operating system. Microsoft has detailed exactly what each version entails in their blog post, but for those who want a quick run down, this is what it all boils down to.

Windows 10 Home – Consumer oriented edition designed for desktop PCs, tablets, and 2-in-1s. It will come with new features like Microsoft’s Cortana Voice Assistant, Microsoft Web Browser, and iris/fingerprint login.

Windows 10 Mobile – Exactly as its name [...]

 
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April 29, 2015

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Code for Windows, OS X, and Linux

Microsoft launched Visual Studio Code at the Build Developer Conference 2015, making it the company’s first true cross-platform free code editor.

As a direct competition to text and code editors such as Sublime Text and Atom, Visual Studio Code comes with support for a multitude of languages such as C#, HTML/CSS, Javascript, TrueScript and many more. Being a modern text editor, Visual Studio Code comes with handy features including custom key bindings, bracket matching, auto indentation, and snippets. It also has tight integration with Git source control, as well as support for package management and repositories.

Visual Studio Code is available now [...]

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January 21, 2015

Microsoft Windows 10 Free for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Users

Microsoft’s Executive VP of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, kicked off their Windows 10 event this morning with a bang, confirming that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for not only Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, but Windows 7 users as well. While we’ve expected Windows 10 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 and 8.1 users for some time, Windows 7 was a pleasant surprise.

Microsoft appears to really want to spur adoption of Windows 10 right out of the gate and a move like this should accomplish just that. Microsoft hasn’t announced any details on how the upgrade will work, but they have announced that users must take advantage of the [...]

 
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August 28, 2014

Google Chrome 64-bit Now Stable, Ready for Download

If you’ve been putting off Google Chrome for the sole reason that it was still 32-bit only, it’s finally time to make the switch as Google recently announced that Chrome is now stable in 64-bit. This comes after a successful experiment in Google’s Dev and Canary channels, which means after 36 versions of Chrome (and numerous betas), 64-bit Windows support is finally coming along with the release of Google Chrome 37!

As typically seen with most applications moving to the 64-bit register set, Google claims that 64-bit Chrome will offer many benefits for speed, stability and security. According to internal testing, 64-bit Chrome improved VP9 [...]

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March 6, 2014

Microsoft to Unveil DirectX 12 at GDC 2014

It’s been what seems like an eternity since DirectX 11 was released a little over three years ago and it looks like it’s finally time for a major update. According to a new tweet by the official DirectX 12 Twitter account and an announcement on Microsoft’s MSDN blog, Microsoft recently announced that they will be unveiling DirectX 12 at GDC 2014 which will take place on March 17-21 (in roughly two weeks).

“Come learn how future changes to Direct3D will enable next generation games to run faster than ever before!

In this session we will discuss future improvements in Direct3D that will allow developers an unprecedented level of hardware [...]

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