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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • 10 simple Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts worth remembering

    Windows 10 has been out for a while now, but there are still quite a few things to like about the new Microsoft update (although I want my WiFi to work without disconnecting every few hours). The update brings some convenient keyboard shortcuts too, but which ones are worth remembering? We list some of the more useful combinations. Activate task view (Windows + Tab) The task view feature is new in Windows 10, giving you an overview of all your open windows - be it programs, games or file explorer windows. Launching this is a simple case of hitting Windows and Tab, so you don't need to endlessly Alt+Tab...

  • User takes Microsoft to court over Windows 10 upgrade, wins $10 000

    Scores of people have been complaining about the questionable ways Microsoft imposes Windows 10 on them. Now, one woman has won a court battle against the Redmond corporation. According to the Seattle Times, Terri Goldstein's computer tried downloading Windows 10 without her authorisation, but the process failed. Goldstein, who runs a travel agency with the aid of her computer, found that it would crash and "be unusable for days" at a stretch. "I had never heard of Windows 10," she said, claiming that no one asked her to upgrade. Read more: 10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know She initially contacted Microsoft's...

  • ‘Glorious Windows’ is a nightcore track made with Windows alerts

    There's nothing more annoying that Window's notifications sounds, especially if said sounds mark a particularly significant system error. But although they do tend to signal the worst, a netizen has morphed these knells into something truly special. "Glorious Windows" is a video and track made by YouTuber you2at that uses a number of altered, chopped and pitched Windows alerts, dings and dongs from the OS's history to make one seriously addictive jingle. The video itself also pays homage to the serious of popups users will face while using Windows. It's filled with plenty of ambience and a certain interstellar quality while...

  • Microsoft Q3 results see Surface continue climb, WP fall

    Microsoft has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year. And it's more of the same for the Redmond company. The tech firm recorded revenue of US$20.5-billion for the quarter ending 31 March 2016, with operating income and net income standing at US$5.3-billion and US$3.8-billion respectively. While its cloud revenue grew three percent to US$6.1-billion, its personal computing segments saw more modest growth of 1%. "Windows OEM revenue declined two percent in constant currency, outperforming the PC market, driven by higher consumer premium device mix," the company revealed in its earnings report. Surface, mobile and Xbox? Its Surface lineup continues to perform well, seeing...

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...

  • Microsoft changes Outlook web app name, revamps it with new features

    Microsoft has revamped its Outlook Web App, changing its name and introducing new features. It will now be called Outlook On The Web. In addition to a host of new features to Outlook On The Web Microsoft says it's also rolling out an improved user interface. The UI has been tweaked to now have the email subject line larger, and reading messages has been optimised for easy reading. Amongst the changes is a new action toolbar that provides quick access to clearing out the inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to the calendar. New Tools for Inbox Microsoft...

  • Weekly Round Up #29: Windows 10 launch, its features, mobile and African strategy

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker, Graham Van Der Made and Chris Wilton speak about the long-awaited launch of Windows 10. Tech companies have made a big deal of their launches with Apple, of course, leading in that front. Of late, companies like Xiaomi and Google have also now started being flashy with their events. What did Windows 10, on its long awaited launch, have in store. Two of our writers, Stuart Thomas and Andy Walker, went to Johannesburg...

  • Windows 10 first impressions: what Gearburn thinks of Microsoft’s new baby

    We may be soulless journalists, but that doesn’t mean a software release has no bearing on our lives. As a squad of Windows users (except for one or two in this office), we expect to receive the best user experience constantly. The operating system we use daily doesn’t only affect our productivity, but our sanity.

  • Microsoft outlines its roll out plan for Windows 10

    The news of the upgrade to Windows 10 feels like watching a play whose actors repeat their lines verbatim every night of the run. Thankfully, there are only a few weeks, four to be exact, left before Windows 10 is finally here. And now the Redmond-based has revealed how it will roll out its Windows 10 upgrade. Windows 10 will come to your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or HoloLens. The company has revealed that it it had over a million beta testers. It also revealed that it is rigorously testing and listening to every issue from its five million Windows...

  • Microsoft is shutting down support for Windows Server 2003, urges SA to migrate

    After over a decade since the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will now finally seize support come 14 July. Leon Wright from Microsoft SA says that 11.9 million physical servers around the world are still running Windows Server 2003. This means that two out of every five computer systems running Windows Server are out-dated, and could thus become a security risk if not acted accordingly. "The shock value of this statistic resides in the fact that this is the case despite IT managers worldwide being aware that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, automatic fixes, or online technical assistance...

  • Apple iWork, iCloud now available to everyone

    Anyone with an Apple ID can now access productivity tools like Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iCloud, regardless of their device. This cross-pollination of productivity apps is becoming ever so prevalent ever since cloud services such like Google Drive and Office Online, which are accessible regardless of the user's operating system, became more and more widespread. Last year Microsoft's Office suite -- specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel -- became the most downloaded apps after they were introduced to iTunes with very cheap price tags. This move essentially enabled Microsoft to "hijack" Apple's users. Last time checked, Google Drive is saw over 190...

  • Overall app usage grew by 76% in 2014

    In 2014, according to Flurry Analytics, overall app usage grew by 76%. Flurry defines app usage as a user opening an app and recording what the company call a session. The company obtained the data by tracking four millions sessions every minute, 2.079-trillion sessions in 2014. On 31 December, with users being busy, sharing, looking for rides, messaging, chatting, the company tracked 8.5-million sessions. Shopping, Utilities & Productivity, and Messaging experienced triple-digit growth. That's not surprising, given that mobile devices have become increasingly important for shopping, working, and communication. Working has also begun to see smartphones move in that direction,...

  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms' gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa's largest ecommerce players -- along with 30 000 or so other online merchants -- also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Windows Phone, Windows 8.x updates show Microsoft confident in platform

    Forget any suggestions of retrenchments and screw anyone who thinks forking to Android would be a good idea. That seems to be the message coming from Microsoft, following the announcement of a series of updates to Windows Phone and Windows 8.x. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company underlined how much Windows Phone in particular has grown over the past year, before explaining how the Windows platform will evolve over the coming months. On the hardware side, said Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, the Redmond-based tech giant will be adding support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chipsets, with...

  • Act 3: In which Microsoft builds the consumer company its users deserve

    Somewhere in a rainy Seattle, Microsoft insiders are pondering a long-overdue decision: who its new leader should be. As the company heads into its third act in terms of leadership and management structures, it must reflect on the direction the play must take. For the tech giant, 2013 could easily be erased and the world wouldn't care. It had big plans that have not quite panned out the way the company needed it to. Windows 8 didn't gain the traction that was expected and the much-talked-about foray into the world of tablets with the updated Surface left a lot to...