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Google Play Games for Windows is rolling out in beta – coming to the US “soon”

There’s big news afoot in the Android gaming world with the announcement that Google Play Games is coming to PCs, and is actually already rolling out in beta form in three countries. Google says that it aims to provide a seamless gaming experience whether you are gaming on a PC or mobile device. Google Play […]

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Google Play Games is coming to Windows PCs in 2022

With the first preview of Android apps on Windows 11 already available in the US, Google has realized that it risks being left behind and so has announced, in typical Google fashion, that it will bring Android games to the platform in 2022. There’s no mention of Android apps, though, with the search giant only […]

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Microsoft OneDrive app will stop syncing with Windows 7 and 8 on March 1st, 2022

Microsoft is trying to nudge more people toward newer Windows versions. As Thurottreports, Microsoft has warned that the OneDrive desktop app will stop syncing with personal Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 computers on March 1st, 2022. The software will no longer receive updates from January 1st onward. You can still use the web to manually transfer files, but that's clearly a hassle if you routinely access cloud files from an older PC.

Business customers won't have much of a reprieve, either. Microsoft is tying corporate OneDrive support to the Windows cycle for relevant machines. Windows 7 and 8.1 workplace users will have until January 10th, 2023 (the end of extended support for both platforms), while Windows 8 users are already out of luck.

The company wasn't shy about its reasoning. This will help "focus resources" on newer Windows platforms and technologies, according to OneDrive developers. In other words, Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11.

This isn't a completely unexpected move. Microsoft has long had trouble persuading some customers to upgrade to newer versions of Windows, to the point where companies and governments would rather pay for special support contracts than update. That hurts Microsoft's bottom line, of course, but it also poses security risks — WannaCry took advantage of organizations running outdated Windows versions. The new OneDrive policy may push some users to install newer Windows versions even if they're otherwise happy with an old operating system.

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Not dead yet: Google Chrome supports Windows 7 for another year

Windows 7 was a very solid OS from Microsoft, and it’s one that’s still hanging on even after several new versions have replaced it and Microsoft has officially dropped support for it. I can’t say I blame people, though. I used to actually be able to play Fallout 3 on Windows 7, unlike Windows 10. […]

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Microsoft might bring resizable Android apps to Windows 10 from your phone

Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone, but lately we’ve seen a hard pivot into turning Android as the mobile companion to Windows 10. Every couple months it seems like we get a new feature teased that makes your smartphone and computer sync up a little bit better. Windows 10 Android apps The latest tease comes […]

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You’ve never heard the Windows XP startup music sound like this

Windows XP, aka the operating system that people and corporations just won’t let go of even though they really should, has more to contribute to the world than occasional malware outbreaks. While so far it hasn’t been as celebrated as, say, Windows 9…
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Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10’s October update

The Windows 10 20H2 update will arrive next month with a few new features, like a visually refreshed Start menu, improved notifications, preinstalled Chromium Edge browser and the ability to Alt+Tab through Edge tabs. It’s also bringing more of the f…
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Microsoft will resume optional non-security Windows 10 updates in July

Microsoft will soon start rolling out non—security updates again, just as the world starts loosening lockdown orders and we all get used to a new normal. The tech giant paused optional Windows updates back in March in response to the pandemic, so it…
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Check out this Samsung Galaxy S8 running Windows 10

Hacking and tinkering with the software on Android phones is nothing new. In fact, it’s probably a big part of the reason why the platform is as popular as it is. But it’s always interesting to see that being taken to the next level. Which, in this case, is a Galaxy S8 running Microsoft’s Windows […]

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Would you be interested in a Windows 10 phone that could run Android apps?

Windows Phone is long gone, and even Microsoft’s attempts to get back into the smartphone game just run Android. But if you still like the idea of Windows as a mobile operating system, well, you’re not alone. Emperion is a smaller company that’s apparently worked with Microsoft to put Windows 10’s ARM version on a […]

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Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip get copy/paste functionality with Windows 10 via Microsoft’s Your Phone app

When the Galaxy S20 launches next month, you’ll be able to quickly copy and paste text and data across your phone and Windows 10 computer. This is an expansion of the Microsoft Your Phone app, which has steadily turned into the best way to merge the functionality between your smartphone and PC. New features of […]

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[Sponsored] Grab a cheap Windows 10 key with URCDKey’s summer sale

Software can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. URCDKey is an online retailer that offers discounts on activation codes and software keys, so you can get your computer upgraded without having to shell out a ton of money for things like Windows 10 and Microsoft. They’re currently running a summer sale on some […]

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Is the Dell XPS 13 the best Windows laptop around?

Very little sums up Devindra Hardawar's feelings about the Dell XPS 13 better than the first sentence of his review: It's "pretty much the best Windows ultraportable around, and you should buy it." That's a bold statement. However, the combination of…
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[Sponsored] Save big on Windows 10 and Microsoft Office keys from URCDKey’s big sale

Software can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. URCDKey is an online retailer that offers discount on activation codes and software keys, so you can get your computer upgraded without having to shell out a ton of money for things like Windows 10 and Microsoft. They’re currently running a deal on Windows and […]

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Android beat Windows Phone, and Bill Gates really regrets it

If you go back a few years and checked out the most dominant operating system on the planet, it was Windows with absolutely no competition. Microsoft steamrolled literally everyone else in the PC space, including Apple. But then the smartphone happened, and Microsoft kinda sorta didn’t really live up to the name that they had […]

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Windows 10 will get a built-in Linux kernel this summer

The suddenly-cozy relationship between Linux and Windows is taking another step forward, as Microsoft announced in a blog post that it's going to ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10. It will arrive first with Insider preview builds by the end of J…
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Chrome 74 beta supports dark mode in Windows

Google has released the first beta version of Chrome 74, and it comes with support for Windows dark mode. You'll find that the browser will now automatically load its darker-colored theme if you've switched on "Dark" in the platform's settings. The m…
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Windows 10 may soon tell you which apps are using your microphone

Microsoft is testing some privacy and notification features in its latest Windows 10 Insider preview for Fast Ring users. A previous build added an icon to the notification area that tells you when your microphone is in use, and the newest update wil…
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Apple and Microsoft are fixing a serious iCloud bug in Windows 10

The return of Windows 10's October update wasn't welcome news for everyone. Microsoft says it's "working with Apple" to solve an iCloud for Windows bug that creates problems updating or syncing shared photo albums when using the latest Windows relea…
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Microsoft promises to recover files deleted by Windows 10 bug

Microsoft has pledged to rescue those all-important personal files that its most recent Windows 10 update contrived to consume. The company was forced to halt the rollout of its October 2018 upgrades when users started complaining that their document…
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Your Android phone coming to a Windows 10 mirror soon

Microsoft held an annual October hardware event yesterday to reveal some updates to their product portfolio and share where the company is heading in different areas. One item that raised a few eyebrows is a new app mirroring feature that will make it possible for users to display and work with the apps on their […]

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Steam Play for Linux now lets you play Windows games

This week, Valve announced a new beta version of Steam Play that includes a Windows emulator for Linux. This project is part of Steam's effort to bring more compatible games to Linux, allowing those users to play a larger subset of the service's back…
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Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines

Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company…
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Google may bring Windows 10 support to multiple Chromebooks

You might not have to splurge on a Pixelbook if you're pining after a Chromebook with Windows 10 support. XDA-Developers has learned through source code that Campfire, the feature that would let Chrome OS dual-boot Windows 10, would be available in…
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Huawei phones will be able to run cloud-based Windows 10

This may seem like an odd combination but Huawei has announced plans to make it possible to run Windows 10 on several of their Android-powered smartphones and mobile devices. The capability will be made available through a new Huawei Cloud PC service and only requires installation of an app on the device. The Huawei hardware […]

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Microsoft is using AI to make Windows 10 updates smoother

AI is becoming so common that it's almost boring. While we're seeing some surprising new projects using AI, including detecting movement through walls and predicting that Brazil will be the winner of this year's World Cup, other companies are using t…
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Windows 10 update will support more password-free logins

It's not just web browsers that are moving beyond passwords. Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10's next update will support the new FIDO 2.0 standard, promising password-free logins on any Windows 10 device managed by your company or office. You…
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Windows 10 testers get access to experimental Sets features

Microsoft took some major cues from browsers to create Sets, which lets you group together Windows apps in tabs. Now, the tech giant is rolling out experimental features to testers that give Sets tabs evenmore browser-like behavior. If you're a Windo…
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Microsoft confirms ‘S Mode’ will replace Windows 10 S

This week, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed the rumor that Windows 10 S would no longer be standalone software. Instead, users will be able to access the platform as a "mode" within existing full Windows 10 installations.
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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Spectre patch disables Intel’s ‘fix’

Intel recently admitted that its latest patch for "Spectre" was essentially worse than the bug it was supposed to fix, as it was causing computers to spontaneously reboot. Now, Microsoft has taken action by issuing an out-of-band patch for Windows 7,…
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Microsoft’s ‘Insiders’ can test Windows 10 S on any PC

Microsoft's Windows Insiders program lets interested users test future versions of the operating system before they're released to the public. While owners of Windows 10 S, Microsoft's app-based light operating system, were able to try out experiment…
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Microsoft starts testing Windows 10’s built-in Eye Control

The latest Insider preview build for Windows 10 is rolling out, and it's bringing that eye-tracking support Microsoft recently mentioned. Users with a compatible eye tracking device (which right now means certain hardware from Tobii) can control thei…
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Microsoft’s design rules push Windows ‘beyond mere rectangles’

Microsoft's Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 might have an ironically uncreative name, but the upgrade itself is flush with artistic potential and useful features. It will give users a timeline to manage complex work sessions, APIs that tie all of…
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Windows 10’s upgraded mapping helps you plan elaborate routes

You likely know that Microsoft packed a lot of improvements into the Windows 10 Creators Update, but there are still a few surprises left… particularly if you use Windows' built-in navigation app to get from A to B. Microsoft has detailed Creators'…
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Google Chrome will automatically migrate to 64-bit on Windows

If you can use the 64-bit version of Chrome you probably should, for memory management, graphics performance and security reasons, but some people might not be on it yet. As of Chrome version 58, Google says that Windows users with a 64-bit OS and ov…
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Microsoft’s Surface Laptop isn’t a Chromebook rival, but Windows 10 S threatens Google

Today was a big day for Microsoft. Google, too. An education-focused event in New York City hosted by Microsoft didn’t just involve its own future. Because of the products announced, Google will play defense until ready to go on offense again. The Surface Laptop, following in the footsteps of the Surface predecessors, is a stunning […]

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Android may soon overtake Windows as the most popular operating system

The Android army just keeps on growing. As per a new report from web analytics company StatCounter, Android is encroaching upon Windows when it comes to operating system popularity.

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Check out Windows 98 running on a smartwatch powered by the Raspberry Pi board

The 314Reactor electronics project blog has a post detailing how a user created a wearable running the ancient Windows 98 operating system. The device is based on the Raspberry Pi Model A+ board and a 2.5-inch touch-capable screen.

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‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones

According to Windows Central, sources have confirmed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates on Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft purchased developer Mojang in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion.

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4K Netflix is finally available on Windows 10 PCs

Netflix has been pushing out 4K content to its apps on streaming boxes and Smart TVs for awhile, but the entertainment industry's anti-piracy crusade and some DRM limitations have meant PC users looking to stream ultra HD episodes of Bloodline have b…
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Windows 10 Mobile reaches 14-percent share of Windows Phone market

Windows 10 Mobile seems to be gaining some traction, and has jumped to a 14-percent market share within the overall Windows Phone market. But that still puts it far behind iOS and Android.

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RIP Chrome apps: Google is killing them off for Windows and Mac

Looks like Chrome apps weren’t as popular as Google may have liked them to be, which is why the company will be phasing them out over the next few years. By early 2018, Chrome apps won’t be available on Windows or Mac.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update arrives

After a few months of hype, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here… well, mostly. Microsoft has started rolling out the upgrade to desktop users, who'll automatically receive it stages with "newer machines" getting it first. You can update man…
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Hacked? app for Windows 10 notifies you if online accounts are breached

The Hacked? Windows 10 app takes your email address and automates the notification process if your credentials ended up in the latest data breach catalog.

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PayPal is killing its Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon apps

On June 30th, PayPal is forcing all its Android and iOS users to update their apps to version 6 if they haven't yet. Notice how Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Android Fire users aren't included in that list? That's because the company is killing its a…
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Patent suggests we might see lower-power Wi-Fi tethering on Windows 10

If your phone’s battery life takes a massive hit when used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, Microsoft’s Power Saving Wi-Fi Tethering patent for Windows 10 Mobile could yield some favorable benefits.

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Microsoft may add access to Android notifications in Windows 10

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During their Build 2016 event in San Francisco, Microsoft has revealed some plans that will make Windows 10 play nicer and be a little more useful for Android smartphone users. Microsoft’s developers are looking at enabling desktop access to notifications received on Android phones. The support may even extend to being able to reply to notifications.

In a world where users frequently interact with multiple screens, having the same information available on any given device can be a big boon to productivity. This is one of the driving factors in the growth of the “cloud” which separates data and services from specific devices. A big challenge for many users though are notifications received on their smartphones, especially given the temporary nature of them. This challenge is driving developers to figure out a solution, although these frequently involve only a subset of the notifications a user may receive, like accessing text messages on a PC.

To broaden the capability to have notifications available and accessible on a computer, Microsoft is tapping into the Cortana app for Android. Microsoft appears to be working on a means for Cortana to build up a list of notifications received on a device, upload this to a cloud server, and then have a Windows 10 based PC using the desktop Cortana app access that same list to get things synced up.

If Microsoft can get the permissions and speed of syncing sorted out, the desktop Cortana could effectively become an extension of an Android device. This would enable users to do things like dismiss notifications from the desktop or reply to notifications.

Sources believe the same capability will be built out for Windows 10 Mobile devices. However, iOS device users will likely be left out in the cold given the restrictions of that platform. Indications are this new notification support may be available as soon as this summer when Microsoft is expected to release a major update to Windows 10.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update arrives this summer

Just because Microsoft is less focused on monolithic Windows releases doesn't mean it's forgetting to deliver big upgrades. The company has used Build 2016 to announce an Anniversary Update for Windows 10 that brings some hefty improvements. For on…
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You can run over 1,000 Windows 3.1 programs in your browser

The Internet Archive has spent many years gathering and storing digital content from the past. It now hosts millions of web pages, texts, videos and audio snippets, but recently the site expanded its collection to include software, or more specifical…
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Which smartphone OS wins 2015? Android Marshmallow vs. iOS 9 vs. Windows 10 Mobile

What’s the best smartphone platform of them all? We take a detailed look at the differences between the top three and try to pick a winner for various categories. Who will come out on top as we pit Android against iOS and Windows Phone?

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