Tag: Microsoft

Microsoft announces the Xbox One X

Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One X at today’s E3 press conference.

The console was previously known as Project Scorpio when the technical details were revealed last year. The One X will be able to deliver 4K games at native 4K, compared to the PS4 Pro’s upscaled 4K.

The console features a custom AMD 8 core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, and 12 GB of GDDR5 memory. The GPU will run at 6 teraflops and the memory bandwidth will be 326 GB/sec.

A console this powerful would need serious cooling, so Microsoft has implemented a water cooling system on the One X console. It will also have a 1 TB hard drive.

Like the One S, it will support 4K blu rays as well. The HDMI output will be version 2.0b and will have AMD FreeSync.

The console will be available in November with a price tag of $499.

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Microsoft issues Windows XP WannaCrypt patch

No, you’re not reading the title wrong. Microsoft did issue a security patch for Windows XP today due to the spreading of the ransomware dubbed “WannaCrypt”.

Organisations such as the NHS and Spanish firm Telefonica have been hit with this, causing major disruptions. Microsoft did patch supported operating systems back in March but if you are using an unsupported operating system such as Windows XP, which was dropped back in April 2014 you are more likely to get your computer infected.

The update is now available for Windows XP, Windows 8 (8.1 has already been patched) and Windows Server 2003 and can be downloaded from here. But it is strongly recommended that you move away from these operating systems as soon as possible, and if you’re on a supported operating system make sure that it is kept up to date. This also goes for organisations like the NHS.

Source: TechNet via Engadget

You can still get Windows 10 for free even after July 29

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Free upgrade expired? Have you made up your mind about upgrading to Windows 10?

Apparently there is still a way to get Windows 10 for free, but it is not through the usual method. Microsoft announced a while back that the deadline will be extended for people who use assistive technologies. But did you know that it is a very easy way to still get Windows 10 for free?

That’s right, this is not some Windows 10 accessibility edition or something like that. This is a completely stock version of Windows 10, and you don’t even need to have any form of disability to get the upgrade. Simply click on the Upgrade Now button and the upgrade will begin.

This does not last forever though, however Microsoft will make an announcement when the extension is going to be ended.

If you want to upgrade now, you can visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

Microsoft to pay $10,000 to woman for forced Windows 10 upgrade

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Microsoft has agreed to pay $10,000 to a Californian woman after an automatic Windows 10 upgrade rendered her machine unusable.

The woman, Teri Goldstein said her computer updated itself to Windows 10 without her permission, leaving her unable to run her business using the machine.

Microsoft said it dropped its appeal to save on legal costs.

Since Windows 10 was released, Microsoft has been aggressively pushing the operating system to its Windows 7 and 8.1 user base, using ways that people can feel they’re being forced to upgrade. Many people chose not to upgrade because of compatibility issues, privacy concerns or simply do not want it.

Previously, the “forced” upgrade attacked a weather report as well as a gamer doing his live stream. Do you think there will be more forced upgrade stories before the free upgrade expires on July 29th? Let us know in the comments.

Source: BBC News

Microsoft stops production of Xbox 360 after 10 years

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Well guys, looks like it’s finally come to an end. Microsoft has discontinued production of the Xbox 360 after 10 years of release.

Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post:

The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft. I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support.

Franchises like Gears of War were born on the 360, and established blockbusters like Halo really came into their own during this console generation. Xbox 360 was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect, and the start of system updates and dashboard refreshes based on fan feedback.

Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. And the console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.

From the original Zero Hour launch event, to the incredible reaction received last year at E3 when we announced that you could play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, the soul of Xbox 360 was about putting gamers at the center of every decision we make – and we apply this principle across our business to this day.

Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.

Microsoft will continue to sell the remaining stock, but no more consoles will be produced. However, the Xbox 360 will still be supported and Xbox Live services will still be running for the console.

Last year Microsoft launched Xbox One Backward Compatibility, which received a huge load of positive reception. Gamers wanting to relive the good old days of Xbox 360 games can try out the service.

While that’s done, Sony still seems to be supporting the PS3 quite a bit. Recently they have released an update, as well as a Twitch app.

What do you think about this guys?

Source: Xbox Wire via BBC

Microsoft extends Skylake support for Windows 7 and 8.1 until July 2018

Microsoft has announced that Skylake support for Windows 7 and 8.1 has been extended, and the end of support date is now July 2018.

This decision was made to ensure a smoother move for business to Windows 10.

  1. To help provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10, the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices on Skylake systems will be extended by one year: from July 17, 2017 to July 17, 2018.
  2. Also, after July 2018, all critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for Skylake systems until extended support ends for Windows 7, January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.

Source: TechNet