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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

Xbox rolling out update for Xbox One

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Microsoft stated that they will be rolling out a new update for the Xbox One. The update isn’t much but just a few additions such as hiding games, pinning stuff and more.

The Xbox update will let you pin stuff and it can be re-arranged so that you can get your favourite apps, games and stuff in the order you like. The update will also let you hide games that you have installed so that you can hide whatever games you don’t really play often and play them whenever you feel like playing them again.

The Xbox update will also feature a Gamerscore which tracks your score and also lets you see your friend’s score as well. The Xbox update will be available for free. The update will download automatically when you are not using it.


Oracle ditches Java browser plugin



The Java browser plugin came out in the 90s to bring app like features to browsers. But it has been a nuisance to users as it had many security issues. Modern browsers have started to restrict the use of plugin support such as Java Applets and have moved to Java Web Start technology.

Mozilla stated last year that they would remove the plugin such as Java and Microsoft Silverlight by the end of they year, whereas Microsoft and Google have removed the support plugins on their latest browsers.

At the moment it is hard to say when the browser plugins will be completely wiped out. But businesses that rely on Java might use it on compatible browsers.

Sources: Techno BuffaloThe Verge