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Windows 10 after one year

Windows 10

July 29 2015. That is the day when Microsoft released their latest Windows operating system to the world. Today is July 29 2016, exactly one year after the launch of Windows 10 around the world.

For me personally I was really excited for this operating system since the announcement of the technical preview back in 2014. I even downloaded the preview and tried it on a virtual machine to see what it would look like. At first I was really impressed and was eagerly waiting for the final release.

One of the reasons that convinced me to upgrade from my previous operating system (Windows 7) was the fact that it was a free upgrade offer. I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to try out this amazing new operating system so I signed up when I got a chance.

Then the big day arrived. The installation of the operating system was really quick and smooth, considering you have a fast internet connection. The download was roughly 3 GB. There were a bit of glitches here and there but that was because a lot of things happened on my Windows 7 installation. I have done a clean install later on and it was working buttery smooth.

Windows 10 brings some amazing new features, such as Cortana, the redesigned Start Menu and Microsoft Edge, which I can’t wait to try out the extensions in the Anniversary Update when it releases on August 2. I was overall satisfied with the launch build of the operating system and had high hopes for future updates.

Then comes the November update, A.K.A Threshold 2. It brought some revisions to the operating system, as well as new apps like the Messaging app. I personally did not use the messaging app and disabled it, but that’s just a personal preference. I’m not trying to say it’s bad, it’s pretty decent.

While I enjoyed Windows 10 myself, there were some people who weren’t happy with the operating system, and Microsoft’s tactics. The so-called “forced upgrades” that Microsoft was doing to its GWX app on Windows 7 and 8.1 brought some controversy to the public. I feel that everyone has the right to make their own choices, and since the fact that it’s an optional upgrade, Microsoft should have made the notifications less aggressive. There were also some privacy concerns regarding telemetry and all.

Windows 10 is also available on Mobile and Xbox One. The fact that Microsoft is trying to make the OS a unified platform across all devices was a really interesting concept, and some great UWP apps are being made for it. Not all the big apps have made their way to Windows 10, but with the fact that you can convert your classic Win32 apps and publish on the Windows 10 is coming with the Anniversary Update, I feel the Windows Store will get better over time.

I am looking forward to the Anniversary Update when it comes out. It is bringing some major improvements to the UI, as well as things like Windows Ink, which is not much of a use for me but I’ll check it out anyways, and more. A good job to Microsoft for making this the best operating system yet and I’m looking forward to Windows 10’s future.

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Xbox rolling out update for Xbox One

Xbox One

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.

 

The Greatest Generation

Ahhh, our gaming timeline. Let’s see what happened over the past few years shall we?

 

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GamesIndustry International looks back on the past eight years as a golden age of gaming

The Greatest Generation

The current generation of consoles started in the holiday season of 2005, with the launch of the Xbox 360. With apologies to the Wii U, the next generation will begin this holiday season when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 arrive. The intervening years have been some of the most eventful in gaming history, changing and challenging our definitions as to what games are, who plays them, who makes them, and how. Whether or not these developments actually happened within the console space (and many of them did not), their impact has not been limited to one platform, or any corner of the industry specifically.

We may disagree about what we want out of games, what games should be, and what trends may be good or bad. Regardless of what our positions are on those…

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Cloud Gaming and the Future of Console Gaming

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Sony's GAIKAI

With the fall/winter 2013 release of Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the console world is starting to buzz about the possibilities of Cloud gaming. Now, we have to admit, we normally use this space to blog about more VPS Cloud centric topics however, we, like you, are nerds, geeks and gamers. Due to this, we are going to break from our normal indulgence in Cloud tech to talk about the future of console gaming and how it relates to the Cloud.

Cloud Gaming: A Short History
Before we can chat about the real subject of this post (the Cloud capabilities of PS4 vs. Xbox One), we have to take some time to cover the history of Cloud gaming. From the founding of Cloud gaming at the turn of the millennium to last year’s acquisition of Gaikai (the world’s largest Cloud gaming community) by Sony to Microsoft’s announcement that legacy games…

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Sony’s PS4 Has Fifty Percent Lead Over Microsoft’s Xbox One

This is good news if you are on the PS4 side! Not if you are on the Xbox One side. Me, between, but let’s see in a few days, shall we? 🙂

 

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PS4_XBOX ONE

According to research by Strategy Analytic, Sony’s PS4 will have the edge over Microsoft’s Xbox One in the upcoming next generation console war.

According to the report, “Games Consoles: Purchase Intention Index Q2 2013″, 14.2% of consumers are very or somewhat likely to buy a PS4 within the next twelve months compared to 9.5% who will buy an Xbox One.

These figures  imply that sales of the PS4 will be nearly fifty percent higher than Xbox One. The survey was conducted across the US and Europe in June and  included a  representative population sample of more than 6000 people.

Jia Wu, Director, Connected Home Devices (CHD) commented “Our survey suggests that consumers believe the PS4 will win the early phase of the next generation console war. Sony’s performance at E3 was widely accepted as superior to Microsoft’s, and the survey evidence suggests this has already fed through to the wider consumer…

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