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Spartan Browser Could Be Named PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:12

Spartan Browser Could Be Named

The Spartan browser, or more accurately understood as 'Project Spartan' is a next-generation web browser for Windows 10. Its main features include being a Store app for dynamic updates, using the older IE11 rendering engine for legacy websites, Cortana integration, and the ability to annotate right on the web page for document sharing. However, Spartan is not the final name, just the internal codename that Microsoft is currently using for the project. The question is, what will Microsoft call the browser upon its final release? A new report suggests a few names are being kicked around and we have the list. The information comes from a person who participated in an online survey from a company acting on behalf of Microsoft. Although 'Spartan' was not named specifically, it was referred to in the description including "Writing on webpages", "A built-in digital assistant" and the fact that it is a browser from Microsoft launching later this year. No doubt that the survey is referring to Project Spartan. This list would create possible combinations such as 'IE Evex' or 'Microsoft Elixa' or 'Internet Explorer Edge'. Those possible combinations are interesting because, if accurate, it demonstrates that Microsoft is considering dropping IE or Internet Explorer from the new name. That is something that has been brought up before due the heavy baggage associated with the browser...For the possible names visit windows8newsinfo forum.


Known Issues In Windows 10 Technical Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 January 2015 16:15

windows 10 JTP Known Issues

As you all know, Microsoft today released the Windows Technical Preview January Build 9926. This Build 9926 is now available for download for Windows Insiders. Microsoft is pushing Build 9926 out widely, fighting simultaneously to both “Fast” and “Slow” rings simultaneously as well as available on ISOs. Here is a list of a few issues with Build 9926. As with the last builds, Microsoft may release updates to fix some of the most prevalent issues and others may be fixed in subsequent builds. After installing this build, you may see a boot selection menu each time you reboot your PC. This is because a bug where a second boot option is persisted to uninstall the Windows 10 Technical Preview and roll back to the previous OS installed. When you get to this screen, if you do nothing it will automatically boot to the Windows 10 Technical Preview within 30 seconds by default or you can choose it on your own. Don’t worry, this behavior is only temporary. Xbox Live enabled games that require sign-in will not launch correctly. If you see the below dialog box the game requires Xbox Live sign-in. A fix for this will be distributed via WU shortly after the release of Build 9926. Battery icon shows on lock screen of PCs without batteries. In Cortana, reminders can’t be edited and more complex reminders might not get created...We will keep adding to this as more become available ay windows8newsinfo forum.


Windows 10 is free for lifetime of device PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:17

Windows 10 is free for lifetime of device

Microsoft announced earlier today that Windows 10 would be free for all Windows 7 users and Windows 8.1 users within the first year of Windows 10's launch. This is excellent news, as it means there's no excuse for users running the older operating systems to upgrade. However, it appears there is some confusion as to whether users who upgraded will need to pay after that year. Gabe Aul on Twitter has confirmed that those who update to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will receive Windows 10 for the lifetime of their device, meaning you don't need to pay yearly or monthly fee after that first year is up. So yes, everyone can relax and look forward to updating to Windows 10 when it launches later this year. Now, that doesn't mean new customers won't have to pay for Windows 10. Right now, it only looks like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get a free pass to Windows 10. New customers coming from other operating systems may have to pay for a license, or perhaps Microsoft is planning a subscription based module for Windows 10? Windows 10 will run on all device form factors, including PC, tablet, phone, Xbox and big screen displays. The company earlier today unveiled a number of new OS features, including Spartan, Cortana, and more, which will be available to Windows Insiders over the next few months...More encouraging news on this upcoming OS can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.


Windows 8.1 OEM Pricing Revealed PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 05:15

Windows 8.1

But thanks to a document published on Microsoft's OEM Partner Center site, we do know how much it is charging PC makers for Windows 8.1 on Intel-based tablets. (And why Microsoft describes its under nine-inch screen pricing as "zero dollars" instead of free.) Microsoft announced last year that it would make Windows 8.1 available for "zero dollars" to its OEMs for devices with screen sizes of under nine inches. Microsoft also made available a new Windows 8.1 version to its partners known as "Windows 8.1 with Bing" that was designed for devices with screen sizes of nine inches or more. The Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU requires OEMs to set Bing search as the default (though users can still change the default once they buy machines with it included). It also requires OEMs to use MSN as the default setting on the home page or any browser, again, with users being able to change that default if they so desire. Microsoft officials didn't disclose the price of the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU, and some assumed it was free. Others of us believed it was "low cost." The latter is actually the case. According to Microsoft OEM pricing information -- a screen capture of which is embedded above in this post -- Windows 8.1 with Bing is listed at $10 per copy for Intel-based tablets under nine inches in screen size. But after a "configuration discount," of $10, OEMs get that SKU for those tablets for free...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more.


Obama’s proposed hacking law PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:01

Obama’s proposed hacking law

Next week, Obama is expected to unveil an update to the US’ CFAA law against hacking in a State of the Union address, hot on the tail of Sony’s massive hacking attack that unfolded in late 2014. A draft version of the new law has been published on the White House website and gives us a look into a scary future in which clicking a single link could make you complicit in committing a hacking crime. A letter accompanying the proposal dated January 13 introduces the new law to Congress for discussion. Remember when Sony wanted to sue Twitter (and individual users) who posted screenshots or links to its stolen data? According to Errata Security, these new laws could pin you as a “racketeer” who willingly participated in hacking if you were one of those users (or if you clicked one of those links); punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Didn’t click a link? There’s plenty of other ways you could be in legal trouble; Errata points out that something as trivial as being in an IRC channel where others are discussing a hack or having an online conversation with a “hacker” could make you a member of a “criminal enterprise” which would allow the FBI to confiscate all your electronics. The above piece of legislation also could cover data like email address and password dumps that might be found on services like Pastebin...Get the details by visiting windows8newsinfo forum.


Windows RT tablets won’t run Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 13:54

windows rt

Microsoft unveiled its plans for a free copy of Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users yesterday, but it looks like Windows RT is being left out in the cold. In a statement provided to The Verge, Microsoft confirms the Surface Pro 3 and "entire Surface Pro lineup" will get the update to Windows 10, but Windows RT won't get the full OS. "We are working on an update for Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come," says a Microsoft spokesperson. This means tablets like the Surface RT and Surface 2 won't get Windows 10. The software giant refuses to discuss details of the mysterious update, but it could involve rolling out some of the built-in Windows 10 universal apps to Windows RT. A similar situation occurred with Windows Phone 8, leaving Windows Phone 7 with no direct upgrade path. Microsoft supplied a Windows Phone 7.8 update to provide some functionality, but most of the new features were only available on Windows Phone 8 devices. We predicted this situation in our preview of Windows 10, and the disappointing news is only balanced by the fact that not many consumers own Windows RT devices. Microsoft was left alone as the single hardware maker using Windows RT in late 2013 after Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung all bailed on the ARM-based operating system...Read the rest on our forum.


New Windows 10 Build After January 21 Event PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:37

New Windows 10 Build After January 21 Event

Microsoft is all set to discuss plans for their two of their upcoming operating systems tomorrow. A fresh new Windows 10 build is also expected to be released in the coming days. Previous reports claim that while the company will demo a new Technical Preview version at the gathering tomorrow, it will only be released for Windows Insiders towards the end of this month. Late January, according to hearsay. However, Gabriel Aul, the head of the Windows Insider program recently said in a tweet that Microsoft plans to release a new build shortly after the event. Meaning, the late January timetable was just that — not a finalized timeframe. It has been over a month since we’ve had an official release. Sure, Windows 10 build 9901 leaked sometimes in the middle of December, but it apparently has a bug that does not allow updates to be installed over it. So essentially, only those running build 9879 and 9888 will be eligible to deploy this new version. Which according to most reports is set to be called the January Technical Preview, or JTP for short. Redmond apparently wants to release a new build every month, so subsequent releases could potentially be labeled as February Technical Preview and March Technical Preview. That is, until we get to the Consumer Preview phase, sometimes towards the end of April...As Windows 10 is set to take center stage tomorrow stay with us here at windows8newsinfo forum for the latest from Redmond.


Spartan Is Actually Internet Explorer 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 January 2015 06:18

Spartan Is Actually Internet Explorer 12

Well, that’s a shock, is it not? Microsoft is apparently not yet ready to give up on the IE name, and according to one analyst, the codename Spartan is actually just that. A codename for version 12 of Internet Explorer. We’ve all heard that Redmond is currently working on a new browser that will be bundled with Windows 10, and this new solution is believed to represent a completely new beginning for Microsoft in a market where some users still have negative perception with the IE brand. Anyway, Rob Enderle, the principle analyst at Enderle Group thinks that Spartan will not be used as a name for the final product — the Internet Explorer moniker is here to stay for the foreseeable future. He is, however, sure that Microsoft will unveil this new solution at the upcoming January 21 event in Redmond next week. Internal sources have hinted that the software titan has at least juggled with the idea of changing the name of its web browser, and if this is to happen, then Spartan is the perfect point to just do it...With January rapidly approaching windows8newsinfo forum will posting all breaking news we can find to keep you updated on this exciting new browser.


Microsoft’s Spartan Browser PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 05:44

New details surrounding Microsoft’s Spartan browser have surfaced on the internet indicating that the new browser may set new standards in internet browsing. Microsoft Corporation’s upcoming internet browser, dubbed "Spartan" has started to gain attention as more details about the browser’s features have begun to surface on the internet. Spartan will be one of the major elements of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system and is set to adopt a variety of enhanced features that are currently not present in competing browsers such as Google Inc.’s Chrome. According to a report by the  Verge, people close to the matter have said that the Spartan web browser will be heavily linked to Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. Moreover, current features that work with Bing in Internet Explorer will start using the Cortana interface in Spartan. Microsoft has already revealed that Cortana will form an integral part of the Windows 10 operating system. Cortana will allow users to search the web directly and access information such as flight details, hotel bookings directly from the new tab interface being touted for Spartan. A separate feature of Spartan allows the grouping of tabs in order avoid the general untidiness associated with numerous tabs in the browser. The tabs can be grouped together according to a user’s preferences, for instance users can have one group for work related tabs while the others grouped under leisure...For more visit our forum.



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