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OS showdown: Windows 10 vs Linux

posted onAugust 4, 2015
by l33tdawg

So the latest iteration of Windows has now been unleashed, and as has become tradition at Linux Format, we pit the Redmond-ian OS mano-a-mano with Linux to determine the ultimate operating system.

Of course, in reality this is comparing apples and oranges: One is a free codebase which can run on most any hardware imaginable, the other is a proprietary product with an undecouple-able GUI that, until recently, has run only on x86 PCs. Our approach will be to consider features from Windows 10 and compare them with like-for-like equivalents from various Linux distributions.

Microsoft no longer making Kinect for Windows sensors

posted onApril 2, 2015
by l33tdawg

Last year when Microsoft announced an adapter kit that would allow Kinect for Xbox One sensors to work with Windows, some wondered whether the company would cease making Kinect for Windows sensors.

On April 2, we learned that the answer is yes.

Starting today, Microsoft will no longer be making Kinect for Windows v2 sensors, officials announced in a blog post. The Kinect Adapter announced last year does allow users to connect a Kinect for Xbox One sensor -- though not a Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor -- to Windows 8.0 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.

Giving pirates free Windows 10 is a good idea

posted onMarch 19, 2015
by l33tdawg

Meet the new Microsoft. Maybe the company really charts a new course under CEO Satya Nadella's leadership. Colleague Mark Wilson reports that even software pirates can upgrade free to Windows 10. Seriously? Reward the thieves who rob revenue from the platform's cradle? Hand robbers sacred possessions at the door? Give them the house keys and ask them to lock up after they take the tellie, silver, and jewelry?

Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

posted onMarch 16, 2015
by l33tdawg

A new build of Windows 10, number 10036, appears to have somehow found its way beyond Redmond's firewalls, and folks running it report it has all manner of interesting additions.

The main eyebrow-raiser is a new dialog titled “Choose how you download updates” that offers an option to “Download apps and OS updates from multiple sources to get them more quickly”.

Turning that option On then delivers options to “Download apps from Microsoft and: PCs on my local network; PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet”.

Microsoft: Biometrics are the future of Windows 10 security

posted onFebruary 18, 2015
by l33tdawg

With the use of passwords coming under increased scrutiny, Microsoft is taking steps to move beyond them in Windows 10. Its biggest move: Joining the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance and adding support for the biometrics technology in the upcoming upgrade of the OS, which has been slated to ship this year.