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Microsoft takes another step toward speeding, tailoring Visual Studio installations

Microsoft takes another step toward speeding, tailoring Visual Studio installations

Microsoft is continuing its work to make Visual Studio installations faster and more tailored. Credit: Microsoft At Build 2016, Microsoft shipped its first experimental preview of the new installation experience coming to Visual Studio ’15, the next version of Visual Studio (which may or may not ultimately be christened “Visual Studio 2016,” if it ships this year, as some believe[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 0 comments Windows
Windows 10 tip: Switch back to a local account from a Microsoft account

Windows 10 tip: Switch back to a local account from a Microsoft account

The last step in restoring a local account is to create a local user name and password Click to enlarge When you install Windows 10 for the first time, the Setup program tries very, very hard to convince you to sign in with a Microsoft account. The option to use a traditional local account is available, but it’s easy to[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 0 comments Windows
Halo Wars 2 beta shows there’s work left to do

Halo Wars 2 beta shows there’s work left to do

There are all kinds of problems associated with the console real-time strategy (RTS) game, as the original Halo Wars demonstrated with aplomb back in 2009. The limitations of a control pad compared to a mouse and keyboard make camera movement and unit selection difficult. RTS games are typically more reliant on the CPU than GPU, so processing power is limited. And[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 0 comments Windows

Microsoft tests new tool to remove OEM crapware

Windows 10 already includes ways to clear out applications and data to repair misbehaving systems or prepare them to be sold, courtesy of the Refresh and Reset features added in Windows 8. Microsoft is now adding a third option: a new refresh tool. Currently available only for Windows Insiders, the new tool fetches a copy of Windows online and performs[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 0 comments Windows
Microsoft releases second test build this week of Windows 10 for PCs, phones

Microsoft releases second test build this week of Windows 10 for PCs, phones

In the throes of its latest Bug Bash for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft officials released the second new test build of Windows 10 ‘Redstone’ for PCs and phones this week. On the evening of June 16, Microsoft began rolling out Insider Preview Build 14367 for PCs and Mobile to testers in the Fast Ring. As was the case with[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 0 comments Windows
Salesforce looked at buying LinkedIn before Microsoft: Report

Salesforce looked at buying LinkedIn before Microsoft: Report

Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO Image: Salesforce.com Microsoft wasn’t the only bidder for LinkedIn. Bloomberg reports Salesforce, the popular CRM giant, was in a bidding war to buy the company, and Microsoft came out victorious at $26.2 billion, as we learned earlier this week. The report says Microsoft had been watching LinkedIn as a potential acquisition, however didn’t approach the company[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 0 comments Windows
Microsoft acquires messaging app vendor Wand Labs

Microsoft acquires messaging app vendor Wand Labs

Microsoft is buying messaging-app vendor Wand Labs Inc. to beef up its conversation-as-a-platform strategy, officials announced on June 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. From Microsoft’s blog post announcing the deal: “The Wand team’s expertise around semantic ontologies, services mapping, third-party developer integration and conversational interfaces make them a great fit to join the Bing engineering and[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 0 comments Windows
Microsoft will use Steam to sell Windows games, not just its own store

Microsoft will use Steam to sell Windows games, not just its own store

While some of Microsoft’s older game titles, such as Age of Empires II HD (a 2013 update of a 1999 game) are found on Valve’s Steam platform, its latest high-profile titles, such as Forza 6 Apex and Quantum Break, are exclusive to the Windows Store. But this is going to change, with Microsoft planning to release more titles on the popular[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 0 comments Windows
Microsoft closing in on Windows 10 Anniversary update with latest PC, mobile preview builds

Microsoft closing in on Windows 10 Anniversary update with latest PC, mobile preview builds

Microsoft released new test builds of Windows 10 “Redstone” — a k a the Anniversary Update — to Fast Ring testers late on June 14. The two new builds, Windows 10 Build 14366 for PCs and Build 14364 for Windows 10 Mobile Insiders, contain next-to-no new features. (I know some have been expecting Microsoft to add the long-awaited mobile payment[Read More…]

by June 15, 2016 0 comments Windows
Microsoft builds on Azure Blockchain as a Service with Project Bletchley

Microsoft builds on Azure Blockchain as a Service with Project Bletchley

Microsoft initially launched Azure Blockchain as a Service in November 2015. Since then, Microsoft has been working with businesses and partners to get their feedback on the missing pieces needed before enterprises can and will adopt blockchain applications. Credit: Microsoft On June 15, Microsoft took the wraps off its plan to address some of these issues with what it’s calling[Read More…]

by June 15, 2016 0 comments Windows