October 6 will mark Microsoft's most important hardware launch in a year. Rumors are swirling about a new Surface Pro 4, at least two new Lumia smartphones, and even a new Microsoft Band. Here's what we expect to see on Tuesday.
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We may as well refer to Windows 10 as a date, or an hour, as much as an operating system. It's a moment in time. A month from now, it will have changed, evolved, improved. But right now? Microsoft has shipped an operating system that was meticulously planned and executed with panache, but whose coat of fresh paint hides some sticks and baling wire.
Tabbed Windows. A customizable login screen. Tens of thousands of votes have poured in for these features and more, but time's running out for these features to make it into Windows 10's launch version.
Touch your pocket. If you're like millions of Americans, your smartphone is inside it. Can you do the same with your notebook? No, and you probably never will. And that's OK.
Eventually, the conventional ways of manufacturing microprocessors, graphics chips, and other silicon components will run out of steam. According to Intel researchers speaking at the ISSCC conference this week, however, we still have headroom for a few more years.
Of late I've begun thinking of Windows 10 as an iterative improvement over Windows 8.1, and what I saw at Microsoft's Windows 10 event--Cortana integration, notifications, and the Continuum interface--didn't change my mind.
I walked on Mars on Wednesday.
Pitching a technical preview of Windows 10 to businesses last October was the easy part. Now, Microsoft hopes to satisfy a much more fickle class of customers: consumers.
Intel easily topped analyst estimates for the fourth quarter, reporting records in virtually all of its meaningful metrics for the year as a whole.
We know Microsoft plans to hold a consumer preview of Windows 10 next week. A version of Windows 10 for Windows Phones is en route, too. So is there an app for that?
Google will offer new Chromebook buyers a free terabyte of Google Drive storage for two years, which at present rates would be worth almost $US240.
Microsoft announced the Microsoft Lumia 535 Monday night, dropping the Nokia brand on its smartphone for the first time.
Great minds think alike. So too, apparently, do hardware makers designing their own workspaces of the future.
Microsoft has confirmed what we all expected - that it too, has a smartwatch that it wants you to wear 24/7, for work and for play, called the Microsoft Band.
A top row of navigation keys! A trackpad! The BlackBerry is back, baby, with the BlackBerry Classic!
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