Microsoft http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/reviews en-MY Microsoft Garage gives you a sneak peek at fun projects http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-garage-gives-you-sneak-peek-fun-projects/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think of it as being an unofficial app tester for Windows, Windows Phone, Android and even iOS apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Garage gives you a sneak peek at fun projects" alt="Microsoft Garage gives you a sneak peek at fun projects" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garage_01.jpg?1414131084" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember how Google had a reputation of letting its employees take time to work on side projects of their own? Well, Microsoft is now also encouraging tinkering with its Microsoft Garage that lets you get a first peek at apps being developed at Microsoft by teams, individuals and perhaps, the hapless interns.</p> <p>What is impressive is that Garage doesn&#39;t just host Windows or Windows Phone apps. Some of what you will see are apps that work on Android and even on iOS.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playground for tinkerers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is Garage worth spending time at? If you like free apps that don&#39;t suck, you could find some useful applications here. There is, for instance, a free Student Planner for students wanting to keep track of courses and assignments. Android users also get some love with the Next Lock Screen that displays handy information and notifications.</p> <p>What&#39;s the catch? Well, essentially you are being a guinea pig for Microsoft in exchange for not charging you through the nose for its software.</p> <p>It&#39;s also interesting that Microsoft is willing to embrace being cross-platform what with Garage creating apps like Torque that lets you search and retrieve information via The Web&nbsp; with just a twist of your wrist, bypassing having to click on Google Now.</p> <p>What else can you expect to see in Garage? From the look of it, the website does offer quality apps worth trying out and the best bit? It&#39;s all free. Windows Phone users will of course rejoice at there being a pretty sizeable selection of new apps to try.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games">More app fun</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/22/microsoft-launches-garage-site-asking-the-public-to-test-a-wide-range-of-new-apps/" target="_blank">Venturebeat</a>]<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Garage gives you a sneak peek at fun projects" alt="Microsoft Garage gives you a sneak peek at fun projects" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garage%2002.jpg?1414131084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-garage-gives-you-sneak-peek-fun-projects/news#comments Apps and Games Microsoft Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:45:28 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1451148 at http://www.stuff.tv A recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode could have revealed Microsoft’s alleged smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/recent-agents-shield-episode-could-have-revealed-microsoft-s-alleged-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A patent filing further sheds more light on the new and upcoming device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="A recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode could have revealed Microsoft’s alleged smartwatch" alt="A recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode could have revealed Microsoft’s alleged " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-smartwatch-TV-show.jpg?1414043441" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s rumoured smartwatch has possibly become popular even before it&rsquo;s been officially launched. Besides the fact that Microsoft&rsquo;s got a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a cryptic &ldquo;mobile wireless device&rdquo;, it may have been featured in a recent <em>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. </em>episode.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FCC patent approved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What makes its debut even more convincing is its <a href="https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&amp;RequestTimeout=500&amp;calledFromFrame=N&amp;application_id=692774&amp;fcc_id=C3K1619" target="_blank">possible approved patent filing on FCC</a>. Sadly, there aren&rsquo;t any drawings included with the leak (Microsoft&rsquo;s requested confidentiality for that one) but it does reveal that the wireless device will come in three sizes &ndash; small, medium, and large.</p> <p>It also highlights that this device will have Bluetooth Low Energy radio in all three versions, which is something most commonly found on many wrist-worn devices more than any other mobile gizmo.</p> <p>Last week Forbes predicted the Microsoft smartwatch will be health-centric, and will most likely be compatible with both iOS and Android devices. This relates to a previous report by Tom&rsquo;s Hardware, which signaled that the tech conglomerate&rsquo;s got a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/rumour-microsoft-working-cross-platform-smartband/news">slim fitness band </a>with a display on the inside of the wrist in its pipeline.</p> <p>The holiday season is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">targeted as a launch due date</a>, but we&rsquo;re banking on more rumours to tide us through until its official release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news">Microsoft&#39;s Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwatch without going insane&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsofts-elusive-first-smartwatch-looms-closer-closer/83055.html" target="_blank">VR-Zone</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/microsoft-smartwatch-release-rumors-sizes-2014-10/#.VEiJPsfEaRe" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>, images: <a href="http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsofts-elusive-first-smartwatch-looms-closer-closer/83055.html" target="_blank">VR-Zone</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/microsoft-smartwatch-release-rumors-sizes-2014-10/#.VEiJPsfEaRe" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode could have revealed Microsoft’s alleged smartwatch" alt="A recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode could have revealed Microsoft’s alleged " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/msftwatchpatent-1.jpg?1414043441" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/recent-agents-shield-episode-could-have-revealed-microsoft-s-alleged-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/recent-agents-shield-episode-could-have-revealed-microsoft-s-alleged-smartwatch/news#comments Microsoft Smartwatch Wearable tech Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:24:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1451143 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Confirming prior reports, it appears we’ll be seeing “Microsoft Lumia” quite soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 930" alt="Nokia Lumia 930" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-930.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s acquisition of Nokia&rsquo;s mobile division caused some confusion in branding, since the rest of the iconic Finnish company remained intact. But it doesn&rsquo;t sound like that&rsquo;ll be a problem for much longer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello Microsoft Lumia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-930_0.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1451039 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft smartwatch will be available “within weeks” http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims it’ll be a cross-platform device with two-day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" alt="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-spot-smart-watch_0.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Way back in April 2013 we heard that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-working-its-own-smartwatch/news">Microsoft was beavering away on a wearable device</a> &ndash; and now, according to one report, its labours are all but complete; the company&rsquo;s smartwatch may be mere weeks away from release.</p> <p>Forbes claims the as-yet-unnamed device will work across all major smartphone operating systems (sorry, BlackBerry owners!), will feature a heart rate tracker and will offer longer battery life than some competitors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The report says Microsoft has managed to tune its watch to deliver two days of use per charge, putting it a notch above one-day wearables like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear</a>. Apple is yet to reveal the battery life of its upcoming Watch, but the company is believed to be working hard to push it beyond a day of use per charge.</p> <p>Those of you with good memories may recall that Microsoft actually launched a crude SPOT- and FM-compatible Smart Watch (yes, that was actually its name) several years ago, only for it to fail shortly after. The market is in a very different place now, with each of the major tech players (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">and, er, Will.i.am</a>) seemingly intent on selling us at least one kind of wrist-mounted smart device.</p> <p>Microsoft hopes to have its smartwatch in the shops in time for the lucrative Christmas period, according to Forbes&rsquo; story. If true, that means we&rsquo;ll be hearing a lot more about it very, very soon. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/10/19/microsoft-wearable-smartwatch/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news">HTC&rsquo;s wearable plans delayed, says nobody &ldquo;has gotten it right&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming soon - Microsoft smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-spot-smart-watch_0_0.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news#comments Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450930 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo: The Master Chief Collection release moved up, has 20GB day-one patch http://www.stuff.tv/my/www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One compilation is ready to go - well, it will be after that huge download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-masterchief.jpg?1413617992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> looks to remind Xbox One players why the shooter series is such a smash, and now with development complete, it&rsquo;ll happen a sooner than expected.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450683 at http://www.stuff.tv Video is the new text, says Skype Qik http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New standalone Skype app lets you send short video messages to one or many </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Qik-iphone-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you press the record button in Microsoft&#39;s shiny new Skype Qik app, you have 42 seconds to record a video message. Choose a contact, hit &lsquo;send&rsquo;. Boom.</p> <p>Choose many contacts, make them into a group, send them all the same message. Boom.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the Tube or got no signal? Record and send messages anyway; they&rsquo;ll go when they can. Boom.&nbsp;</p> <p>No time to record a reply to someone&rsquo;s message? Send one of your pre-recorded Quik Fliks. Boom.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s outlined the &lsquo;what&rsquo; of this app, but what about the &lsquo;why&rsquo;?&nbsp;</p> <p>Of its main app and service &ndash; and it went to great pains to establish that the two are separate; that &lsquo;Skype&rsquo; stays untouched by this newness &ndash; people mostly approach video calling with a very premeditated attitude.</p> <p>Skype calls are normally planned or regularly scheduled and last, on average, for 45 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Qik, on the other hand, is designed to be an instant cure for your video messaging fix.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also easier, if you&rsquo;re on the hoof, to record a quick video message than it is to try and trot and type, especially with increasingly larger slabs of smartphone goodness filling up our struggling hands.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qik-android-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Privacy fans will be pleased to hear that each Qik video clip is deleted automatically after two weeks, both on your device and everyone else&#39;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also, at any point, delete a single clip. They&rsquo;re stored locally, and not in the cloud, so no need to worry about l337 hackers wrapping their mitts around your latest video of Mr Tibbles yawning.</p> <p>If you fancy taking it for a spin then you can try out Skype Quik for free on Android, Windows and iOS from today. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">30 of the best free Android apps</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s3i_Fss5PuM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Windows Phone apps Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450286 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwatch without going insane http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, seriously, it&#039;s actually pretty good. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1080" height="810" title="It&#039;s actually not terrible." alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwath without going " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard.jpg?1413252005" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Typing on a smartwatch - impossible. Impractical. Absolutely ridiculous.</p> <p>These thoughts all crossed our minds when we heard that Microsoft was working on an on-screen keyboard for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> smartwatches. </p> <p>Until we watched a video of it in action.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fingers at the ready </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard crammed with incredibly small, impossible-to-hit keys, Microsoft&#39;s solution is far simpler.</p> <p>It lets you draw one letter at a time, with delete and space keys flanking the input box.&nbsp;</p> <p>While we&#39;ve yet to test it ourselves, it appears to be quite accurate, although it&#39;s probably better suited for short messages and searches as opposed to long emails.</p> <p>It works on square Android Wear watches with a 320 x 320 resolution as well as on the circular Moto 360, although only the latter is currently available for you to try out now for free.</p> <p>We can&#39;t see any reason why this couldn&#39;t be ported over to Google Glass either, to make use of its side touchpad. Although we admit that writing out letters on the side of your head will be trickier.</p> <p>For now, if you do have a Moto 360, then head on over to <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research </a>and hit the download button. Happy typing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[<a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-10/13/microsoft-keyboard-android-wear" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news#comments Android Wear Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:14:15 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450174 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P02QmncDOzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about RM29) a month to US$11.99 (about RM39) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the jump for the rest of the world should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about RM8.2 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450170 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 Things We Love About Windows 10 - And 3 We Hate http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As Microsoft opens the window on a new era for its OS, we take the Technical Preview for a test drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-10-screenshot-02_0.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Goodbye, Windows 8 - it&#39;s been er, interesting.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t feel too bad as you pack your bags - it&rsquo;s not like you actually sunk Microsoft or anything (although we know that you did your damnedest).</p> <p>And as you begin the slow process of clearing the building before Windows 10&rsquo;s arrival in &lsquo;late 2015&rsquo;, you can take some spiteful pleasure in knowing that your successor will face sky-high expectations. Not least, Windows 10 is billed as the one OS that will work on everything, from desktop to tablet to mobile.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S TO LOVE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>No more schizophrenia </strong><br />Windows 10 tries to create a more seamless relationship between the desktop and touch-optimised Modern UI - and even at this early stage in W10&rsquo;s life, it does a pretty decent job.</p> <p>Modern apps are now windowed when launched, and there are new keyboard shortcuts to snap them to the edges of your screen.</p> <p>The sense of jolting from one world to another is now gone, although there&rsquo;s still a lot of work to do in ironing out the creases - right now, those windowed Modern apps in W10 look like (and in many cases are functionally close to) expanded mobile apps.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also likely that your Windows 10 installation will vary according to the device. Our clean install onto the Surface Pro 3 launched into the tablet-optimised Modern UI - while a Parallels install on a Macbook Air launched straight to desktop, with the &lsquo;new&rsquo; desktop Start menu.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-09_1.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Multiple desktops</strong><br />Is that sarcasm we hear from the Mac brigade out there?</p> <p>Fair enough, OS X has touted Exposé for eons - but that doesn&#39;t mean that Windows 10&#39;s plural desktops are any less welcome. You activate them in W10 by tapping Win-tab, or - with a touch screen - swiping in from the left. And you can switch between them using Ctrl-Win + the left or right keys.</p> <p>They need work, though: as we point out later on, flipping windows between desktops is some way from obvious. But we&rsquo;ve no doubt that Microsoft will sort this before 10 hits full release next year.</p> <p>By the way, don&rsquo;t get it into your head that you can create an infinite number of desktops: in this release at least, they seem limited to the width of the screen (in the case of our Surface Pro 3, that&rsquo;s eight desktops).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-07.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>All-new Start menu </strong><br />Well, kind of. In fact, W10&#39;s &#39;new&#39; Start is the bastard brother of the tiled UI from Windows 8, and the old school Start menu from Windows 7. But although it doesn&#39;t represent a design breakthrough, it does work (which is more than many would say for W8&#39;s Modern Start).</p> <p>You can move your apps around in much the same way as you could in Windows 8.1 Update: either click or tap to drag and move, or right-click or hold to re-size.</p> <p>It looks good, it&#39;s flexible and should improve further as Microsoft polishes the UI (particular the iconography from today&rsquo;s Windows desktop, which currently looks cramped and dated in the new interface).</p> <p>There are bugs to squish, as you&rsquo;d expect. The entire Start menu can be resized from the top of the panel; we found that if you squash it down, the tiled area will run off the right-hand edge of your screen - we&#39;ll assume that this won&#39;t happen with the final release.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-04.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Spit and polish for the Windows desktop UI</strong><br />It needs to go a long way to equal the pixel-perfect gloss of Apple&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">OS X Yosemite</a>, but there are early signs of the Microsoft design team getting its freak on.</p> <p>File Explorer&#39;s the most noticeable update at this early stage - it pops into view with a subtle new transition, and looks discernibly cleaner (thanks in no small part to the absence of coloured borders to the windows).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a new set of icons for the likes of This PC, Homegroup and Network - flat, muted blue and olive green affairs that are infinitely more modern that their over-designed predecessors. Let&rsquo;s just hope that Microsoft keeps on going: we may actually get a Windows desktop that you stare at for the hell of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1380" height="933" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-01.PNG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Continuum could be a work of genius</strong><br />This early Windows 10 Preview doesn&rsquo;t have Continuum, the way that Microsoft intends on finally solving the desktop/laptop conundrum.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll see in the video, the plan is that you run W10 in desktop mode when there&rsquo;s a keyboard attached, then switch to tablet mode when the keyboard is removed.</p> <p>For what it&rsquo;s worth, we think it looks like a damned fine idea, and can&rsquo;t wait for the Preview build that has Continuum built in (especially because we&rsquo;re using a Surface Pro 3&hellip;).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F_O-LrGL-YQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Windows 10 is snappy </strong><br />It could just be a placebo effect, or the fact that we&#39;d been abusing the Windows 8.1 install on our Surface Pro 3 solidly for four months, but the clean install of Windows 10 Preview feels fast (in fact, the only slight lag we can detect is - ironically - in first opening File Explorer).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S TO HATE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Still too much of the old UI </strong><br />There are icons in Windows 10 that date back to the days of Vista. When half the world is running versions of Android that can be completely reskinned in seconds, this is unacceptable - it&#39;s time to make Windows beautiful.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re happy to take accusations of design elitism, but things like those badly-indented dividers in the File Explorer menu bar just shouldn&rsquo;t exist in 2014: and that&rsquo;s before we&rsquo;ve begun digging into the little horrors in the recesses of the Control Panel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-03.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Multiple desktops need a ton of work </strong><br />Yes, we know it&#39;s an alpha, but the means of moving apps between desktops in the W10 Preview isn&#39;t intuitive. You&#39;d think you can do it by dragging and dropping, but no.</p> <p>Instead, you must hit Win-tab to show the desktops, then right-click on the thumbnail of the app and tell it which desktop you want it to go to. If it helps, Microsoft, it&#39;d be great to simply drag the app down from its menu bar and have the multiple desktops appear - easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_0.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>If you&rsquo;re going to go cloud, do it properly </strong><br />Microsoft has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months: everything from your settings to your files can now be synced across devices when you sign in using your Microsoft account, and the entire Office suite is available on the web.</p> <p>But going cloud means more than taking your suite of software online. It means, we think, integrating yourself with the other services that your users rely on every day. That can be social networks, or other web services.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s new OS X Yosemite has extensions that let you share files, words of pictures with those other services at a lick - there&rsquo;s little sign of Microsoft understanding this with Windows 10.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-05.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIRST VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Squint hard, and you can see the promise in Windows 10.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing at this stage that&rsquo;s revolutionary (multiple desktops have existed in OSX and Linux for yonks, while the &lsquo;new&rsquo; Start is a prettier version of the old Start), but for an OS that isn&rsquo;t due to go public for a year, it&rsquo;s already very useable.</p> <p>The telling moments will come when Microsoft unveils Continuum, and the OS begins to really adapt according to its host - get that right, and we may all forget about Windows 8 and move on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news" target="_blank">Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-08.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our love/hate relationship with Windows 10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sheer joy and hair-pulling on Microsoft&#039;s new OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-02_0.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature#comments Microsoft Windows 10 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449965 at http://www.stuff.tv Transparent tablet cover for multilayer input is Microsoft’s latest experimental wonder http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And like most Microsoft Research concepts, it may never be more than a neat demo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft FlexSense" alt="Microsoft FlexSense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-flexsense-research.jpg?1412848142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft Research tends to show off its experimental projects in waves, and just this morning, we saw its wild&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">RoomAlive gaming concept</a>. By contrast, FlexSense is a much simpler and subtler project, but it&rsquo;s no less intriguing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there are also entertainment opportunities here, with the demos showing a user flipping the cover upwards to view a crossword solution, or flapping the surface like it&rsquo;s a flying carpet soaring through a 3D environment.</p> <p>Microsoft developed two new algorithms to interpret the 16 sensors built into FlexSense, and it requires no external camera to function. Like most Microsoft Research revelations, we very well may never see this tech appear as-is in a consumer product. But the know-how could pop up years from now in a very meaningful way.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=230399">Microsoft Research</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/6/6918753/microsoft-flexsense-transparent-smart-cover-research-project">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into a video game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Jo9ww9cLzg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news#comments Microsoft Surface Tablets Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:35:15 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449533 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into a video game http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who doesn&#039;t want giant virtual spiders crawling around their fireplace? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="Aim for the head" alt="Microsoft&#039;s RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into an video game l" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/illumiroom2.jpg?1412644690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-illumiroom-revealed-detail/news" target="_blank">Illumiroom prototype</a>? It&#39;s a projector system which extends your onscreen gaming antics beyond the TV screen, like Philips Ambilight on steroids. And now it&#39;s back, and better than ever.</p> <p>Called RoomAlive, the revamped system consists of multiple projectors and Kinect cameras connected to a control device which keeps everything in sync.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The projectors can also overlay textures on your surrounding walls, transforming your Ikea-laden living room into a rainy forest with stone-walled ruins. Walls with booby traps that shoot arrows at you which you have to avoid, Indiana Jones-style.</p> <p>Another demo shows off a controllable miniature hero which can run around your coffee tables and blast away at killer robots which emerge from your walls and floor.</p> <p>It&#39;s all clearly a long way off from infiltrating our homes - unless you&#39;ve got an insider at Microsoft and enough money for multiple projectors and Kinect cams that is- but it&#39;s still an exciting glimpse into the future of gaming where ducking for cover behind your dog will become a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://projection-mapping.org/roomalive-uist/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/05/microsoft-roomalive-illumiroom/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ILb5ExBzHqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news#comments Gaming Kinect Microsoft Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:22:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449521 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google developing modular displays too, Halo collection includes past PC content, and HP planning to break apart http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day with the biggest tech news highlights you might have missed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-project-ara-scattered.jpg?1412644166" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google testing reconfigurable displays </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google is already planning to launch one type of modular technology with Project Ara (pictured), which features little nubs of wondrous tech that snap together to create a fully functional smartphone. Now the company may be looking to do the same with displays, as the Wall Street Journal reports that its Google X department is testing screens that attach together form one larger display.</p> <p>Sure, the basic concept of smaller screens working in concert isn&rsquo;t new, but the difference here is that Google plans for the displays to be seamlessly interconnectable, which means no bezel around the screen itself - and they might even be able to be arranged in various shapes, as well.</p> <p>Is there a real consumer-level demand for such a thing? Perhaps not now, but if the report pans out, we&rsquo;d love to see what exactly Google has in mind here.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-working-on-large-scale-display-technology-1412346897">The Wall Street Journal</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/3/6905083/google-developing-displays-that-connect-like-legos-report">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/googles-been-secretly-making-its-own-delivery-drones/news">Google has been secretly making its own delivery drones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo collection includes past exclusive PC content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With&nbsp;<em>Halo 5: Guardians</em>&nbsp;not due out until late next year, Microsoft and 343 Industries have turned to&nbsp;<em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;to build some enthusiasm for the shooter series on Xbox One this holiday season by bundling together enhanced versions of the previous core games. And if you only played&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;games on Xbox before, you&rsquo;ll find some new content in there, as well.</p> <p>In a blog post, 343 Industries confirmed that&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;will include all of the additional maps added to the PC versions of&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>, which means a total of eight maps will make their Xbox debut in the collection. That&#39;s in addition to the dozens and dozens of other maps featured across the four included titles.</p> <p>Additionally, you&rsquo;ll be able to use previously PC exclusive weapons like the Fuel Rod Gun and Flamethrower, and opt whether or not to include them in online matchmaking.&nbsp;<em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;launches on 14 November, and includes access to the&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&nbsp;beta test beginning in late December.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://blogs.halowaypoint.com/en-us/blogs/headlines/posts/the-halo-bulletin-10-2-14">Halo Waypoint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature">Halo 2: Anniversary - 10 years on, is the magic still there?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-masterchief-collection.jpg?1412644166" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP considering splitting company apart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to multiple reports that surfaced this weekend, HP is considering splitting itself into two separate companies to give each a better chance of sustaining itself - or finding a suitor for a purchase or merger. Recode says the proposal sees HP becoming separate companies for consumer products (computers and printers) and corporate/IT needs.</p> <p>The plan was first floated three years back, and HP has unsuccessfully sought acquisitions and mergers in the time since. Nothing is official yet, and it could be some time before any planned changes affected consumers, but it sounds like the company is ready for big shifts ahead.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/05/hp-returns-to-breakup-plan-it-shelved-three-years-ago/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news">Windows laptops gearing up to battle Chromebooks for low-end supremacy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP" alt="HP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-logo.png?1412644166" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars mobile games suddenly pulled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Launched late last year,&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</em>&nbsp;offered an entertaining licensed spin on freemium hit&nbsp;<em>Tiny Tower</em>, but unless you already downloaded it, the game is already a historical relic: Disney pulled the game from the App Store and Google Play late last week, along with the six-month-old&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: Assault Team</em>.</p> <p>Disney confirmed to Game Informer that it decided to refocus its resources towards newer mobile games like&nbsp;<em>Star Wars Commander</em>, but curiously, Disney failed to tell&nbsp;<em>Tiny Death Star</em>&nbsp;developer Nimblebit about the changes. Commented Nimblebit co-founder Ian Marsh, &ldquo;Suffice to say if you&#39;re a developer looking to partner with Disney, this might not be the partnership you&#39;re looking for.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/10/03/disney-torpedoes-tiny-death-star-without-alerting-developer-nimblebit-in-advance.aspx">Game Informer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/drop-everything-and-try-star-wars-tiny-death-star/news">Drop everything and try Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X-c2LVcB2GQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content#comments Gaming Google HP Microsoft Project Ara Xbox One Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:09:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449517 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention advanced users: Microsoft wants your input on its next PC operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-windows10-techprev-cropped.jpg?1412213640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Microsoft surprised the world by announcing that the next version of its iconic operating system would be called Windows 10. And now you can try it yourself - if you&rsquo;re pretty tech-inclined.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news#comments Microsoft Windows Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:51:20 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1449083 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft announces cross-platform Windows 10, out late 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, what happened to Windows 9? Microsoft aims bigger for its next OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows10-first.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following months of leaks, Microsoft was finally all set to announce its next big operating system today. But what would it be called: Windows 9? Windows One? Just plain ol&rsquo; Windows, full stop?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For consumers, Windows 10 effectively looks like a hybrid of the largely traditional Windows 7 and the divisive, ultra-modern, and touch-friendliest Windows 8. Most notably, the returning Start menu now features a space for customizable tiles for quick access to favorite apps and features.</p> <p>Additionally, you can have multiple desktops (say, for work and home needs), plus Snap allows up to four apps to be locked into quadrants, with Windows suggesting smart complementary apps once you Snap something into place. You can catch some of the tweaks in action in the video walkthrough below.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s event was strongly focused on business and enterprise users, as Microsoft hopes to finally upgrade many of those users from Windows 7. More details on the consumer experience will follow early next year, in advance of the Windows 10 release later in 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="600" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-logo.png?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Luckily, you don&rsquo;t have to wait until then to try out the new OS. The <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-coming-soon">Windows Insider Program</a> will launch tomorrow, 1 October, offering a technical preview for interested users. It&rsquo;s not yet clear how limited that test group will be, but if you&rsquo;re interested, be ready to sign up in a matter of hours.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely that the technical preview will provide the full scope of the Windows 10 experience right away, as there are still surely many features (like the expected addition of Cortana) to be revealed in the next year before launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sep14/09-30futureofwindowspr.aspx">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature">6 things you need to know about today&rsquo;s Windows 9 announcement</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 10 in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-first_2.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news#comments Microsoft Tablets Windows Windows Phone Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:37:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448981 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 things you need to know about today's Windows 9 announcement http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft is set to unveil its most important new OS in years later today. Here&#039;s what to expect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A leaked Windows 9 logo courtesy of Chinese site www.cnbeta.com" alt="6 things you need to know about today&#039;s Windows 9 announcement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-9-logo-leaked_0.jpg?1412126107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any new Windows release is A Big Deal, but today&#39;s is A Really Big Deal.</p> <p>That&#39;s mostly because it will mark the beginning of the end for Windows 8 and the beginning of the beginning for its replacement Windows 9.</p> <p>Now in our book Win 8 has been a bit hard done by - it set out with lofty ambitions to unite desktop and mobile (or at least tablet) forms, and in many ways succeeded. But reviews were generally mixed and sales never really set the world alight either, so Microsoft will presumably be glad to see the back of it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;ll be unveiled in San Francisco today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course Microsoft isn&#39;t admitting that today&#39;s event will see the launch of the new OS, instead merely stating that&nbsp;&ldquo;On September 30, we will be providing an update on what&rsquo;s next for Windows and the enterprise.&rdquo;</p> <p>But as is traditional in tech circles these days, there have been plenty of leaks surrounding the event, and these all point to the fact that we&#39;ll see the new OS, or at least a developer preview version of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It&#039;ll almost definitely possibly be called Windows 9 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Except it won&#39;t. Well not at first.&nbsp;</p> <p>Windows officials have thus far been adament that the new release doesn&#39;t yet have a name, which might make it quite difficult for them to talk about it onstage tomorrow.</p> <p>That said, the head of Microsoft France, Alain Crozier, reportedly <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/microsoft-vp-lets-windows-9-name-slip-in-presentation-1266769">referred to the new OS as Windows 9 in a presentation</a>, before backtracking and <a href="http://www.zdnet.fr/actualites/la-presentation-de-windows-9-confirmee-par-microsoft-france-39806745.htm">repeating the &#39;it doesn&#39;t yet have a name&#39; mantra</a>.</p> <p>Fortunately it does appear to have a codename, with various leaks around it calling it &#39;Threshold&#39;. <p>There&#39;s next to no chance of that being the OS&#39; full name by the time a consumer release comes around, but it&#39;s possible that Microsoft will stick with that term for the present. In the long term, Windows 9 seems much more likely, although some rumours have also speculated that it might just be called Windows or even something entirely different and completely unexpected. OS Y, maybe...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It&#039;ll be free... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...for some users at least.</p> <p>We can thank the President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro for this one. According to a <a href="http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/09/25/182535/2701450/317/ceo-microsoft-windows-9-gratis-asalkan?k=ecym&amp;p=ct">report in Indonesian website Detik</a>, Diantoro confirmed that Win 9 would be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. Whether that offer will extend to Windows Vista and XP users remains to be seen, but it&#39;s unlikely to be a pricey upgrade either way.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It&#039;ll mark the return of the Start Menu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5574830/windows-9-start-menu-new-desktop-experience">confirmed that the Start Menu would return&nbsp;</a>way&nbsp;back at its Build 2014 conference in April, so it&#39;s hardly news, but given the&nbsp;widespread wailing and gnashing of teeth that followed its omission from Windows 8 it&#39;s sure to be a popular decision.</p> <p>Several screenshots of the new Start Menu have now leaked - if you&#39;re interested, you can check them out <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/new-start-menu-leaks-in-windows-build-9788">here</a>. Alternatively, you could just, like, wait a few hours until they&#39;re released officially by Microsoft.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1916" height="1208" title="Image credit Neowin" alt="6 things you need to know about today&#039;s Windows 9 announcement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/startmenu.png?1412126107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It&#039;ll get Cortana </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Halo</em>-inspired virtual assistant has been a key figure in Windows Phone since its 8.1 update earlier this year, but the word is that she&#39;ll also be set for a prominent role inside Win 9. <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-threshold-cortana-makes-a-step-forward">A report in Neowin</a> confirmed as much, while also stating that Cortana is both more stable and more powerful in her new home. World domination beckons.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It&#039;ll be out next year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rumours concerning its full release date have covered everything from February to September 2015, so let&#39;s just be honest and admit that we don&#39;t know.</p> <p>However, a developer, or possibly beta, version of the OS will almost certainly be released before then, quite possibly as early as this evening. <p>Unfortunately, there&#39;ll be no live stream of Microsoft&#39;s event, but we&#39;ll have all of the news from it as it happens, so keep checking Stuff.tv from 6pm UK time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature#comments Microsoft Windows 9 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:06:30 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448978 at http://www.stuff.tv