Why Windows 10 isn’t version 6 any more and why it will probably work

Posted 3 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 1 recent echos

A long standing oddity of Windows is that its branded number has for some years now not matched the version number stamped into the kernel and other parts of the operating system. Windows 7, for example, reported itself to software as being version 6.1. Windows 8 is 6.2, and Windows 8.1 is 6.3. Current public builds of Windows 10 repeat this trend—they purport to be version 6.4—but not for much longer. Chinese site ITHome published a picture showing the version number to be 10.0. Version number...

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Microsoft is Opening Windows Store to Businesses

Posted 1 day ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos

When Microsoft first announced Windows 10 back in early October, it did so at an event that was billed as being focused on businesses. But that wasn't really the case, and most of the short launch event just highlighted some of the user interface tweaks that will make Windows great on traditional PCs again. Since then, however, Microsoft has opened up about its plans a bit more. And one of the big changes coming in Windows 10 is that the firm will allow businesses to customize Windows Store...

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Windows 10 won’t be Windows 6.4

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

The odd numbering scheme originates from Microsofts merging of NT and DOS based versions of Windows. It left software like Windows 2000 with the 5.0 version number after years of Windows 2.0, 3.0, 3.11, and 4.0 releases eventually merging alongside versions like Windows 95 and 98. Microsoft kept the NT numbering scheme to identify a major version to applications for compatibility. Ars Technica has a good explanation of how Microsoft is finally able to use version 10.0 instead of 6.4, allowing...

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Rovio's Angry Birds apps are free for a limited time on Windows Phone

Posted 1 day ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

Angry Birds took the mobile world by storm when it was released and lately the burning desire to play this popular game has begun to wither away. Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, are offering all Angry Birds titles on Windows Phone for free for a limited time only. This means you can get popular titles like Angry Birds, Angry Birds Epic, Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies, and more for free right now. Were not sure how long this offer will last but if you want to enjoy some Angry Birds action...

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This Week’s Deals with Gold: Black Friday Edition

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 1 recent echos

This weeks games and add on deals on the Xbox Games Store is significantly larger than normal, as we gear up for Black Friday. These dHowever, these are just some of what Xbox has planned for Black Friday; well be discounting even more digital Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for Black Friday Weekend – look for those details in a few days. For a list of Xbox deals at retail, click over to the Xbox Black Friday site, and follow @majornelson for on the fly updates.

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The Pinball Arcade is Now Available for Xbox One

Posted 18 hours ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 1 recent echos

: Each month, regular updates will add classics like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Twilight Zone, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Monster Bash, Medieval Madness, Funhouse, Attack from Mars, Circus Voltaire, Big Shot and many others for years to come! along with online tournaments and additional modes to challenge yourself and compete against your friends. The Pinball Arcade is the most realistic and comprehensive pinball game ever created!

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2014

Posted 2 hours ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 1 recent echos

For the month of December, Xbox Live Gold members will receive three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of the Games with Gold program. On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Worms Battlegrounds $24.99 ERP for free during the month of December.

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Few weeks ago, several Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020 users started to report a bug in their handsets that would freeze their device while trying to wake it up from sleep mode. The issue started only after the said devices were updated to Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has now acknowledged this issue, and promises to provide a fix soon. The company announced the availability of Windows Phone 8.1 in July. The update arrived on Lumia handsets as Lumia Cyan update which bundled Windows Phone...

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