Sunset Overdrive Free for Xbox Live Gold Members this Saturday

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 3 recent echos

Beginning Saturday, November 22nd at 12.01 Eastern Time, Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will get to play Sunset Overdrive for free for 24 hours. This is the full game; players will earn achievements and be able to save how far they progress during that 24 hour span. If you decide to purchase the game at a later point, you will be able to start again right where you left off. Sunset Overdrives 8 player cooperative multiplayer experience, Chaos Squad, will also be available for everyone...

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PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say

Posted 2 days ago ago at Guardian with 1 recent echos

Hackers are claiming to have broken into the Sony PlayStation Network PSN, Microsoft Windows Live and 2K Games to leak over 5,500 usernames and passwords. The hacking group called DerpTrolling claim, on Twitter and the anonymous text sharing site Pastebin, to have broken into Sonys PSN, Microsofts Windows Live and 2K Games Studios and stolen millions of usernames and passwords. A hack of the PSN would be the third intrusion into the service since a major attack in 2011, which saw 77m accounts...

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

Posted 1 day 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 Adds Skype Chat to Office Online

Posted 4 days ago ago at Win Super Site with 1 recent echos

If you use Outlook.com or OneDrive, you have probably noticed that you can initiate Skype chats from their web based UIs. Well, now that capability is coming to some of Office Online—the web based versions of Microsoft popular Office applications—too. And it may make even more sense in that environment, since it enables easier real time collaboration. Microsoft calls this feature document chat, and it is available when you're collaborating with others in real time in Word and...

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Windows 10 won’t be Windows 6.4

Posted 4 hours 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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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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Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft had bumped the NT Kernel version of Windows 10 from 6.4 to 10.0. WinBeta understands that this change has been apparent since build 9884, which was compiled on November 9. WinBeta confirmed earlier today when the news broke that this change was accurate, but if you were still in doubt, Microsoft has now somewhat confirmed this change in an MSDN document available to IE developers. The MSDN document is asking IE developers to begin updating if they...

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Windows 10 build 9888 shows up with a kernel version of 10.0

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

A new version of Windows 10, build 9888, is making the rounds in a private channel and the kernel version has jumped up. In the previous version of Windows 10, the kernel version was 6.4 but thanks to a new leak, it looks like the kernel is now reporting as version 10.0. This is a big jump for the Windows platform with the current 6.0 kernel version having been used since the Vista era. This large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of...

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