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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Windows 10 won’t be Windows 6.4

Posted 1 day 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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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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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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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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Updating Integration Components over Windows Update

Posted 13 days ago ago at Microsoft Virtual PC Guy with 1 recent echos

Yesterday, we announced that we would be releasing updated integration components over Windows Update from now on in more details here: http: blogs.technet.com b virtualization archive 2014 11 11 hyper v integration components are available through windows update.aspx. Specifically, we announced that if you are running Windows Technical Preview server or desktop and you have virtual machines running: I setup a clean installation of Windows 7 SP1 inside a virtual machine on my Windows 10...

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Tech startup Overdog raises $1.8M to improve Xbox One matchmaking

Posted 6 days ago ago at VentureBeat with 1 recent echos

If you dont go online with a group of friends, youll usually end up in multiplayer matches with strangers and people you probably dont want to talk to. One startup is trying to fix that. Overdog is a new company that is priming to launch a new app on Xbox One that will match you up with people you may not hate in multiplayer games. To help bring the product to market, Overdog just closed a funding round worth $1.8 million with participation from capital firms like Atlas Venture and Chicago...

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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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