MICROSOFT, LEADING SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF WINDOWS   

Microsoft Corp. unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on. “Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft.

“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.” Windows 10: familiarity and consistency across devices ---Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store.

Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers. Windows 10: designed for the challenges of modern business ---Windows 10 builds nearly everything that businesses need right into the core of the product — including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features — in ways that can reduce complexities and provide better experiences than other solutions. One area of advancement is in the work Microsoft has done with user identities to improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. Windows 10 will also help advance data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud.

ALSO: Windows 10 news recap: Build 9879 screenshots leaked, improved animations, security updates, and more  

This past week has been quite informative in terms of Windows 10 news. In case you missed anything, we are going to go over the past week in a feature we like to call 'Windows 10 news recap.' New screenshots were leaked this past week of an internal build of Windows 10, revealing a number of new changes and additions to the operating system which we can expect to see in the next public build of the Windows Technical Preview. These new screenshots come from build 9879, which is a fairly recent build. In this build, you can simply right-click on the taskbar and hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar.

You can also pin things to the Home area of File Explorer, and the Modern UI app settings menu available in the top left has changed from three dots to the familiar hamburger-style button. It still functions the same, but it now has a more universal look to it. According to our sources, newer builds of Windows 10 now feature complete and smoother window animations. In other words, the new window animations are far more polished than before. The Notification Center has also seen some updates, as the button on the taskbar where the Notification Center would usually sit has moved over next to the tray clock. WinBeta also understands that Microsoft is working on improvements to the actual Notification Center itself, perhaps introducing the inevitable action center, however we cannot confirm whether said feature will arrive in the next preview, but it's definitely coming. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Microsoft thanks Windows10 Preview testers with three (very) little surprises  

Don't get too excited. Actually, don’t get excited at all. To say thanks for taking the trouble to download a multi-gigabyte image, going to the hassle of setting up a virtual machine or installing a new operating system on a spare computer, for providing feedback on the embryonic Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has a gift for members of the Windows Insider Program. Three wallpapers. Yes, you did read that correctly. Three. Wallpapers.

Available at resolutions from 1280×1024 all the way up to 4K, the theme linking each of the images is the construction of Windows 10. Microsoft seems to think that a Windows Insider might want to "show your pride about helping us build Windows 10", so the wallpapers give a chance to herald your Insider status to passers-by. You can grab each of the wallpapers individually -- different sizes of each wallpaper are provided in zip files. But seriously, do not get excited. It's a collection of free gifts, but by God these are dull images! Check 'em out below and download them if your desktop currently looks a little too exciting and needs dulling down a bit. * VIEW THE 3 WALLPAPERS and oh, yeah, don't get excited even if they are free.......:)

ALSO: Did you pay for Microsoft Office editing on iPad? Here's how to get your refund

When Microsoft released Office for iPad, it was immediately popular and shot to the top of the app charts. This was hardly surprising, as people had been hoping for it ever since Apple's tablet was released. Sure, Apple's iWork solutions are fine, but Office is, well...Office. It is the gold standard for getting things done. The problem was, while the apps were free, editing was not. You see, downloading Word, Excel and PowerPoint cost nothing, but it did not function as consumers had hoped. Only viewing office documents is a frustrating experience -- people want to edit too. The solution for this was to become an Office 365 subscriber, which unlocked the full potential of the software. While many recognized the value in being a subscriber, it is a hard sell when Apple's offerings are much more affordable (or free with a new iPad). Microsoft responded by making editing a free feature and all are happy right? Not so; what about the people who already paid? Great news, you can get a refund now!

"If you're already an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriber, you'll continue to have access to premium features on your iPad, like tracking and reviewing changes in Word, customizing Pivot Tables in Excel, and checking your speaker notes while you present in PowerPoint", says Microsoft. The company further explains, "in addition to unlocking premium features on your iPad and iPhone, you can install full Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote) on your PC or Mac, back up and share files with 1TB of OneDrive online storage, and make calls to landlines and mobile phones with 60 Skype world minutes per month (where available). Plus, you always get the latest version of Office". In other words, Microsoft is softening the blow by talking up the other benefits of Office 365. Quite frankly, the company is right; even though the iPad features are now free, there are still great reasons to continue as a subscriber, such as the desktop version of Office and unlimited OneDrive storage. * READ MORE...


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Microsoft, leading software developer, unveils the future of Windows


FUTURE IS HERE. MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10.
 

SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) Microsoft Corp. unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC.

The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers.

Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. “This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

Windows 10: familiarity and consistency across devices

Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity.

Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store.

Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers.

Windows 10: designed for the challenges of modern business

Windows 10 builds nearly everything that businesses need right into the core of the product — including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features — in ways that can reduce complexities and provide better experiences than other solutions. One area of advancement is in the work Microsoft has done with user identities to improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing.

Windows 10 will also help advance data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud.

* Management and deployment have been simplified to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. Businesses will also have the flexibility to choose how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and influence continued improvements.

In addition, organizations will be able to customize an app store specific to their needs and environment. The intent is an app store that will allow for volume app licensing, flexible distribution, and the ability for organizations to reclaim or reuse licenses when necessary.

Technical preview PC productivity

The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:

Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.

Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.

Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.

Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.

Open and collaborative development

The introduction of the Windows Insider Program demonstrates Microsoft’s continued commitment to working closely with customers to help shape the future of Windows.

Windows Insiders will be able to give feedback on early builds of the product throughout the development cycle.

The program will include various ways for Windows Insiders to engage in a two-way dialogue with Microsoft, including a Windows Feedback app for sharing suggestions and issues and a Windows Technical Preview Forum for interacting with Microsoft engineers and fellow Insiders.

More information on the Windows Insider Program and the technical preview can be found at http://preview.windows.com

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

FROM WINBETA.ORG

Windows 10 news recap: Build 9879 screenshots leaked, improved animations, security updates, and more Written by Ron on Sunday, Nov 9th, 2014 at 10:30AM @ronwinbeta

This past week has been quite informative in terms of Windows 10 news. In case you missed anything, we are going to go over the past week in a feature we like to call 'Windows 10 news recap.'

New screenshots were leaked this past week of an internal build of Windows 10, revealing a number of new changes and additions to the operating system which we can expect to see in the next public build of the Windows Technical Preview. These new screenshots come from build 9879, which is a fairly recent build.

In this build, you can simply right-click on the taskbar and hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar. You can also pin things to the Home area of File Explorer, and the Modern UI app settings menu available in the top left has changed from three dots to the familiar hamburger-style button. It still functions the same, but it now has a more universal look to it.

According to our sources, newer builds of Windows 10 now feature complete and smoother window animations. In other words, the new window animations are far more polished than before.

The Notification Center has also seen some updates, as the button on the taskbar where the Notification Center would usually sit has moved over next to the tray clock. WinBeta also understands that Microsoft is working on improvements to the actual Notification Center itself, perhaps introducing the inevitable action center, however we cannot confirm whether said feature will arrive in the next preview, but it's definitely coming.

* Earlier this week, Microsoft detailed a few of the ways in which Windows 10 has been optimized to make it easier for enterprises to manage devices; this includes new identity and device management options such as Microsoft Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, where connected devices allow users to login to Windows and use a singular ID to access business apps and resources.

Microsoft has expanded on the introduction of Mobile Device Management (MDM) in Windows 8.1 that were focused on the management of a BYOD environment. In Windows 10, that management system can now manage corporate-owned devices too, including the support to configure Enterprise Data Protection policies, multiple user management, Windows Store filter control, VPNs, and a lot more.

Microsoft's Windows Insider Program for Windows 10 is currently under way and for those of you who are testing Windows 10, Microsoft is offering you a gift. But don't get too excited, the gift comes in the form of 'fun desktop backgrounds' for your customization pleasure. You can check out the wallpapers here.

We learned earlier this week that Dell's customers are happy with what they are seeing when it comes to Windows 10. Initial impressions of Microsoft's new operating system are positive, as Dell's customers are happy that it bridges some of the gaps present in Windows 8.1.

Microsoft is set to issue four new security patches this coming Patch Tuesday for users running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The updates, which are set to enhance security of the operating system will be pushed out via Windows Update, and included is an update to the Windows Malicious Removal Tool. Patch Tuesday for November takes place on the 11th.

Windows 10 is also set to come with out-of-the-box support for two media formats -- MKV and HEVC. MKV, for those that did not know, is a flexible and open standard video file format that has quickly become the preferred file extension for high definition video. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), on the other hand, is a video compression standard and is a successor to H.264 or Advanced Video Coding (AVC).

That's all for this edition of 'Windows 10 news recap.' You can stay on top of WinBeta's non-stop coverage of Windows 10 by checking out our dedicated page here.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE THE COMPLETE REPORT WITH INFORMATIVE IMAGES OF 'Windows 10 news recap.'

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Microsoft thanks Windows 10 Preview testers with three (very) little surprises By Mark WilsonPublished 5 hours ago

Don't get too excited. Actually, don’t get excited at all.

To say thanks for taking the trouble to download a multi-gigabyte image, going to the hassle of setting up a virtual machine or installing a new operating system on a spare computer, for providing feedback on the embryonic Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has a gift for members of the Windows Insider Program. Three wallpapers.

Yes, you did read that correctly. Three. Wallpapers.

Available at resolutions from 1280×1024 all the way up to 4K, the theme linking each of the images is the construction of Windows 10. Microsoft seems to think that a Windows Insider might want to "show your pride about helping us build Windows 10", so the wallpapers give a chance to herald your Insider status to passers-by.

You can grab each of the wallpapers individually -- different sizes of each wallpaper are provided in zip files. But seriously, do not get excited. It's a collection of free gifts, but by God these are dull images! Check 'em out below and download them if your desktop currently looks a little too exciting and needs dulling down a bit.

* THE THREE-------


Download "Come in we're open"


Download "Build & Create"


Download "I Love PC"

You shouldn't grumble about something free, but...

Photo credit: PathDoc / Shutterstock

Did you pay for Microsoft Office editing on iPad? Here's how to get your refund By Brian FagioliPublished 12 hours ago 2 Comments inShare

When Microsoft released Office for iPad, it was immediately popular and shot to the top of the app charts. This was hardly surprising, as people had been hoping for it ever since Apple's tablet was released. Sure, Apple's iWork solutions are fine, but Office is, well...Office. It is the gold standard for getting things done.

The problem was, while the apps were free, editing was not. You see, downloading Word, Excel and PowerPoint cost nothing, but it did not function as consumers had hoped. Only viewing office documents is a frustrating experience -- people want to edit too. The solution for this was to become an Office 365 subscriber, which unlocked the full potential of the software. While many recognized the value in being a subscriber, it is a hard sell when Apple's offerings are much more affordable (or free with a new iPad). Microsoft responded by making editing a free feature and all are happy right? Not so; what about the people who already paid? Great news, you can get a refund now!

"If you're already an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriber, you'll continue to have access to premium features on your iPad, like tracking and reviewing changes in Word, customizing Pivot Tables in Excel, and checking your speaker notes while you present in PowerPoint", says Microsoft.

The company further explains, "in addition to unlocking premium features on your iPad and iPhone, you can install full Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote) on your PC or Mac, back up and share files with 1TB of OneDrive online storage, and make calls to landlines and mobile phones with 60 Skype world minutes per month (where available). Plus, you always get the latest version of Office".

In other words, Microsoft is softening the blow by talking up the other benefits of Office 365. Quite frankly, the company is right; even though the iPad features are now free, there are still great reasons to continue as a subscriber, such as the desktop version of Office and unlimited OneDrive storage.

* But what if you only subscribed to get the iPad features? Don't worry, you can now get a refund. Microsoft explains how below.

If you purchased your Office 365 subscription from Apple via your iPad

Please contact iTunes Store Support for assistance.

If you purchased your Office 365 subscription from Microsoft or a reseller other than Apple

You can cancel your Office 365 subscription and receive a pro-rated refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date that your Office 365 subscription ends.

You’re eligible for a refund if you meet the following requirements:

You purchased an Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscription on or after March 27, 2014 (when Office for iPad was made available) and activated before November 6, 2014 (when these changes were announced). You cancel your Office 365 subscription and request your pro-rated refund by January 31, 2015. In order to request a refund, contact a Microsoft Accounts and Billing agent.

Keep in mind these important details about refunds:

It may take six to eight weeks for you to receive your refund. If you have more than one Office 365 subscription, you must make one refund request for all your subscriptions at the same time. You may be asked to provide proof-of-purchase documentation. Trials and free subscriptions are not eligible for a refund.

Microsoft reserves the right to deny any refund request that it deems to be fraudulent. Hopefully the process is as painless as possible. With that said, Microsoft does not have to issue refunds; the fact that the company is doing so is a nice gesture. In other words, if the process is a bit frustrating, so be it.



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