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WINDOWS 10 TO ARRIVE JULY 29; WIN-10 IA WITH IE 'EDGE' BROWSER


Finally, those waiting for Microsoft's Windows 10 now have a date to mark on your calendar: July 29. This was the date Microsoft's Terry Myerson specified on the availability of the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. "On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you," Myerson said in a blog post. He said Windows 10 will come with: • Cortana personal digital assistant • Microsoft Edge browser  Myerson also said Microsoft is working on Office on Windows, including the full Office 2016 desktop suite and new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. He also said Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App will bring new game experiences to Windows 10. READ MORE...

ALSO THE EDGE BROWSER: Microsoft Windows 10 update; Edge browser comes with Dolby Digital Plus support


Microsoft Edge, by default comes with an ability to play internet videos in full screen, rather than showing any additional information and also with an option to pin the pages in Favorites, Reading Lists and so on.dolby-digital-plus-surround-sound  One of the lifesaver feature of Project Spartan aka Microsoft Edge, is a simple one, but an effective warning alert, when a user is trying to close a browser window that has several tabs already opened on it. This feature is already present on Firefox and soon, the same will be implemented on the Microsoft Edge too. Currently, the browser is getting closed similar to the previous build, when we are trying to close the browser with multiple tabs. READ MORE...

ALSO Windows 10 and Edge: How Microsoft's new browser could soon challenge Chrome


Over the years Microsoft has fallen behind its competitors in the battle to provide the best performing browser. Google's focus on making Chrome feel fast and responsive has won the browser millions of users at the expense of the more sluggish-feeling Internet Explorer (IE). With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to change the status quo and offer the fastest on-ramp to the web. To this end it has been reworking how its new Edge browser handles JavaScript (JS), the default scripting language of the web. JavaScript is at the core of the modern web, with heavy pages loading in tens of scripts that in turn fetch more JavaScript. If your browser is slow at JavaScript, it's slow full-stop. At the heart of every browser is a JavaScript engine that parses the JS, interprets its commands and compiles its instructions into machine code. Like IE 11 before it, the Edge browser uses the Chakra JS engine, and Microsoft has been tweaking Chakra to give Edge a boost on Windows 10. READ MORE...


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Windows 10 to arrive July 29


PHOTO FROM THENEXTDIGIT.COM --Microsoft Windows 10 Preview now has Home, Pro, Enterprise and Mobile versions; Following are the Windows 10 versions: Windows 10 Home is mainly aimed at laptop hybrid devices, tablets, and home users on PCs. This would include Continuum tablet mode, biometric security features of Windows Hello, Cortana and Microsoft Edge browser. Video, music, calendar, mail, maps and photos come pre-installed. Windows 10 Mobile is mainly a version for small tablets and smartphones. It has Office’s new version, Continuum for phones as well as Universal Apps that are found in Windows 10 Home. Windows 10 Pro has features similar to that of Windows 10 Home. However, extra features are available for small business. This includes Windows Update for Business through which businesses can determine which and when software updates are applicable. Mainly designed for tablets, PCs as well as 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Enterprise is mainly for large size and medium size businesses. Windows 10 Education is mainly for students, teachers, administrators and school staff. Windows 10 IoT Core is mainly for devices that have footprints such as gateways. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is mainly for businesses who use Windows on small tablets and smartphones.

MANILA, JUNE 8, 2015  (GMA NEWS ONLINE) June 1, 2015 6:50pm - Finally, those waiting for Microsoft's Windows 10 now have a date to mark on your calendar: July 29.

This was the date Microsoft's Terry Myerson specified on the availability of the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

"On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you," Myerson said in a blog post.

He said Windows 10 will come with:

• Cortana personal digital assistant

• Microsoft Edge browser

Myerson also said Microsoft is working on Office on Windows, including the full Office 2016 desktop suite and new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

He also said Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App will bring new game experiences to Windows 10.

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Windows 10 will also have new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail and Calendar apps with updated designs.

Meanwhile, Windows Continuum enables laptops and 2-in-1 devices to "elegantly transform from one form factor to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC, and back."

Also, he said Windows Hello greets a user by name and with a smile, "letting you log in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices."

Win10 upgrade reservation

Myerson said users can reserve a free Windows 10 upgrade now through a simple reservation process.

But PC World noted the July 29 date applies just to PCs and tablets. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News


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THGE EDGE BROWSER: Microsoft Windows 10 update; Edge browser comes with Dolby Digital Plus support John W Arthur May 31, 2015 News, Software/Apps

Microsoft Edge, by default comes with an ability to play internet videos in full screen, rather than showing any additional information and also with an option to pin the pages in Favorites, Reading Lists and so on.dolby-digital-plus-surround-sound

One of the lifesaver feature of Project Spartan aka Microsoft Edge, is a simple one, but an effective warning alert, when a user is trying to close a browser window that has several tabs already opened on it.

This feature is already present on Firefox and soon, the same will be implemented on the Microsoft Edge too. Currently, the browser is getting closed similar to the previous build, when we are trying to close the browser with multiple tabs.

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One of the Edge team members mentioned in a tweet as,

Please @msedgedev give an option to warn about closing multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge browser. TYVM! #Windows10

And one more interesting fact about Microsoft Edge is that, the product comes with a full support for Dolby Audio. Microsoft has mentioned in its official blog that, Microsoft Edge will allow websites to match the visuals of high quality H.264 video with its appropriate equal multi-channel audios.

Microsoft Edge Team, in its official blog posted as,

Dolby has created a Dolby Audio Experience demo using WebGL to provide an interactive environment where users can explore and play content on a variety of media devices (a media PC, desktop, laptop and tablet). Each device demonstrates Dolby Audio with a different streaming video, either MPEG DASH H.264 or HLS. The demo currently requires Microsoft Edge, since it is the first browser to include native support for Dolby Audio.

Along with Dolby Digital Plus support in Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge Browser is the first browser to come with built-in support for surround sound codec and also for Dolby Digital Plus Portable.

Dolby Digital Plus Portable allows the users to enjoy much clearer audio with laptop speakers or even via headphones. The users need not to set up stereo connected with PC or tablet.

Meanwhile, it will provide richer audio quality and surround sound streaming with the help of media extensions.


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Windows 10 and Edge: How Microsoft's new browser could soon challenge Chrome Tech Republic By Nick Heath May 21, 2015 9:23 AM


.. . . This article, Windows 10 and Edge: How Microsoft's new browser could soon challenge Chrome, originally appeared on TechRepublic.com.

Over the years Microsoft has fallen behind its competitors in the battle to provide the best performing browser.

Google's focus on making Chrome feel fast and responsive has won the browser millions of users at the expense of the more sluggish-feeling Internet Explorer (IE).

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to change the status quo and offer the fastest on-ramp to the web.

To this end it has been reworking how its new Edge browser handles JavaScript (JS), the default scripting language of the web.

JavaScript is at the core of the modern web, with heavy pages loading in tens of scripts that in turn fetch more JavaScript. If your browser is slow at JavaScript, it's slow full-stop.

At the heart of every browser is a JavaScript engine that parses the JS, interprets its commands and compiles its instructions into machine code.

Like IE 11 before it, the Edge browser uses the Chakra JS engine, and Microsoft has been tweaking Chakra to give Edge a boost on Windows 10.

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This fine tuning has allowed the Edge browser to outgun not only IE, but also the latest experimental builds of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to benchmarks run by Microsoft.

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The Octane and JetStream benchmarks measure JavaScript performance and importantly are not produced by Microsoft but by their rivals, Octane by Google and JetStream by Apple.

If you're interested in what specific tweaks Microsoft has made to secure these improvements there's more detail in the blog post, but the major tweaks to Chakra's Just In Time compiler include: more efficiently inlining functions described across different JavaScript files, speeding up global constants using fixed field optimisation, improving performance of code within try-catch blocks, optimising array traversal and bettering performance of minified code.

The tests found Edge to be 2.25 times faster than IE in the Octane 2.0 benchmark and 1.6 times faster in the JetStream benchmark.

"The key is that Microsoft Edge has already come a long way from IE11 in terms of improved JavaScript performance on both, benchmarks and real world web as it exists today," said Gaurav Seth, principal PM lead for Chakra at Microsoft in blog post.

"As mentioned in the beginning, performance is a never-ending pursuit. We will continue pushing the performance boundaries for JavaScript in Microsoft Edge."

Edge's relative performance in Octane is a step above its showing when TechRepublic ran the benchmark earlier this year, which saw Edge achieving an 8.8 percent worse score than IE.

To check this latest performance win, we replicated the benchmark run by Microsoft using the same browsers under build 10122 of a 64-bit version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Tests were run on a Toshiba Portege laptop. The machine has an 2.1GHz Intel Core i7 4600U processor, with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD.

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Although Edge didn't come out on top in our tests it did put in a good showing, bettering IE's score by an impressive 44 percent and Firefox Nightly by five percent in the Octane test. Edge still lagged behind Chrome Canary by just under six percent in Octane, but came within spitting distance of Chrome in JetStream, racking up a benchmark just three percent shy of Google's browser.

While our benchmarks found Edge failing to match Microsoft's claims, it does appear to be a noticeable step forward, leaving IE in the dust and edging closer to the performance of Chrome.

Edge doesn't appear to have snatched the performance crown as of yet but with work continuing to improve the browser, Microsoft finally seems to have produced a contender in the browser wars.


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