Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 previews ahead of October 2018 Update

Microsoft today released two new Windows 10 previews for PCs. The first build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release next month, and the second is from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year. This year, […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with promise of Tencent games compatibility

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Tencent games compatibility promise and five bug fixes. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release in October. The company is also releasing builds from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will […]

Microsoft lets companies pay for Windows 7 support until 2023

Microsoft must still be scarred by having to support Windows XP well past its expiry date, as it’s drawing a line in the sand for Windows 7 users. Corporate and institutional customers can only pay for extended security update support through January 2023, or about three years after Microsoft stops providing regular patches. On top […]

Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge (credit: Felix Rieseberg) A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator […]

Searching: You’ve never seen Windows XP and load screens like this

Ars chats up the team behind Searching. Click here for transcript. (video link) Searching may seem like a pass on paper: yet another thriller that plays out on computer screens. From Unfriended to Modern Family, viewers have seen this schtick before. To potentially complicate matters further, this one comes from a brand-new director. But Aneesh Chaganty […]

Microsoft prepares to kill the Windows 8 store: No new apps from November

(credit: Microsoft) Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only security fixes. However, Microsoft is still accepting new application submissions to the Windows 8 Store. Submissions for new Windows Phone 8 apps are also currently accepted. Today, Microsoft announced that this is […]

Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

Enlarge (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features and have instead focused on fixing bugs. The latest build, released today, takes a step toward completion: it has changed the operating system’s version stamp. Until now, the previews have called themselves version 1803, […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Narrator changes and improvements

Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with changes and improvements to Narrator. This build is from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year. Microsoft is simultaneously in the process of finalizing the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans […]

Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines

Valve’s Steam Machine platform hasn’t really taken off, and it’s not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn’t a lot to play. Thankfully, the company may have a way to bring more titles to the platform… sort of. […]