Share This article Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 cumulative update, KB 3124200, dropped last week, but clearly needed more time to bake. While initial reports suggested that the update would fix some issues with WiFi connections dropping out, the latest cumulative update is causing some significant problems. Reports indicate that in at least some cases, KB 3124200 nukes all Microsoft Word customizations, including custom templates, AutoText, macros, envelope addresses, autocorrect, and AutoFormat settings. It also reverts any custom spell check options you may have stored. The problem is serious enough that Microsoft has published its own KB on fixing the issue, KB 3129969. The problem occurs because the latest update accidentally renames the old file where such information was store
Share This article For years, game support on Linux has seriously lagged behind Windows, to the point that the OS was basically a non-option for anyone who wanted to game on a PC. In recent years, that’s begun to change, thanks to increased support for the OS via Valve and SteamOS. From the beginning, Valve claimed that it was possible to boost OpenGL performance over D3D in Windows, and it’s recently put a hefty push behind Vulkan, the Mantle-based API that’s a successor to OpenGL. Two new stories took OpenGL out for a spin compared with Windows 10, on a mixture of Intel and Nvidia hardware. Ars Technica dusted off their Steam machine for a comparison in the most recent version of SteamOS, while Phoronix compared the performance of Intel’s Skylake Core i5-6600K with HD Graphics 530.
Share This article Microsoft has released Build 10565 to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. It is chock full of new features, but the most-important may be an improved system for licensing a new install on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine taking advantage of its free upgrade offer. Other big news includes better Skype integration, adding ink recognition to Cortana, Tab Preview and Favorites syncing in the Edge browser, and yet more new icons. Microsoft has also made some more tweaks to the Start Menu. Some bug fixes and of course a known issues list round out the update. Finally some clarity on how to use your free Windows upgrade There has been a lot of confusion as users have tried to install Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or 8 machines as a clean install and found it either difficul
Share This article Microsoft announced at Gamescom today that the Xbox One’s Windows 10 rollout will take place in November. We’ve known that the upgrade was coming for a while, alongside DirectX 12 support, but Microsoft had previously declined to put a date on it. The new Windows 10 launch will debut alongside a new UI that apparently diverges from the Windows 8-style layouts that Microsoft has used since the Xbox One launched in 2013. Other new improvements include a new OneGuide design, a Store makeover, and support for Universal apps created with Windows 10. If you like Cortana, you’ll also have the option to enable her on the Xbox one, and the new universal platform really could go a long way to transforming what the console is capable of. Cortana will also allow you to talk to
Share This article Windows 10 dropped this week with a promise of a free upgrade for anyone using Windows 7 or 8, but it turns out there’s a fly in that ointment. If you previously used Chrome or Firefox as your browser of choice, that choice is wiped away with the Windows 10 upgrade. Instead of new versions of Chrome or Firefox, you get Microsoft Edge as your default selection. This is the kind of maneuver that could land Microsoft in hot water with the EU, which has previously mandated that the Redmond-based company must offer a selection of alternative browsers to its own Internet Explorer when users first set up a Windows machine. Mozilla has taken exception to this new policy and issued an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as a new tutorial on how to restore you
Share This article Now that Windows 10 is finally shipping, the question of DirectX compatibility is going to move from a marketing bullet point to a tangible issue for users. For more than a year, AMD and Nvidia have been advertising that various older GPU families would support DirectX 12 at launch. Recently, however, there’s been some confusion over what level of support Intel, AMD, and Nvidia will offer for the new API and which products will run the upcoming games that rely on it. The current confusion seems to have been caused by comments from AMD’s Robert Hallock, who acknowledged that the various AMD GCN-class GPUs support different feature levels of DirectX 12. This has been spun into allegations that AMD doesn’t support “full” DirectX 12. In reality, Intel, Nvidia, and AMD a