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How to reinstall default apps in Windows 10

Did you go a little crazy uninstalling all of the default apps in Windows 10, only to discover that some of the apps are actually necessary for other Windows 10 features to work?<p>Luckily for you, getting them back is as easy as...well, uninstalling them in the first place. If you haven't yet …

How to download and install Windows 10 without using Windows Update

Windows 10 launched today (read our review), but because Microsoft is releasing its new OS in waves, not everyone can get it right away. Furthermore, some users are having trouble with Windows Update (on one of my PCs, I got an error last night, and this morning it simply got stuck on “Checking for …

Here's what's next for Windows 10

Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. While millions are performing the upgrade this week, Microsoft is working hard on updates and fixes behind the scenes. Some of those patches have already started rolling out, but there are more to come. The first …

Microsoft offers way to opt out of automatic Windows 10 updates

Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10, once installed, will automatically update by default, with users having no option to stop buggy …

Why Microsoft’s next billion-dollar business is such a radical change

There are literally billions of dollars ($24.5 billion, as of yesterday's earnings statement) that it's entitled to under contract, but can't collect just yet.<p>This subscription shift reflects a change in Microsoft's thinking towards the individual user that could become the foundation of the …

Windows 10 will bring a new line of Chromebook alternatives, starting with $169 Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Microsoft today showed off a new low-cost laptop from Acer that could pose new competition for Google Chromebooks.<p>The 11.6-inch Acer Aspire One Cloudbook will cost $169, and it will come pre-loaded with the new Windows 10 operating system, Acer PR told VentureBeat in an email.<p>“We will announce …

More Details On Windows 10 Launch Revealed

Microsoft will launch Windows 10 on the 28th of July and now the company has revealed more details on the release of their next OS.<p>Microsoft has said …

Microsoft queues up cloud goodies in advance of partner extravaganza

While Microsoft (MSFT) corporate dealt with big layoffs and charges related to its phone business this week, the Azure cloud group was all …

Microsoft Build 2015: Windows 10 Shows Satya Nadella Is Serious About Fixing Past Mistakes

More than a year into his tenure, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is focused on an objective that will be critical to all his other efforts to fix a …

iPad No-Air! Apple’s tablet grounds American Airline flights

Several dozen American Airlines flights were delayed overnight, after the pilots’ iPads — used for providing information to flight crews — failed prior to takeoff, leaving pilots without a flight plan.<p>“The pilot came on and said that his first mate’s iPad powered down unexpectedly, and his had too, …

American Airlines

Microsoft Wants One Billion Devices Running Windows 10 Within Three Years

The company also highlights a bunch of companies doing early work on Windows 10 apps.<p>Although it won’t be released until this summer, Microsoft is setting a bold goal for Windows 10: A billion devices running the new operating system.<p>“Our goal is within two to three years of Windows 10’s release …

Microsoft is finally leading the way in mobile, 4 years too late

Microsoft smartly waited until the end of its excruciatingly long keynote to give us a second look at the HoloLens, the company's forward-looking …

Windows 10

Huge news: Windows 10 can run reworked Android and iOS apps

After months of rumors, Microsoft is revealing its plans to get mobile apps on Windows 10 today. While the company has been investigating emulating Android apps, it has settled on a different solution, or set of solutions, that will allow developers to bring their existing code to Windows 10.<p>iOS …

Microsoft apps will be bundled on Cyanogen Android devices

Cyanogen has revealed that it will pre-install Microsoft apps on its modded Android OS later this year, including Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Microsoft Office. The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, since it was rumored that Redmond had purchased a minority stake in Cyanogen with …

Android News

Microsoft strikes deal with Cyanogen, creating another Android inroad

Microsoft’s apps and services will be integrated with the Android-based Cyanogen operating system, under a new strategic partnership announced by the …

Business Development

Skype for Business, Microsoft’s replacement for Lync, is rolling out to the public

Microsoft released a technical preview of Skype for Business – a replacement for its old business-centric video chat app – nearly a month ago. Now, Skype for business is ready for a full roll-out.<p>If you need a refresher, Skype for Business carries Skype’s recognizable design, but integrates …

Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

It seems that Microsoft is developing a pattern lately. After a flood of good news comes the fine print and some sad, if not worrying, follow ups. …

Bloomberg: Cyanogen's new investor list doesn't include Microsoft

It would have been interesting to see how a Microsoft deal would change Cyanogen. But we'll have to rely on our imaginations, because Redmond has decided not to put money into the company, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. While Cyanogen is known for creating customized versions of the Android platform, …

New Windows 10 preview leaks as Microsoft struggles to deliver official test version

A new version of the Windows 10 technical preview leaked onto the internet today, days after Microsoft detailed a delay in delivering a fresh update to its preview program. The new build, numbered 10036, has been made available unofficially on torrent file sharing sites, and includes a number of UI …

Everyone is talking about how Microsoft Office 365 is suddenly beating Google Apps

Now, all of a sudden, sources all over the tech industry are noticing that Office 365 is everywhere.<p>And it's all because of one thing: Microsoft is telling customers to move their email to Microsoft's cloud instead of buying another Exchange server and hosting email in their own data centers, says …

Microsoft Releases “Universal” Touch-Friendly Office Apps For Windows 10

Microsoft today released early builds of its Office suite designed for Windows 10, software that is designed to accept touch input and work across tablets and phones. Office 2016, the desktop edition of Office, will also ship this year.<p>Windows 10, of course, is Microsoft’s new operating system that …

How to use Windows 10 without the Charms bar

Love it or hate it, the Charms bar is history in Windows 10.<p>In Windows 10, Microsoft killed the Charms bar that first graced the stage in Windows 8. Appearing from the right side of the screen, the Charms bar gave you access to key settings as well as options to share, print and search from your …

This is Windows 10 for phones

Mail is one of the biggest improvements to the built-in apps. Microsoft is building a universal Outlook app across Windows 10 phones, tablets, and PCs that seems to be a lot better than what came with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. Word is built into the Outlook app, allowing you to author emails …

Free Windows 10: Good for Microsoft, not great for its partners

One of the biggest news items coming out of Microsoft’s Windows 10 preview event is that the operating system will be made available for free to …

Microsoft prepares to preview Windows 10 for phones

Beta version expected by end of the month<p>Microsoft is preparing to preview its latest version of Windows Phone later this month. The software giant released a "Phone Insider" app over the weekend, ahead of a January 21st press event where the company will reveal its plans for Windows 10 across …