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Microsoft announces expanded VR framework support for Edge PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:24

microsoft edge browserVirtual reality might still be the big thing in the gaming industry, but WebVR is also expanding VR to the web. Microsoft has already introduced WebVR 1.1 API for the Edge browser, and is now expanding on that with the release of EdgeHTML 16. EdgeHTML 16 will be a part of October’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and it will enable you to utilize Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers whilst browsing with Edge. Windows Mixed Reality is a new type of VR headset that includes a system of front-mounted cameras that incorporate real world objects in its virtual world. The HoloLens was one of the first mixed reality headsets that is taking VR to a whole new level. The Acer Mixed Reality HMD is another WMR headset, which also has an innovative motion controller. Samsung and Dell also have their own Windows Mixed Reality headsets designed for the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft has now announced it has updated Edge’s WebVR 1.1 implementation with EdgeHTML 16 to support WMR motion controllers. This means that updated Windows 10 users can use their headsets’ motion controllers for virtual reality content open in Edge. Edge users can browse the web in 2D and launch WebVR content with their WMR headsets and motion controllers...Further details are posted on our FORUM.

 
Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 PC version 1511 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:53
end of support windows 10 build 1511As we draw near the release of the next big Windows 10 update, Microsoft is dropping official support for an older release. Microsoft ended support for the original release version of Windows 10 in May, and now it's doing the same for the first major update to hit the OS. As of October 10, Windows 10 version 1511 will no longer receive any more security or quality updates from Microsoft. This applies to Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 Enterprise editions. Version 1511 was first released to PCs in November 2015. While Windows 10 version 1511 will continue to run if you have it installed, a lack of security updates will mean leaving yourself open to some potentially nasty threats. The simplest solution, and one Microsoft recommends in a support document, is to update to the latest release version, the Creators Update. At the very least, moving up to the Anniversary Update should ensure you continue to receive security updates until support for it is dropped in the coming months...For more visit Forum.
 
 
RansomSaver to detect and block ransomware on Outlook PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2017 17:53
RansomewareMany ransomware attacks target emails because they are an excellent opportunity for hackers to use in a short amount of time. RansomSaver is an add-on for Microsoft’s Outlook messaging program. It detects and removes emails that include ransomware. RansomSaver is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Outlook from Outlook 2007 to the newest versions. It runs on all versions of Windows released after Windows XP. Speaking of Windows XP, if you’re still running this OS, don’t forget to install a reliable antivirus tool. RansomSaver integrates into Outlook automatically after installation. It features lots of options, but the essential function is scanning for ransomware. RansomSaver checks the emails that you choose to select for ransomware attachments, and it can delete the whole message or just the infected attachment. The add-in then will move the emails to a dedicated folder called RansomSaver...More details and a download link are posted on our FORUM.
 
More evidence Microsoft is bringing its Mixed Reality Viewer to Android PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 October 2017 18:05

We posted a few days ago that Microsoft was looking for developers to create a 3D scanning and augmented reality application for mobile devices. At the time it was not clear which platform this was for, though we assumed it was for iOS or Android, given the lack of Windows 10 Mobile handsets. Now Italian site Surface-phone.it has noticed that Microsoft has delivered the answer to us all the way back in May, in their promotional video for Story Remix, which clearly shows a Samsung phone running Microsoft’s then View 3D app, now Mixed Reality Viewer. At the time Microsoft painted it as part of the workflow of users, being able to capture information on the phone they own already and process it on their PC, but it was not clear then if Microsoft was simply talking about transferring media via OneDrive. In light of the job posting it now seems clear that Microsoft intends to develop a dedicated Mixed Reality application for Android (and likely iOS) that will let users capture images, view 3D models and possible scan items in 3D, a feature Microsoft promised for Windows 10 Mobile, but never delivered...Full details can be found on our FORUM
 
Pandora Plus comes to Pandora's Windows 10 app PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 October 2017 16:26

Pandora has brought its premium Plus features to its Windows 10 app for subscribers. If you subscribe to Pandora Plus, the streaming service's premium service, the latest update to the Pandora Windows app should make you pretty happy. Pandora has announced that its Windows 10 app now has access to all Pandora Plus features, which include ad-free listening and more. The update that added Plus appears to have started rolling out last week, but Pandora only just recently announced it. Ad-free listening is a pretty big perk on its own, but Pandora Plus also allows for unlimited skips and unlimited replays. The arrival of the features in the Windows 10 app isn't likely to draw users from other services on its own, but it's still nice to see them finally added. For context, Pandora Plus was launched nearly a year ago. If you do want to check it out, Pandora Plus is available as a $4.99 premium subscription. You can sign up on Pandora's website. If you're already a subscriber, you can pick up Pandora for Windows 10 at the Windows Store now. Thanks to MARTY1774 for the tip! Via windowscentral.com

 
Jaunt created a VR experience for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality launch PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2017 22:23

Microsoft is working with celebrated director Nicole McDonald and VR company Jaunt to create a VR experience to accompany the launch of their Windows Mixed Reality headsets on the 17th October 2017. McDonald has previously worked with  Cirque du Soleil and her latest work is inspired by her childhood experiences of gazing into the night sky with her father. “Free the Night” takes viewers on a journey to the stars and, throughout the film, viewers pick lights out of a city skyline, seeing and hearing the lights extinguish and reignite as they are placed back into the sky. Because it is a VR experience,  users are free to move around in the space and enjoy the experience from multiple angles. Once the liberation of the night sky is complete, slight touches or swipes will trigger real-time physical reactions, such as stars swooping, dancing, and traveling around the viewer...For more and a video navigate to our forum.

 
2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:49
microsoft surfaceCanalys Channels Forum Microsoft will quit its loss-making Surface hardware business by 2019, according to execs from PC manufacturers and a channel watcher. Talking at the tenth Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, CEO Steve Brazier said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would exit the product line because he is a “software guy, a cloud guy” and pointed to the demise of the phone device. He added, “The Surface performance is choppy; there are good quarters and bad quarters, overall they are not making money. It doesn’t make sense for them to be in this business. “When the capital expenditure challenge that Satya Nadella has taken Microsoft down becomes visible to Wall Street, everyone will ask him 'Why have you gone to a low margin business?'. Microsoft will have a lot of cost-cutting to do, he claimed, and “Surface will be the first target”. Before Microsoft launched the devices in 2012 - starting with the RT version - the then CEO Steve Ballmer played down the project as a “design reference point” to showcase its software, and estimated sales of a “few million”...Further details can be found on our forum.
 
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update RTM is here PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:13

windows 10 fall creators update RTMMicrosoft has released the RTM build of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to OEMs. Windows 10 build 16299.15 is the RTM build of the Fall Creators Update, which means this is the build Microsoft will be releasing to regular users once the update starts rolling out on the 17th of October. Build 16299.15 is also the last build of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that the company that Windows Insiders will get. The build is already available to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Microsoft will release patches for the build to Windows Insiders in the weeks before the rollout of the Fall Creators Update starts, however. Additionally, the company will likely also release a cumulative update for the Fall Creators Update on the day of its public release with all these patches...Follow this release on our forum.

 
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