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Microsoft Paint: Gone But Not Forgotten

The End Of Paint The end is nigh for possibly one of the most used computer programs. Since the first personal computers arrived into homes of ordinary people, Microsoft Paint was an instant hit. It was first released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985. Microsoft has announced that their next update of Windows 10, called the Autumn Creators Update, will witness the end of Paint. Along with Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, the graphic software has met its end. It proved a popular piece of software due to its ease of use. Similar to a doodle notepad, users could draw and invent shapes and colours. In the era of dialup internet, when homes would have to wait for an open line to access the web, Paint was a distraction. Waiting for an image to load could seem a lifetime, Paint was there to keep…

Full Review Of Surface Laptop: The Most Obvious Computer For Your Daily Needs

It might sound funny, but the Surface laptop is one of the most conventional devices Microsoft has created. It’s not a tablet with a kickstand, or a laptop with a detachable screen – not something weird and ‘game-changing’. It is just trying to fit to be the thing you want. The Surface laptop has enough power for you to use, but is also light enough to be carried around. It comes with a great screen, good keyboard and without an insane price tag. In other words, it’s the obvious laptop people need, with an obvious name. Read also: Microsoft Is Betting Large on the Surface Family (Video) It does have a fairly limited OS, people will say, and they will be right. However, Microsoft leaves a way to rectify this issue. But let’s put that aside for now and begin our review of the laptop that doesn’t need any gimmicks to…

New Windows 10 Test Version Shows Big Changes Coming Soon

New Win 10 Insider Preview build sheds light on new features, coming with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft just released a new Insider Preview version of Windows 10 (16215), unveiling the upcoming pack of changes. According to the company’s standard policy, these changes are already available for testers. For everyone else, they will arrive with the Fall Creators Update. So, let’s take a look at what we got with the new test version. Windows 10 now has improved notification center The first noticeable difference is how the notification center now looks. Microsoft redesigned it to have separate sections for various apps, like Skype messages, tweets etc. It is more organized now. The new approach allows to group notifications from devices and applications together, in a more convenient way. Read also: Dubai Becomes First City in the World to Get Its Own Microsoft Font With the new update, Microsoft also allows users…

Crowd-Funded Eve V Is A legitimate Surface Pro Killer

A crowd-funded tablet/laptop hybrid might not usually catch the eye, but clearly Microsoft feels there’s something special about the Eve V. It highlighted the relatively unknown product during its Computex keynote. This is especially significant considering it is broadly in the same market as Microsoft’s own Surface Pro. We caught up with the developer to learn a little more about the unusual design process and a little about its ethos. And perhaps the most unusual aspect is the small company’s determination to remain independent of any investors. The Eve project started off as an experiment in 2015 to see if an unknown PC/tablet brand could be successful, launching and selling its products online. It originally made an 8-inch Windows tablet, the Eve T1. And after that sold reasonably well, a WhatsApp group formed with users giving feedback directly to its developers. This grew into a forum and the development team…

Microsoft Is Betting Large on the Surface Family (Video)

A week after introducing the Surface Laptop to the world, he’s sitting in a room in Microsoft’s Building 88 ready to show off his team’s latest creation: the new Surface Pro. At first glance, it looks a lot like 2015’s Surface Pro 4, but it’s part of a bigger lineup of the entire Surface family that Microsoft is now ready to take worldwide. For the first time in Surface history, Microsoft will start shipping two new products (Surface Pro and Surface Laptop) worldwide at launch. June 15th will see these new products launch, and a big expansion for the Surface Studio all-in-one PC, too. It’s clearly a date that Microsoft has been working toward for quite some time, and as I walked around Microsoft’s secretive Surface building located at its Redmond, Washington, campus, it’s easy to see that the Surface family of devices is now coming to life. “We’ve taken…

First Look At New Surface Pro From Microsoft

With the reveal of the new Surface Pro, Microsoft is playing it safe. It is not a huge step forward, like what the first Pro device was. The Redmond guys rather keep refining and improving some aspects of the lineup. Might not look like much, but a welcome step that will breathe new life into the laptop/tablet. Don’t fix what’s not broken Design The fifth generation Pro looks awfully similar to its predecessor, released in late 2015. It has lost several grams and a fraction of inches, now it’s 1.7 pounds and 8.5 mm thin. Microsoft promises, though, that the laptop is remarkably quiet. Every component has been tested and calibrated to make sure it makes as little noise as possible. While the display remains the same in size and resolution – 12.3-inch ad 2736×1824 – as the Pro 4, it has better responsiveness. You should thank new thinner glass…

Why Apple And Adobe Should Fear The New Microsoft

Microsoft has certainly been gaining momentum in the last couple of months. First, the tech giant released the first Creators update of its Windows 10 OS, followed by an announcement of another bulky update, coming this fall. Then, it has been making some real noise in mixed-reality and computing-related hardware. Don’t forget the new Surface laptop too. It seems that Microsoft is aggressively pushing its operating system as the primary platform for creative and productive activities. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Apple and Adobe will vanish into oblivion. Apple’s positions on the markets are strong, and the company will probably introduce something new to counter Microsoft’s products at WWDC on June 5. Adobe produces some of the best editing tools out there, in addition to various instruments like Marketing Cloud and the Creative cloud application – Photoshop. Microsoft wins mixed reality However, Microsoft is taking the creative process to…

5 Tech Giants That Will Dominate The 21st Century

There’s a little parlor game that people in Silicon Valley like to play. Let’s call it, Who’s Losing? There are currently four undisputed rulers of the consumer technology industry: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, now a unit of a parent company called Alphabet. And there’s one more, Microsoft, whose influence once looked on the wane, but which is now rebounding. So which of these five is losing? A year ago, it was Google that looked to be in a tough spot as its ad business appeared more vulnerable to Facebook’s rise. Now, Google is looking up, and it’s Apple, hit by rising worries about a slowdown in iPhone sales, that may be headed for some pain. Over the next couple of weeks, as these companies issue earnings that show how they finished 2015, the state of play may shift once more. But don’t expect it to shift much. Asking “who’s…

Hands-On With Microsoft’s Newest Surface Laptop Bundled With Windows 10

Microsoft has just announced a new addition to its laptop lineup – the Surface Laptop, aimed at students. Starting at $999, it sports the latest hardware and looks and feels premium. What we are not so sure about, is the new approach to the operating system. But let’s start from the beginning. Design The newest Surface laptop sure is good-looking. Not the thinnest device you’ve seen out there – or the lightest for that matter – but it’s just as stylish as its rival Apple MacBook Pro. It’s 14,5 mm thick and is quite suitable for daily carry at 2,74 pounds, or 1,24 kilograms. The laptop is bound to attract some views when it’s taken out of a backpack. Microsoft proudly flaunts the build quality of the clamshell, and not without a reason. The device seems to be put together quite nicely, with the use of premium materials. The lid…

Things Are Far From Clear With Windows 10 S

Yesterday Microsoft held an event to reintroduce itself to teachers and students as a company providing innovative and compelling education products. The event promised to be narrowly focused on a large-scale market where price and ease of use trumped more frivolous considerations like design elegance, but Microsoft couldn’t help itself and also introduced the gorgeous new Surface Laptop. The connecting link between Microsoft’s suite of educational tools and the premium Surface Laptop? Windows 10 S, the operating system at the heart of both. The dual role played by Windows 10 S at today’s event might pose problems for Microsoft down the line as prospective users struggle to figure out what exactly the S stands for. For the first half of Microsoft’s presentation, the message was crisp, clear, and concise. Windows 10 S is Windows 10 with its wings slightly clipped: it can only run apps from the Windows Store, disabling…