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Microsoft's Windows 10 download puts pressure on the Internet

The Internet is being put under immense pressure today from the millions of people who are upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft is currently seeing 16 installs per second and has exclusively reserved 40Tbps bandwidth from all the major delivery networks.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's where to start

Today, Microsoft has officially launched its new operating system, Windows 10. Computers worldwide will be downloading it now so here's a look at some of Windows 10's fundamental new features so you can hit the ground running once you've upgraded.

Yes, Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password: What you need to know

Windows 10 introduces a new option that allows you to automatically share your Wi-Fi password with your contacts, including people on Facebook. The feature is enabled by default and isn't pleasing people online. Here's what you need to know.

Review: Asus Eeebook X205TA – the £180 laptop with a 12-hour battery

The Asus Eeebook X205TA is an 11.6-inch Windows laptop that costs less than £180. Despite the ultra-low price, it is a surprisingly capable machine that sports a 12hr battery, solid build quality, and enough power to manage any general computing tasks.

New Windows 10 phones to have Surface Pen stylus, facial login

The full specifications for Microsoft's upcoming flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices, the "Cityman" and "Talkman" Lumia handsets, have leaked online. They reveal a very competitive offering including facial recognition and the inclusion of a Surface Pen.

'Critical' Windows bug could let hackers take complete control

Microsoft has released an emergency update to nearly all versions of Windows. It fixes an issue that could allow hackers to hijack and take complete control of Windows computers and should be installed immediately through Windows Update.

Microsoft: Windows 10 is natural, human, intuitive and adaptable

Microsoft has kicked off its advertising campaign for Windows 10 with a series of new videos showing how some of the operating system's best new features will impact your children and the generations to come.

Tiny $30 desktop computer is 'the world's first true Android PC'

The world's first Android-powered desktop computer has achieved over 600 percent of its Kickstarter goal, just a few days into the campaign. The computer fits in the palm of the hand and can be used with any existing monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Windows 10 Home users will be forced to install automatic updates

A clause found in the licensing agreement between Microsoft and users of Windows 10 has confirmed that owners of devices running the Home edition of Windows 10 will not be able to postpone updates and will have to install them when available.

Computer market suffered dramatic, worst-case sales decline in Q2

The personal computer market experienced a substantial decline of nearly 12 percent in the last quarter, exceeding previous worst-case scenario estimates. Many experts consider the PC to be a dying breed but there may be reasons for this particular slump.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.

Windows 10's 'launch day' doesn't actually mean very much

Microsoft has said that most people will not be getting the Windows 10 upgrade on its official July 29 launch date even if they have reserved a copy. Windows 10 will be delivered in "waves," seemingly using a queue system, instead of one single rollout.

Microsoft's default Windows 10 background is a radical departure

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the image that will be the default desktop background for new Windows 10 computers. Now referred to as "the hero image," the shot features the Windows logo made of light amid an aurora of smoke and haze.

$99 Windows 10 PC will live in your pocket and connect to your TV

French technology firm Archos has announced that it is getting in on the new "computer stick" market with its own dongle. It will run Windows 10, connect to your television as its monitor and cost just $99, making it a great option for those on the go.

Microsoft will sell Windows 10 on USB sticks as well as DVDs

A report has suggested that Microsoft will sell retail editions of Windows 10 on USB drives, a sign of the continuing demise of optical media for storage. Although DVDs will remain available, installing from USB will be much quicker for most people.

Microsoft creates chaos by saying Windows 10 free for Insiders

Microsoft has created online chaos by saying that Windows Insiders would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before seemingly retracting that offer with an updated blog post and then saying that Insiders will get 10 for free after all.

Apple unveils 'El Capitan': the next Mac OS X

Apple has announced an iterative update to Mac OS X at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco today. The emphasis is on refining and improving things, borrowing some features from Windows to add more productivity and a cleaner interface.

iOS 9 gets proper split-screen multitasking for the first time

In a bid to attract more professional and enterprise users away from Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple has added proper split-screen multitasking to iOS on iPad for the first time. Users will be able to run two apps side-by-side.

Windows 10 launching July 29th, reserve your upgrade now

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has announced that Windows 10 will be made available on July 29th for free and on new devices. You can reserve a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers right now with a dialog that is appearing in the Windows system tray.

Windows 10 will hurt PC sales, says analyst

A key analyst firm has said that Microsoft's release of Windows 10 in the next few months is actually going to harm the declining PC market rather than help it because the key home consumers will be able to get a free upgrade, leading to less new sales.

New Windows 10 build brings yet more welcome improvements

As Windows 10 nears completion ahead of its release this summer, Microsoft is continuing to push out new preview builds. Another build was released last night and brings several more refinements across the OS, focusing on a more polished interface.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.

Deepening the mystery: Snapchat has 'plans' for Windows Phone app

Windows Phone is known to have a substantial app gap when compared to rival platforms like iOS and Android. One of the most notable absences is Snapchat who have continually refused to come to Windows but an unexpected tweet has suggested that may change.

Windows 10 will come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Microsoft has managed to create a new divide in technology communities by announcing that Windows 10 will be shipping with publisher King's hit match-three mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled alongside the ubiquitous Solitaire and Minesweeper.

Microsoft releases substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has just released a substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders. It brings along the new universal Office apps for the first time and updated music, video, Xbox and camera apps alongside improvements and support for new devices.

Microsoft announces there will be seven editions of Windows 10

Ahead of its launch this summer, Microsoft has revealed what different editions of Windows 10 will be offered at release. This time around there will be six desktop builds with pricing to suit while the variant for smartphones will be "Windows 10 Mobile".

Microsoft still working on Interactive Live Tiles for Windows 10

During a session at Microsoft's Ignite conference last week, the company announced that it is still working hard on making Interactive Live Tiles a reality in a future update to Windows 10, enabling users to access features of apps directly from Start.

Op-Ed: Why search must succeed and be cohesive in Windows 10

If Windows 10 is to do only one thing right, it must be getting searching down to a finely-tuned art. After the disastrous full-screen interface of Windows 8, the new Start menu in Windows 10 needs to deliver the cohesive search once offered by Windows 7.

Windows 10 is the 'last version of Windows', says Microsoft

A Microsoft developer has revealed that the company is viewing Windows 10 as the last major version of the renowned operating system, confirming many previous rumours of how Microsoft will update Windows over-the-air with incremental feature additions.
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The "Get Windows 10" dialog is appearing in the system tray of Windows computers, prompting users to reserve their free upgrade
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Windows 10 for small tablets
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The keyboard of the X205TA is remarkably good
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Windows 10 for small tablets
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Mail in Windows 10
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The Start menu on Windows 10
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Windows Hello in Windows 10
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Virtual desktops in Windows 10
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Multitasking in Windows 10
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Windows 10's Continuum feature
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Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10061. Image courtesy of Softpedia.
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The Asus Eeebook X205TA
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Cortana on an Android phone
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Action Center in Windows 10
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The Lumia 735's hidden notification LED can be seen as a faint cut-out to the left of the speaker
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The mocked-up Windows 9 logo used by Microsoft China on their Weibo website on September 2, 2014
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The mocked-up Windows 9 logo used by Microsoft China on their Weibo posting on 02/09/2014 teasing the launch of the upcoming operating system
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Microsoft's Project Spartan web browser for Windows 10
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