The company has just announced that its 600 stores across the country and their respective Geek Squads will help you learn about, and upgrade to, Windows 10 - but their assistance won't come cheap.
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Windows 10's first post-launch update, known as 'Service Release 1', is expected in early August, ahead of a larger update in October bringing Edge extensions and the new integrated Skype experience.
From Norton on Edge, and Emoji: The Movie, to super-flagships, uTorrent troubles, financials ups and downs, and the good ol' Windows app-gap, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
While Windows 10 is expected to bring a number of features with it, some features, like support for syncing app installs and Start menu/screen layouts will be discontinued with its launch.
Microsoft has released an out-of-band security patch to all version of Windows to close a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specific type of webpage.
When Windows 8 was released, Microsoft allowed apps to be installed on up to 81 devices but with Windows 10, they are cutting back and only letting you install apps on up to 10 machines.
Microsoft has finally enabled TLS support in its Mail application which was missing from the Windows 8 and 8.1 versions of the app, making it a bit future-proof as more servers drop support for SSL.
Mozilla has revealed that it's developing a version of its Firefox browser for Windows 10 - but this does call to mind Firefox for Windows 8, which took two years to arrive, and was then cancelled.
The last full month of only Windows 8 being available to consumers has wrapped up and with Microsoft making a strong push with Windows 10, Windows 8 market share has peaked at a little over 16%.
The modern version of Skype - the one that could be downloaded from the Store in Windows 8 - is being killed off in favor of its more powerful desktop counterpart. The move takes place on July 7th.
The K400 Plus is designed for the living room with a range of ten meters from your TV, offering battery life of up to 18 months, and compatibility with Windows 7/8/10, Android 5.0 and Chrome OS.
Facebook integration - including contact/calendar sync, and the ability to share to the social network - is no longer supported within Windows and other Microsoft services, after recent API changes.
The ATM Industry Association has announced that the ATMs running on older Windows versions will be upgraded to Windows 10 when it becomes available as part of its 2020 migration plan.
Microsoft has officially opened up the reservation process for Windows 10 and when the window pops up, here are the steps you will need to complete to reserve your copy of the OS.
Microsoft has started advertising Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8 users with a popup that allows the user to reserve their copy of Windows 10 by following the instructions in the prompt.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege, a touch-centric take on the popular real time strategy game is making the jump to iOS with iPad and iPhone apps. It's currently rolling out to Canada with more to follow.
According to a new listing on the Microsoft Store website, Microsoft Band owners will soon have new ways to view their health and fitness data thanks to new apps for Xbox One, Windows 8, and iPad.
After nearly a year, the discontinued Windows XP still has more market share than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined - but its dwindling market share indicates that people may finally be ready to move on.
Some new info points to an LG phone running Windows and headed for Verizon. Unfortunately this isn't official just yet and the device itself seems to be destined for the low-end of the market.
Windows 8 was nearly a complete failure on every front; it cost two high-ranking executives their jobs, failed to secure Microsoft's mobile future and failed to build a truly successful app store.
Figures for Q4 2014 show that Windows devices now make up 9% of the global tablet market with over 6 million shipments, including over 2 million Surface tablets - and further growth is predicted.
With the launch of the January Technical Preview of Windows 10, users have a new way to update to the latest version of the OS: by using Windows Update. This works for Windows 8 as well as Windows 7.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will be made available as a free upgrade for all users on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for its first year of availability.
Microsoft has slammed Google for publishing a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1, saying it was just days out from a fix and the disclosure was a "gotcha", instead of protecting customers.
A researcher from Google has published a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 that is said to allow for elevated privileges, and now how to execute the flaw has been made public.
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Unleash the full capabilities of your Windows 8 Start Screen with Start Screen Unlimited! Add digital clock, Google search, power controls and numerous other gadgets directly to your start screen.
For years, Surface owners have been limited in their ability to create recovery drives without having a working device
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Microsoft's outdated OS, Windows XP is continuing its steep decline and during the month of October it dropped roughly 4% while Windows 8 climbed steadily during the same time period.
Text files within the Xbox Music website are already showing that OneDrive locker service support will be coming very soon, allowing users cloud access to their music files from any Xbox Music device.
Microsoft has stopped the sales of Windows 7 and 8 to consumers through retail channels. Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 will only be available through PC OEM's.
Stardock Start8 lets you return the Start Button to Windows 8. Microsoft Windows 8 is shipped without the “Start” menu. Start8 brings back Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements.
In an effort to focus solely on paid subscription services, Microsoft has announced that it will be ending the ad-supported Xbox Music service in December, leaving no free option for streaming.
In a new interview with Tony Prophet, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, he talks about why Microsoft dropped the Windows 9 branding and more about Windows 10.
It has been revealed that Microsoft will be doing away with major OS releases and going to push new features through incremental updates from time to time starting with Windows 10.
In this weeks games review round up we have our early impressions of Alien: Isolation on the Xbox One and PC reviews of Sherlock Holmes - Crimes and Punishments and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Third-party software doing a wildcard search for Windows 9* installations might be the reason why Microsoft skipped over the name altogether, according to a redditor claiming to work for Microsoft
It's unexpected, but Microsoft's latest operating system saw a slump in market share for August; Windows 8 and 8.1 both lost points for the month, while Windows 7 and XP continued to dominate.
The first preview of Microsoft's Windows 10 came out today, and just in case you're not into installing preview software we have a mega gallery of screenshots so you can see what all the fuss is about
Microsoft focused on how Windows 10 will work on computers yesterday, but the most interesting part of its presentation was a simple image it showed but didn't discuss much.
At today's Windows 10 launch, Joe Belfiore demonstrated how Microsoft has re-evaluated its approach to touch on the OS, and admitted that the company "didn't get it quite right" on Windows 8.
Now that Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows 10, we want to know your thoughts. Did you love it? Hate it? Vote in our poll and leave comments with your impressions of the new operating system.
While today's Windows event was mainly focused on the desktop we still got to see a few tidbits regarding the future of touch on devices running Windows.
Microsoft has published a video showcasing Joe Belfiore guiding users through what they can expect from the Windows 10 preview when it's officially released tomorrow.
Microsoft held its Windows event today in San Francisco and the company will be releasing a technical preview for download for those of you who want to try out the next generation OS ahead of release.
It's Microsoft's big day and they're unveiling the next version of Windows. We're also learning how Windows 10 will fit in with the ecosystem as a whole, with a unified app store across all devices.
Microsoft has revealed that that the next version of its OS - known widely until now by its development codename, 'Threshold' - will not be called Windows 9, but Windows 10. Seriously.
HP has announced its new inexpensive laptops and tablets running Windows 8.1, with prices beginning at $200 and $100, respectively, to combat cheap Chromebooks and Android tablets.
Microsoft will unveil its next version of Windows tomorrow, but it won't be revealing the next version of Windows for mobile devices just yet, as tomorrow's event is focused on the enterprise.