Media Portal is one of the closest alternatives to Windows Media Centre, and one of the slickest Photograph: Media PortalWhat do I need to do to watch a DVD in Windows 10?It was disabled when I upgraded from Windows 7.PC manufacturers normally add it to the PCs that ship with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, often including Cyberlink, Roxio or similar third-party software.Also, Microsoft probably recognised that there was even less point in paying for a DVD player when users either had one already eg Cyberlink or could easily download a free one.Briefly, Windows Media Player is a media player that can rip and burn audio CDs, and sync with portable devices.
Microsoft is finally making it easier to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch with a new Service Pack SP that the company refuses to call a service pack.Windows 7 may not be available to most of us anymore, but there are many reasons to reinstall the operating system on existing Windows 7 PCs, and Microsoft never released a Service Pack after Windows 7 Service Pack 1's release in early 2011.Microsoft recently announced the availability of the Windows 7 SP1 convenience roll-up.In other words, if you don t know about the convenience roll-up you re still in for a world of tedious updates.Monthly rollups for everyoneAdding more roll-up fun for the future, Microsoft plans to create monthly roll-ups of non-security fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 from now on.Microsoft plans to support other browsers with non-ActiveX functionality later this summer.
Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today.At the same time former owner Nokia said it has inked a deal to license its brand to HMD Global, a new Finnish company run by ex-Nokia and Microsoft devices staff, to create a new generation of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets .Holding onto a diminishing feature phones business clearly did not hold much appeal for Redmond which — despite its talk of continued development of its own smartphone platform — has been focusing its efforts on building up a services offering via apps made for Android and iOS devices.Last month, for example, it brought its Word Flow keyboard app, originally developed, for Windows over to iOS as an app.The company had already been testing a brand licensing strategy in mobile devices, working with Foxconn on an Android based tablet, the N1, for the Asian market back in 2015.Commenting on the impending return of the Nokia brand to the mobile market, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, dubbed it an exciting new chapter , adding in a statement: Instead of Nokia returning to manufacturing mobile phones itself, HMD plans to produce mobile phones and tablets that can leverage and grow the value of the Nokia brand in global markets.
The new HTML 5 vSphere clientvAdmins will soon have just one graphical option with which to operate vCenter, after VMware decided to can its Windows client and replace it and other current tools with a single HTML 5 client.VMware's blog announcing the move points out that it's already adopted HTML 5 for several other products, but has held back on vCenter because it's a big job.That code, it now turns out, was really a beta for the real thing as VMware now says we plan on bringing this product into a supported release soon.The move to HTML 5 for the web client is no surprise.Dropping a Windows client was less expected.We decided to focus on bringing the new vSphere Client HTML 5 based up to speed as fast as possible, simultaneously offering a great user experience and getting off of Flash, wrote VMware's senior product manager Dennis Lu.
Microsoft's Dustin Campbell and Mads Torgersen, C Program Managers, with Xamarin monkeysExclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C programming language.This is a moment of change for Microsoft's development tools, as the company transitions from focusing entirely on Windows, to creating cross-platform tools that it hopes will push developers towards its Azure cloud services, either as a back-end for mobile applications, or as a deployment platform for server applications irrespective of the operating system.Other new features include local functions - that is, functions nested within other functions, with access to local variables - and the ability for functions to return values by reference ref , accompanying the existing ability to pass in ref parameters.Like, you really need to deal with this now, or all code forever will look like spaghetti.The computer science grand old man, Tony Hoare, who actually worked for Microsoft Research for many years and still comes in on Thursdays, he gives a talk about his billion dollar mistake, how he invented the null pointer and wants to apologise.Somehow, through all those years of being a Windows language only, except for Mono, which wasn t a Microsoft effort, somehow we managed to avoid Windows-isms in the language.
Users on Reddit say they are seeing the ability to receive and dismiss Android notifications on their Windows 10 PCs.If you're not part of the Cortana for Android test program you should be able to find the correct version, in unofficial form, on sites like APK Mirror.Non-Windows Insiders will have to wait until the Anniversary Update rolls out later this summer for the functionality.Now that it s showing up in test builds, it s a good bet Android notifications will land on your PC with the Anniversary Update.The story behind the story: Microsoft s own mobile platform, Windows 10 Mobile, is basically non-existent in terms of market share and relevance.The notifications functionality is also expected to come to Windows 10 Mobile, but it won t land on iOS due to the tight restrictions Apple places on its mobile platform.
If you've ever reinstalled Windows, you'll know the tedium of installing update after update to bring the operating system up to date, repairing security holes and improving performance.If you're reinstalling Windows 7, that hassle is now over – Microsoft has just launched a pack of updates it's calling a Convenience Rollup, containing every update since the release of Service Pack 1 in 2011.To download the Convenience Rollup, visit Microsoft's Update Catalog using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.Unlike a Service Pack, the Convenience Rollup isn't essential for all users of Windows 7, and if your OS is already up to date, you can safely ignore it.You need to install Service Pack 1 before the Convenience Rollup, and it'll occupy 4GB of drive space, but once you've finished you'll have every Windows 7 update from October 2009 to April 2016.
Text message?Luckily, the newest version of Cortana for Android can push notifications to the latest build of Windows 10.Winbeta via The Verge Leaked screenshots seem to confirm that Siri is coming to desktops.Of course screenshots can be easily faked but it s long been rumored that the virtual assistant will make it s way to OS X—and given Microsoft and Google s push for intelligent voice interaction, it s no surprise that Apple intends to toss a spinning beach ball into the ring.Or at least, it feels like the newest iteration of Chatroulette or Justin.tv which certainly makes you wonder how they ll moderate all those streams .But at least that means you ll be seeing more of us.
And it's not just a small subset of apps; the entire Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS.Chrome OS now will have two app stores: Google Play and the Chrome Web Store, but the Chrome team said nothing was going to happen to the Chrome Web Store—it will continue to house Chrome themes and extensions.ARC wasn't good enough, so Google started over from scratch."With the initial version of ARC, we managed to push things forward, but fundamentally developers still needed to do serious work to their application to make it work in that environment."There is some speed loss when translating ARM to x86, but it shouldn't be a problem given that most x86 Chromebooks are going to be much faster than an ARM phone."We're putting a lot of that desktop Android documentation together right now," Chrome's product manager, Kan Liu, told Ars.
Image Source: William GrootonkAn old piece of ATM malware is back, and reportedly more dangerous and harder to detect than ever.According to security researchers from Kaspersky Labs, an updated piece of malware dubbed Skimer has infected numerous Windows-based ATMs across all corners of the globe.DON T MISS: Apple supplier mistakenly leaks details of next year s major iPhone redesignWhen installed, the updated version of Skimer checks to see if the file system is FAT32 or NFTS.Unlike other skimming malware programs, like Tyupkin, which becomes active in a specific time frame and is awakened by a magic code , Skimer may lie dormant for months until it is activated with the physical use of a magic card.Once an ATM is compromised and the Skimer malware resuscitated from its dormant state, cyber criminals can gather pertinent financial data from inserted cards and can even direct the machine to dispense money.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
According to OWC, users can uninstall the enabler once it s no longer needed, or they can leave it installed for future use, as the program does not use system memory or other system resources.OWC offers the Aura SSD in two capacities: 512GB and 1TB, both with usable capacities of 480GB and 960GB, respectively after 7 percent over-provisioning.With the purchase, customers get free support and access to videos that show how they can upgrade the storage on their own.The drive comes packed with a three-year limited warranty.The Mercury Accelsior E2 is a PCIe 2.0-based solid state drive that is offered in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.The card supports sustained speeds up to 550MB per second, giving that tired old Mac or Windows PC a needed shot of adrenaline.
Apple and Google will probably do something similar with their various operating systems, but Microsoft has managed it first.By the late 1990s, Windows Everywhere was a bit more concrete, but it relied on a broader concept of what it meant to be "Windows."But it was also a design that meant Windows CE was forever going to be limited to a narrow niche; it's not a design that could ever run on the desktop or anywhere else.For many applications this wasn't a big deal, but for system utilities that depended on low-level functionality or games that were more concerned with going fast than using APIs in precisely the way they were supposed to be used, this caused compatibility issues.The widely propagated joke of the Microsoft org chart with a bunch of divisions pointing guns at each other encapsulated a certain truth about the company; Phone, Xbox, and Desktop were separate groups, with separate developers, separate responsibilities, and separate goals despite everyone working together for Microsoft.The new approach does have some complexity of its own—because there are no longer separate forks, developers with a focus on one type of system have to be sure that they don't break anything for other types of systems—but overall, the company says that there have been big engineering efficiencies.
RETRO: A gamer has managed to run Windows 95 and the original Duke NukemIt paves the way for technologically gifted fans to potentially run emulators on their console that could play old games from machines like the Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive.In what effectively an extreme version of Xbox One's backwards compatibility mode, YouTuber VCfan decided to give the concept a completely new meaning by getting the platform to run the old school computer operating system Windows 95.In a feat of retro engineering, he uploaded footage of the software working on Xbox One with the use of Dosbox, the virtual DOS machine app.It was slow as hell but worked.Andrew Bennett, of MSpoweruser, said: "While Universal Windows Apps aren t yet available on the Xbox One, Microsoft has opened up the system, allowing anyone to turn their console into a dev kit."Thanks to this, it s incredibly likely that we ll see some more shenanigans like this in the near future.
Microsoft really, really wants to get your feedback.This news comes our way from the French-language blog Thewindose via WinBeta , which first noticed the Feedback Hub app on the store.For instance, many of the changes Microsoft made between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10—such as the triumphant return of the traditional desktop-focused interface and a proper Start menu—were the result of users general dislike for Windows 8 s decidedly disjointed interface.Feedback HubThe company already includes a Windows Feedback app with general releases of Windows 10 in order to solicit feedback from all users Windows 10 will also ask you to provide feedback from time to time .Windows Central notes, however, that certain features remain exclusive to Windows Insider users.I haven t yet been able to get the Feedback Hub to work properly, and some users have mentioned encountering bugs, but it s received generally positive user ratings so far on the Windows Store.
Windows 10 users can now download the Feedback Hub app from the Microsoft Store on both the desktop and phone version of the OS.You can also categorize what your feedback is for – Start Menu, Networking, Microsoft Edge, etc – and append images for more detail.Of course, with over 270 million active users, there s bound to be repeated comments, so Microsoft provides a list of trending feedback.You can upvote these posts Reddit-style, and you can also filter the feedback by category.After all, the opinions of everyday users matter just as much as those of insiders – especially with Microsoft calling Windows 10 the last version of Windows ever.Microsoft has had a decent record of implementing insider feedback fairly quickly, but it ll be interesting to see how much it listens to its less tech-saavy users.
The monolithic infrastructure and applications that have powered businesses over the past few decades are giving way to distributed and modular alternatives.As a result, developers can focus on their own unique functionality and surround it with fully functional, distributed processes developed by other specialists, which they access through APIs.On last check, ProgrammableWeb was providing searchable access to almost 15,000 APIs, with more being added on a daily basis.They aggregate retail transactions across hundreds of companies, which allows them to understand a breadth of fraud markers better than any individual customer could.This opportunity is not limited to new upstarts.The low-touch sales model, recurring revenue and lack of customer concentration lead to a very attractive business model.
Should we consider two similar tools, or two of the most often-used tools?We opted for the latter in this case, and decided to focus on Windows, since—beyond it being the most popular OS in use—it lets us narrow our focus to the two big apps most people would actually choose from, even if there are tons of options with different features available.If you re looking to encrypt specific data and not everything on your PC, that s the way to go.It s a fork of TrueCrypt, which melted down and ceased development back in 2014, but since then it s been updated, improved its own security, and gotten a lot faster.This means if your laptop is stolen or lost somewhere with sensitive data on it, and even if the drive is removed, you can trust that whoever ends up with it may get your hardware, but they won t get your software and data, and you don t have to manage containers to protect your files.Best of all, the developers behind VeraCrypt took the results from TrueCrypt s security audit and used their notes to improve their own product and have begun to edge out closed TrueCrypt code from their own product.
Credit: Rob SchultzThis morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini.The changeIn December, the Get Windows 10 GWX pop-up changed it s verbiage in a way that mimicked malware: The only immediate options were to Upgrade Now or Start download, upgrade later.But here's the icky part: The redesigned GWX pop-up now treats exiting the window as consent for the Windows 10 upgrade.So after more than half a year of teaching people that the only way to say No thanks to Windows 10 is to exit the GWX application, and refusing to allow users to disable the pop-up in any obvious manner so they had to press that X over and over again during those six months to the point that most people probably just click it without reading by this point, Microsoft just made it so that very behavior accepts the Windows 10 upgrade instead.By now, every existing Windows 7 and 8 user has seen and declined the Windows 10 update numerous times.Again: I personally use and love Windows 10.