Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version of Direct3D would be focused on low level graphics programming, unlocking the greater performance and greater efficiency that game consoles have traditionally enjoyed by giving seasons programmers more direct access to the underlying hardware. In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work. At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API...

Microsoft Discusses Windows 8 Accessibility Improvements

After last week's broad, sweeping post about Windows on ARM, the Building Windows 8 team is back to discussing the nuts and bolts of the operating system - today...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/14/2012

Microsoft Provides Windows on ARM Details

We've known that Microsoft has been planning an ARM-compatible version of Windows since well before we knew anything else about Windows 8, but the particulars have often been obscured...

62 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/9/2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event Scheduled For Feb 29

Windows aficionado Paul Thurrott has just confirmed that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event will be held in Barcelona, Spain on February 29, 2012. Coming from Mr. Thurrott, we...

12 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 2/9/2012

Microsoft Makes Changes to Windows 8's File Management Changes

We've been covering the changes in Windows 8 fairly closely since Microsoft started talking about the upcoming operating system, and while most of these changes will probably land in...

7 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/31/2012

Microsoft Office 15 Reaches Technical Preview Milestone

Apart from a few screenshots leaked early last year, not much was known about the next major release of Microsoft Office codenamed “Office 15”. However, as of yesterday, Microsoft...

20 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 1/31/2012

Windows 8 Motion Sensor Support Detailed

Windows 8's tablet-centric focus means that it's going to pick up a lot of new features to support hardware particular to those devices - Microsoft's Gavin Gear took to...

22 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/25/2012

Windows 8 Mobile Broadband Enhancements Detailed

Using mobile broadband in Windows 8 will no longer require specific drivers and third-party software, says Microsoft's Billy Anders in a Building Windows 8 blog post today. This is...

14 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/20/2012

Microsoft's ReFS Filesystem for Windows 8 Server Explained

While Windows 8 client machines will continue to use the NTFS filesystem, Microsoft's Surendra Verma has given us some details on Windows 8 Server's new "Resilient File System," or...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/16/2012

CES 2012: Windows 8 Beta In Late February

There has been some speculation over the last few months over when to expect the beta release of Windows 8. During Microsoft's final CES keynote tonight, Microsoft put that...

20 by Ryan Smith on 1/9/2012

Windows 8's "Storage Spaces" Detailed

Windows 8's new Storage Spaces functionality will easily allow users and system administrators to pool different physical drives together into one logical drive, writes Rajeev Nagar on the Building...

38 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/6/2012

Windows 8's Refresh and Reset Functionality Detailed

Microsoft's Desmond Lee took to the Building Windows 8 blog today to detail the Reset and Refresh functionality which will allow users to restore Windows to a pristine state...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/4/2012

Microsoft Releases Hotfix to Improve Bulldozer Performance UPDATE: Pulled

The launch of Bulldozer in October wasn't exactly a success for AMD. In our review, Anand ended up recommending the Intel i5-2500K over AMD FX-8150. One of the reasons...

76 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2011

Microsoft To Begin Automatic IE Upgrades For Users

Microsoft announced today that for the first time it would automatically begin updating Windows users to the most recent browser version supported by their OS (IE8 for XP, IE...

23 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/15/2011

Microsoft Releases SkyDrive Apps for Windows Phone and iOS

Users of Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service now have another way to access and share their files - Microsoft today released SkyDrive apps for both Windows Phone and iOS...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/13/2011

Xbox 360 Companion for Windows Phone, Xbox Live for iOS Apps Released

The Xbox team has been rather busy lately. On Tuesday, the team delivered the most sweeping facelift of the Xbox 360 dashboard since NXE, and today released an Xbox...

7 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Microsoft Announces Windows Store Details

In an announcement aimed squarely at developers, Microsoft's Antoine Leblond and Ted Dworkin yesterday revealed some hard details for the upcoming Windows 8 app store. Using Apple's and Android's...

17 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/7/2011

Microsoft Releases Metro-themed Xbox 360 Dashboard Update

At some point today, Microsoft will issue an update for the Xbox 360 that will roll out the latest set of changes to its gaming console, most prominently a...

28 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/6/2011

Windows 8 to Feature Streamlined Downloadable Installer

As with every new Windows version, Microsoft is streamlining the Windows setup process, writes Christa St. Pierre on the Building Windows 8 Blog. The biggest change is the new...

30 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/22/2011

Windows 8 Streamlines Windows Update

With every new Windows release, Microsoft promises to reduce the number of times we'll have to restart our computers. Things have gradually gotten better - today, many program installations...

39 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/14/2011

Windows 8 Task Manager Features Improved UI for Multiple CPUs

Microsoft's Ryan Haveson takes to the Building Windows 8 blog today to give us one of our first looks at a Windows 8 feature not included in the Developer...

36 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/27/2011

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