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One of our favorite benchmark suites is PCMark 10 from UL, and today they are announcing that the latest version of their testing suite is gaining some new battery life tests. PCMark tries to emulate real-world workloads by mixing in a variety of different tests. There is no one test that is capable of simulating every scenario though, so UL breaks the tests into easy to understand terms such as Office and Gaming. Today’s update brings battery life tests to those same workloads, and will provide another touch-point to get a feel for how long laptops batteries will last doing actual work. This, of course, is not the first time PCMark has offered battery results. The previous version – PCMark 8 – offered battery rundown...

Windows 10 May 2019 Update Feature Focus: Light Themes And Sandboxes

This week, Microsoft officially rolled out the Windows 10 May 2019 Update to the world. However, due to some recurring issues over the last couple of updates, the company...

71 by Brett Howse on 5/24/2019

A New Approach To Updates: Windows 10 May 2019 Update Available Today

For those eager to get the latest and greatest production build of Windows 10; good news. For those who would rather watch from the sidelines until the kinks are...

44 by Brett Howse on 5/21/2019

Microsoft Build Day 1: Windows Subsystem For Linux Gets More Linux

Today at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, the Redmond company announced some major changes to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, as well as some improvements to Windows 10 command line...

53 by Brett Howse on 5/7/2019

Intel Releases New Graphics Control Panel: The Intel Graphics Command Center

Making their own contribution to this busy week of GPU and gaming news, this evening Intel took the wraps off of their previously teased new graphics control panel. Dubbed...

47 by Ryan Smith & Billy Tallis on 3/20/2019

Microsoft Brings DirectX 12 To Windows 7

Sometimes things happen that are unexpected – just ask Ned Stark. In a far less fictional event, Microsoft has posted an update on their DirectX Blog announcing that they’ve...

50 by Brett Howse on 3/12/2019

Microsoft Announces Move to Chromium For The Edge Browser

Today Microsoft has officially announced it is going to abandon its EdgeHTML and Chakra scripting engines, and move to Chromium for their first-party web browser, Microsoft Edge. This is...

57 by Brett Howse on 12/6/2018

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809): Let's Try This Again

Back on October 2nd, Microsoft announced general availability for the latest update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The new naming is improved over what they’d...

88 by Brett Howse on 11/14/2018

Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft, Passes Away

Paul Allen, the man who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, died on Monday, October 15, 2018. Mr. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, but remained in its Board of Directors...

11 by Anton Shilov on 10/15/2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Now Available

This afternoon at the Microsoft Fall 2018 event, Microsoft announced that the latest Windows 10 Update, version 1809, is now generally available for those that want to download it...

26 by Brett Howse on 10/2/2018

Microsoft Office 365 Home Update: More Users And More Sign-ins

For those that are subscribed to Office 365 Home, Microsoft has announced that they are updating the contract to allow more users to access the subscription, and they’re updating...

36 by Brett Howse on 9/3/2018

BAPCo Publishes SYSmark 2018

One of the bigger consortiums for developing benchmarks is BAPCo. Over the years the company has released a variety of benchmarking tools, such as MobileMark, TabletMark, and SYSmark. This...

10 by Ian Cutress on 8/17/2018

The Windows 10 April Update (1803): The Littlest Big Update

We’re about three years into Windows 10, and we’ve seen a lot of changes to the OS, as well as the servicing model, in those three years. The move...

163 by Brett Howse on 5/25/2018

Microsoft Build 2018: Developing Around Windows

This morning is the kickoff for Microsoft’s annual developer conference, with keynotes highlighting the next year in Microsoft. In the last several years we’ve seen the Redmond based company...

48 by Brett Howse on 5/7/2018

Windows 10 April Update Set For May Rollout

Microsoft has officially made available the Windows 10 April Update today, with a broader rollout to start on May 8th. Originally set to launch a couple of weeks ago...

12 by Brett Howse on 4/30/2018

Microsoft Announces AI Platform for Windows Developers: Machine Learning On The Edge

Today Microsoft is hosting a developer day, and one of the highlights they are showcasing is a new API called WinML. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are two of...

10 by Brett Howse on 3/7/2018

Microsoft Announces Q2 FY 2018 Earnings

This afternoon, Microsoft announced their earnings for the second quarter of their 2018 fiscal year. The company had revenues of $28.9 billion for the quarter, which is up 12%...

6 by Brett Howse on 1/31/2018

NVIDIA Launches GeForce NOW Game-streaming Service PC Beta

LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at CES 2018, NVIDIA announced PC availability of the GeForce NOW, their cloud-based game-streaming service, as a free closed beta. Not to be confused...

5 by Nate Oh on 1/8/2018

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 On ARM: Always Connected PCs

This morning at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Microsoft’s EVP of Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, is announcing the introduction of the first Windows 10 PCs to be...

59 by Brett Howse on 12/5/2017

HEVC and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) came with a host of welcome changes. One of the aspects that didn't get much coverage in the tech press was the...

38 by Ganesh T S on 11/30/2017

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