Imagining a Windows 10 Version Created by Apple

Windows and macOS continue to be considered fierce rivals within the OS market, and both Microsoft and Apple are truly dedicated to developing new features that would eventually set many aside from competition.

Windows 10 itself has evolved a great deal within the last few years, and Microsoft is pushing difficult to make it a practical system for everyone and everything. For this reason Windows 10 can now operate on a multitude of devices, while also offering an abundant feature lineup which includes productivity, gaming, and touch-optimized capabilities.

Even though some such as the new direction that Microsoft has embraced because of its operating system, others want the company to follow in Apple’s footsteps and make Windows more like macOS.

macOS-inspired Windows 10

A concept developed by Kamer Kaan Avdan goes one step further and imagines a Windows 10 version produced by Apple, envisioning a mix of features which are already available for Microsoft users but with improvements coming from macOS.

The Start menu, for example, which I think looks a little bit cluttered, features what seems to be a better live tile concept that depends on an Apple-inspired design, with rounded corners that remind of macOS and iOS icons. Furthermore, the idea details a greatly-improved File Explorer in addition to iMessage for Windows, which may essentially bring Apple’s messaging platform beyond its walled garden.

The redesigned Action Center is the part which i like the most, and despite being obviously inspired from Apple’s control center, some of the improvements highlighted in the concept would actually seem sensible in Windows 10. Including the brightness slider, that is, as Microsoft for some reason sticks with pre-defined brightness levels in its OS.

A dark theme, improved search, and iPhone integration are the other features envisioned in the concept. And of course, while some of those ideas could at some point make their method to Windows 10 in a single form on another, don’t expect Windows 10 to find yourself getting so near to macOS.

Animated Windows 10 Desktop Is Living Proof Themes Must Be A lot more than Wallpapers

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Microsoft’s work in the Windows 10 customization department lately, you probably realized that the software giant releases new themes for that operating-system in the Microsoft Store every once in a while.

And while themes generally bring several tweaks to a specific product, Microsoft has reinvented this concept in Windows 10, therefore the themes that it releases to users in the Microsoft Store aren’t anything more than packs of wallpapers.

Meanwhile, users available keep dreaming about more in terms of customizations, and more often these days, they actually achieve a remarkable degree of desktop tuning with the help of third-party software.

“Third-party desktop customizations”

This is actually the case of the Solar System-themed Windows 10 desktop, that has been created with a bundle of tools available totally free and which anyone can turn to for similar projects.

The apps that you’ll require are Rainmeter (for the desktop skin) and FalconX, which could center the taskbar. The Rainmeter skin for the desktop is available here.

As mentioned not a long time ago, animated wallpapers or fully-featured themes should make a return to Windows 10 eventually, because they give users more customization turn on a normally dull desktop. During most of the cases the performance drop is one thing to worry about, the creator of this desktop says their tweaks don’t really slow down the system.

“It needs a maximum 25 MB of memory and utilizes a maximum 5% from the processor. On an average, it used only 10 MB of memory and fewer than 2.5% from the processor,” a post on reddit explains.

You can re-create this desktop on your device using the tools and skin mentioned previously.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update ranges from strength-to-strength with nearly half of users upgrading

Windows 10 May 2019 Update continues to make great strides in terms of adoption, using the latest version of Microsoft’s OS now on nearly half from the Windows 10 PCs available.

This really is according to the latest report from AdDuplex, which implies that in September, the May 2019 Update increased its market share to 45.5% (going through statistics derived from Microsoft Store apps carrying the company’s adverts).

That’s a substantial 12.5% increase on last month, and when you go back to July, Windows 10 May 2019 Update was just on 11.4% of PCs. So in 2 months, its adoption level has quadrupled, clearly showing Microsoft isn’t afraid to push forward with a swift deployment here (despite all the recent bug fixes causing other bugs we’ve been recently witnessing in cumulative updates for that new edition of Windows 10).

April floodgates

As was the situation recently, the majority of those upgrading are from the April 2018 Update, which dropped from 33.1% to 24.1%. This is because users still running this April update are facing an ever-nearing end-of-support deadline (November 12) and thus upgrades are being forced on their machines (with Microsoft skipping them straight within the October 2018 Update, which was notoriously problematic).

Talking about the October 2018 Update, one fourth of the users list – 25.5% – are still about this form of Windows 10 (a small decrease from 28.7% last month).

If you’re one of those folks around the April 2018 Update being nagged by upgrade prompts, and also you don’t fancy making the forced proceed to the latest version of Windows 10 just yet, remember that while you can’t indefinitely avoid upgrading, you are able to delay the procedure to give you some breathing space.

Bluetooth device suddenly not working with Windows 10? This can be why

Bluetooth has become an incredibly popular tool for connecting devices, be it the best smartwatches or even the best wireless headphones. But, not all Bluetooth devices are created equal, along with a new security update from Microsoft may break Bluetooth connection for many devices on Windows 10.

The new security update arrives in a number of Windows cumulative updates, such as the update for June 2019. But, it is going beyond that, therefore it won’t just be computers getting the latest major update that are affected. The safety update and Bluetooth changes will effect Machines running even Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012, as discovered by Windows Latest.

The security update isn’t breaking Bluetooth connections on accident, though. The modification is intentional, and it aims to block potentially dangerous devices from connecting to Windows computers. What Windows is doing in this case is blocking connections from Bluetooth devices which use well-known encryption keys.

You’ll find more information on all of the affected updates from Microsoft.

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Generally, this security update won’t affect you. Popular Bluetooth devices from major manufacturers aren’t likely to have launched with well-known encryption keys. And, in instances where they’ve, the companies might have updates open to remedy the problem.

If your Bluetooth device you’ve attempted to connect can’t connect, you should check in the Windows Event Log for an error to see if this update is the cause. The error can have track of “BTHUSB or BTHMINI” in the Event Source field, “22” in the Event ID, and “BTHPORT_DEBUG_LINK_KEY_NOT_ALLOWED” within the Name field.

It will also range from the Event Message Text: “Your Bluetooth device attempted to establish a debug connection. The Windows Bluetooth stack does not allow debug connection even though it is not within the debug mode.”

In case your system is not connecting because of this error, you may either try to update the Bluetooth device or roll back the update. The the other alternative would be to replace the Bluetooth device itself. Since future updates of Windows will probably keep this switch to Bluetooth security, keeping insecure Bluetooth devices is probably a fraught option.

NVIDIA Fixes Security Vulnerability in the Windows Software

NVIDIA has resolved a security vulnerability in GeForce Experience for Windows, and users are recommended to set up the most recent version as quickly as possible.

The vulnerability, that has been assigned CVE-2019-5702, affects all versions of NVIDIA’s companion software for Windows prior to 3.20.2. To patch the flaw, users must install NVIDIA Geforce Experience 3.20.2.

NVIDIA says the bug can enable an attacker to corrupt a system file, which would then allow for denial and services information or escalation of privilege. With a complex attack, a malicious actor can obtain administrator privileges, eventually having the ability to deploy additional payloads on a compromised device.

“NVIDIA GeForce Experience contains a vulnerability when GameStream is enabled by which an attacker with local system access can corrupt a method file, which may result in denial of service or escalation of privileges,” NVIDIA explains in an advisory.

“Earlier software branch releases that support this product can also be affected. If you work with an earlier branch release, upgrade to the latest branch release.”

“All Windows versions affected”

The vulnerability may also affect all versions of Windows where NVIDIA’s software is installed, including here Windows 7 and Windows 10. All Windows 10 versions are subjected, including the November 2019 Update, as long as an unpatched build of NVIDIA GeForce Experience is running on the device.

Important to note is that exploiting this vulnerability requires “local system access,” as NVIDIA explains in the security advisory, so taking advantage of the bug remotely isn’t possible.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience 3.20.2.34 also introduces other improvements as well as the security patch, for example newly-optimizing games, like Cod: Modern Warfare, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Need for Speed Heat. Additional bug fixes, including for some games neglecting to launch, are also part of this release.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update makes big gains as Microsoft forces upgrades

Windows 10 May 2019 Update got a big increase in adoption recently, and over half of all Windows 10 users are actually on this version – although whether they made the move that belongs to them volition, or were pushed, is another matter…

According to the October stats from AdDuplex – which compiles its figures from adverts in Microsoft Store apps across some 90,000 Windows 10 PCs – the May 2019 Update now represents 56.6% of users.

That’s another big leap for that new edition of Windows 10, and in fact an 11.1% increase compared to September.

So on the face of products, it seems that all of the recent problems which have been popping up with cumulative updates issued for that May 2019 Update aren’t putting people off upgrading.

However, considering the April 2018 Update dropped from 24.1% of Windows 10 users in September to 13.6% in October, that’s a loss of 10.5% – meaning that the majority of the May 2019 Update upgraders (11.1%) from this level.

And don’t forget that the April 2018 Update has become living on borrowed time, and because the end of support deadline is November 12, Microsoft continues to be forcing upgrades towards the new edition of Windows 10 on these users for obvious security reasons.

Upgrade cattle prod?

So while we can’t know anything for sure, it seems a pretty obvious conclusion that the proven fact that the May 2019 Update is forging ahead – it truly has made massive gains during the last month or two – has a good deal related to those upgrades being mandatory.

It’s also a pretty safe assumption to create that the majority of the remainder of those April 2018 Update users will have upgraded when we get November’s stats; so that’s likely another big 10% approximately rise in them.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, incidentally, remained almost static on 25% of share of the market, only 0.5% under in September. And those are users who don’t have to upgrade due to any imminent deadline, of course?-

Another interesting snippet is that 0.5% of folks are running Windows 10 preview builds, meaning that around one out of 200 users are testers for the OS.

Having made all of these observations, however, we’d do well to remember that we have to watch out for counting on one set of statistics as a picture associated with a particular market.

Because the background to all this, Microsoft has become preparing the next big Windows 10 upgrade, the November 2019 Update that might land on November 12 (and if not then, it’ll be coming soon enough). However, it’s a minor update more about tweaking and small performance improvements, without any major new features being introduced.

There’s a reason for its more trivial nature, apparently, and the rumor mill contends that this is because Microsoft is readjusting the release cadence of Windows 10 upgrades to higher complement the launch of Windows 10X the coming year.

Project xCloud game streaming is due Windows 10 with loads of new games

While all eyes may be on what’s in store from the next Xbox, the so-called Project Scarlett, it isn’t the only hand Microsoft has within the next-gen gaming space. It’s also pushing its Project xCloud game streaming service – that is set to get considerably better within the coming months.

Currently in a limited preview mode, Project xCloud lets you stream full Xbox One games to mobile devices in the cloud. In 2020, it’s going to expand beyond its current mobile constraints for everyone games up to Windows 10 PC users, too. Currently available to select users in the UK, US and Korea, it is also going to expand to support play in Canada, Japan and Western Europe.

And while it’s not yet being given a launch date for those gamers to try, it’s also expanding accessory support for the service too – you’ll soon be able to pair up PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 pads using the service, in addition to gamepads from Razer.

And that’s not all. Based on the press release accompanying the news:

“In 2020 we will enable gamers to stream in the cloud Xbox games that they already own or will purchase. We will also add game streaming in the cloud to Xbox Game Pass. Gamers is going to be free to discover, choose, and play their most favorite games anywhere and everywhere.”

Rounding off the Project xCloud announcements may be the news which more than 50 new titles will end up available to stream through the service, too.

Project xCloud supported games

Here’s what the entire line-up for Project xCloud may be like through 2020, broken down by studio [Note that an *asterisk* denotes a game title already around the service]:

505 Games

• “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night”

• “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons”

Avalanche Studios

• “theHunter: Call of the Wild”

Bandai Namco

• “Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown”

• “RAD”

• “SOULCALIBUR VI”

• “Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition”

• “Tekken 7”

Bigben Interactive

• “WRC 7”

Capcom

• “Devil May Cry 5”

Codemasters

• “F1• 2019”

Curve Digital

• “For the King”

Devolver Digital

• “Absolver”

EA

• “Madden NFL 20”

Fatshark Games

• “Vermintide 2”

Focus Home Interactive

• “Vampyr”

Funcom

• “Conan Exiles”

• “Mutant Year Zero: Route to Eden”

IO Interactive

• “Hitman”

Klei Entertainment

• “Mark from the Ninja: Remastered”

Koch Media

• “Dead Island: Definitive Edition”

KRAFTON

• “TERA”

Mad Dog Games LLC

• “World War Z”

Pearl Abyss

• “Black Desert Online”

Rebellion

• “Sniper Elite 4”

SEGA • “Puyo Puyo Champions”

Square Enix

• “Just Cause 4”

• “Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition”

• “World of Final Fantasy• Maxima”

Studio Wildcard

• “ARK: Survival Evolved”

Take-Two Interactive

• “Borderlands: The Handsome Collection”

• “WWE 2K20”

Team17

• “Overcooked!”
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• “Yoku’s Island Express”

THQ Nordic

• “Battle Chasers: Nightwar”

• “Darksiders 3”

tinyBuild

• “Hello Neighbor”

Unknown Worlds

• “Subnautica”

Wargaming

• “World of Tanks: Mercenaries”

• “World of Warships: Legends”

Xbox Game Studios

• “Crackdown 3”

• “Forza Horizon 4”

• “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition”

• “Gears 5” *

• “Halo 5: Guardians” *

• “Halo Wars 2”

• “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”

• “Killer Instinct” *

• “Ori and also the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition”

• “ReCore: Definitive Edition”

• “Sea of Thieves” *

• “State of Decay 2”

• “The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut”

Project xCloud – all you need to know

Mozilla Releases Early Form of Firefox Reality for Windows 10

Microsoft announced HoloLens 2 earlier this year, and one of the key news shared during the unveiling was that Mozilla would support the new generation having a dedicated form of Firefox browser that would add support for Windows Mixed Reality.

Little has been said on the project since then, and unsurprisingly, many believed Mozilla actually gave up on the concept of bringing Firefox for this platform.

But as as it happens, Mozilla gets closer and closer to the official release, with the company now publishing an earlier form of Firefox Reality for Windows Mixed Reality in the Microsoft Store.

Necessary for know is that this browser is just an earlier version, and Mozilla says it’ll be using it specifically to gather feedback from developers and further polish the application prior to the official launch happens.

Experimental release

Inside a statement for Neowin, Mozilla reiterates that it’s working on bringing Firefox to HoloLens 2, but no further ETA details are shared.

“Mozilla is building an experimental AR browser for HoloLens 2 based on our Firefox Reality codebase. There exists a shared goal with Microsoft of learning more about AR web use cases from HoloLens developers, and tinkering with AR browser design and implementation,” Mozilla said.

“Our goal with this particular experimental AR browser would be to stress test our initial implementation of WebXR and study from developers what specific use cases they need for the future 3D web. We plan to take these learnings and apply them to a full version of Firefox Reality for AR devices.”

Firefox Reality is available these days for download in the Microsoft Store, but bear in mind it is really an early form of the browser and never everything may be working just as you’d expect results.

How you can Fix Error 3, Error 7, and Error 60 in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10

Microsoft is now giving the finishing touches to the stable version of its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, because the highly-anticipated launch is projected to occur in mid-January.

Regardless of the many months that Microsoft Edge has spent in preview channels that allowed the software giant to locate bugs and fix them prior to the public release, there’s without doubt users would still come across a quantity of glitches regardless of the platform they run.

So that as usual, error codes will have a vital role within their make an effort to fix these complaints, so today we’re likely to see how three of the most common errors can be fixed when installing Microsoft Edge.

Error 3

If you’re trying to install Microsoft Edge and the process fails with Error 3, there’s two things to check. To begin with, make sure that you downloaded the correct installer for the operating system – on Windows, the brand new Edge will support Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. 32-bit and 64-bit builds is going to be offered, so double-check your OS version to obtain the right installer.

And second of, Microsoft states that Windows updates might have changed certain settings, then you are suggested to download Microsoft Edge and try to install it again (if your preview build has already been running on your device).

Error 3 may be substituted with 0x80040154, 0x8004081E, or a message reading “We can’t install Microsoft Edge on this form of Windows”.

Error 7

This error is specific to Windows 10 because it’s tied to an element that only exists within this OS version.

Specifically, if error 7 is encountered when attempting to set up or using Microsoft Edge, what you need to do is disable Game Mode. To get this done, follow this location:

Settings > Gaming > Game Mode > Game Mode toggle

Once Game Mode is disabled, you need to to reinstall or update the browser fitted 10 device.

Error 60

On the other hand, error 60 has three different causes that may trigger it.

First and foremost, Microsoft says that this error shows up once the user accidentally launches the install or even the updater twice. In other words, if you pressed Enter a lot of times consecutively, there’s a chance the installer fired up twice, so close one of these and you should anticipate to go.

Then, you should just retry the installation if error 60 shows up on the screen. Surprisingly, but attempting to install the browser once more can actually make a big difference if this error is encountered.

And third, restarting the operating system after which relaunching the installer could also help, especially if some files are locked. Again, this is an error specific to Windows 10, therefore the workarounds here work only on this latest version of Microsoft’s operating-system.

What’s important to bear in mind is the fact that Microsoft Edge will be offered on Windows 10 via Windows Update, therefore the errors here may be encountered when running the updater. A few of the workarounds may also be used on Windows 7 if they aren’t associated with a specific feature in Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge is projected to receive the go-ahead in mid-January, after which Windows 10 devices should get the new browser as part of an update. Preview builds of the browser may also be installed side by side with the stable version on all supported platforms. The stable build is going to be updated every 6 weeks, according to Microsoft’s policy.

How to Launch the New Windows 10 Screenshot App from the Desktop

I don’t know about you, but Snipping Tool was but still is definitely an awesome app which I use occasionally whenever I want to take a screenshot capture without resorting to third-party apps.

On the other hand, I additionally use a dedicated third-party screenshot app for more advanced things, however for basic screen capturing, Snipping Tool is simply perfect.

Microsoft, however, wants the snipping experience in Windows 10 to evolve too, so it’s replacing it having a modern app called Snip & Sketch. Obviously, additional features are developed too, together with a Screen snip option that allows you to quickly have a screenshot of a region on the screen, a window, or even the full screen.

The Screen snip choice is found in the Action Center and it is offered like a a quick response, so a couple of clicks is all you need to launch it. But on the other hand, what if you need to launch the app from the desktop or in the taskbar?

Right now, Screen snip (the option itself) isn’t offered as a standalone app, what exactly you can do is create a shortcut for Snip & Sketch and then use its interface to take a screenshot.

This clearly isn’t probably the most convenient move to make if you want everything to be faster, and the steps below might really come to the rescue.

The answer, in this case, is creating a shortcut for Screen snip that makes it easy to turn on the screen taking option inside a more straightforward manner without needing to launch Snip & Sketch first.

Fortunately, doing the whole thing doesn’t take more than just several clicks.

First and foremost, check out the desktop and right-click it > New Shortcut. When inspired to type the position of the item, paste the next code:

%windir%\explorer.exe ms-screenclip:

Click next to advance to another screen after which choose a name for this shortcut (something like “Screen capture” or anything like that). When you press finish, the shortcut ought to be ready that you should launch.

Double-clicking this shortcut fires in the screenshot taking UI, and you can select from the same options as before, for example window, area on screen, or full screen.

From this point on, it’s your decision to decide the way you use the shortcut. For instance, while most people prefer to ensure that it stays on the desktop, you can very well drag it to the taskbar, where it’s even faster to click simply because it’s available regardless of what you need to do on screen.

Not to mention, you can also pick a different icon for that shortcut, either from the default icon pack that comes with Windows or utilizing a third-party icon that you downloaded from the web.

The tutorial here creates all versions of Windows 10 where Snip & Sketch can be obtained and the Screen snip choice is supported.

As for third-party screenshot capturing apps, there are many them out there, however the one I recommended is WinSnap. It doesn’t have a free license, but on the other hand it supports all kinds of additional features, including hotkey support, auto-saving, watermarking, along with a number of visual effects that may be applied to each screenshot.

Hopefully, Microsoft will continue to enhance Snip & Sketch in Windows 10 with more such capabilities, and the feature which i consider mandatory at this time is hotkey support. For the time being, the company hasn’t said anything about such improvements, but with respect to the received feedback, such features could become important going forward.