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  • Windows 10 Tip: Scroll Inactive Windows

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    Windows 10 has a neat new feature that lets you scroll in non-active windows on the desktop, just as with the Mac. Here’s how it works, and how you can use this feature in your own work. First, thanks to Abhishek K. for the tip. I hadn’t noticed this setting. If you think about how […]

    Throwback Thursday: Windows “Vienna”

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    Most people don’t know or forgot, but Windows 7 actually went through a couple of codenames—Vienna first, then Windows Seven—before Microsoft settled on its final name. But the most notable thing about the start of this project, perhaps, was that it happened as a new team was taking over a Windows, ushering in a six-year […]

    Microsoft Simplifies Windows 10 Web Browser Strategy

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    And no, they’re not going to a one browser plan: despite constant rumors that Microsoft will “kill” Internet Explorer, the software giant will still ship both IE and “Project Spartan” in its new OS. But this week, something has changed. And it makes a bit more sense than the original plan. Microsoft announced its new […]

    Hamburgled: How the Windows 10 UI Goes Mainstream

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    It’s the digital equivalent of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys: the so-called hamburger button—a UI widget that collapses and expands the app menu used by Windows 10 universal apps—has created a rift between proponents and haters. What is this little widget? And why do some people seem to hate it so much? The hamburger button […]

    Universal Apps Will Be Branded as Windows Apps

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    After fumbling with the Metro branding for Windows 8 apps and then settling on the horrible name Windows Store apps, it appeared that Microsoft had finally settled on a great new name for its new app platform: universal apps. But that’s apparently not the case: these apps will actually be called Windows apps going forward, […]

    One Windows, Multiple Form Factors

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    With Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing the notion of “One Windows,” where previously separate OS versions on different types of devices are now converging into a single platform. This visions is part hype and part reality. But I think a better explanation of what’s happening is that Microsoft is simply continuing to evolve the underlying […]

    Field Guide Books: A Quick Update

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    In the two months since we launched Thurrott.com, I’ve been somewhat consumed by the need to get the site up to speed, and stocked with new and relevant content. That job will never be done, of course, but I think it’s time for me to also give a bit of attention to the Field Guide […]

    What’s Happening with Windows 10 for Tablets

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    I’ve noticed a growing disturbance in the Force lately: Irked by my preference for non-Windows tablets, some readers are concerned that I’m ignoring Windows 10 on tablets and, worse, am downplaying its inefficiencies on such devices. And, fair enough, while I have installed Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 on a variety of devices, the truth […]

    Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements for PC

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    Thanks to the documentation that Microsoft provided this week at WinHEC, we now have a more complete idea of the Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements for PCs, which of course includes tablets, 2-in-1s and other transforming/hybrid devices as well. Here’s the complete rundown. Note: I wrote about the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 Mobile […]

    Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Snap

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    The more you use Windows 10, the more obvious it is that Microsoft has gotten just about everything right. Case in point: Snap, a feature that barely worked in Windows 8, was improved for modern apps in Windows 8.1, and now works extremely well in Windows 10. And not just for all app types, but […]

    Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Continuum and Tablet Mode

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    With PCs evolving into multi-function, transforming computing devices, Windows 10 will offer two new features which should make it easier for users to adapt to this changing world. Continuum will handle the transition between different display modes on transforming PCs, while the related Tablet Mode feature will help Windows 10 work more efficiently on tablets […]