Microsoft Surface Studio

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Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.

Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.

Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.

Project Scorpio

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Microsoft have teased their new console coming at the end of 2017. Project Scorpio will run on Windows 10 and have backwards capabilities to both Xbox One and Xbox One S.

It will have an 8 core processor and a graphics card with a huge 6TFLOP’s of power. That is 4x more than the current Xbox One that has 1.3 and the PS4 that has 1.9.

What does this mean?

This new graphics card will perform as good as the high-end cards today giving 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming.

The console can also handle VR. When announced, Fallout 4 VR was also mentioned. 4k is now the standard and Project Scorpio will meet that standard. It will also include HDR, which is also in the new Xbox One S (which is available in August).

Xbox One Windows 10 update

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The new Windows 10 powered Xbox One update is due on November 12th.  The New update will bring a major system overhaul including the new dashboard and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on selected games

With the new dashboard and with the Xbox One being powered by Windows 10, Microsoft say that you will be able to access content 50% faster.

A Windows 10 review will be available a week after release that will review Windows 10 on both the desktop and on the Xbox One.

Windows 10 to be pushed to all windows 7 and 8 PC’s next year

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Windows 10 is to be a recommended update next year and will be automatically downloaded to all machines running Windows 7 and 8.

Windows 10 has been Microsoft’s best Windows launch since Windows 98, and in August it was reported to be installed on over 75 million machines. The OS has fixed what users did not like in Windows 8 and it has improved on what was so good about Windows 7. I have been running Windows 10 since the first beta and it has taken massive strides to become a fantastic OS.

Users are able to decline the installation of Windows 10 once downloaded, but it will take up storage space. If you do choose to install, there is a 31 day rollback period in which you can go back to your previous Windows OS.

Xbox one to PC streaming just got better

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You now have a “Very High” option in Windows 10 on the streaming options. It now enables you to stream your Xbox one to your PC in 1080p and 60 frames per second (fsp). To do this, go to Settings > Game Streaming, and set the video encoding level to Very High. This is recommended for those who’s home networks have the bandwidth to stream at this quality.

Watch Halo 4 Xbox One to PC streaming for a video recorded while streaming in 1080p and 60fps.

New Windows 10 build available

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Windows 10 build 10525 is now available to those who were part of the Insiders Program. The build doest come with too many changes apart from possible bug fixes, but it does allow you to alter the colour of the taskbar and has significantly improved memory management. There are not many other changes to this build but  video playback and internet sharing seem to have a few bugs in this build.

Things to look forward to in Windows 10

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With 9 days to go, here are 10 things to look forward to in Windows 10.

1. Return of the start menu
2. Multiple desktops
3. Cortana
3. Windows Hello
4. Microsoft Edge web browser
5. Xbox One streaming
6. Snap assist
7. New Action Center
8. Direct X 12
9. New look Windows Explorer/ Control Panel
10. Universal Apps