Neowin's 7 Days of Windows 10 wonders (and a tiny taste of Marshmallow)

By Neowin
Oct 11, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="" /></p> <p class="grey"><strong>7 Days</strong> is a weekly round-up of what&#39;s been happening in the world of technology - written by Neowin&#39;s editors with a dash of humor, a hint of exasperation, and an endless supply of (Irish) coffee. Here&#39;s a especially edited version for TechSpot readers <a href="">from the full article</a>.</p> <p>We expected this week to be an exciting one, and it certainly didn&rsquo;t disappoint. After <a href="">Apple&rsquo;s iOS 9 event</a> a month ago, and <a href="">Google&rsquo;s Marshmallow launch</a> a few weeks later, it was Microsoft&rsquo;s turn to stand in the spotlight on Tuesday, at its <a href="">Windows 10 Devices event in New York City</a>.</p> <p>Microsoft enjoyed a huge amount of media coverage for its announcements &ndash; even the breakfast news shows were excitedly chattering about what the company might unveil &ndash; but of course, that wasn&rsquo;t the only bit of news from across the tech world this week.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>With so many products, insights and details revealed at the Microsoft event, that seems like the most sensible place to start this week. Even HoloLens made an appearance there, in a rather cool on-stage demo featuring a game known as &lsquo;<em>Project X-ray</em>&rsquo;. The company also announced that HoloLens Development Edition <a href="">will go on sale next quarter for $3,000 USD</a>.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Of course, many of the surprises that Microsoft had in store for the event had been ruined by extensive leaks in the weeks leading up to it &ndash; so when its new health- and fitness-focused wearable was unveiled, it wasn&rsquo;t exactly a shock. However, Microsoft still managed to raise eyebrows when it revealed that the device will cost even more than its predecessor.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Microsoft unveils Band 2, shipping October 30</a></li> <li><a href="">Microsoft&rsquo;s new Band will allow you to create and track custom workouts</a></li> <li><a href="">Microsoft Health just got an awesome overhaul</a></li> <li><a href="">Microsoft discounts original Band to $129</a></li> </ul> <p>I got some hands-on time with the Band 2 at the launch event &ndash; <a href="">check out my first impressions of the device</a>, including some observations on how it compares with the first-gen model.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s new flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices had also been extensively detailed before the event &ndash; but many key details were finally confirmed there for the first time, including pricing:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Microsoft unveils the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL</a></li> <li><a href="">Microsoft Display Dock for Phone Continuum</a></li> <li><a href="">Comparing specs: Lumia 950 + 950 XL vs iPhone 6s vs Galaxy S6 vs the new Nexus flagships</a></li> </ul> <p>The company also confirmed the existence of the low-end Lumia 550; however, it spent less than a minute actually talking about it before moving on to other things &ndash; indeed, it made no real effort at all to get people excited or even remotely interested in it.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>If you want some idea of what these new devices are like in the flesh, <a href="">check out my first impressions</a> of the Lumia 550, the flagship 950 and 950 XL, and the Display Dock.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Microsoft didn&rsquo;t announce pricing for the Display Dock at the event, but a report claims that <a href="">it will go on sale for $99 USD</a> &ndash; and that lines up precisely with what we&rsquo;ve heard from our own sources.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Microsoft also announced that Finnish premium accessory manufacturer Mozo would be a &lsquo;Designed for Microsoft Lumia&rsquo; partner, offering <a href="">luxurious rear covers for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL</a>. I got to check these out up-close, and they certainly look and feel rather special. Krusell has also signed up as a partner, showing off <a href="">some of its new external cases</a>.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Unfortunately, in the United States, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL won&rsquo;t have universal support from all of the leading mobile carriers. Instead, Microsoft said that <a href="">AT&amp;T will be the only carrier to sell the new Lumias</a> &ndash; but it will also sell unlocked devices for those who don&rsquo;t wish to use its network.</p> <p>Curiously, it seems that this unusual arrangement <em>didn&rsquo;t</em> come about because of a lack of interest from other carriers. T-Mobile chief executive John Legere responded to complaints from customers about his network not offering the new Windows 10 Mobile flagships, saying that <a href="">Microsoft &ldquo;gave [the rights to sell the devices] to AT&amp;T&rdquo;</a>, adding: &ldquo;If Microsoft wakes up, we&rsquo;ll talk&rdquo;.</p> <div class="embeddedContent oembed-provider- oembed-provider-twitter" data-align="none" data-oembed="" data-oembed_provider="twitter" data-resizetype="noresize"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Windows 10 Mobile *Insider Preview* builds running on the new Lumia handsets. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Andy Weir (@gcaweir) <a href="">October 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></div> <p>By the way, all of the handsets that I got to play with at the Microsoft event were running Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile &ndash; and several different builds were on show. The highest build number that I spotted there was 10546 &ndash; but <a href="">newer builds, including 10559</a>, are being tested internally at the company.</p> <p>While the 950 and 950 XL will go on sale in November, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 Mobile will begin <a href="">rolling out to existing devices from December</a> &ndash; although that process of upgrading eligible devices from Windows Phone 8.1 will still be subject to carrier approval, so don&rsquo;t expect an instant upgrade on day one.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Of course, we&rsquo;re still not done with that Microsoft launch event &ndash; because even more devices were unveiled, including the long-awaited Surface Pro 4. Featuring the latest Skylake-generation Intel processors, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, the Pro 4 also has a slightly larger display than its predecessor, thanks to slimmer bezels.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 4</a></li> <li><a href="">How the new liquid cooling system works in the Surface Pro 4</a></li> <li><a href="">Specs comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Apple iPad Pro vs Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro</a></li> <li><a href="">Editorial: Surface Pro 4 excites but leaves room for improvement</a></li> </ul> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>But Microsoft did have one <em>sort-of</em>-surprise up its sleeve. After recent rumors that a larger 14-inch Surface Pro 4 might be unveiled, Microsoft instead <a href="">unveiled the Surface Book, calling it &ldquo;the ultimate laptop&rdquo;</a>. But in fact, the Surface Book isn&rsquo;t a laptop in the &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; sense &ndash; it&rsquo;s really a 2-in-1 with a detachable tablet section that docks into the keyboard base.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>However, the keyboard section has a few tricks up its sleeve &ndash; and we&rsquo;re not just talking about its elaborate and complex &lsquo;dynamic fulcrum hinge&rsquo;. The tablet contains the CPU and primary battery &ndash; but the keyboard includes a secondary battery, and an optional NVIDIA GPU for a serious graphics performance boost.</p> <p>Given the very limited time available to play with these devices at the event, I didn&rsquo;t get to test their performance in any meaningful way &ndash; but I did get a bit of <a href="">hands-on time with both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book</a>, so be sure to give that a look too.</p> <p>We asked our readers for their thoughts on the Surface Book in particular &ndash; is this the ultimate Windows 10 machine that they&rsquo;ve been craving, or has it failed to win over their hearts and minds? Have a read through the opinions they&#39;ve shared so far, and <a href="">join in the discussion!</a></p> <p>We also asked our readers to vote on which of the new devices they&rsquo;re looking forward to the most. It&rsquo;s surprisingly close between the current first- and second-place holders&hellip; so <a href="">get over there and cast your vote too!</a></p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>By the way, the latest additions to Microsoft&rsquo;s hardware family are now available to <a href="">try out (but not yet to buy) in its retail stores</a> &ndash; so if reading about my hands-on experiences just isn&rsquo;t enough to satisfy your curiosity, you can now get your own paws on the new devices (as long as you&#39;ve got a Microsoft Store nearby...).</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>A couple of other tidbits from the Microsoft event: first, the company said that new Universal apps are on the way to Windows 10 PCs and phones <a href="">from Facebook and Instagram</a>&hellip;</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>&hellip;and it also revealed that <a href="">Windows 10 is now running on over 110 million devices</a> around the world.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>While many of these PCs have upgraded to Windows 10 from earlier Windows versions, the first new devices with the new OS pre-installed are already on sale, and many more are on the way. HP unveiled <a href="">one such device this week &ndash; the Spectre x2</a>, which certainly appears to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft&rsquo;s Surface line.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>HP also announced the <a href="">Envy 8 Note, a premium Windows 10 mini-tablet</a> designed around the note-taking experience. The 8-inch device comes with a stylus and a &lsquo;folio&rsquo; with 10-inch keyboard.</p> <p>Microsoft acknowledged this week that its websites are <a href="">storing users&rsquo; Microsoft Account IDs in plain text</a> while they&rsquo;re signed into some of its services, even using HTTPS connections. While this is far from being a major threat to users&rsquo; online safety, it can hardly be considered &lsquo;best practice&rsquo; for ensuring its customers&rsquo; privacy and security.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Netflix is <a href="">raising the cost of its monthly subscriptions</a> in the United States, Canada, and parts of Latin America &ndash; but the good news is that existing customers will have a fairly generous grace period before having to pay the higher prices.</p> <p>And in a separate development, Netflix <a href="">updated its app for Windows 10 with integrated Cortana support</a>, allowing users to voice-search for movies and TV shows.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Cortana is coming to the Xbox One as part of the new Windows 10-based user experience, which is currently available only to a limited number of preview users. Microsoft will add Cortana to the preview before the end of the year, but those not on the Xbox One Preview program <a href="">will have to wait until Q1 2016</a>.</p> <p>Sony fired a shot across Microsoft&#39;s bow on Thursday ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season, by announcing <a href="">price reductions on its PlayStation 4 in North America</a>, following similar reductions in Japan last month.</p> <p>On the same day, the <a href=""><em>Star Wars Battlefront </em>Open Beta kicked off</a>, with availability on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on PCs through Origin.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p><em>The Rise of the Tomb Raider </em><a href="">went gold on Friday</a>, ahead of its release next month on the Xbox One and Xbox 360...</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>...and with less than three weeks to go until its release, <a href=""><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> finally went gold this week too</a>. What a week it&#39;s been.</p> <p><a href="">Read the full 7 Days article</a>.</p> <p class="byline">This article is brought to you in partnership with Neowin.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href=''></a></p>[/parsehtml]
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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,377

    Even a tiny taste of a marshmallow leaves a nasty aftertaste and an acidic sediment that rots your teeth.

    Android's security moto: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, doesn't quite work here :)
  3. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 161   +133

    Hmm, smells like an Apple fanboy to me.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,377

    Well, I'm not. I used an iPhone for 4 years, moved to Android only 2 month ago, like it, mostly. But here I'm just trying to be objective, or at least as far as my unblemished sense of sarcasm allows.

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