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Mysterious new version of Windows 10 created for Chinese government

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft has built a special customised version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. The operating system is available to consumers in China, but the country's government hasn't been overly keen on Windows. It placed a ban on Windows 8 for government use in the aftermath of Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations, and partnered with Canonical in 2013 in an ultimately doomed effort to create a Windows alternative called Kylin. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


Windows 10 Creators Update: Software expected to take months to arrive despite April launch

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft looks set to launch the Windows 10 Creators Update in a matter of weeks, but data suggests users will have to wait months to download it. The major software update will introduce a raft of new features, including Paint 3D, new accessibility features and a multitude of performance enhancements. However, the pace of last year's Anniversary Update suggests the Creators Update could take a long time to arrive. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


Microsoft Windows update: Major new redesign coming this year, company confirms

The Independent - Tech

A timeline outlining the evolution of Windows 10 has confirmed that two major updates are in the pipeline for 2017. The company is known to be working on a drastically different-looking user interface for the operating system, known as Project Neon, which is likely to arrive with the second update. The timeline, which doesn't reveal any specific dates, was spotted by onMSFT at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Australia. However, the Creators update – the first of the two – is currently being tested by Windows Insiders and looks set to land in April. The graphic shows that Microsoft plans to release the second update to consumers towards the end of the year, before a stage dubbed'production' kicks off in 2018.


Microsoft Windows 10 update: New design ditches several classic features for cleaner look

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft is preparing a new user interface for Windows 10, and a leaked screenshot has shown just how different to the current version it could look. The image, posted online by Twitter user Tom Hounsell, shows off a number of small but significant changes to the taskbar and open windows. The new-look Groove app shows that Microsoft is considering ditching both window borders and the title bar. For anyone who cares, here's the full concept image that was in the background of #Microsoft's "Sneak Peak" of #Windows10 #ProjectNEON pic.twitter.com/I3cIlZfX0k The minimise, restore/maximise and close buttons have been incorporated into the window itself, and content now extends right to the edge.


New Skype available: All Windows and Mac users have to update by 1 March

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft has announced that users will have to update to the new version of Skype for desktop in order to continue using the program beyond this month. From 1 March, people will no longer be able to log in to version 7.16 (and older builds) of Skype for Windows desktop, or version 7.18 (and older) of Skype for Mac. The company hasn't given users a great deal of notice, having only announced the update on 3 February. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.