Any graphics programmer worth their salt is familiar with Microsoft's "PIX". No, not the photo app of the same name (by the same company, no less), but the comprehensive Direct3D debugging tool that allows a developer to break down their rendering pipeline frame by frame. The utility has now been updated for DirectX 12, but it comes with a great many caveats.
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Microsoft's Surface Book has always been a unique gadget — a great ultraportable laptop, with the extra appeal of a completely detachable tablet screen that contains all the smarts and processing to run proper Windows. The newest Performance Base variant of the Surface Book adds double the graphics power, without making any significant compromise on battery life — but it's also using tech that Microsoft's competitors have left behind.
Microsoft will be collecting less tracking information about its users on Windows 10 and will give them more control over their privacy. There has been criticism about Microsoft's perceived heavy-handed data collection methods since Windows 10 was launched in 2015. Now the company wants to win back the trust of its customers. Here's are the changes it has made to Windows 10 to improve privacy on the operating system.
I recently encountered a problem with my Outlook mobile app where I'm unable to access my emails. It happens every now and then. I'll see a "Please wait while we download your messages" alert come up when I launch the app and it stays there no matter how long I wait. It seems a lot of people have experienced this problem. Luckily, there's an easy fix.
While most users haven't had any particular quarrels with Windows 10, the same can't be said for those on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 who refused to upgrade. As the clock inched closer to the deadline for a free Windows 10 upgrade earlier this year, Microsoft's campaign to users became increasingly aggressive.
But in a parting gift and a reminder of the year that was, Microsoft's chief marketing officer has finally admitted that maybe, possibly the company pushed Windows 10 on people a little too hard.
Versatility has become one of the most sought-after features in modern tech. People don't want to be carrying around several different devices when they could be carrying one.
This is why 2-in-1 laptops are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it's for business, travel or casual use — you don't have to compromise anymore. You can have a powerful computer and tablet rolled into one device.
Of course, there are a lot of options out there. Here are ten of the best that you can pick up in time for Christmas.
Finding the perfect laptop can be tricky, especially if looking at a spec sheet makes your eyes glaze over. It can be tempting to ignore these sometimes-confusing tables. Instead, many of us rely on a quick Google search for reviews of popular brands. That is a mistake.
Learning to read a spec sheet can be incredibly valuable. Not only will you be making an informed decision, you're less likely to spend money needlessly. You should be looking for what you need, not just what sounds powerful and fancy. We explain some of the most important and head-scratch inducing parts of spec sheets mean.
Chrome might be the default browser for the internet at large, but it's not the only one. And it's also not without its frustrations. Chrome - at least until the most recent update - had a habit for using a metric ton of RAM. It wasn't the de facto king of speed. And the odd tab crashing was enough to cause many a pegged stress ball.
In my fury, I did the unthinkable: I switched to the devil himself, Microsoft Edge. And I persisted for a whole week, migrating my whole workflow to the world of Microsoft. It only lasted a week, and came to a swift end when I'd finally had my fill of the things Edge couldn't do.
Whether you're away on business or going on a holiday, hauling around extra heavy luggage is a pain. But so is leaving your tech behind. Laptops have come a long way in the last few years and you no longer have to compromise convenience for comfort. There is a plethora of ultra thin models to choose from that you can take to the beach and the boardroom.
At long last Microsoft will make it possible to run Windows 10 on cheap low-powered PCs (like rinky-dink tablets) as well as on smartphones. For years, Microsoft has struggled to bring the full Windows experience to ultra-portable devices that run low-power chips that can't handle the beefy OS. Previous attempts were paltry at best. That's about to change — and it might be just the kick in the pants Windows portables need to get going.