In April this year, there were rumors circulating that Google was working on getting Chromebooks to dual boot Windows. An August 12 report by XDA-developers.com builds on its earlier report with new information.Xda-developers say "Campfire" is the codename of the Windows dual-boot project. The name comes from a new firmware branch of the Google Pixelbook that is called eve-campfire and includes a new "Alt OS" mode, which xda-developers says refers to Windows 10.Xda-developers also report that the Pixelbook won't be the only Campfire-enabled Chromebook, but don't have information on which other devices may get the capability. They say that setting up Campfire to dual boot Windows 10 will be seamless and won't require users to enable developer mode.If and when the Pixelbook and other Chromebooks can run Windows, users who still want and need Windows to run certain apps would have a new laptop option available to them. Google still would need to pass Microsoft's hardware … [Read more...] about Google soon may add support for Windows 10 to Chromebooks: Report
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Mac: Parallels, the popular Mac software that allows you to run Windows in a virtual environment on your Mac, has released an update that brings in support for Windows 10. As always, you’ll need a full copy of Windows alongside a copy of Parallels. Once you’re up and running, you’ll have full support for everything in Windows 10, including using Cortana from anywhere in OS X even if Windows 10 isn’t in focus. That comes alongside performance improvements, support for the upcoming release of OS X El Capitan, and a new travel mode that helps improve battery life. Current users can upgrade to the new version of Parallels for $49.95, while new users will need to shell out $79.99. Parallels 11 ($49.95/$79.99) … [Read more...] about Parallels 11 for Mac Adds Support for Windows 10
Dropbox is releasing a Universal Windows Platform version of its application for Windows 10.Yes, there already was a Universal version of the Dropbox cloud-storage app for Windows, introduced last May. But not all Universal Windows apps are created equal, as "Universal" apps in the Windows world are not exactly the same as Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps built for Windows 10 devices. The Dropbox app announced today, January 21, is a UWP application that currently supports PCs and tablets. The Windows 10 Mobile version of Dropbox isn't out yet. It's coming "soon."The new Dropbox for Windows 10 allows users to: Drag and drop files into Dropbox from Windows File ExplorerEnable Windows Hello to use fingerprint, face or iris to unlock DropboxAdd comments directly on filesUse Jump List for quick file accessUse Quick SearchSet up interactive notificationsDropbox says the updated application for Windows 10 for PCs and tablets will be downloadable from the Windows Store "in the next few … [Read more...] about Dropbox rolling out its new Universal Windows 10 app
If you're the type who plans to stay up late to be one of the first people to grab Windows 10 on July 29, you might want to save yourself the trouble. Get some sleep, because it's possible that you might not get your big update that day, or even the day after. Yes, July 29 is the official release day for Windows 10. But with such a large group to upgrade (one billion eligible devices, according to Microsoft), the rollout will take some time, Redmond explained today. First, Microsoft will soon send Windows 10 to PC makers so they can add the operating system to new machines that will hit stores this summer and throughout the back-to-school season. Then retailers will get it, so they know what they're talking about when customers come in asking question. On July 29, meanwhile, Windows Insiders will have first dibs on Windows 10, Microsoft's Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems, said in a blog post. Windows Insiders are those who signed up to test Windows 10 … [Read more...] about You Might Not Get Windows 10 on July 29
Microsoft is betting big that Windows 10 is going to wash away the perceived pain that was, and for many still is, Windows 8. The business world, both enterprise and SMB, was especially leery of Windows 8 and those few who did make the jump seemed disappointed, even after being pushed to quick-fix Windows 8.1. Those folks are still smarting, but perhaps worse for Microsoft is the large portion of its customer base that has remained on Windows 7. Getting those folks to migrate means Microsoft has some serious work to do winning back the hearts and minds of business users. Fortunately for them, Windows 10 seems a big step in the right direction. Not Just a Pretty Face Any conversation about Windows 10 has to start with the user interface (UI). SMBs are often strategic in their training plans, and having an operating system that doesn't require a steep learning curve is money saved. Microsoft has clearly started listening to customer feedback, and it's done wonders for the UI in Windows … [Read more...] about Windows 10: Worth it for Business?