Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation announced today that Dolby Audio is selected to be a part of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and will be natively supported by the new Microsoft Edge browser for the playback of web-based content as well as accessible by third-party Windows Store apps.
When Microsoft first launched Windows 8 back in October 2012 many users were excited about it, but it really failed to impress. After using it many users switched back to Windows 7 or just did not upgrade at all. Market share data provided by StatCounter shows that Windows 8 lost nearly half of users in the last 12 months.
Microsoft has just announced all of the editions for Windows 10, which includes 7 in total. The company has decided to unify Windows 10 across its PC, workstation and handheld platforms. Windows 10 has been highly anticipated and will bring with it DirectX 12 support, the new Edge web browser, Microsoft’s Cortana voice-based assistant, better Bing integration and more.
For quite a while now we have known Microsoft’s new web browser that replaces Internet Explorer and is shipping with Windows 10 as Project Spartan. Microsoft has finally got rid of the codename and has officially named the browser Microsoft Edge. The new name matches up with its rendering engine Edge.
Windows 10 has to be one of the most anticipated Windows OS in a very long time. Not only is Microsoft adding many features users actually want and bringing back the start menu, the OS will also come with the new DirectX 12 graphics API, which has already proved to be quite impressive. Microsoft has promised to have the operating system ready for summer, but we are still not sure when the final release date will be.
Microsoft has confirmed that they will indeed launch Windows 10 this summer. This new operating system will ship with the new Spartan web browser that has Cortana built in, reading view, and support for on-screen hand drawn notes. There would be no better device to show off Windows 10 and these features than a new Surface product. So we could in fact see a summer launch for the Surface Pro 4.
It looks like there is a new codename on the Microsoft roadmap, it is called Redstone. From what we are hearing it will be a large update to Windows 10 expected in 2016. Windows 10, which was codenamed “Threshold” is to be released this summer. In the fall there is going to be a large update to Windows 10, which will still be called Threshold. This will be in addition to smaller and regularly released updated and fixes.
Microsoft has rolled out another new preview build of Windows 10. This new build will give users their first taste of Microsoft’s new web browser, Project Spartan. As we talked about before Microsoft will be slowly retiring the Internet Explorer brand and Project Spartan, a brand new browser will take over.
Last week the guys over at PCWorld got their hands on the latest 3DMark test that actually shows how much more efficient the Windows 10-only API than its predecessor DirectX 11. Microsoft has said that DirectX 12 should have more than double the performance of the current DirectX 11 API, but looking at these results it shows quite a lot more!
Typically when Microsoft releases a new version of Windows we see a Release To Manufacture (RTM) version of Windows that ships in August and then the official version would be released by October. We know this will not be the case as Microsoft already announced that Windows 10 will be shipping this summer.
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