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Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 30-04-2015

Microsoft has the Edge, Windows 10 is huge, Secret gets shut, embed MS-DOS games in tweets, make money from Silent Hills, and watch Michael Bay get shown up by an amateur filmmaker.


Microsoft Edges Out the Competition

Microsoft has revealed the final name of its new Web browser, with Project Spartan Project Spartan: a Lean and Unfinished Browser for the Modern Web Spartan picks up the fight with browser competitors like Chrome and Firefox. Will it live up to the ideals of Spartan soldiers? We've put this first version to the test and were not impressed. Read More evolving into a legitimate product. As revealed at Build 2015, the new browser is officially called Microsoft Edge, with the name chosen as the browser is all about “being on the edge of consuming and creating.”

What’s in a name? Not much, perhaps, but this shows how Microsoft is forging ahead with its plans to change things up in a big, bold way. Dumping Internet Explorer Is Internet Explorer Making A Big Return In 2015? Microsoft no longer has to offer EU Windows users a choice of browsers. Moreover, Microsoft is working on a new browser. Nevertheless, we'll show you how to install your favorite browser without touching IE. Read More , which a lot of older and/or inexperienced computer users think of as the Internet itself, is a risky move, but one which Microsoft needed to make sooner or later.

Edge will be the default browser in Windows 10, and work across the full range of Windows 10 devices. It’s designed to be easy for developers to work with, and offer a minimalist experience for end users. Which could be a killer combination when pitched against Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Microsoft Banks on Success of Windows 10

Microsoft is supremely confident that it’s on the right track with Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More , with executives in an upbeat mood at Build 2015. Terry Myerson, vice president of operating systems, declared, “Within two to three years of Windows 10’s release, there will be 1 billion devices running Windows 10.” Which is certainly a bold claim.

Joe Belfiore, who has become Microsoft’s poster boy of late, revealed Continuum, a feature that will allow you to use your phone like a computer. He stated, “With Continuum for phones, we believe any phone can be your PC,” and he demonstrated this by plugging a monitor, keyboard, and mouse into a Windows 10 handset.


Unfortunately, Microsoft still hasn’t officially revealed a release date for Windows 10. So the best information we have to go on is still the slip-up by AMD that suggests Windows 10 will be released in July Windows 10 Release Date Revealed, Google Launches Mobilegeddon, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 set for July, Google goes mobile-friendly, Nokia is coming back, how to download your Google Search history, help search for the Loch Ness Monster, and the best fake GoPro ad ever made. Read More . That seems less likely by the day, as it’s now less than three months away. Still, whenever it’s released, Windows 10 looks set to change everything.

Secret Messaging App Disappears

Secret is shutting down, with CEO and co-founder David Byttow winding down the company over the next few weeks. Secret was one of a handful of anonymous messaging apps launched within the last couple of years, but while Whisper and Yik Yak are still going strong, Secret is just going, period.

In a blog post ominously titled Sunset, Byttow revealed, “Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it’s the right decision for myself, our investors and our team.” Current employees are being given severance packages, and Secret will return all remaining capital to its investors.

Embed Classic MS-DOS Games in Tweets


You can now embed classic MS-DOS games in Tweets, with anyone following you able to play the titles directly from within Twitter. To prove this works, I embedded The Oregon Trail in one of my own tweets, before promptly getting sidetracked actually playing it.

This is all possible thanks to the collection of classic MS-DOS games Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Play retro DOS games in a couple of clicks, thanks to The Internet Archive. Read More preserved for posterity by The Internet Archive. Titles offered up to play through an emulator include Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, SimCity, Street Fighter II, Bust-A-Move, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

People Really Want that Silent Hills Demo

Konami has cancelled the much-anticipated Silent Hills, and pulled P.T., the playable teaser for the game, from the PlayStation Store. But not everybody is willing to let go of the game quite yet, with some PS4 owners taking advantage of the increased interest in order to make a fast buck.

According to VG247, several of the Sony consoles have turned up on eBay with P.T. pre-installed on them. These are being listed at ridiculous prices of up to $1,500. Which is highway robbery for what was only ever meant as a fun (but truly horrifying) little game teasing a bigger title.


Stop-Motion Transformers Are the Best

And finally, Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are OK in a dumb fun, don’t strain your brain, kind of way, but most people know we deserve better. One YouTuber, Harris Loureiro, is making that happen, with a series of shorts made using a combination of Transformers toys and special effects.

The one embedded above runs for 15 minutes, which might seem long for a YouTube video, but is a mere fraction of the running time of Bay’s flawed efforts. The storyline is also a bit weak, but it’s still a lot more interesting than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Boom! [H/T Kotaku]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you interested in trying out Microsoft Edge? Will Windows 10 will be as successful as Microsoft hopes? Are you sorry to see Secret shutting down?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.


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  1. Bio
    May 5, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Technically, 1 billion isn't that much of of an impossible task, there are over 1.5 billion pcs with some form of windows, with nearly 900 million on windows 7. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they hit 1 billion by the end of 2017. There's an article on winbeta or wmpoweruser or neowin the other day detailing some math on this and why it isn't an ambitious goal, in fact it's feasible. They just gotta market it right

  2. Govertz
    May 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    @brainpuyp read again and read the other comments, then you'll know where the blue screens comes from.
    By the way, nice collection of hardware. Have a nice day! :)

  3. Govertz
    May 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    @dragonmouth I simply disagree, my old mom bought her first labtop just a week ago, a small Asus with preinstalled Win 8.1 w Bing, for what will be about $ 250. She had it up and running in about an hour without any help.
    The blue screens and crashes you are referring to, isn't a problem, I haven't experienced it with Win 7 yet, and I believe every computer, regardless the OS, can crash.

    • brainpuyp
      May 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Hey Govertz ... your Monitor has a "Blue Screen" ??......hmmm.....never seen that before...mines "Black" until I turn either of my Towers on, same way with my G71's always been that way since I started building my own Rigs back in 1998. What ? you got some new fangled equipment or sumptin ?? what colors do they come in ?...Seafoam Green would be nice....or maybe a French Fuchsia to brighten things up in my office.
      Unless your talking about back when we were using Windows 98, 98SE, ME or XP(pre SP2)....I haven't seen a "BSOD" on a Monitor in over 8 years with a Microsoft Windows Operating system running....not even at work where I've been taking care of the staff's (16) computers (all with Windows 7 Premium) for the last 5 years.
      Now I've personally never owned a Computer with Windows Vista on it so I can't speak about it ( but I've pulled it off of many of my friends computers because they all hated it) I've also never messed with Windows 8, since it looked to me, to be for "Touch Screen" Monitors and I'd rather not be smuggin' up my screen and having my monitor within arms reach either...(dam HP 2311xi I got would blind me if it was that so I can't speak of Win 8 or 8.1... Windows 7's great, why change ? It does everything I want it too flawlessly. What ? change just to be trendy ???
      I've been using (and digging into the guts of the Registry) since I got a Beta copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 6 years ago and it has never "crashed" on me no matter how much I tinker with it...
      NOTE: I have downloaded a copy of Windows 10, I've watched the videos on it and been reading plenty of stuff about it, but I haven't installed it on any of my computers yet...I might throw together a Rig together with some spare parts I have and install it on it just to give 'er a go later this week, I'll report back my findings .

      "Blue Screen"......LMAOAFOOMChair

  4. Donald L Wilson
    May 1, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Again very well said Govertz. There will always be those who choose to disagree, whether or not , they actually know what it is they are disagreeing about!

  5. Govertz
    May 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I have heard of GNU/Linux, in fact I have 2 Ubuntu machines, but my old mom, and many others, wouldn't gain much from knowing Linux.
    The only alternative, for my mom and others not so savy, would be a Mac computer, but in my part of the world Mac's are very expensive.

    • dragonmouth
      May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      " my old mom, and many others, wouldn’t gain much from knowing Linux."
      You're right. Your mom and many others would not gain much from knowing Linux. OTOH, if their PCs were setup correctly, they wouldn't be able to tell what O/S they were using. The users see and interact with applications, not the O/S.

      I have a bunch of people using applications running under Linux. The only way they have been able to tell it's not Windows is that their systems do not blue screen or crash regularly.

      "in my part of the world Mac’s are very expensive"
      All the more reason to set up your mom and many others with Linux. O/S costs nothing and it comes with all the applications average users need. Unless your mom is an inveterate gamer, Linux would be great for her.

  6. William Power
    May 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Windows 10,just another change to get used to before it changes again,how many false starts have we had from Windows only to start again!!!!

  7. Govertz
    May 1, 2015 at 5:33 am

    There's no love, only hate towards Microsoft, and yet windows is powering the majority of the world computers.
    If we didn't have Windows, computers would be a gadget for the wealthy part of the population.
    I do not hate Microsoft, and I'm looking forward to the realease of Windows 10, and to see if the Edge browser is up to par.

    • Deen
      May 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Well said!

    • David
      May 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      You've clearly never heard of GNU/Linux

  8. George Klein
    May 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Regardless of numbers, quality wise MAC OS X is superior to any Windows operating system.
    And upgrades are free!
    In April 2009 I did the best thing in computers when I switched from the disastrous Windows Vista to MAC OS X. I never ever regretted it.
    Contrary to general belief Apple computers are not more expensive than Windows PC's, an Apple MAC computers cost the same (plus/minus about 5%) if compared to a Dell computer (for example) having similar quality components.
    Apple customer service is miles ahead of Microsoft customer service from any point of view.

  9. Alan Trinder
    May 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Sure I will try Edge, why not? And Windows 10. I use Chrome now but I still have to use IE for some stuff that refuses to work on chrome. I don't believe in bashing Microsoft.

  10. John Williams
    May 1, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I can see MS falling off the "edge". No doubt the service pack will be called "handrail"? Perhaps Classic Shell can make a Firefox skin that looks like IE to stop my dad and my uncle asking me where "The Internet" has gone?

    How did "Secret" ever get funding. I think they threw 30 million at an app with no business model. Did they reallty think they could monetise nasty trolling?

    I needed therapy after playing Silent Hill. Pretty sure the developers realised they couldn't release what they were writing.
    Can you imagine SH on Oculus Rift ..... That's it! They should just port the old SH into 3D VR bundled with a free course of psych counselling.

  11. CJ Cotter
    May 1, 2015 at 12:19 am

    1 billion devices running Windows 10 Edge? Aw, c'mon. That's a very smelly fish tale out of the mouth of Microsoft. So let me guess.....most of those computers are being used in facilities owned by Microsoft.
    It's time to get the PC vs. MAC commercial guys back out.
    PC: The public has overwhelming embraced us! We have over 1 billion devices running Windows 10 Edge!
    MAC: What?......Again? I thought we talked about this last year! Do you really think that these people are going to believe this?

  12. Namanati Dakar
    April 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Verizon Edge huh, I mean Microsoft Edge huh? Hmm, what an original name?

    • Tinkerbellisima
      May 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Don'y forget Samsung 's Galaxy 6 Edge..

  13. rorubujow
    April 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    law recently purchased an awesome year old Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan by working parttime from a macbook air
    ???????? w­w­w.n­e­­­t­j­o­b­8­0­.­c­o­­m

    • Robert B
      May 1, 2015 at 3:49 am

      GO TAKE A HIKE YOU DAMN SPAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. vferg
    April 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    “Within two to three years of Windows 10’s release, there will be 1 billion devices running Windows 10.”

    Right, just in time to tell all those people running Windows 10 ok here is Windows 11... I wish these operating systems would last a minimum of 5 years and instead of making a new one just build off the old one in that time kinda like what Mac does or how windows 8.1 did.

    Also aren't all windows releases done in fall like September-October? Ide imagine they will probably follow the same path as before and expect it to be out about that time.

  15. dragonmouth
    April 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    "What’s in a name?"
    IE by any other name would still smell.

    "this shows how Microsoft is forging ahead with its plans to change things up in a big, bold way."
    No. It only shows that Microsoft spinmeisters are on the job with grandiose claims.