Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More… [Tech News Digest]
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 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 , 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 , 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 . 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 MS-DOS games from The Internet Archive directly in tweets! https://t.co/IXcEoTAhP0
— DaveP (@DavePee) April 30, 2015
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 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]
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