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Microsoft explains what you値l lose by upgrading to Windows 10


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:49 AM

Firstly there are the software losses. Most of these will only affect a small number of users, but upgrading will mean saying goodbye to Windows Media Center, the card game Hearts, and Windows 7's desktop gadgets. Anyone in the habit of using floppy disks on Windows will also have to install new drivers, and Microsoft warns that watching DVDs will also require "separate playback software." Microsoft manager Gabriel Aul has said on Twitter that a DVD option for Windows 10 is coming "later this year," but early upgraders can always download VLC instead.

 

n addition to the software losses, there are also a number of limitations for some of Windows 10's most exciting features. Cortana will only be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain at launch, while Windows Hello (which offers support for various biometric passwords) will need an infrared camera for facial recognition, or a supported fingerprint reader. The Xbox Music and Xbox Video streaming apps will also be constrained by the usual, complex web of region-based licenses.

 

 

As for Cortana, what happened to Canada?

 

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:54 AM

That's weird, maybe Cortana isn't that good yet and they want to work on it a bit before proceeding to a global deployments. Or the way Cortana works could not be allowed by the CRTC (which have strict rules, that are often for the best).

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:44 AM

FYI, Windows desktop gadgets have already been discontinued in Windows 7. I think Cortana was supposed to launch in Canada last fall but it may have been delayed. As for videos, I have Roku on my TV and that's where I tend to watch Youtube and Daily Motion these days. And Roku can be used to manage video files from your PC. As Smart TVs become more common, more folks will do that. I'd have to check to be sure but I think VLC already has a Roku app.



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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:45 AM

Scratch that I'm stupid.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 11:47 AM

I use GOM (Media Player) as I it's easier to set the aspect ratio for HD movies.


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Posted 06 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

With regard to Desktop Gadgets I have been using several Gadgets from the 8Gadget Pack for some time on Windows 8.1. I was concerned when I heard MS would not be bringing them back in W!0, as I find a number of them very useful.  I need not have worried, third party Windows Gadgets have returned with a vengeance for W10 (as well as W8).  Now instead of less than a couple of dozen, there are scores of them (over 900), old ones updated plus entirely new ones in the Gadgets Revived Gallery.

 

gadgetsrevived.com

 

desktop-gadgets-for-windows-8-windows-8-1-gallery



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Posted 06 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

PS:  I intended to flag up the fact that there have in the past been some concerns (expressed by MS and others) about security issues with Gadgets.  The second link I provided has some information on this.  i suspect someone better informed than me might want to comment on this.

 

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 05:39 PM

There's no second link in your previous post clayto. And I'm aware of a vulnerability that exists within widget that have network access.

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 06:38 AM

I use GOM (Media Player) as I it's easier to set the aspect ratio for HD movies.

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 06:52 PM

The two links to which I was referring are

 

gadgetsrevived.com

 

desktop-gadgets-for-windows-8-windows-8-1-gallery

 

Perhaps the first one is not technically a link?  But if you paste it into the address bar, it does link to the Gadgets Revived site, with hundreds of Gadgets available,   However, the 'second link' I referred is the one starting with 'desktop-gadgets .....' which has some discussion of the security issues.

 

Given that these issues have been known for years I wonder why they have not been dealt with by now (or perhaps they have been?), by a  third party---- especially as they are now being promoted as Gadgets for Windows 10; but also because they been continued to be installed by users of W 8 / 8.1. Probably MSN could not be expected to do anything about this as they withdrew Gadgets from their OS.  I have seen it suggested that MSN preferred to develop the innovation of live Tiles instead.  If so  they are a very poor substitute for many of the Gadgets. Will live Tiles play a bigger role in W10?  If I understand it right they will function in the Desktop.

 

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 06:55 PM

I cannot find anything relevant related to your second article name on Google. We'll need a complete URL. Also MSN doesn't stand for Microsoft.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:30 AM

Hi

 

This is the full url which I used to find the article.  I had removed the DuckDuckGo search engine part.  The article is I think the best I have found, with screenshots, and detail about 'integration' with Windows which I have not seen elsewhere. The security issues are dealt with in an accompanying discussion in response to the article. It is a pity that Gadgets Revived does not comment on this (or provide a forum for discussing Gadgets in general). There may be more on the security aspect but I have not found it yet, apart from MS's own original statement on its website.  Sorry, as you say, MS not MSN.

 

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=desktop-gadgets-for-windows-8-windows-8-1-gallery&t=ffab

 

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:55 AM

This is a search string and the most relevant site it this one:

https://windowsforum.com/threads/desktop-gadgets-for-windows-8-windows-8-1-gallery.177879/

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