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Microsoft prepares for foldable Windows devices

Microsoft is making moves to make sure its software is foldable device ready.
Microsoft is making moves to make sure its software is foldable device ready.

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Foldable devices are coming later this year, and Microsoft is preparing for their arrival.

The company is already working on a foldable-device version of Windows 10, according to a new report from The Verge

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant is heavily investing in making Windows and Surface ready for foldable devices as well as dual-screen hardware, according to the story. The operating system software and many of its built-in applications need to be optimized to work across foldable dual-screen technology and the midst of doing so.

Further proof that Microsoft is the midst of working on software for foldable devices comes to us from the Twitter account, @BuildFeed, which tracks the latest Windows build releases. On Monday, BuildFeed spotted the first Windows 10 build for foldable devices.

Along with its software, Microsoft has also been experimenting with their own foldable hardware. Rumors have long swirled about a foldable tablet device. In 2017, a patent granted to Microsoft for a foldable surface phone was uncovered. In 2018, an internal leak from Microsoft detailed plans for a dual-screen foldable Surface device, codenamed Andromeda.

Foldable devices have been a long time coming. Samsung had previously promised that its foldable smartphone would arrive by 2018. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Even Apple is rumored to have a foldable iPhone under development. 

As the technology has continued to develop, it’s looking more and more like 2019 is the year we’ll see the first foldable device available for purchase in the U.S. Microsoft is smartly preparing now for the inevitable, whether or not foldable devices are a hit with consumers. 

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This Windows 10 workstation will cost you $5,000

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LAS VEGAS—If you have $5,000 you can own a supercharged Windows 10 workstation.

The Cemtrex SmartDesk contains three touch-screen monitors, sensors that can let you control your PC with hand gestures, and a wireless phone charger that sits on the side.

We saw the workstation here at CES. It comes integrated with a keyboard, trackpad, document scanner, speakerS, and a web camera, all in a polished frame that’s accessible whether you’re sitting or standing.

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US-based Cemtrex says the 120-pound desk is the most advanced workstation on the market. However, the PC running inside isn’t anything to brag about it. According to the spec sheet, the system uses an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, with either a GTX 1050 graphics card or GTX 1060, and 16GB or 32GB of RAM. In other words, nothing really overpowered.

The desk’s claim to fame is how well its features have been integrated. You don’t have to worry about cable management. Just plug in the system and get to work.

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“This is everything, all-in-one,” Cemtrex marketing manager Jonathan Rudolph told PCMag. “And it’s connected all by one wire.”

Owners of the SmartDesk don’t even have to use the trackpad. They can gesture with their hands to scroll through a webpage or zoom in. An integrated Leap Motion gesture controller on the desk will read the motions and translate them into commands.

Cemtrex began shipping the SmartDesk this month. You can order it now on the company’s website starting at $4,899, going up to $5,699. If you do buy one, Cemtrex will send a team to install the desk.

The company is partly marketing the product to company executives. Hotels have also begun adopting the desks for business travelers. The plan is to continually update the SmartDesk model every two to three years with cutting-edge features and newer PC tech. Existing customers can then exchange their old system to help pay for an updated model.

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Samsung’s revamped Notebook 9 Pro could be the Windows 10 laptop to beat this year

Now that's one thin bezel!
Now that’s one thin bezel!

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Samsung is mostly known for its Galaxy smartphones and home appliances, but its big breakthrough in laptops might come this year.

At CES 2019, we got to take a look the 2019 Notebook 9 Pro to see whether the Korean electronics giant has what it takes to compete head-to-head with last year’s best laptops: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro, and Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Our early verdict: nicely done Samsung!

Now that the mighty MacBook Pro is no longer perfect thanks to its controversial and uber-flat keyboard, there’s a real opening for PC makers to step in with some real kickass clamshells computers.

One such laptop is the Notebook 9 Pro. The 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptop launched in 2017, but it left a lot to be desired. 

Good news for everyone, though, because the new iteration appears to have fixed all of the shortcomings of the original. The new convertible laptop is more compact (only 2.8 pounds), sports slimmer bezels surrounding the display, has better performance, and switches entirely to USB-C ports. 

The Notebook 9 Pro's boxy, but it's a slick look.

The Notebook 9 Pro’s boxy, but it’s a slick look.

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“More chiseled” is how I’d describe the 2019 Notebook 9 Pro. The clamshell has straighter diamond-cut lines with less curves and tapers, and you know what? The watch band-like edges give it a sleek look and sparkles more in person than in photos.

Like most laptops coming out this year, the most noticeable upgrade on the Notebook 9 is the thinner bezels surrounding the 13.3-inch (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen. Sure, the bottom “chin” bezel is still hella thick, but the overall Note 9 footprint is more compact because of the narrower bezels. This is a design trend most laptop makers are expected to embrace this year so it’s good to see Samsung jumping on the wagon early.

Thankfully, the webcam isn't on the bottom bezel aiming up your nose like on other laptops.

Thankfully, the webcam isn’t on the bottom bezel aiming up your nose like on other laptops.

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The best part is the HD webcam’s located on the top bezel, unlike (ahem) Dell’s XPS 13 and Huawei’s MateBook X Pro, which aim the camera up into your nose.

For power, the Notebook 9 Pro’s got plenty of oomph thanks to an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, and Intel UHD 620 graphics. The machine’s also packing 256GB of SSD storage and comes with a microSD card slot.

On the left you'll find two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.

On the left you’ll find two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.

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Samsung rates the battery at “up to 15 hours” with support for fast charging. Of course, take the battery figures with a grain of salt; we’ll have to do our own testing once we get a review unit to see how the Notebook 9 Pro really holds up in real life.

You also needn’t worry about ports, so long as you’re okay with USB-C. The Notebook 9 Pro comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side and a regular USB-C 3.1 port on the right — all three of which can be used to charge it. Next to the Thunderbolt ports is a headphone jack. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader.

On the other side is a microSD card slot, power button that's also a fingerprint reader, and a regular USB-C 3.1 port.

On the other side is a microSD card slot, power button that’s also a fingerprint reader, and a regular USB-C 3.1 port.

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Another underrated feature on the Notebook 9 Pro is 802.11ac 2×2, which supports download speeds of up to 1.7Gbps. If you’re not sure what that means: It’s fast WiFi.

The keyboard's not flat at all and has good key travel.

The keyboard’s not flat at all and has good key travel.

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From what we’ve seen, the Notebook 9 Pro might be a real contender for laptop of the year. It’s got all the specs, the touchscreen is fab, the backlit keyboard is a delight to type on, and the trackpad is responsive.

The only thing left to know is pricing. How much is Samsung’s baby gonna cost? I tried probing Samsung’s executives for some numbers, but they wouldn’t budge. Fingers crossed it doesn’t cost an arm or leg. Value is the name of the game and if Samsung can make the Notebook 9 Pro competitive with rival laptops, it stands a good chance at disrupting the current players when it ships in “early 2019.”

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Windows 10 is now the most popular desktop operating system in the world

Microsoft ended 2018 with a bang thanks to Windows 10.
Microsoft ended 2018 with a bang thanks to Windows 10.

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Microsoft finished 2018 by hitting another major milestone.

Windows 10, the company’s newest desktop operating system, is now the most popular in the world. It surpassed 9-year-old Windows 7, according to Net Applications via The Verge.

Windows 10 now holds more than 39 percent of the marketshare for desktop operating systems as of December. Windows 7 only makes up less than 37 percent. 

The report also claims that more than 700 million devices now run on Windows 10. These devices include PC, Xbox One, tablets, and phones.

Microsoft ended most support for Windows 7 in 2015. Extended support for the OS officially ends in 2020. The company has urged users to upgrade and Windows 7’s market share has experienced a steady decline ever since.

Windows 10 was released in 2015 meaning it took about three and a half years for Microsoft to achieve this record.

While owning the desktop OS market, Microsoft has still fallen well short of its original goal from when Windows 10 was first released. The computer giant had originally aimed for Windows 10 to be installed on one billion devices within a three year timeframe.

Regardless, even with a few stumbles, Microsoft had quite a 2018 and Windows 10 certainly played a part.

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