Windows Stories July 12

Lots of folks like to think of the Mac as just another product in Apple’s precious walled garden, but many don’t know that you can actually run virtually any operating system on a Mac with a little bit of work. It’s fairly easy to get the three biggest platforms that aren’t made by Apple up and running on a Mac, even at the same time. Here’s how to do it.

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Windows Stories July 6

iOS 15 brings with it a number of notable changes including improved notification handling, Focus modes, and redesigned apps like Weather and Maps. Perhaps the largest change with iOS 15 is the new FaceTime experience which now offers screen sharing, Windows and Android access, and more.

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Windows Stories June 25

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Windows 11, the next major update to its PC operating system. While it comes with a refreshed design and even the ability to run emulated Android apps, not everyone will be able to install the new version. In fact, Windows 11 won’t be officially supported by any Intel Mac.

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Windows Stories January 14

Apple began hiring engineers to “build the next generation of media apps for Windows” in 2019, which resulted in the Apple TV app for Xbox last year. 9to5Mac has now learned that the company is working to bring Music and Podcasts apps to Microsoft Store, which could be released to the public later this year.

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Windows Stories December 15, 2020

We already know that the new Macs powered by the M1 chip have impressive performance that beats nearly all current Macs with Intel processors, but what about Windows PCs? PCWorld compared Microsoft’s Surface Pro X with Apple’s new M1 MacBook Air and the results put the Surface tablet far behind the Mac.

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Windows Stories November 27, 2020

Last week we heard from Apple’s VP of software engineering Craig Federighi that the ARM version of Windows 10 could run natively on Apple Silicon M1 Macs but was “really up to Microsoft.” Now a developer has found a workaround enabling the first virtualization of ARM Windows running successfully on an M1 Mac and claims the performance is “pretty snappy.”

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Windows Stories November 20, 2020

While the transition to Apple Silicon has been impressively smooth overall for the first M1 Macs, a big lingering question is what Windows support will look like as Boot Camp is not supported on the new generation of Macs. Now in a new in-depth interview, Apple’s VP of software engineering Craig Federighi has said that the ARM version of Windows could run natively on Apple Silicon Macs, but it will be up to Microsoft.

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Windows Stories July 14, 2020

Traditional Boot Camp installations can take up a lot of storage space on your Mac. Considering that many Macs out there have relatively minuscule amounts of onboard storage, installing Boot Camp to run Windows isn’t always a feasible option. With this in mind, setting up an external Windows drive on your Mac might prove to be handy.

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Windows Stories July 13, 2020

Apple software has been available on Windows for years, including the popular iTunes — which has been discontinued on the Mac, but is still the main Apple Music client for Microsoft’s operating system. However, a new Apple app might be coming to Windows 10 this year.

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Windows Stories June 24, 2020

At WWDC this week, Apple detailed its roadmap to transition the Mac lineup from Intel processors to Apple Silicon chips. One of the biggest questions about this transition has been what it means for the future of Boot Camp, and a new statement from Microsoft provides little clarity on what the future holds for Windows virtualization on Mac.

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Windows Stories October 11, 2019

Vulnerability in iTunes and iCloud allowed Windows PC ransomware infection

A zero-day vulnerability in iTunes and iCloud apps on Windows PCs enabled attackers to install ransomware without triggering antivirus protections. Ransomware encrypts the entire hard drive or SSD with a key known only to the attacker, enabling them to demand a ransom to decrypt the machine…

Windows Stories August 1, 2019

Eight years after Mac, Windows 10 PCs are getting Internet Recovery

Microsoft finally looks set to give Windows 10 PCs and tablets a feature that has been available on Macs since 2011: Internet Recovery …

Windows Stories June 27, 2018

Parallels is upgrading its Mac app today with three new Toolbox Packs that include various collections of features for specific needs. Each Toolbox Pack is available for Parallels on both macOS and Windows, and Toolbox Packs can be bought individually or as a bundle so customers have more choice.

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Windows Stories May 4, 2018

Two bits of news on Texture, the digital magazine service Apple bought in March: Texture apparently had a Windows app (not just iOS and Android apps), and that app is getting killed next month. The Verge reports that customers were notified over email and within the Windows app. Texture has also shared the news on its website:

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Windows Stories December 15, 2017

HomePod isn’t the only thing that needs a little more time from Apple before it ships. Earlier this year Apple and Microsoft announced plans to bring iTunes (and therefore Apple Music) to the Windows Store by the end of the year. Now ZDNet reports that the promised deadline will indeed be missed.

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Windows Stories June 28, 2017

A survey of U.S. computer owners found that 21% of Windows laptop users planned a future switch to Mac, while just 2% of Mac owners intended to switch to Windows …

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Windows Stories May 23, 2017

Huawei is in the middle of launching its latest Windows 10 notebook, the new Matebook range – and is making some interesting comparisons with the 12-inch MacBook.

On one slide, the company claims that the Matebook X is ‘thinner but even more powerful’ than Apple’s MacBook – a comparison which may or may not be accurate …

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Windows Stories May 11, 2017

Last week Microsoft revealed a new version of its operating system called Windows 10 S that only runs software from the Windows Store — which means apps like Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Chrome won’t work. Today at Microsoft’s Build conference for developers, however, the company announced that Apple is working on bringing iTunes to the Windows Store after all.

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Windows Stories May 2, 2017

Microsoft held a media event in New York City today focused on a new version of Windows, a new laptop line, and how it all relates to education. Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft’s operating system geared for students and educators. The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a new line of MacBook Air-like notebooks with up to 14.5-hour battery life.

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Windows Stories January 25, 2017

Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running Windows apps on macOS

Wine is a tool that’s gained popularity for allowing users to run Windows and Linux software on macOS. Today, the tool was updated to version 2.0 with a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

Windows Stories June 8, 2016

How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote live stream on Windows or Android

Apple last night confirmed it will live stream the opening press event for its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, but the stream is limited to certain devices. The company will stream the event to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users via its Safari browser, and to Apple TV users, and it’s also recently added support for Windows 10 via Microsoft Edge.

Windows Stories May 3, 2016

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A new open source project called PieMessage enables cross-platform iMessage support, allowing Android users to communicate using Apple’s iPhone messaging platform.

In the video below, we get a short look at the PieMessage app in action with a still unreleased prototype version of the app.

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Windows Stories April 14, 2016

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The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has today issued a new note in which it revealed that Apple has no further plans to provide security updates for QuickTime for Windows. The note follows an earlier report from Trend Micro and comes as two new vulnerabilities have been discovered that could affect QuickTime for Windows users.

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Windows Stories March 28, 2016

As Apple resists creating a ‘GovtOS’ in the U.S., Microsoft already wrote one for China

Update: A source close to Microsoft tells me the software – which is not yet complete – will be used only by public sector agencies. No information was provided as to how the software differs from the standard Chinese version of Windows 10.

While Apple has strongly resisted building a special ‘GovtOS’ to provide the U.S. government with access to iOS devices, it appears that Microsoft has no such qualms. TechInAsia reports that Microsoft has created a special version of Windows 10 for China, called Windows 10 Zhuangongban, which includes “more management and security controls.”

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