Microsoft has conceded in the past that its anti-malware offerings only provide baseline protection. For Windows 7 and Vista, there’s Microsoft Security Essentials, while Windows 8 and Windows 10 come with the nearly identical Windows Defender.
While more advanced users gravitatetowards third-party antivirus softwares to gain an edge, many consumers will tend to stick with Microsoft's default options. Now, AV-Test Institute has published its latest findings, perhaps lending a bit more confidence to the stock malware protection provided by Windows.
Each vendor's score is a sum of three metrics: Threat protection, Performance (system slowdown, speed) and Usability (ease of use, false positives). Each item can attain a rating of 0 to 6, totaling a maximum of 18 points. A minimum of 10 must be achieved to gain a certification rating.
Spotify is planning to launch a video streaming service, starting with a paid model and moving to an advertisement-supported model instead, though, with the first publicly available video-streaming features to be rolled out this week.
Spotify has been experimenting with video for a little while now, offering a small percentage of users from a select handful of countries access to the service, but they'll be rolling it out to a wider audience over the next few days, with the Android app set to launch this week and the iOS app set to launch some time over the next thirty days.
Ever since Facebook purchased WhatsApp back in 2014, the two have been largely kept separate. That may change soon though, as some evidence has recently cropped up pointing to more integration between them.
An Android developer by the name of Javier Santos revealed new options within the WhatsApp beta app that allows users to share account information with Facebook. According to screenshots, the intent is to use this info to improve Facebook experiences.
Dropbox is the latest big name to launch a new app designed for Windows 10. The cloud storage provider is no stranger to Microsoft's ecosystem, having previously launched a Universal app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 - but this latest version has been built on Microsoft's new Universal Windows Platform, and is designed specifically for Windows 10.
Google wants to get a whole lot better about delivering your weather report.
On its Inside Search blog, Google announced a new detail-rich display that pops up when you ask the Google app about the weather. There’s now a colorful screen loaded with weather details, including drill-downs into Today and Tomorrow, hourly forecasts, a 10-day outlook, sunrise/sunset information, and even air quality data. And it's all complemented by a happy little illustrated frog.