Microsoft Previews Game Analytics Tool 'PIX for Windows 10'

PIX a performance tuning and debugging tool for game developers. "One Windows", Microsoft's vision takes next step, introducing an improved, adaptable Windows Shell that work across devices.

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A beta release of PIX for Windows 10, is a performance tuning and debugging tool aimed at developers for capturing and analyzing DirectX 12 games.

PIX has historically only been available to run on the Xbox console, which utilizes the same graphics API. The software will provide five primary features:

  • GPU captures for debugging and analyzing performance of Direct3D 12 graphics rendering.
  • Timing captures for understanding performance and threading of all CPU and GPU work carried out by your game.
  • Function Summary captures accumulate information about how long each function runs for and how often each is called.
  • Callgraph captures trace the execution of a single function.
  • Memory Allocation captures provide insight into the memory allocations made by your game.

To learn how to use PIX, check out this documentation, or watch the video below.

PIX beta can be downloaded here.

PIX Beta for Windows 10

Microsoft released a series of firmware and driver updates for the Surface Pro 4, see the table below for the features in this release:

Surface 4 Pro Jan 2017 Firmware Update

Microsoft seems to be pushing yet another ad inside the Windows 10 notification center, and unlike the previous ads that would steer user toward Edge, this advertisement targets Google's Chrome browser, and suggests that you install Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant extension.

When asked Microsoft replied stating, "We are always testing new features and information that can help people enhance their Windows 10 experience," reports Brad Sams.

Windows 10 Notification Center Ad

"One Windows" a term that Microsoft has used many times over the years - seems to becoming reality, as the company is reportedly preparing a unified "adaptive shell", replacing the respective shells - essentially Windows 10 at its core, the OS will run on PCs as on phones, a separate Windows 10 Mobile shell is currently used for smartphones.

But, "Microsoft's new "universal" shell will be a single Windows 10 experience that scales and adapt to the type of device it's running be it a phone, PC, Xbox One console, HoloLens, or other machine," according to a report citing unnamed sources revealed.

This is currently referred as "Composable Shell" or "CSHELL", seems to be aiming for a single, standardized framework to allow the OS to efficiently adapt to the device it's being used on, and the mode in which it's being used, the report suggests.

Microsoft is discontinuing mainstream support for the Service Bus for Windows Server 1.1 in a year from now– the cutoff date being January 9, 2018.

However, the company said the future of cloud computing is in hybrid technology, and a successor to Windows Server 1.1 will not be immediately available.

The cutting of support for the service came "after a careful analysis of market and community needs, trends, and considering what [Microsoft's] true technology strengths are."