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Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Music and Video Preview Apps Now Available

During the January press event for Windows 10 Technical Preview 2, Microsoft quickly showed how it planned to visually update its Music and Video apps for Windows to universal versions. And today, if you’re running the latest build, you can grab the first preview versions of these apps and see how (or whether) things have […]

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Google Continues Its Relentless Chrome OS Attack on Windows

Google recently announced a second-generation Chromebook Pixel, a high-end device that seems to serve no particular market. But Chrome OS has had decent success with lower-cost Chromebooks, and this year Google and its partners plan to expand the product lineup in ways that seem to mirror what Microsoft and its partners are doing with Windows. […]

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Microsoft Announces the Visual Studio 2015 Product Lineup

Microsoft will further simplify its developer tools product lineup when Visual Studio 2015 ships this summer. Now, there will only be three main offerings, and one, Visual Studio Community 2015, will continue to be free for individuals and all non-enterprise developers. “This is the latest milestone in helping developers prepare for the next wave of […]

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A Quick Tour of Project Spartan

The big news—actually, the only real news—in Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 build 10049 is the long-awaited inclusion of “Project Spartan,” Microsoft’s new web browser. Having finally installed the new build in a marathon session that involved both physical and virtual machines, I spent part of last night tooling around in Spartan to see what […]

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Here Comes Surface 3

Today, Microsoft is announcing Surface 3, the successor to its Windows RT-based Surface 2. Yes, Surface 3 fills a gap in its hardware lineup, but it’s not quite the device you’ve been led to expect. Forget the rumors, folks: Surface 3 is nothing less than a lower-cost Surface Pro 3. And that’s a good thing, […]

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New Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Build Arrives with Project Spartan

Microsoft today is delivering Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 build 10049, the second time it has delivered a new build for PCs in less than two weeks. When you consider the nearly two month wait between builds previously, that’s a near-miracle. But the big news this time around really isn’t the timings so much as […]

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Windows 10 Tip: Scroll Inactive Windows

Windows 10 has a neat new feature that lets you scroll in non-active windows on the desktop, just as with the Mac. Here’s how it works, and how you can use this feature in your own work. First, thanks to Abhishek K. for the tip. I hadn’t noticed this setting. If you think about how […]

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Which Office 365?

Microsoft offers a wide range of Office 365 subscription plans that target individuals, households, and businesses (and business-like entities) of all sizes. But given the tremendous value and the sheer amount of choice here, how do you choose? Ultimately, it just comes down comparing the consumer and business versions of Office 365, and then understanding […]

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Halo 5: Guardians Arrives on October 27

Looks like I’ll be getting a nice (slightly early) birthday present this year: Halo 5: Guardians, the next installment in Microsoft’s best-selling game series, arrives on Xbox One on October 27, according to two new commercials that first aired last night. I happened to catch the ads because we watch The Walking Dead each Sunday […]

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Tip: Be Prepared to Recover Your Surface Pro 3 No Matter What Happens

I’ll be publishing a guide to dual-booting Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 soon. But while investigating this topic I ran into a number of issues that are somewhat unique to Microsoft’s tablet. So before getting to dual-booting, I wanted to quickly document the ways in which you can prepare to recover your Surface Pro […]

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    In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discussed how Office mobile apps will be free on devices under 10.2...

    March 27, 2015 with 0 Comments

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