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Microsoft is (Finally) Cleaning Up the Windows Store

Microsoft is (Finally) Cleaning Up the Windows Store

Microsoft has announced sweeping changes to the Windows Store and says it will no longer allow the low-quality, me-too apps that currently clog its online storefront. This move is as overdue as it is welcome: The store is today a cesspool. But not for long, Microsoft says. It is changing to a new app certification […]

Office Lens for Android Exits Preview

Office Lens for Android Exits Preview

Almost two months after shipping the first preview version of Office Lens for Android—or as the software giant now calls it, Office Lens Android—Microsoft has taken the app out of preview. Microsoft says that over 130,000 Google+ community previewers and over 70,000 downloads later, it’s ready for prime time. Office Lens Android was the only […]

What The Tech 261: Macadamia Nut Cookie

What The Tech 261: Macadamia Nut Cookie

In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss the coming Google I/O show this week, Android M expectations, and the current state of car technology.

More Android Device Makers Agree to Bundle Microsoft Apps

More Android Device Makers Agree to Bundle Microsoft Apps

Microsoft announced today that 20 new hardware partners—including heavyweights like LG and Sony—will pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets. The announcement follows a similar announcement from March, when Samsung, Dell, and others signed on with Microsoft. “Microsoft is continuing to support customers and enabling experiences across devices,” a Microsoft representative told me. […]

Windows App Studio Beta Now Supports Windows 10 Insider Preview

Windows App Studio Beta Now Supports Windows 10 Insider Preview

Windows App Studio Beta, Microsoft’s free web-based mobile app creation tool, now supports the Windows 10 Insider Preview. This means you that even beginning developers can create new apps for phones, tablets and PCs that provide a consistent look and feel. “We have redesigned the Windows App Studio beta site so that it is consistent […]

Windows Phone Usage Stats for May 2015

Windows Phone Usage Stats for May 2015

Every month, I highlight the state of the Windows Phone hardware ecosystem, using data from AdDuplex to see which handsets are the most widely-used. This month, we see a big bump in Windows 10 usage and more gains for the Lumia 630 and 535. As you may remember, AdDuplex bills itself as the largest cross-promotion network for […]

Windows 10 to Embrace Rival Phone Platforms

Windows 10 to Embrace Rival Phone Platforms

Cue the clicktastic headlines, bloggers: Microsoft revealed today that Windows 10 will ship with a new Phone Companion app that will treat Android and iPhone equally to Windows Phone. Not disastrous enough? Microsoft will also port Cortana to Android and iPhone this year too. I’ll pause a moment while you compose yourself. OK? No? Just […]

Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125

Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125

When it comes to Windows 10, there are the official builds—the latest being 10122, which was provided to Fast Ring testers last week—and then there are the leaked builds. Windows 10125 falls into the latter category, and given where we are in the development cycle of this new OS, it won’t surprise you to discover […]

Reading List: Industry E-Books and Audiobooks

Reading List: Industry E-Books and Audiobooks

A few readers have asked me recently for recommendations on recent books about the personal computing industry. And looking through my Kindle and Audible collections, I do see a pretty decent list of books that should be of interesting to many readers of this site. Here’s a quick run-through of the past few year’s worth […]

Windows Phone Tip: Mirror Your Phone's Screen with USB

Windows Phone Tip: Mirror Your Phone’s Screen with USB

In addition to supporting Miracast-type wireless display mirroring, Windows Phone 8.1 also lets you mirror—or “cast”—your handset’s display over USB. This setup requires a Windows 7 or newer PC and comes with significant limitations. But it works with all Windows Phone handsets, even those that aren’t powerful enough to support wireless display streaming. Here’s what […]

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