Microsoft fans who choose the iPhone or other Apple devices don't have as many options as do those who choose the more malleable Google Android. But you can still minimize Apple's grip on your i-devices, and on your life. Here's how I do it.
Recent September, 2016 Stories
For the past year or so, I've been wrestling with how to advise Windows users who are disappointed in the failure of Windows phone and wish to choose between Android and iPhone. This week, that choice became much clearer.
You've adopted an iPhone, but your contacts, email, and calendaring information are tied up in your Outlook.com or Office 365 account. No worries, you can access it all from your iPhone.
Adopting iPhone as your smart phone platform doesn't mean you need to leave Microsoft behind. So this new series will step through the process of getting up and running with your Microsoft-based data and apps on iPhone.
Google controls the dominant personal computing platform. So why isn't Android Wear even remotely successful?
Ten years ago this summer, I wrote what can only be described as the most accurate, honest, and, yes, epic review of Apple's first iPhone.
Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss how we handle leaks, Windows 10 Creators Update nearing completion, the return of Patch Tuesday, Windows 10 ads, and more.
Yesterday's post about Outlook for Android generated a lot of discussion about that app's shortcomings. Here are some alternatives to consider.
While I've often touted Microsoft Outlook for Android (and iPhone), it's fair to say that this mobile app, while great, has a few troubling limitations. The good news? They're working on it.
While Apple's iPhone is popular in certain countries, Android owns a near monopoly in the smartphone market. And it's the go-to mobile choice for the Windows Guy.
I'm always fascinated by history rewriting, as is the case with Steve Ballmer's comments about the iPhone in 2007. Sorry, but he was right.
Microsoft has artificially kept Windows phone on life support since its mid-2015 decision to wind down its smartphone ambitions. There are a lot of theories about why the software giant is doing this. But here's the real reason.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Fr. Robert Ballecer, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft's kill switch for Get Windows 10, SMS Relay in the Skype Preview, how Microsoft is not locking Linux out of PCs, new Microsoft layoffs, wearable news and opinions, and much more.
A former Microsoft employee has written a lengthy post about the history of Windows Mobile, noting with regret that the software giant should have owned the mobile market. That sounds pleasant. But it was never going to happen.
Windows phone fans have suffered countless indignities in the year since Microsoft surrendered the smartphone market to Android and iPhone. But none are as hard to bear as the growing exodus of apps from the platform.
For the past several months, Windows Insiders have been treated to a steady drumbeat of change, testing the new features coming in the third major release of Windows 10. Soon, these changes will be made available to all Windows 10 users via the Anniversary Update.
As Windows phone users transition to Android and iPhone, they can take advantage of the much more vibrant app and content ecosystems found on those successful smart phone platforms. But you lose something too.
Part of the appeal of Android to Windows users, I think, is that Android offers the same freedoms as Windows, and works similarly. But Android can be quirky and non-obvious too. Case in point: What happens when you connect an Android phone to your Windows PC via a USB cable.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss a weather report that was interrupted by a Windows 10 upgrade request, Microsoft's quarterly earnings, a renewed commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, new builds of Windows 10 for PCs and Mobile, and lots of cloud news.
Windows users moving to Android face an interesting dilemma when picking a new smart phone. Because most Android handsets are rarely if ever updated in any meaningful way, you'll want to choose wisely.
I've been preaching common sense and honesty in all things tech for years, but when something you love comes under fire, you tend to take things a bit more personally. Buck up, Windows phone fans. For now at least, you can of course continue using your favorite smart phone, while Microsoft figures out what to do next.
A recent interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella doesn't contradict previous reports about the future of Windows phone and Microsoft's platform strategy.