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Recent April, 2018 Stories
Rafael releases the tool he uses to unearth hidden features present in pre-release builds of Windows 10.
Hands on with Microsoft's new screen clipping feature coming to Windows 10.
Holy moly, Microsoft is retiring the Font Control Panel and moving those settings to the Settings app. Exclusive shots inside!
I revisited Windows IoT Core a few weekends ago and found it to be useful in a quick project that involved dumping my wireless headset's EEPROM. In other words, just another weekend at Rafael's place.
Windows Phone hacker René ("Heathcliff74") announced a major update to his Windows Phone Internals tool that unlocks all known Lumia devices.
Microsoft is reworking its Game Bar and we got a sneak peek at what's coming. Spoiler alert: It looks great.
A new Bluetooth device feature called Quick Pair is appearing in preview builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4.
Microsoft’s cloud-powered clipboard – originally slated for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – has finally materialized in a preview build of Windows 10 "Redstone 4".
The Windows Mixed Reality Portal has hardware requirement checks, causing some grief amongst developers. Here's a quick tip on how to get around those checks.
Microsoft's music streaming app, Groove Music, will soon get updated with a few new, and highly requested, features – like visualizations.
Microsoft is still A/B testing features in Story Remix but I managed to unlock an internal control panel allowing a peek at what may be coming soon. Or later.
Microsoft introduced Hyper-V Quick Create -- the one-page virtual machine creation wizard -- back in January. But hidden away in recent Insider builds are bits tied to an upcoming addition called Online Gallery.
Hidden inside Windows 10 "Redstone 3" build 16184 are Shoulder Taps, a My People feature that lets you send payloads of loud, animated fun to your contacts. MSN Messenger fans: rejoice! Winks are back and are better than ever.
Over the weekend, I put together a little tool that scans Windows files for PNG images containing useless Adobe Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) metadata. Surprise: Windows is full of it.
I revisited the My People experience in Windows 10 Redstone 3 (build 16170) over the weekend, corrected a glitch, and resolved the instability. Surprise: It's a bit awkward to use. But it does work.
So, let’s pick up where we left off.
Hidden inside today's Redstone 3 build is a postponed feature we've all been waiting for: My People. The bad news? It's not ready for prime time yet.
Some readers had questions about how a new Creators Update feature called Dynamic Lock works. Naturally, I took it apart to find out.
Today, my alarm about Desktop Bridge apps has been squelched, via a cumulative update that went out last night.
We got our hands on a snapshot of Cache -- another Microsoft Garage app -- that helps you organize your stuff, like text snippets, images, web pages, files, reference material, and other notes.
Paint is about to get its biggest update in decades and we got our hands on an early preview build. As we doodle around and prepare a full write-up, enjoy these screenshots.
Sure, there was some good stuff announced as part of today's release of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942 to Fast ring testers. But the best news is that the Registry Editor got a new Address Bar. And it's awesome.
Microsoft acknowledged a bug in its Desktop Bridge technology last night that could crash Windows 10 with the error KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE and potentially put your machine into an endless boot loop.
Microsoft started rolling out its latest cumulative update to PCs yesterday, and today HoloLens is getting the same treatment with an update primarily focused on the smaller niggling issues throughout the operating system.
HoloLens users: rejoice! Fighting with your glasses while using a HoloLens device will be a thing of the past, thanks to an insert developed by New York lens manufacturer Rochester Optical.
Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows 10 Anniversary Edition to PCs and devices around the world, and HoloLens is no exception. (Sorry, Windows 10 Mobile users.)
HoloLens application development just got a smidgen easier thanks to new build tools incorporated into Microsoft’s open-source HoloToolkit.