Google announced this week that it will be retiring the Chrome App Launcher on Windows (and on Mac and Linux). But that's fine, since there's already a much better way to launch Chrome apps in Windows alongside native applications.
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I've recommended Google Photos since the service first launched last year. And this week, it's gotten even better thanks to a new auto album feature that appears to be replacing a previous feature called stories.
In a leaked build of Windows 10, Microsoft is testing up new backup option for OneDrive including scheduled backups.
A few tidbits from around the web: how I spent my weekend, skewering today's Apple special event, a price cut on the Lumia 950, a plan for digital Xbox game buy-backs, Microsoft adds OneDrive to its bug bounty program, and Xbox team apologies for treating women like dirt.
Today, Twitter released the first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of its app for Windows 10 Mobile. The release follows the Twitter app for Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, and replaces the previous Windows phone app.
Some tech tidbits from around the web: a claim that the Windows kernel is slower than Linux, Microsoft and app design, Stephen Elop ends up at Telstra, Google Inbox gets Smart Reply on the web, Sony is open to cross-network play, more.
A few tidbits from around the web: Excel 2016 gets a Pivot Table update, Windows Store will still accept Bitcoin, Opera refreshes for Windows 10, Stardock releases WindowBlinds 10, and a reversible microUSB cable looks interesting.
Microsoft today unveiled a new sharing experience for OneDrive on the web, simplifying the experience with more obvious choices.
The gradual Skypification of all things Microsoft continues this week, with Skype for Web picking up the ability to call both landlines and mobile phones, plus a few other new features.
A few tidbits from around the web: A few headline riffs about imaginary Microsoft products, first Edge extension appears in Windows 10 Store, how Google passed Apple, and a promise that the Oracle/Google case will at least be interesting.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft sneaks a Windows 10 ad into a Windows 7 security patch, how to refuse the Windows 10 upgrade, Tim Sweeney (still) needs to give it a rest, and a few headline riffs for this lovely Saturday morning.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft may compensate customers for Xbox Live outages, a recent Band 2 update also provides True Type font rendering, of mobile platforms, app usage and battery life, andWaze gets an improved UI on Android.
Not sure why this took so long, but Microsoft now has a OneNote Importer utility that will import your Evernote-based notes into the software giant's completely free Office-based solution.
Stuck with tiny usage share, Opera is taking a step that other web browser makers are unlikely to embrace: It is adding native ad-blocking functionality to its flagship browser.
(More than) a few tidbits from around the web: Teens react to Windows 95, Microsoft Phone Sign-in Beta for Windows 10 Mobile, a Halo game sale, Bill Gates on Reddit, OneDrive for Business roadmap, some quick Lumia 650 thoughts, and more.
A few tidbits from around the web: Supreme Court declines to hear Apple appeal in e-book case, Mac suffers from first-reported ransomware attacks, Amazon to bring back device encryption, and an email pioneer passes.
A few tidbits, coming at you this time from Redmond, WA: Windows Weekly meet-up is tonight, a new Windows 10 ad campaign hits softly at Mac, Bing election experience improvements, and Apple's sad new strategy under Tim Cook.
A few tidbits for a Saturday morning: We're having a meet-up Monday night in Redmond, what to do now that Slysoft has been shut down, a new high-end lifestyle shopping experience for gadget fans, Apple just killed my 401K, and Google Inbox courts Mailbox users too.
The date has come: Dropbox's Mailbox mobile app is shutting down today. So Microsoft is offering distraught Mailbox users a lifeline, and is promising to add some key Mailbox features to Outlook Mobile.
Once again, Microsoft has announced a sweeping set of Office 365 updates that span the business and consumer versions of the service. This months updates are for Office Mobile for all platforms as well as Office 2016 for Windows and Mac.
A few tidbits from around the web: Buying a game at Windows Store vs. Steam, no evidence of OneDrive placeholders returning, Microsoft opines on system cleaners, and voice dictation comes to Google Docs.
A few tidbits from around the web: People app in Windows 10 Mobile (re)gains a History tab, Facebook augments Like with Reactions, Spotify is going Google, and more.
A few tidbits from around the web: Gears of War Ultimate Edition heading to the Windows 10 Store, Microsoft Garage releases Sprightly on Android, Microsoft joins IoT industry group, and Amazon raises purchase minimum for free shipping.
A few tidbits from around the web: the February update for Windows App Studio, Microsoft releases Cyanogen mods for Skype, Cortana, OneNote and Hyperlapse, Skype Qik moves on, the Nokia comeback begins, and Apple's iPhone encryption stance is hypocritical.
Microsoft this week announced the February 2016 updates to Sway on the web and on Windows 10. The web-based Sway updates are available immediately, and the updates to the Sway app for Windows 10 will be "available soon."
Microsoft is testing a premium version of Outlook.com that could support custom domains. This means you could soon be able to use Outlook.com with your own domain name instead of being forced to use a Microsoft domain name.
A few things worth discussing from today: A new version of the excellent Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, the new Outlook.com is coming out of preview, and Redstone to add some nice Continuum improvements for phone.