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.
Sorry, Windows phone fans, but this one is a blockbuster of the wrong kind: HERE announced this week that it will pull its location and navigation apps from the Windows 10 Store on March 29. And it will never again update the apps or their maps on Windows Phone 8.
Playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 isn't just rewarding in its own right---I actually finished the game, again, on Xbox One by the way---it's the best way to get in on the action in the coming Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta.
The latest addition to the vaunted ThinkPad X1 lineup is basically Lenovo's version of the Peanut Butter Cup. And in this case, the two great tastes that go together are the flexibility and versatility of its Yoga products and the reliability and design sense of the X1 series.
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.
Microsoft continues to push forward with its plans to open up its Xbox platform beyond the Xbox One console. But this week, it revealed something unexpected: Cross-network play, which could let Xbox One gamers compete with PlayStation 4 gamers.
A few tidbits from around the web: a random thought about Steve Jobs, the FAA approves ExpressJet’s Electronic Flight Bag on Windows 10, Microsoft talks up Actiongram for HoloLens, and no more Bitcoin support in Windows Store
A source very close to Microsoft tells me that the software giant is now internally testing TV DVR (digital video recording) functionality for Xbox One, meaning that customers will soon be able to record live TV shows from the console.
Over the weekend, we were treated to premature reports that Spotify had killed support for its app on Windows phone. But Spotify has since clarified matters: Windows phone support is continuing, and a new version of the app will better support Windows 10 (Mobile).
Microsoft is having a nice Spring sale at its retail and online store. Key deals include $100 off Core i5-based Surface Pro 4 models, big savings on the Dell XPS 13 laptop, and 2 free games with select Xbox One purchases.
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.
The Intel NUC mini-PC---technically a mini-PC kit to which I've added RAM and storage---is that rarest of delights, a cost-effective yet powerful PC that just works.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Windows 10 is getting upgraded with DirectX 12 graphics soon, according to the game's maker. This will allow gamers with high-end PCs to really crank up the graphics quality and achieve higher frame rates.
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.
On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including the Windows 10 aggressiveness, IE 11 adverts, contemplating new fighting procedures, and much, much more.
The Lumia 650 is the best-looking Windows phone that Microsoft has ever built. And if you want to experience it for yourself, your time has come: You can now preorder Microsoft's latest smart phone in the U.S. and Canada.
A new update for Microsoft Band 2 adds an optional auto-pause feature that pauses tracking when you take a break during a run or bike ride.
Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14283 for testers on the Fast ring. This build includes updates to Phone, Mail, and Calendar, and fixes a number of issues from the previous Fast ring build.
Regardless of the timing for Redstone 2 and whatever features it may bring, Microsoft still needs to stick to a regular and predictable schedule for updating Windows 10. And that means that the software giant must issue a "milestone" release of the OS in late 2016 as previously scheduled.
The next build of Windows 10 sent to insiders is expected to include extensions, a feature many users have been waiting since the release of the OS.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's March 2016 evaluation VMs, Microsoft's (sort of) Linux distribution, layoffs at Sonos and a look to the future, Samsung vague but positive on Galaxy S7 pre-orders, and yes, the Nexus 6P is getting updated this month too.
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.
In Windows Weekly 456, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft's blockbuster announcement about SQL Server on Linux, Windows 10 Redstone 2 delays, new Windows 10 builds for Insiders and commoners alike, whether Microsoft should buy Slack, and the cancellation of Fable Legends.
Google is already showing off the first features for the next version, codenamed N. And to get developers started on these new features, Google has also released the N Developer Preview with an updated SDK.