Today, Microsoft announced that it is selling its unprofitable feature phone business to a new Foxconn subsidiary. But the bigger news, buried in a single sentence of the Microsoft announcement is this: The software giant just suggested that it no longer produce new Lumia smart phones.
In the latest sign that Microsoft actually does listen to its customers, if belatedly, the software giant revealed on Tuesday that it will dramatically simplify the process of updating its legacy Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems. Best of all, Microsoft will deliver what is essentially a second service pack for Windows 7, the Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup.
Microsoft is bringing its Health app to the desktop and they are also releasing a new 'Explore' tile for the Band that will track your hikes.
If you sign-in to your Windows 10-based PC or device with a Microsoft account, the personal photos and videos you store in OneDrive will appear automatically in the Photos app. But what if you don't want that?
Customers who upgrade to a new PC may understandably want to move their copy of Microsoft Office to the new PC as well. Is this possible? And if so, how do you do it?
One of the nice things about Android is that it behaves like Windows when it comes to choosing default apps. This means that you can always use the web browser or other apps you prefer, even if your handset maker or wireless carrier has configured the phone to use other apps.
No, these are not the placeholders you're looking for. But Microsoft last night released a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive, providing those with Windows 10-based PCs, tablets, and phones with a way to view all of the contents their OneDrive storage.
On Monday night, Microsoft announced a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. As you might expect, this build includes some new features and fixes, but it also introduces a new versioning scheme and supports more handset models than previous builds.
Xbox Live Gold customers with at least one year of tenure on the service will soon be able to choose from a renewed pool of almost one million inactive Gamertags this week. These are Gamertags from the earliest days of Xbox Live that were never migrated to the Xbox 360.
HP announced today that its new EliteBook 1030 ultra-portable notebook will ship later this month. Sitting between the EliteBook Folio 1020 I looked at last year and the EliteBook 1040 in HP's premium business-class portfolio, this new model is just 15.7 mm thin and weighs only 2.55 pounds.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A Games with Gold reminder, Microsoft is shutting down Project Spark, Microsoft Band not working properly with Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft to tackle your digital memories, and Google may have inadvertently (pre) announced a new service called Spaces.
I've seen a number of reports---CNET, many blogs---about an apparent change in behavior for the Get Windows 10 upgrader. But the ability to schedule or cancel an automated Windows 10 upgrade is not new, and is certainly now news. This UI debuted back in February when the Windows 10 Upgrade became a recommended update in Windows Update.
Last week in the article Fixing Microsoft Band, I listed several ways in which I think Microsoft should improve its wearable device. But in doing so, I realized that theFitbit Alta already did pretty much everything I wanted. How does this wearable compare to Microsoft Band 2 overall?
Instagram dived into controversy last week when it unveiled a bland new icon for its mobile app in its first-ever major branding change. But this week, it did something even rarer: It updated its Instagram app for Windows phones.
I'm still only a few levels into the DOOM single-player campaign, but I've seen enough: Though this remake offers great visuals and frenetic game play, it just doesn't recapture the magic of the original games.
Microsoft is adding more 'promoted' apps to the Start menu with the next Windows 10 update that will arrive in July.
For the past two months, I've used a tiny Intel NUC mini-PC every day as my main computer, and the experience has for the most part been very positive. But having twice run into USB issues, I decided to expanded the NUC with a new top lid that adds an additional two USB 2.0 ports.
Judgment Day is upon us: The remade version of DOOM is available today on Xbox One---and PC, if you don't mind purchasing via Steam or a local retailer---offering a graphic and violent walk down memory lane. Whether the new game stands up at all to the original, let alone the DOOM 3 reboot from 12 years ago, remains to be seen.
On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including Windows 10's happy accident, Surface quality control, and is the PC really dead.
Tech tidbits from around the web: You can now preorder some cool new Lumia cases from Mozo, FTC could be taking a second look at Google Search, Google Chirp to compete with Amazon Alexa, Cardboard VR is available in Canada, the UK, France, and Germany now, and Google provides its Gboard keyboard on iOS.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the pending end of the free Windows 10 upgrade, 300 million active Windows 10 devices, a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, Patch Tuesday updates, a big update for UWP games, tons of mobile news, and more.
Buried in this week's announcement about a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build was some surprising news: Microsoft is removing key Wi-Fi Sense functionality in the Anniversary Update. Called controversial by some, Wi-Fi Sense is nothing of the sort. But apparently so few people used it that Microsoft felt updating and supporting the feature was untenable.
If you are using a Nexus smart phone as I recommend, you will want to know about this: Google is now offering downloadable OS images which let you update the handsets manually without wiping them as well.
When it comes to web browsers on Windows 10, the conversation pretty much begins and ends with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. But despite relatively low usage, Opera makes a compelling case as well. And a recent change to the browser can improve battery life in laptops by about 50 percent, the firm says.
Microsoft this week revealed its schedule for shutting down Sunrise, the mobile app calendar it purchased in early 2015. With all relevant Sunrise functionality being made available in Outlook Mobile since the acquisition, Microsoft will shut down Sunrise on August 31, 2016.
Just one day after Microsoft announced that it was added much-requested functionality to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games in Windows 10, the blockbuster game "Gears of War: Ultimate Edition" has been updated to support that functionality.
It's a work in progress at the moment, but Microsoft is overhauling the email message editor in Outlook 2016 for Mac with support for picture formatting and rich formatting. The new functionality should arrive in mid-May, Microsoft says. And more updates are coming later as well.