Surprise! Yes, it's a Saturday night, but Microsoft has shipped a new build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview for both PC and Mobile. Build 14385 comes just two days after the previous build and includes a wide range of fixes, as you might expect.
Windows 10 users can now get two free months of the Hulu streaming video service, as compared to the normal two-week offer. But you need to act fast, as this offer ends July 18.
Microsoft's promise to publish all future in-house games via Xbox Play Anywhere---meaning they will work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs---may be less certain thanks to a quiet rewording of the original announcement. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound.
Tech tidbits from around the web: See you at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto next week, Band 2 is obviously being cleared out of inventory, Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360 is available now via Xbox One backwards compatibility, more.
The new HP Spectre is gorgeous, impossibly thin, and so light it almost disappears into my carry-on bag, and it offers the performance one would expect of a much bigger and heavier PC. What's missing, of course, is all-day battery life, a multi-touch screen, and simple connectivity with existing peripherals.
On this episode, I cover all of the Microsoft news this week including the road to release, Windows phone upgrade info, WPC, and a few fireworks.
After I asked about whether the free upgrade for Windows 10 Mobile would end on July 29 as it is for Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar clarified the firm's evolving strategy: The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will now continue to be free past the end of the month.
While this week's pre-release build of Windows 10 version 1607 isn't the final release, it's very close, and development of this major update is effectively over, with only certain classes of bug fixes allowed to impact the few remaining builds.
Microsoft announced today that it has released a new firmware update for its flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets. And among the improvements in this update is an eagerly-awaited customer request: Double-Tap to Wake.
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders and as the company approaches the final build release, everything is focused on stability and feedback.
Thanks to an update to Skype for Web, it's now possible to make Skype-based audio calls using a Chromebook. Previously, you could only engage in IM-style text chat on that platform.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft and University of Washington researchers set record for DNA storage, four new handsets have been added to the Windows Device Recovery Tool, Samsung discovers that it can succeed if it stops making crap, so much more.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss last week's live event in New York, new Surface device rumors, more changes to the Get Windows 10 ads, some new Windows 10 builds for Insiders, Skype news, Microsoft Dynamics, Xbox, and more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Chromebooks can now make voice calls with Skype for Web, whether there is code from Windows 95 still in Windows 10, new security features make Windows 10 Anniversary Update a must, Google adds instant translation to Now On Tap, more.
It's both amusing and sad to watch video game bloggers and enthusiasts continually misrepresent Microsoft's new Xbox strategy. Here's just one example: The belief that Xbox Play Anywhere signals an end to Xbox exclusive games.
In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss new rumors about a Surface all-in-one PC, Apple's patent for preventing users from taking photos and videos at concerts, and Xbox Play Anywhere, which debuts September 13.
After a three week wait, Apple has finally updated its pre-release stable of upcoming OS versions, bringing iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 to the Beta 2 milestone. These releases are still only available to Apple developers.
Microsoft announced this week that it has improved Skype's ability to share photos, videos and documents. Key among the improvements is offline sharing, so you can send items to your friends and let them download them when they're back online.
Microsoft today announced a free online meeting tool called Skype Meetings that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing, including content- and screen-sharing capabilities.
Xbox is no stranger to hyperbole, but this is actually a really big sale, with over 250 deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 game titles and over 30 offers for PC games. Dubbed the Ultimate Game Sale, it runs for one week, from today through July 11.
Moving from Windows phone to Android or iPhone is a revelation for most Microsoft fans, since the software giant generally provides better coverage on these mobile platforms than it does on its own. But there's one obvious exception: Groove.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft is adding a wheelchair for Xbox Live avatars, Samsung S Health now integrates with Microsoft Health, Almost half of Steam gamers use Windows 10, terrible Amazon app disappears from Windows Phone, more.
With less than a month remaining for the free Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft has entered a kinder, gentler phase of the promotion. And I'm curious where Windows 10 adoption will stand at the one-year mark.
Happy 4th of July! Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale starts tomorrow, Xbox Play Anywhere launches on September 13th, Your Groove gets a little bit groovier, NuAns NEO running Windows 10 Mobile heads to Kickstarter, more.
Some support documentation for the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile-based Elite x3 smart phone doesn't provide too much in the way of new information, beyond one cute touch: it will come in a gold version too.
If you are running a Windows 10 Insider build and are seeing a July 15th expiration date for you build, fret not as Microsoft will release a new build to Insider before the time bomb expires.
A recent report from Digitimes claims that Microsoft is prepping a Surface-branded all-in-one (AIO) PC. I think this is an excellent idea. And while I can't speak directly to the veracity of the rumors, I do have some ideas about how Microsoft can make a difference in this market.