This is a good news/bad news thing: HERE Maps, Drive, Transit, and City Lens have returned to the Windows Store for phones. But they will still not install on Microsoft's new Lumia 950 series of handsets for some reason.
While Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 users continue to twist in the wind, the software giant delivered significant firmware updates for both Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 late this past week. Here's what's new.
As promised, Microsoft has delivered the initial lists of Skylake-based business PCs on which it will support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These lists come from four of the biggest PC makers for businesses: Lenovo, HP, Dell and NEC.
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On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including limited support for Skylake CPUs, Xbox news, a new build of Redstone (insider info) and a lot more.
Microsoft this morning announced that previously-promised high-end versions of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that feature 1 TB of storage are now available for order. And as an added bonus, Surface fans can pick up a new gold version of the Surface Pen as well.
Microsoft will soon be bringing extensions to Edge and while the feature is not shipping yet, we can get an early look at how they will be managed inside the browser.
Microsoft is having its iPhone 4 "Antennagate" moment, thanks to rampant reliability issues with its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices. But rather than publicly face the problems head-on, the software giant has retreated behind a veil of silence, undermining the credibility and viability of its hardware offerings.
Microsoft has announced a sweeping set of Office 365 updates that span the business and consumer versions of the service and impact Office 2016 for iPad, Office mobile apps for Windows, Office 2016 for Mac, and more.
A few tidbits from around the web: New Dropbox mobile app on Windows 10, updates to Office on iOS, Brave new web browser will "fix the web," Google Cultural Institute looks pretty amazing, and heart rate is more important than steps.
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, 10112 and there is at least one new feature in this release for Edge but also a big bug for gamers too.
As you may have heard, Microsoft admitted earlier this week that it will be undergoing a voluntary recall for all Surface Pro power cords sold before July 15, 2015. If you own such a cord, you should have it replaced (for free). Here's how.
The long-rumored Surface Phone has triggered a kind of irrational exuberance with Windows phone, a belief that maybe this one new device will somehow, magically, inject a little life in the dying mobile platform. Sorry, everyone. When it comes to Surface Phone, you have no idea what you're talking about.
Microsoft this morning announced the third batch of Xbox 360 games that will work on Xbox One using the Backwards Compatibility feature. But the firm is also changing the way it brings Xbox 360 games to Xbox One.
Microsoft this morning unveiled a new alarm app for Android. This wouldn't normally warrant much attention, but it includes game-like wakeup modes that are powered by machine learning technologies developed by Microsoft Project Oxford.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss what's really happening with Microsoft's recent Windows support changes, HoloLens news, a Surface power cable recall, the new Dell Venue 8 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile news, the Build 2016 registration fiasco, and much more.
Arriving in a box the size of a 1972 Super Beetle, the HP ENVY Curved All-in-One is the most beautiful PC I've ever laid eyes on. The only question is whether I'm worthy of the expansive and curved 34-inch ultra-widescreen display.
Here are some tidbits from around the web: Passwords that suck, AMD results, Build sells out rather quickly, Continuum for phones will work on mid-range devices too, Intel offers new security tech on Core vPro chips, more.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I---for the first time ever, I think---focus on just a single topic: Last week's blockbuster revelation that Microsoft will not broadly support Windows 7 and 8.1 on Intel Skylake processors. Since the announcement, we have a bit more information and context about this decision.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has confirmed that Microsoft will soon issue a recall for Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 power cords. Apparently, these cords can develop issues when they become too tightly wound. (This recall does not concern the entire power adapter.)
If you follow Microsoft's monthly system updates for Xbox One, you know that the software giant routinely adds great new features to its premier console. And after taking December off, they're back with a new set of features that will begin rolling out to Preview members today.
A few tidbits from around the web: Surface flip-flopping,. Nokia repair shops to turn away walk-ins, WhatsApp drops exorbitant annual fee, tech companies found using cobalt sourced from child labor, Apple will finally offer a way to hide its crapware in iOS 9.3.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro was perhaps the only truly excellent Windows 8.1 mini-tablet. And with the PC maker now shipping the long-awaited Windows 10 version of this device, a looming question awaits: Is it any good?
Here are a few tidbits from around the web: What the PC industry could learn from the NRA, Lumia 650 rumors, the best way to run Windows 10 on a Mac, and John Romero makes a free new level for the original Doom.
I don't normally report on this kind of thing, but let's face it: Camera quality has always been a highlight of the high-end Lumias in particular, and the way HDR is implemented in Windows 10 Mobile is sub-optimal. But that's about to change, according to a Windows phone enthusiast blog.
Windows 10 is the most modern and full-featured version of Windows yet. But Microsoft's overly-aggressive tactics in coercing customers to upgrade are a mistake I believe. So here's how the Windows 7 or 8.1 user can "just say no" and get rid of that annoying "Get Windows 10" advertisement for good.