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.
The past few days have been filled with Surface news, from the Surface 3 hitting the end of the road to a new Surface device being rumored that would represent an entirely new device from Microsoft.
This week, Microsoft outlined a sweeping set of accessibility improvements it is making in the Windows 10 Anniversary update. Key among them is a major update to Narrator screen reading app.
Microsoft has announced a new Windows Insider MVP program that will replace the outgoing consumer portions of the traditional MVP program.
On this episode, I cover all of the Microsoft news this week including some internal musing, the company is trying more ads on the desktop, NYC trip, year end and a lot more.
This week, Microsoft issued a major upgrade to its Arrow Launcher for Android, offering integration with the commercial versions of Office 365 and improved performance.
As promised, Microsoft this week updated the Get Windows 10 advertisement in Windows 7 and 8.1, providing customers with a way to decline the upgrade for the first time. Here's a quick look at the new experience.