Development of the Windows 10 Anniversary update isn't just winding down, it's coming to a crashing close: Microsoft last night delivered its second pre-release build of the system this week for both PC and Mobile.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft promotes Gavriella Schuster, Facebook Messenger comes to Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft has sold over 1 million Xbox Elite Controllers, Android N to be named Android Nougat, much more.
Live from the Microsoft Store in New York, it's Windows Weekly! Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss big Windows 10 Anniversary update news, Microsoft finally fixes the Get Windows 10 advertisement, Surface 3 gets an end-of-life date, Office 365 turns five, and so much more.
Microsoft announced today that it is bringing the 1 TB versions of its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices to 10 new markets These devices had been available only in the U.S. and Canada since their initial January launch.
With development of the Windows 10 Anniversary update winding down, Microsoft revealed that a late addition to the update's feature set, called Messaging Everywhere, wouldn't make the cut. The results were quite predictable.
In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss a rumor that Google is talking with carriers about launching its own smart phone and why that may or may not be a good idea, Microsoft is shutting down production of the Surface 3, and my first impressions of the HP Spectre 13.
Yesterday, I received two related emails: One, from Evernote, explained that my free account was about to become a lot more limited, and that I'd need to pay for features I'd been getting for free. The second was from Microsoft, providing a solution to my Evernote problem.
Microsoft today announced that it will release the free Anniversary update for Windows 10 on August 2, meeting its delivery goal of on or around the one-year anniversary of the original Windows 10 release.
Microsoft announced two major Windows 10 milestones this morning: There are now over 350 million devices running Windows 10. And the system's first major and free upgrade, called the Anniversary update, will arrive on August 2.
Microsoft on Tuesday delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14376 for both PC and Mobile to testers on the Fast ring. And, go figure, build 14372 for both PC and Mobile for Slow ring testers too. So everyone gets a new build.
Today, Microsoft announced its June updates for Office 365, which it says focuses on improving customer experience across Office apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Key among these updates are Office Planner, a preview of GigaJam, and improvements to Office inking on Android, Sway, and Outlook.
Today, Amazon announced a new navigation experience for Kindle that spans its e-readers, Fire tablets, and mobile apps on Android and iOS: It's called Page Flip, and it makes it easy to flip through the pages of a Kindle e-book as you would a real, paper-based book.
Windows 10 supports broadband cellular networks provided by major wireless carriers. So if you're lucky enough to have a SIM-enabled Windows PC or device, you can get Internet access this way, just as you do with your smart phone.
For the past few weeks, I've been using Microsoft Edge instead of Chrome where possible. This is a lot easier with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which includes numerous Edge improvements. But as expected there are a few things I still miss from Google's browser.
After months of mounting criticism, and just one month from the end of the free Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft has finally seen the light: It will stop deliberately confusing and deceiving customers with the Windows 10 upgrade offer.
Bad news, NexDock fans: The company reported today that a factory fire has destroyed or damaged their entire first production run, so customers will need to wait three more months for their Indiegogo purchases to arrive.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for unintended Windows 10 upgrade, a quick tour of Microsoft building 87, ISOs for Windows 10 Insider preview build 14366 are now available, and Google Project Bloks brings software development to the physical world.
Microsoft announced today that it is killing the Xbox Fitness app and service on Xbox One. Existing customers will be able to use purchased content through next June. But no new content will be offered for purchase.
Starting with the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 users with mobile PCs and devices can quickly and easily enable mobile hotspot functionality, allowing you to share your Internet connection with up to 8 other devices.
Starting with the Anniversary Update, the Groove app in Windows 10 can now help you discover music with a new feature called Your Music, somewhat closing the gap with more popular music services like Spotify and Apple Music.
A new report claims that Google will build its own smart phone for release by the end of 2016. But the search giant should learn from the past, lest it fall prey to what I call the Surface Curse.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More info on Microsoft letting users associate Windows 10 licenses with their Microsoft accounts, Kevin Gallo speaks about future of Windows Phone, the Apple Pencil Holder, and much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: AT&T's Lumia 1520 can get Windows 10 Mobile now, a closer look at Battlefield 1, Apple quietly discontinues its Thunderbolt displays, offline viewing is coming to Netflix, more.
Long time readers know I've been a fan of first shooters since the game genre was invented. No company has had a greater impact on these games than Id Software, and among its many important achievements stands Quake, which was released 20 years ago this week.
Earlier this week, Microsoft began rolling out a new version of its Wallet app for Windows 10 Mobile devices, adding support for Tap to Pay mobile payments. This is good news, but credit card support is currently lacking, rendering the feature useless for many.
On this episode, I cover all of the Microsoft news this week including a lot of love for mobile users, Thurrott Premium, Microsoft year end, the road to the Anniversary update and a lot more.
In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss some of the confusion over Microsoft's strategy for the Xbox and why Microsoft did the right thing in announcing the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio and together. Plus, some interesting Windows 10 device stats.