Microsoft is about to bring one of its key features from Windows Phone to other platforms as the company is sending out beta invites for its Word Flow keyboard to iOS users.
Microsoft has revealed some not-so-subtle changes to how it will support Windows 7 and 8.1 going forward. Long story short, it is using hardware support as yet another means of forcing customers to upgrade to Windows 10 faster than they might otherwise wish to.
On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including how the company is working to speed up the adoption of Windows 10.
Praised as a major differentiator for Windows 10 Mobile handsets, Continuum relies on modern hardware and software to transform a smart phone into a fairly capable PC-like device, complete with HDTV screen, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. This week, Microsoft explained why they went down this path.
You can get up to $250 off the cost of a Microsoft Band 2 when you trade-in an eligible smartwatch or fitness tracker. But you have to act fast: This deal is available through the end of this month only.
As you may know, Microsoft offers a Windows Insider app for Windows phones, giving you access to pre-release versions of the OS. Today, Microsoft shipped a similar app, called UpdateAdvisor. And this one helps you upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile 10.
Microsoft announced today that a preview version of Skype integration for the Slack team-based messaging solution is now available. In this first early release, Slack users can now make a Skype voice or video call from within that app.
Lumia 950 and 950 XL buyers can get a free year of Office 365 Personal for free. But be aware that this offer won't work if you already have Office 365 Home.
Good morning. Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Build 2016 registration is Tuesday, Bing gets a new logo, Microsoft open sources part of Edge, Delivery Beta app for Windows 10, and a new Google Maps feature.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss our Microsoft predictions for 2016, a new build of Windows 10, another build sync across Windows 10 for PCs, Mobile, and IoT, 2015 PC sales, Internet Explorer EOL, more on Microsoft's SIM plans, Skype news, and a peek at the Xbox One Elite controller.
An update to the Outlook apps for Android and iOS this week adds Skype Call scheduling, new calendar features, improved navigation, and more. And yes, Windows 10 Mobile users will get Skype Call scheduling in a future update.
This week, Microsoft revealed the next step in its overly-aggressive campaign to convince users of earlier Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 10: It will enable the "Get Windows 10" app on managed small business PCs.
Microsoft has announced a new build of Windows 10 is available to Insiders who are participating in the Fast ring, the version number is 11099 but beware there may be more bugs than usual in this release.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss our tech predictions for 2016 and come out on opposite sides of the debate over Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Another day, another selection of tech tidbits: Various Microsoft app updates on iOS and Android, SpotBright is a wonderful app for all Windows 10 users, Google Nexus 5X gets a permanent price cut, and an interesting comparison of the adoption of the latest Android and iOS versions.
Responding to customer requests, Microsoft has added support for Mac OS X's Full Screen View and Split View features to Outlook 2016 for Mac. The firm says that the additions will help customers manage multiple email messages more easily.
Microsoft announced this week that it will be bringing Skype's group video calling feature to Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile in the coming weeks. And it will offer this functionality for free.
The ability to run real Windows desktop applications remotely through Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile could put this solution over the top for many. And on that note, Microsoft has just enabled this functionality via a preview version of its Remote Desktop app.
Another day, another batch of tidbits from around the web: How to really get rid of Windows 10 nagware, a Surface executive's dangerous opinion of iPad Pro, "Homefront" is finally getting a sequel, and Elon Musk says Apple Car is an "open secret."
With Windows 10 Mobile and a new lineup of Lumia handsets, Microsoft is again making a great case for upgrading. So here are some of the ways in which you can get started with a new Windows 10 Mobile smart phone.
For many users, protecting Windows against viruses and other malware is a combination of common sense and using the OS's built-in security tools. But the security-minded can---and arguably should---do a bit more to protect their PCs from viruses and malware.
Several readers have forwarded information about a great sale on Surface 3: When you buy the tablet directly from Microsoft, you will get a Type Cover, worth $129, for free. But you have to act fast: This deal is available through Sunday only.
Here are some tidbits from around the web: A weird tease for a coming Xbox One feature, another Half-Life disaster, the big problem with Apple News, Apple to introduce Night Mode in iOS 9, and AT&T is sort-of bringing back unlimited data.
An interesting new startup seeks to bring 5 billion in emerging markets into the personal computing age. But the company---called Endless---isn't doing so with trendier new products likes phones or tablets. Instead, it is focusing on desktop PCs.
As you may know, my latest e-book, Windows 10 Field Guide, is now available on Leanpub. And while it's already pretty comprehensive, we'd like to make it even better throughout 2016. So we're asking for your help.
If you're still running the original version of Windows 8---that is, Windows 8.0, not 8.1---it's time to upgrade to at least Windows 8.1: Support for this version of the OS is expiring on Tuesday.