A few tidbits from around the web: More details on that Surface power cord recall, a WWII shooter game hits Kickstarter, Lenovo's quarterly results show the firm is still mostly a PC maker, Google's podcast service is imminent, and Amazon is opening more retail book stores.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss new rumors about Windows Phone being dead, Microsoft changing the Windows 10 upgrade to a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1, and how computers has changed over the years.
A report from the industry analysts at Spiceworks claims that Windows 10 adoption in businesses is proceeding at a pace that is double that of Windows 8 from three years ago. I'm most curious why the adoption rate is even faster, however, given how reviled Windows 8 was, especially with businesses.
As you may have seen, Microsoft revealed that it has purchased SwiftKey and will, over time, integrate this software-based keyboard technology with its own WordFlow efforts. I look forward to that future, but for now, let's take a quick look at how SwiftKey works today.
Microsoft this week updated its Band 2 wearable with a new battery-saving GPS mode and weight tracking functionality. The software giant says that both changes were driven by customer feedback.
A few tidbits from around the web: An accessibility update for Windows 10 Mail, Mojang Cobalt ships, Android is the future of Blackberry, and Yahoo is finally starting to make some big changes.
While HoloLens will roll out only in limited form to vertical markets at first, Microsoft is naturally looking to a future of broader consumer applications as well. And this week it came up with a vision of what it could be like to use HoloLens to enjoy NFL football games in the future.
As you may recall, I'm a big fan of the InFocus Kangaroo mini-PC, which offers amazing functional value and a low price. Today, InFocus announced a second model of its mini-PC, called Kangaroo Plus, which provides double the RAM, storage, and performance.
I've been preaching common sense and honesty in all things tech for years, but when something you love comes under fire, you tend to take things a bit more personally. Buck up, Windows phone fans. For now at least, you can of course continue using your favorite smart phone, while Microsoft figures out what to do next.
As promised, Microsoft has changed the Windows Update-based Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs from an "optional" update to a "recommended" update. This means that more users will be prompted to upgrade to the latest Windows version.
Windows 10 is now the third most-frequently-used personal computer operating system, behind Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. More people now use Windows 10 than Windows XP, as well as every version of Mac OS X combined.
Microsoft today released a cumulative update for the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, bumping the build number in the process to 10586.71. Despite the long wait between releases, there are no new features, just fixes.
It's February 1, so it's time for this month's look at the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that Xbox Live users can get for free as part of Microsoft's ongoing Games with Gold promotion.
To some, Microsoft's recent quarterly financial results indicate that Windows phone, finally, is dead. To others, nothing has changed, and Windows phone will continue to limp along as before. The truth, as always, is a bit more nuanced.
Just as a reminder, today is the last day when OneDrive users---which is to say, most Windows users---can claim their free 15 GB of online storage before Microsoft reverts to the new level of 5 GB.
This week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Windows Store has triggered much excitement, given that it's the first AAA Windows Store game. But how does it perform on Microsoft's latest devices?
It's been an interesting couple of months since the launch of Surface Pro 4 and the initial roll out of Surface Book. These are both amazing, trend-setting devices, but some customers have experienced bewildering reliability issues. What's going on?
Back in the saddle again: Turning Microsoft's earnings milk sour, the first anniversary of Outlook on Android and iOS, Facebook wakes up, Apple rumors, and Apple formalizes the market for VR.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone 7, and Microsoft Surface phone. Plus the FCC's Tom Wheeler wants to set your cable provided set top box free. What a great idea.
With Microsoft reporting its earnings for the final calendar quarter of 2015, we have some useful data for evaluating how the firm's devices businesses are doing. And as you should expect, there's some high points and some not-so-high points.
On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including their earnings for the company's second quarter, Windows phone downward spiral, cloud growth going bananas and a lot more.
It's fair to say that the Windows Store has been a wasteland since it debuted in Windows 8. But today marks a major milestone: Rise of the Tomb Raider, the first major game title to ever ship via Windows Store, is now available for purchase.
Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: A prediction about Microsoft's quarterly earnings, an Xbox Beta app for Windows 10 update, new Insider build of Office for Android, and various analysts take on Apple's quarter.
With its Tablet PC initiative faltering in the mid-2000s, Microsoft set out to reinvigorate the segment with a new offering aimed at a new generation of smaller personal computers. Dubbed Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and code-named Origami, this unique design still reverberates strongly today in various phones and tablets.
Acer and Microsoft revealed this week that they have collaborated on a new Windows 10 laptop aimed at the education market. Dubbed the TravelMate B117, this new laptop provides unique interactive features that are ideal for the classroom.
Microsoft has introduced a new search feature in Windows 10 that makes it easier to filter results and also a couple new power user features too.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Surfacegate and other Surface news, two new builds of Windows 10 and what's happening with Windows 10 Mobile, Cortana updates, and new Office features coming across platforms.