On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including feature phones going bye bye, browsers market share, promoted apps and its impossible to avoid Google I/O.
In the longest and most unrewarding slow tease since the movie Prometheus, Microsoft announced this week that it would bring Halo 5, sort of, to the PC. Well, not Halo 5 so much as the Halo 5 Map Editor, called Forge.
Google today confirmed that it is adding Android apps to Chrome OS, it's lightweight desktop OS for laptops and other PC form factors. So what does this mean?
I recently held a focus group and reaffirmed what I've known for years: Microsoft's Signature program delivers the clean and reliable PC experiences that its customers deserve, and should demand.
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft selling its feature phone business, the Windows 7 convenience rollup, a new build of Windows 10 Mobile for Insiders, Windows 10 auto-upgrade news, a new OneDrive app, and tons of tips and picks.
Going into Google I/O this year, I was most interested to see where the search giant would take its dominant Android mobile OS. And not surprisingly, there were many Android-related announcements in the day keynote. Here's a quick rundown.
While Google Home understandably received the most attention from the Google I/O day one keynote, the search giant also revealed a stunning array of other products and services it will deliver throughout 2016. Two of the biggest are Allo and Duo, two new mobile solutions for Android and iOS.
On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.
If you have an Android phone and are running the latest version of the Windows 10 Insider builds, your notifications will now sync to your desktop.
In this month's peek at Windows phone usage, AdDuplex takes a deeper look at Windows 10 Mobile, which has just crossed the 10 percent usage milestone. It's official: 10.4 percent of Windows phones out in the wild are running the latest OS version.
When it comes to choosing an Android smart phone, I strongly advise you to consider crapware-free Nexus models. But Google isn't the only company selling clean Android phones. And with this year's Moto G lineup, you have now have more excellent options to consider.
Today, Microsoft announced that it is selling its unprofitable feature phone business to a new Foxconn subsidiary. But the bigger news, buried in a single sentence of the Microsoft announcement is this: The software giant just suggested that it no longer produce new Lumia smart phones.
In the latest sign that Microsoft actually does listen to its customers, if belatedly, the software giant revealed on Tuesday that it will dramatically simplify the process of updating its legacy Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems. Best of all, Microsoft will deliver what is essentially a second service pack for Windows 7, the Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup.
Microsoft is bringing its Health app to the desktop and they are also releasing a new 'Explore' tile for the Band that will track your hikes.
If you sign-in to your Windows 10-based PC or device with a Microsoft account, the personal photos and videos you store in OneDrive will appear automatically in the Photos app. But what if you don't want that?
Customers who upgrade to a new PC may understandably want to move their copy of Microsoft Office to the new PC as well. Is this possible? And if so, how do you do it?
One of the nice things about Android is that it behaves like Windows when it comes to choosing default apps. This means that you can always use the web browser or other apps you prefer, even if your handset maker or wireless carrier has configured the phone to use other apps.
No, these are not the placeholders you're looking for. But Microsoft last night released a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive, providing those with Windows 10-based PCs, tablets, and phones with a way to view all of the contents their OneDrive storage.
On Monday night, Microsoft announced a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. As you might expect, this build includes some new features and fixes, but it also introduces a new versioning scheme and supports more handset models than previous builds.
Xbox Live Gold customers with at least one year of tenure on the service will soon be able to choose from a renewed pool of almost one million inactive Gamertags this week. These are Gamertags from the earliest days of Xbox Live that were never migrated to the Xbox 360.
HP announced today that its new EliteBook 1030 ultra-portable notebook will ship later this month. Sitting between the EliteBook Folio 1020 I looked at last year and the EliteBook 1040 in HP's premium business-class portfolio, this new model is just 15.7 mm thin and weighs only 2.55 pounds.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A Games with Gold reminder, Microsoft is shutting down Project Spark, Microsoft Band not working properly with Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft to tackle your digital memories, and Google may have inadvertently (pre) announced a new service called Spaces.
I've seen a number of reports---CNET, many blogs---about an apparent change in behavior for the Get Windows 10 upgrader. But the ability to schedule or cancel an automated Windows 10 upgrade is not new, and is certainly now news. This UI debuted back in February when the Windows 10 Upgrade became a recommended update in Windows Update.
Last week in the article Fixing Microsoft Band, I listed several ways in which I think Microsoft should improve its wearable device. But in doing so, I realized that theFitbit Alta already did pretty much everything I wanted. How does this wearable compare to Microsoft Band 2 overall?
Instagram dived into controversy last week when it unveiled a bland new icon for its mobile app in its first-ever major branding change. But this week, it did something even rarer: It updated its Instagram app for Windows phones.
I'm still only a few levels into the DOOM single-player campaign, but I've seen enough: Though this remake offers great visuals and frenetic game play, it just doesn't recapture the magic of the original games.
Microsoft is adding more 'promoted' apps to the Start menu with the next Windows 10 update that will arrive in July.