Just an idea and I know that you guys don't like to talk politics but I'd really like to hear you guys opinions on social media and the recent bannings
From Brad and Paul comments on social media it pretty clear they are both liberals(although I might be wrong) but also two pretty level headed guys ( except for when it comes to the mail app.. Paul). I also don't think to you both are quiet as left wing as say the verge.
Hopefully I won't get hate for posting this, I'm not left wing of right wing. I don't think trump is a literal nazi or that Hilary is a saint. I'm mainly worried about the polarisation that is occurring in society and I think technology has a massive part to play in this.
To be clear I think Alex Jones is a nasty/crazy man who said some terrible things however he is just the most high profile character to be banned from social media. Many more moderate conservatives have also been banned recently while left wing progressive voices with questionable views on race and democracy are actually allowed to work at twitter and Facebook.
Do you think that given the tech industry's power to influence society and potential to influence elections needs to be regulated?
I hear and understand hate speech is unacceptable however who gets to decide what hate speech is? Surely a democracy needs both left and right voices to be heard equally and as social media is now the public arena for such discourse maybe it needs to be regulated by a external group and not silicon Valley which famously has a very left wing population.
We hear a lot about inclusion being high on the list of priorities for silicon Valley but maybe inclusion of ideas needs to be included too especially in the running of public forums such twitter.
Has anybody seen this article posted on the verge ranking the best current note taking apps? Google keep comes out top followed by a series of no name ipad apps with two Microsoft offerings coming in around the bottom of the list.
Interestingly microsoft word comes in above onenote.
Reasons for onenote being marked down include:
Need to have a Microsoft account
Slow start up time
Google keep surpringly wasnt penalised for requiring a Google account. Evernote doesn't even solar on the list.
Ridiculous how biased the tech media is towards google. I get its just their opinion but that doesn't change the fact that onenote is a great product. Microsoft really cant win at all when they produce in this case a superior product - and it is better than google keep- but still cannot get any credit.
I recently took the plunge and activated the 14 day free trial to xbox games pass mainly because i wanted to try sea of thieves.
Unfortunately for me at least i dont see the service as good value at this moment in time. I’ve had an xbox one since release and have taken advantage of the games with gold service to collect free games over the past 5 years (wow has it been that long?) and also the excellent christmas/ easter sales to collect triple A titles. So i have quite a collection of games to play anyway across a range of genres.
Apart from trying sea of thieves i was hoping to have access to a lot more games than I actually found with xbox game pass and was quite dissapointed by the selection. I was also hoping for a much bigger selection of Xbox play anywhere titles which is even more disappointing. It hasnt been mentioned much but it pretty clear than PC gaming through the store and especially xbox play anywhere titles are going nowhere fast. Three years in the and the selection of PC games in the store is really bad in my opinion. Wheres fortnight, PUBG, Skyrim, Rocket league? The games are out there complied for PC so why not in the store?
Many modern games are probably too intensive for average PC's but how about building an xbox 360 emulator into windows 10 and getting those games in there, this would really put xbox game pass over the top.
Anyway, even though it doesnt work out value for me i do think that for a new customer the game pass represents excellent value – though only for on the xbox one not the wider xbox + PC world.
Ive been using edge and continue on PC (latest versions) on iOS for several weeks now but have yet to see any of the websites ive visited show up in timeline, is this a US only feature? im in the U.K anybody here seen any evidence of it working?
Does anybody know why windows store taskbar icons are different to those from the same apps downloaded from the web?
Whatsapp desktop and Tweeten for example when downloaded from the we b have much nicer icons than when downloaded from the store. Store app icons are really small and in a little square, its ugly and really irritating.
Does anybody know how to fix this, perhaps mehedi as developer of the tweeten app could comment as to why they are differnt?
Why has there been zero progress on Microsoft to-do!
Why doesn't it have integration into outlook, Cortana, teams and onenote?
Why should anyone invest in the Microsoft eco system by spending time putting their data etc in their when their services are not on par with Google's systems?
The windows 10 built in apps are terrible and not progressing at all compared to their counterparts on ios and Android. At this point why not just port the ipad apps to Windows and use them as the built in apps? It would save on development, bring higher quality apps to Windows and improve the ios bridge technology. It may even encourage other developers to port to Windows 10. I'm terms of look and feel I'd actually convert the ipad apps to a windows 10 fluent design like the one found on edge for ios.
Speaking of which has a single app ever been converter from ios to Windows 10?
As the owner of a surface I feel let down by the attention that has been paid to tablet mode on windows 10. It let's down the experiance of using it as a tablet which I'd love to do more regulary. I can't even point to one thing that needs to change other than everything. I get they market it as a laptop now but come on the hardware could be so much more. I also understand the argument that because nobody uses tablet mode then it's not worth the effort but nobody will use it until they make it better. Come on Microsoft this is lazy
Has anybody managed to get the Amazon prime video app for the xbox running on windows 10? It can be downloaded from the store and I assume there is a hack out there. I hate accessing there video via the Web browser
Listening to Paul and brads discussions around chromebooks and the future of computing I had a thought that perhaps windows 10s doesn't go far enough for the consumer market. But I don't think it's the apps that Microsoft should lock down - I do think that chrome and other verified apps should be allowed, this post isn't about that.
I Think the areas of windows that should be locked down and potentially removed are the 90% of windows features that consumers don't need.
For example just today I noticed my microphone on my surface pro had stopped working,it turned out to be a driver issue as a result of an update. In the end I had to download a surface tool to fix the issue and I thought to my self why? This never happens on an iPad and I assume chromebooks? I want a stable operating system especially on the OS manufactures own hardware. And that's the thing that once you go to a simpler system you'll never come back to windows. its the same argument for console gaming over of gaming, I don't want to tinker or have the opportunity to mess things up, I just want to use the device as a tool. That's what chromebook is.
Microsoft could make make a super stripped down version of windows, same shell single driver options that they verify.its crazy that on surface there are multiple driver options for audio, why? and why should I deal with it? There are computing options out there now where I wouldn't encounter these issues- Microsoft has to match this and windows 10 pro will never be able to without gutting the system.
They can still offer windows 10 pro for those who need it. I think this is the only way they can compete with chromebooks.unfortunately because of my work I need windows pro and will be stuck with it for at least a decade but if I could I'd switch.
What if Microsoft made a touch cover with a trackpad for iPad, I know what your thinking iPads don't support mice, but could Microsoft add a pointer to their own apps like office? They could even release paint on the appstore
Here's an idea for windows 10 going forward, microsoft strips and locks down code for the OS - removes legacy apps and features that nobody uses as well as UWP apps and add on features such as the my people nonsense. Any updates to the OS are just around core features such as file explorer, lynx sub system, defender etc. Everything else comes through the store, even things like my people which could be classed as OS extentions - give people the choice and stop the negative press in one fell swoop.
This is related to another excellent post on the forums called "what if the new thing relies on the old thing?"
Heres the pitch- we constantly hear that Microsoft is out of mobile and waiting for the next wave and a lot of the tech media seems to agree that this is the correct thing to do, but what if mobile is here to stay for the next 20 years in one form or another? In this scenario AR or whatever doesn't replace mobile and PC's amongst consumer and to a lesser extent enterprise continue to decline. iOS and android continue to develop and eat into the roles that windows PCs currently occupy today?
By by this point generations of new workers will be accustom to android and iOS so Microsoft is out of the OS game..
Ok so they'll just be a cloud services and productivity company, fine only there's a couple of issues with that. First they are second in cloud to amazon a company which seems to the aggressiveness of the old (and successful Microsoft). Are microsoft really going to surplant them, really? The other problem is google who almost certainly won cloud, why? Because it's clear as day that cloud will be heavily linked to ai, which for its development requires both massive data and user engagement. From my point of view googles application of ai/ machine learning is far more impressive and it's applications more useful. Likewise how long does Microsoft really think that office 365 will go unchallenged by google apps for work and whatever amazon is cooking up? You know they'll just undercut Microsoft, why because their revenues don't rely on it anyway - but microsofts do and both of these companies won't hesitate to go for the jugular.
Once you consider this is Microsofts retrenchment to enterprise and aim to be dominate in cloud such a safe bet?
My point is if Microsoft wants to stay relevant it needs to aim to be number one, google and amazon certainly are. It has billions in the bank and should act aggressively to ensure its future that means having a relevant mobile OS whatever that takes. If they need to give phones away they need to do it, if they need to pay or buy developers they should do it, they are on the tipping point it's either this or watch it all fall away.
why be bothered by all this though? Well the existence of microsoft and specifically their old fashioned business model (I.e you pay for a service and you get it without ads etc and without your data being passed on) keeps google and amazon in check. It forces them to limit their ads, to respect privacy if the user wishes it. Without Microsoft there is no other option than googles model and once that happens say hello to more and more ads and less and less privacy..
Aside from bug fixes and features we already know are coming to future releases of windows 10 what three new features would you like to see added to the next version of windows? Can be anything as long as it's not a working version of x or y, everybody knows what is and isn't working and to be blunt moaning is boring
So I have an issue wih how much microsoft limits office 365 home compared to work and school accounts. Office home customers pay for the product and therefore should be able to have the same benefits of the linking their account to cortana that buisnesses use aside from the team stuff. Seems like microsoft is really limiting its paying customers here.
Sometime in december microsoft announced that cortana for the UK for android and said it would be released on iOS in the coming weeks. It is now nearly march and there is still no sign of it. What the hell is going on? I could understand if it was in a novel region and language but cortana in the U.K has been available for years on wndows phone and windows 10 desktop. How do they expect their products to ever gain marketshare if they never release them? They have already lost me as a mobile user and since moving to iPhone i have found myself moving more and more to googles solutions for other services? Why because microsofts solutions are simply not available here. If microsofts future is in the cloud and as a service provider they need to make sure that those services are available to everybody, not with the next release of windows, not next year, now!
So im having real issues with the windows store, its bad enough that the app selection is paltry but certain apps such as kodi and the audible app refuse to install. They download then error out. Ive tried resteting the cache and all the other tips with no success, ive even reinstalled windows to fix this problem. The thing is ive never had such a frustrating experiance on either of the other app platforms stores, such a fundamental issue needs to be fixed before anyone can take the either UWP or the app store seriously. Having to go into the registery editor to solve a problem on the UWP side of windows 10 is not an acceptable solution for most people, this will come back to bite them if windows 10 cloud ever appears.