Received an email from microsoft last week stating the follow:
"We’re excited to announce that Xbox Live Rewards will soon become Microsoft Rewards in Canada… giving you new ways to reward yourself for doing the things you love with Microsoft products and services. In addition to many of the benefits you’ve enjoyed with Xbox Live Rewards, you can now earn points when you shop the Microsoft Stores and when you search using Bing.
What do you need to do? Nothing! We’ll communicate with you again once your transition to Microsoft Rewards is complete. If you do not want to join Microsoft Rewards, you will need to opt-out of your Xbox Live Rewards account no later than October 7, 2017"
Is anyone else seeing this and is this only in Canada?
NOTE: Also if this post shows up more than once I apologize. I tried posting from my phone twice and either time the posts did not show up in the forum.
I hate system tray icons on my task bar but have to admit they are useful at times.
I am wondering if MS would ever move these icons in the action center?
And if they did would the masses revolt?
I am looking to renew my premium subscription which expired on the 8th but when I select 1 year for $48 the page that loads informs me that this item cannot be purchased and that my cart is empty.
What am I doing wrong? Is it because I am Canadian?
I was wondering if there was any Irish Thurrott followers who could give a guy some pointers.
Heading to Ireland on Friday, the 31st, for a 2 week vacation and was looking to get a sim card for my phone, a moto g4, so that I can use it for communication and navigation while there (I am wishing we had the google-fi program here in Canada as I woud go with a Nexus phone and that).
Any pointers for what carrier to go with and where to get the sim would be appreciated?
Is the success (or non-failure) of Microsoft teams vs the constant issues / confusion around Skype, Outlook, Wunderlist, Sunrise, etc show that Microsoft is better off building competing platforms / services than to buy up competitors? That the issues and complications of merging these outside platforms / services with their own out weigh the initial gain of the purchase.
Just a Thought
The discovery of Windows Cloud has left those us looking in from the outside, including myself asking why? So here is what I think my be the direction Microsoft is heading.
With Windows 8 and 10 we saw the dwindling down of consumer versions of the OS. And through the updating / upgrading process of w10 we saw the removal of power features from the consumer version. I believe Windows Cloud is the new Windows Home and Microsoft will offer more featured versions at a cost.
Only need a few apps and a web browser, Windows Cloud is built for you.
Need to install legacy apps, pay to upgrade your OS.
Need features such as group policy editor or HyperV, pay even more.
Microsoft isn't that crazy that they will drop this on us with Redstone 2 or 3 but instead will put wCloud out there as an option at first. Get people and businesses using it and slowly make it the most common version. And with wCloud developers will need to go through the Windows Store (or a browser) to get to users.
Windows Cloud - a simpler, more secure and controled way to PC.
I use both chrome and edge depending on the situation but one reason I use Chrome is the copy and paste issue with Edge.
What is the reason behind this glitch / issue?
Is it only Edge or is there other programs?
On this week's Windows Weekly while on the topic on Microsoft's foldable device patent Mary Jo Foley asked whether the device would come with WM10 or Windows on Arm. I may be missing something but I assumed Windows on Arm if it comes to fruition would replace Windows Mobile.
My rational is that both WM and WoA would run all the same UWP apps (hence the U) but WoA would have the advantage of being able to run legacy applications as well, even if it is just in a docked situation.
With little demand for WM devices and even less for non continuum capable ones why would Microsoft continue developing WM along side WoA?
I believe others have brought up idea when the Surface Book was first introduced but with it being the season of reflection and forward thinking and the Microsoft hardware release coming this spring I had this image stuck in my mind. An image of Surface Book and Pro merging into one product.
Before I continue I don't believe and cannot imagine Microsoft will unveil this product this spring. I imagine Microsoft possibly going this route over the next 3 years.
The product I am dubbing the Surface Elite was be simply a Surface Pro with a 13.5" screen. This device would mate to a line of various attachable keyboard bases i.e. laptop base with a dGPU or a lighter type keyboard for lighter / more mobile use cases. I feel that the similarities between the Pro and the Book make it possible for Microsoft to merge the product lines if they wanted to.
This image also lead me to imagining a more mobile version, aka the Surface Mobile. A device half the size of the Elite (think a A5 sheet of paper). It could be Microsoft's Windows on Arm flagship tablet with similar keyboard bases as the Elite.
It would be a cool (I think anyways) line of semi-modular products if Microsoft were to follow my crazy ideas.
What do other see Microsoft doing with their Surface products in the future?
To expand on the title I am wondering why Microsoft fans, including myself, feel that Microsoft should compete in every facet of computer hardware? They are not a hardware company.
This question springs from the multiple comments that Microsoft needs to make an Echo competitor, the "Cortana Cube" as Mr. Sams has dubbed it. But why? What's wrong with the Echo? Wouldn't it make more sense for Microsoft to work with Amazon to bring Microsoft skills sets to that platform then try to design, build and sell their own? Or work with Apple and Google on their AI? Could we not ask Alexa, Siri, or OK Google (they really need a name) to do something like set a reminder then have Cortana remind you of that item if you happen to be on your PC or out with your phone.
We don't need a Cortana Cube we need Cortana to work with all and any of our devices. I am dubbing this the Netflix approach. They have apps everywhere. By 2020 you will be able to catch up on House of Cards on your stove and wake up to Orange is the New Black playing on your alarm clock.
Give me access to Cortana anywhere and everywhere (this means outside the US for [email protected]$k sakes). Have able to work with any email platform, stream music from any music streaming provider, set a reminder in any to do app / platform, set an event in any calendar and so on. Have her on my TV, my phone, my tablet, my Kindle, my PC, my car, my smart fridge, my whatever.
Limiting Cortana to Microsoft platforms and devices will not work.
But then again what do I know.
Or not doing.
I bring up Miracast because of a single incident. Though I need to do more testing it may show why I am starting to believe Microsoft's hope a future where tech seamlessly works with each other will not be accomplished (not by MSFT anyways).
The incident is this, playing around with my android phone in the Netflix app I selected the cast to button. The option for my Xbox appeared instantly, I selected it and the Netflix video started playing within seconds on the Xbox within the Xbox Netflix app. I also tried this with the Android YouTube app with the same result with the YouTube app on the Xbox opening and playing the appropriate video.
I was amazed because the numerous times I have tried this with a Windows 10 PC or tablet it never works. First the Xbox option rarely shows up (my Roku 3 always does) and if it does it takes minutes of scanning before it does. Second it always tries to play the video in the films and TV app (or movies and TV app depending on region) but fails either immediately or seconds into playing the video.
How is possible for Google to get this to work between android and Xbox almost seamlessly but it seams as though my win10 devices just aren't compatible. Is just me or everyone else have the same experience?
I am hoping someone in Thurrottville may be able to help me. I am trying to figure the best way to manage my contacts.
The contacts app for Android is a complete mess and because I have 3 accounts - Google, outlook and work (G Suites) it is impossible to manage.
I have tried a few contact management apps but find that most just organize contacts from my email accounts. I am looking for a solution that is completely separate from my email accounts that can be backed up.
What is the best method of handling contact info?
Just out of curiosity (not criticism) why Vimeo for the first ring daily podcast.
I wasn't sure how to categorize this so I am putting this in general.
Playing around today with my android phone I managed to install the Cortana for Android app. I live in Canada so Cortana for Android is not available to me but while browsing through the Microsoft Apps app I selected install on the Cortana app under the all apps listing. Now usually (as well as since then as I have been unable to reproduce this result) when you select the app or the install button it takes you to the play store where in the case of the Cortana app you are notified it is unavailable in my region. But this time the app started to download and install, I was prompted to allow installation from unknown sources and once I did this the install completed.
I've since set up notification sync and played around a little more with it but so far Cortana seems to be working on my phone.
My questions is this a glitch in the Microsoft Apps android app allowing you to side load the app, has anyone else been able to do this?