Anyone else here a fan of the Xbox Avatar app? I love it and can easily spend an hour playing around with mine. The animations are so expressive, and the options are endless. I've created pretty spot-on avatars for my entire family, which we use as our gamerpics and also as our user images on Windows and other devices. In fact, I just updated mine following my post-Movember shave, and you'll notice it's my Thurrott.com avatar as well.
It's a bit disappointing that these avatars aren't really used much on Xbox itself, as they were originally designed to drive the social experience across the ecosystem. Aside from occasional free swag dropped to promote a new game, the entire framework has been largely ignored.
Anyone else a fan of Xbox avatars? Who else would like to see Microsoft do more with them, perhaps create a virtual space where they could interact or star as the main character of a game? Who else wants Microsoft to release an ugly holiday sweater for Xbox avatars? Who else wants to see Paul's and Brad's Xbox avatars?
Yesterday morning, I got a weird message that my phone number had been removed from my Microsoft account. A brief time later, I opened OneNote on my mobile device to jot something down, and I was prompted to log into the service. I provided my email address and it sent me a request through Authenticator, which is all typical. However, I got a plain message stating, "There's a temporary problem with the service. Try again later." And that's how it's been for the past two days.
I have tried all the typical troubleshooting...signing into multiple Microsoft services from multiple devices and multiple browsers. I tried recovering my account and even changing my password. All of which seems to work, until I get to the Microsoft account step, and that's when I get the generic message again. And again. And again.
It's crazy, because I'm super fastidious about my account management, especially my Microsoft. I use two-factor verification. I provide backup options. I link my accounts together in every way possible. And I have everything connected to this personal account; I can't log into Office 365, Outlook.com, Bing, Skype, Xbox, Cortana. Even Github. None of it works now. I can't even sign into Edge because of this mess.
My first question is whether anyone else has experienced this? And my second question is how do I get actual support? As in, not just some random moderator in a chat asking me to clear my cache and try it again, followed giving me a shrug and a "sucks to be you, pal." But like, real support. I pay for Office 365 Family, Xbox Live Gold, a Skype number, etc. Shouldn't those services come with some kind of SLA support?
So, I was talking to my Invoke the other evening, and Cortana misheard a command (which she does semi-frequently). Anyway, this time around she replied, “I can only stream cameras on your Xbox. Try saying ‘Show my camera on my Xbox.'” When I followed up with “Show my camera on my Xbox,” she replied “I do not yet support what you are trying to do.” Here’s a video:
Now, it’s possible that they’re rolling out some new feature that’s not quite done yet, but it’s also entirely possible that the platform already supports this, and I just don’t have a compatible camera configured.
So I figured I’d ask here...does anyone know which existing cameras might be supported in this way by Cortana? Nest, tp-Link, Geeni, Insteon? I have several Honeywell Lyric thermostats already, and if it makes sense, I might check out one of their C1 or C2 cameras as well. Thanks!
I finally switched over to iOS from Windows Mobile as my daily driver about a year ago, and something that has bugged me ever since is the lack of Microsoft-provided apps for maps/traffic and weather. Any idea why they chose to carry over their News, Money, and Sports apps but decided not to bother with these? Given they still build both Maps and Weather for Windows 10, it would seem relatively straightforward to make corresponding iOS and Android versions available, too. Anyone know if they’re working on building them out?
What about creating a marketplace forum on Thurrott.com, where members (could be a premium thing or open to everyone) could buy, sell, or swap hardware (but also maybe software, swag…whatever)? It seems like this audience would probably have a shared interest in a lot of gadgets. The site wouldn’t have to handle any of the transactions, but it could be a neat way to leverage the relationships here to connect enthusiasts with each other and generate a market for obscure Microsoft-centric or just general technology stuff. Thoughts?
So, I was poking around in my Cortana iOS app this evening, and I noticed something new under the Invoke settings page:
I am running the Cortana beta iOS TestFlight app, and I’m not yet seeing the option in any of my other Cortana endpoints. Also, when I tried to run through the TEACH CORTANA MY VOICE setup process, it told me to ask my speaker, “Cortana, learn my voice,” but both of my Invoke speakers just responded – repeatedly – with a digest of a Windows Central article explaning how to teach Cortana your voice…on the PC. Yeah. Not a great first experience. I’m supposing it’s just not fully baked yet. Still, it’s promising, and from the look of the page in the app, you’ll be able to have up to 6 distinct users configured per device. For me, that would immediately make the Invoke about 100% more useful. I can’t wait to try it out.
My colleague uses Outlook 2016 for Mac and the Outlook app on iOS. Pretty sure he's on the latest public builds (Mac High Sierra, he's not on Office Insider or using any iOS beta or TestFlight builds). He's reported that within the last couple of weeks, his read messages on desktop routinely appear as unread on mobile. This doesn't necessarily affect the unread notification count on the app's badge but rather within the app, where messages still appear as unread with a dot beside them. According to him, they may still appear unread for days if he doesn't manually mark them as read on mobile. Anyone have insight into what might be happening here? Any troubleshooting steps I might suggest to him? Thanks!
I'm bought an Invoke the first week it was out. Overall, I've been pretty happy with it. In fact, I'm considering picking up another one.
Other than the obvious benefit of having another speaker somewhere else in the house, are there any neat tricks you can perform using multiple Invoke speakers in your home? I've heard you can ask Cortana to send something you're playing to another Invoke registered to your account. I'm curious how well this works and whether Invoke supports any kind of multi-speaker group, similar to the "Everywhere" group for Amazon Echo devices. Thanks!
Folks, the only way we're ever going to see the Windows Podcasts app updated is if enough users upvote feedback.
Specifically, they need to support password-protected podcasts like FRD. Here's a link to feedback that's already been submitted: https://aka.ms/M6kt7y.
Also, Microsoft really needs to make this app a UWP app that works across multiple device types. Here's that suggestion: https://aka.ms/M06k7z.
I know, I know. Grover Pro. It's awesome. But the Microsoft Podcasts app still needs to continue to be improved. Thanks!
Just in case any of you happen to remember that socl still exists.
Got some driver updates for my Surface Pro 4 this morning. Required a couple of reboots and got the "Surface is applying updates" message on the Surface boot-up screen. Looked at those links for more information, but (surprise, surprise) they're just pointing to placeholder pages. Any ideas what was fixed/changed?
So, I took the plunge and signed up for Outlook.com Premium the other day. I also opted to let ODCP procure a domain for me. Now that I have reserved that domain, which I understand that Microsoft actually owns on my behalf, is there any way for me to wire it up with my personal Wordpress blog? Thanks for any advice.