Got an email from Google recently that said they were changing their policies for inactive or over quota accounts. It sort of seems like they’re forcing consumers to choose a platform, using fear of data loss as the driver.
I don’t use a Google account for much of anything, but this brings me pause. I definitely wouldn’t be a super active user. I suspect I would have interaction yearly, so am probably safe. I just don’t like this policy, particularly with regard to using something like Google Photos or Google Drive for archiving of photos. If something were to happen to me, I want my loved ones to know that the photos we have stored there are safe. I suppose folks will need to remember to leave a note to loved ones that the photos need to be downloaded before the two year period expires.
Is this standard industry practice as Google claims? I don’t recall reading this in Microsoft’s or Amazon’s policy.
Any devs out there using a 13″ SB3 or SL3 with an i7? How’s the fan noise and battery life with your typical dev workflow?
I’ve been using a SB2 13″ with the 7th gen i5 for the past two years. It’s not my daily driver, but I do use it for dev work when working from the recliner in the evening or when traveling. I hate fan noise and value long battery life, so I picked the i5 over the i7 when making my SB2 purchase. The 2 core i5, and to some degree 8 GB RAM, is admittedly not the best set up for dev work, but I manage to make it work.
With the sales Microsoft has going on with SB3 and Surface Laptop, I’m seriously thinking about picking up a new laptop and selling my SB2. I’d again prefer an i5. The 10th gen 4 core i5 in the SB3 seems more than enough for a dev workload. The 8 GB of RAM is a bummer, but again, I don’t think that has been as big of a problem as the 2 cores of the 7th gen i5 in the SB2. I wish Microsoft would make an i5 model of SB3 with 16 GB of RAM. $400 just to get 8 more GB of RAM is tough to swallow. I’m also worried the fan noise of an i7 would be annoying and the battery life would not be nearly as good as I’m getting with the SB2 with the i5.
The Surface Laptop 3 is tempting, but the smaller battery means I’ll get less battery life than with the SB. I also find it hard to swallow losing the extra USB port and SD card slot. I love the keyboard on the SB2. My typing accuracy and speed is through the roof with the SB2. The keyboard on my wife’s Surface Laptop (1) is not nearly as nice. I have not had a chance to try out a keyboard on the SL3, so I’m unsure if they have improved this since v1. And finally, while I love the look of black, I really don’t love how black shows body oils. I wish Microsoft had released an all metal version of SL with the magnesium finish. It just feels great and hides the body oils well. All this to say, while the SL3 may be a better value, there are some compromises in my mind.
All this to say an i7 with 16 GB of RAM seems to be ideal as long as I'm not compromising on noise and battery life.
Is there an expectation that retailers will have Xbox Series X/S for holiday purchase? From what I have seen, it seems the preorder has shut down. It seems like some retailers may have some stock on launch day--Nov 10. Is the Series X/S expected to be in very short supply that day and through the end of the year?
Have to admit, I have not been paying too close attention. My son and I talked about it a while back and had decided we weren't going to move up this year. But recently he started talking about it as something he might add the X to his Christmas wish list. This has me looking around to see if it will even be available.
I’ve been keen to see how the iPhone 12 Pro’s battery life would compare to previous generation iPhones. In my mind this is one of the most important features of a phone today–all day battery life. I’ve noticed Apple reports the 12 Pro gets 1 hour less video playback time over the 11 Pro (understand that's not all day battery life, but its the best proxy we have). That is disappointing. Did they not learn their lesson from the small batteries in the X and XS? With the XR and 11 series, I thought they had finally come to their senses and put a decent sized battery into the device rather than shaving it off just for aesthetics and weight. I’ll take a thicker, heavier phone with all day battery life over thin any day. Why are they starting to skimp again with the 12?
My wife has an iPhone X and she’s constantly tethered to a charging cable. The X has never been particularly good with battery life. Age is certainly a factor at this point, but it is still in the upper 80s of health. Was thinking of upgrading her just so she wouldn’t feel so tied to the charger, but maybe I need to snatch up an 11 Pro before they’re gone. Looks like the 12 may be a disappointment over the 11, at least from a battery life perspective.
Curious to see what others think about this battery life/capacity reversal and reviews on this.
My daughter will, we think, be heading off to her freshman year of college shortly. I purchased a MacBook for her and want to make sure the machine is reasonably protected from malware and other threats. Which antivirus/anti-malware vendors are reputable these days? Who can be trusted with the contents of a computer? Which work reasonably well on a Mac to offer a college student some malware protection without getting in the way?
I've used Windows Defender in the Windows world for years. I simply have no context on antivirus software these days, but understand there have been some issues with some vendors sending information to the cloud and some question as to whether some vendors have ties to adversarial governments. Given how much access these tools have, I'm really uncomfortable. I feel like Apple should do what Microsoft has done and build their own anti-malware software.
I thought Microsoft had announced they were bringing Defender to the Mac, but when I checked, it doesn't yet appear to be available. I'm also wondering if this is meant to be an Enterprise offering. I would feel perfectly comfortable with using Defender on the Mac.
I've been a casual Mac user for quite a few years to play around with iOS development, but I've never run any type of antivirus/anti-malware software on mine.
Seasons greetings all! I have a puzzling hardware issue I need help with. I have a NUC8 connected to a Dell monitor with audio passing through the HDMI connection to an audio cable that's connected to my 2.1 speaker system. I enjoy listening to music when I work at the computer and when I'm just doing things around the house. Unfortunately, when the display goes to sleep, the audio dies. The only solution I've found (outside of adjusting the sleep trigger time to something long) is to connect the NUC directly to the speaker system with a USB to audio adapter or with the front audio port. However, neither are attractive. If I use USB audio adapter, I lose two USB ports on the rear because the adapters are too tall. I don't want the cable connected to the front of the NUC because it ruins the clean look.
I also have a Surface Dock connected to the Dell monitor and would like to retain having audio over the display port when I'm using that input source. It simplifies everything, theoretically. :-) Anyway, I see similar behavior there.
I'm not entirely sure if I'm losing audio because Windows stops the HDMI/DisplayPort-based audio when the display goes to sleep or the Dell monitor killing it when the video signal drops. I can't find any settings in Windows or the monitor to adjust this behavior. Hoping someone has some insight on adjusting this.
How do you manually enable presentation mode in 1903?
Prior to 1903, you could enable presentation mode by searching for presentation, tapping the presentation settings that appeared, and enable presentation mode in the ancient dialog that displayed. In 1903, this no longer appears when searching. If I type in presentationsettings in search and then tap Enter on the run command option that appears, I'm told that presentation settings are only available on mobile PC's (genius). I guess no one would ever present with a desktop.
I understand Microsoft is trying to be smarter about this, but sometimes you just want to manually enable this. In my case, I am using audio over HDMI and the audio stops when the display goes to sleep. Ouch, not good! I want to enable presentation mode while I have Spotify playing.
I have one of the NUCs Paul has been writing about. Intel put the AUX port on the front of the device. Logical I guess, but I'd like to have one on the rear so the wire runs straight to the hole in my desk for wires. USB to AUX are too fat for the NUC. So until I have a better solution, I'm just trying presentation mode.
I have a number of old family photos, dating back over 100 years, that I've scanned. I've set out to identify all the people in the photos before my grandmother passes. She's the only one who will know who some of the people are. I thought I'd use the Windows 10 Photos app, but then I realized that it only supports AI-based tagging. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it seems I can't manually select and tag someone in the Photos app on a photo by photo basis (I checked the Windows 10 Field Guide!). This may seem odd, but that use case seems to fit situations like this where I have no idea who the people are and I want to sit with my grandmother and talk about them and the photo. There's often a story there that I want to hear about. We talk about the situation that lead to the photo and the people in the photo. Recent articles by Paul have me pondering that I'm looking at this the wrong way, but I still feel there are cases for this manual tag scenario.
I've also noticed that I can't manually correct people the Photos app AI incorrectly identifies. I swear the Photos app used to support manual tagging and correction, but maybe I am mistaken or confusing it with the Windows Live Photos app or the photos app on the Mac.
Speaking of the Mac, I could use it. My hesitation is that it does seem that it keeps this metadata locked up in the app. Maybe this is simply a side effect of there not being a standard for recording the people tags? I also kind of hate that I have to import photos before I can work with them.
In summary, I want something I can select a face and tag the person, then later easily see the tagged person when viewing the photos. Ideally, this tag data is recorded in the image file in a portable, standard way, rather than in some proprietary app metadata store.
Surface Book 2 owners, does your SB2 hiberate after a period of time? Been having some issues with my SB2 draining the battery when "sleeping" but noticed it never truly hibernates. I'm not sure if it should hibernate at all. I've found conflicting information about this on the web.
What should it do? What does powercfg /a report on your SB2?
Below is what a powercfg /a returns on my SB2. Notice it does not list hibernate as a state that's available.
The following sleep states are available on this system:
Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Connected
The following sleep states are not available on this system:
The system firmware does not support this standby state.
This standby state is disabled when S0 low power idle is supported.
The system firmware does not support this standby state.
This standby state is disabled when S0 low power idle is supported.
The system firmware does not support this standby state.
This standby state is disabled when S0 low power idle is supported.
The hiberfile type does not support hibernation.
Standby (S3) is not available.
Hibernation is not available.
Anyone upgraded a Surface Book 2 to 1809? Any problems?
I just set up a new Intel NUC8i5BEH after our seven year old family computer died. Went through a couple of iterations of Windows installs, first with 1803 and then with 1809. 1809 was easier and it recognized the Intel Wi-Fi adapter built into the NUC, which was nice. Have to admit, I like some of the refinements and the option for a dark background in File Explorer in 1809. It's not a must have, but after using it a bit, I'm considering it on my Surface Book.
Surface Book is my daily driver, so I don't want 1809 on it if it is terribly unstable. 1809 seems stable on the NUC, but I haven't used enough to really get a good feel. Hoping someone in the community has installed an used it enough to form an opinion on stability. Has Microsoft gotten the biggest issues resolved?
I've been following the black Friday news and have noticed Nintendo is not discounting the Switch. I am a little surprised by this move considering it has now been in the market for roughly 20 months. This is interesting and makes me wonder about their strategy. Is it still just so successful that they don't feel there is a need to discount at this point? Is it still too expensive to manufacture and distribute at a reduced cost? Are they just being arrogant? Is this a smart move? Does the Switch have the same staying power as Xbox or PS?
I never jumped on the Switch. We did the Wii thing. It was a decent "console" for the kids at the time. I can't help but remember just how quickly it seemed to fade. Remembering that, and accounting for the fact that our family gaming needs have changed as the kids have gotten older, I felt $300 was just too high for us. I like the idea of the Switch and I like low learning curve family games (think Asteroids or Mario Bros), something I feel is lacking a bit from Xbox and PS. But I guess I'll wait another year and see where the price, device popularity, and family interest is. $300 is still not the right price for us.
Doing a little fall cleaing and ran across a Nokia Treasure Tag (WS-20, I think) in a drawer. Am wondering if there is an iOS app that would make it useful with iPhone. Anyone seen anything? My quick search turned up nothing. Otherwise, I'll do a quick check of ebay to see if it is worth listing. If not, its going in the trash as it seems pretty useless.
I think Microsoft has been successful in creating a truly premium brand with its Surface hardware. I recently went through and sold a couple of Surface devices I had–Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3. I have to say that both sold quickly and both fetched respectible values. I was surprised the Surface 2 sold at all. The big surprise was that my SP3 sold for nearly $140 more than I was shooting for.
In my eye, this is a sign that the Surface brand is both premium and respected by the market. I certainly don’t have any hard numbers to throw out. But from my limited experience buying and selling Surfaces and MacBooks, it seems like the Surface brand holds its value similar to MacBooks. This makes me feel a little better about paying a premium price as I know the device will hold its value better than non-Surface devices.
Curious if others have seen their Surface hardware hold its value well.
By the way, I snatched up a used SB2 on Swappa and had to sell the S2 and SP3 to justify the purchase with my wife. ?
I haven't seen many articles published by Mehedi lately. Did Mehedi resign? Was he an intern? Taking vacation? I must have missed something.
I liked the short articles he was publishing. They fit nicely into the time I have between things and help to keep tabs on tech.
I know Windows Home Server is an outdated model for backups, but I have to admit, I’ve been reluctant to let mine go. Mine has rescued me on more than one occassion when other backup/restore options simply didn’t work (primarily during a few drive replacements and crashes). Most recent rescue was just this past week.
I discovered that I’ve somehow managed to lose quite a few music files from my music library. Many of them were songs I ripped from the collection of CD’s I’ve purchased since the 1980’s. I no longer have many of those CD’s. Others were from iTunes purchases (which I can recover from the store). My guess is that I screwed up an iTunes install on one of my machines, pointing it to the wrong OneDrive location for music and mistakenly telling it to copy music to the library when adding. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, I’m not sure. Could have also been Groove/Xbox Music. Throw some Windows resets in along the way for good measure. I really don’t know.
I use OneDrive extensively–I thought my data was safe. I thought as long as all my data is on OneDrive, I’m good to go. I took a few manual backups here and there just to be extra safe with precious pictures and video of the kids and family. Apparently that strategy was okay, except for music. I’ve always known video would present a special case as well.
As Paul noted recently, OneDrive still doesn’t allow you to manage music within it. You can’t choose to use OneDrive as your music folder instead of the local machine location. That sucks. I’ve always worked around that by manually copying my music to OneDrive and trying to be sure I kept new music going to it instead of the default location. I point all my machines–desktop, laptop, SP3–and apps to my music folder on OneDrive. I guess I didn’t do that so well after all.
Since January, I’ve been working on shutting my WHS down–slowly moving files to my desktop and then up to OneDrive. I’ve cleaned up my office, removed clutter, and rearranged some. The small WHS box is in the way and it hasn’t been serving much of a purpose, at least that’s what I thought until this week.
When I discovered my MP3’s were missing, my first thought was a few portable hard drives I had used for manual backups. I checked those and found the files were missing on them too. So I fired up my WHS dashboard and looked at the backup history for my desktop. Found backups going all the way back to 2011 when I built and fired up my WHS. You know what else I found? Those missing MP3’s!
I used to use Carbonite, but dropped it when Microsoft starting throwing OneDrive data at us. I was also having some upload bandwidth issues (I can’t get fiber). Things have improved a little on the upload bandwidth front, but still nothing like fiber.
I had hoped to get away from WHS backups and rely on OneDrive to keep most of my data safe. Before I can completely eliminate my WHS, I guess I’m going to have to take another look at cloud backup solutions. Wish Carbonite were still around for consumer.
Does Google WiFi stealth closed WAN ports? I cannot find any information on their product info pages.
I picked up an AmpliFi HD router recently to replace my Apple Airport Extremes. Using Steve Gibson's ShieldsUP, I found that it does not stealth the closed WAN ports. Not sure if this is still a best practice, but it makes me nervous with all the devices we have sitting behind the router. I guess that's a question to throw out to Steve.
AmpliFI support said they'll add to the requested features list and stealthing may appear in the future. Who knows when that will be. It's disappointing that it is missing, considering the cost.
I'm not a fan of Google, so that's why I didn't go the Google WiFi route to start. I think Google WiFi is just another way for them to spy on my activities for advertising.
Picked up v2 of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter while on sale at Best Buy. Was thinking it might be a good option to help reduce some wires in our study.
Attached to my Dell monitor, which runs natively at 1920x1200. Noticed that the image is fuzzy when connecting my Surface Pro 3. I tried my wife's Surface Laptop too. Both were fuzzy.
I checked that the display properties were set to 1080p, which as I understand, is the adapters max resolution. I also checked that my monitor was not stretching the image. Even made sure the adapter firmware was updated. Everything was good.
Anyone using one of these on a monitor that has a higher than HD resolution? Are you able to get text/image to display clearly? Is this thing just mean for connecting to HD TV's?
I guess the better option is to get the Surface Dock, but that still leaves us with more wires than we would like.
On a last minute decision, I got my wife a Surface Laptop (i5, 8 GB, 256 GB) for Christmas since they were on sale at microsoftstore.com. Had read many reviews stating the SSD was slow, so I was a bit nervous. The first thing I did was check it out. Right away, I noticed the drive was an Intel drive (INTEL SSDPEBKF256G7), not Toshiba like those that were reviewed early on. I then installed CrystalDiskMark and ran the benchmarks. Results were much better than the early reviews reported. Has Microsoft made a permanent hardware change or did I just get lucky due to some shortage of Toshiba hardware?
Crystal Disk Mark Results
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2017 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1061.970 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 506.214 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 287.911 MB/s [ 70290.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 402.133 MB/s [ 98177.0 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 273.979 MB/s [ 66889.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 415.507 MB/s [ 101442.1 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 33.789 MB/s [ 8249.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 107.097 MB/s [ 26146.7 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [C: 15.7% (37.3/237.2 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2017/12/25 20:15:00
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 15063] (x64)
Any recommendations for 4K HDR TV's to use with Xbox One S/X for media consumption and game play? I'd prefer something sub $1000. Many reviews I've read for sub-$1000 HDR TV's suggest the HDR isn't that great because the panel brightness isn't enough.
I don't completely understand the point of Premium and Standard comment separation on the site. What is this supposed to do?
It seems like this is an attempt to maybe separate the fluff from legitimate comments, but that isn't quite the way it seems to work. I see great and crap comments under both. Also, it seems the site recently switched from showing Premium comments by default to showing Standard. Where should I post a comment?
Honestly, I value seeing them all, in one place. I appreciate the thoughtful, differing perspectives. Yes, there are the usual crap comments and personal attacks that have to be weeded through, but that's the nature of the Internet beast. And it does seem like up/down votes, combined with a report abuse or ignore button, could help deemphasize or outright eliminate those.
My suggestion to the site product owners and developers is to combine the two unless I'm just totally missing the mark on the purpose of separating the two.
Anyone seeing issues with Family Safety recently?
I use Family Safety to control what my kids do on the PC, when they can use it, and for how long. In the past week or two, I've noticed my son has been playing on his PC longer than he should be.
I checked the Family Safety site to make sure his Screen Time settings were correct. I logged into the machine as him and the FS tray icon tells me that screen time settings are off until 9:10 PM on his PC. I verified the date, time, and time zone are correct on his PC.
I logged into our main family PC as him and it tells me he'll be locked out at the correct time based on usage and the allowed window. In this case, 3 hours from the time I logged in on the main family PC. That is the max time he is allowed to use it on weekends.
So it appears FS is not working correctly on his PC. It is not even tracking his usage time. It was working just after Christmas. We built the machine on Christmas day. I had been getting automatic requests from him to extend the time. So it was working at one time. He is not an admin on the machine.
Any suggestions on other things to check?
Yes, I can just track the time manually, but I find this reduces arguments with my kids. They accept they have a budget of computer time just like an allowance they earn for helping around the house.
What's the secret to getting apps, or Windows on behalf of the apps, to remember their monitor placement in a multi-monitor setup using Windows 10?
I have two external monitors hooked up to my Surface Pro 4 at the office using a Surface dock. The external monitors are 24" HD displays (so non-High DPI). I use them plus the Surface display.
At least once a day, I return to my desk, unlock the device, and find that the app windows have all switched to a random display and resized themselves. Everything is fine at other times. It is absolutely infuriating and interrupts my dev flow.
I'm not concerned about where they are when I start the apps. I just want the running apps to remain on the monitor I placed them on across a lock/unlock. That doesn't seem like too much to ask.
I feel like this is a Windows bug, not a problem with the apps themselves. It seems like Windows is, at some point, briefly losing knowledge of multiple monitors being attached. Maybe the Surface is actually going into a sleep state and that's what is confusing Windows.
I haven't written any Win32 desktop apps in 10 years--I'm pretty much web app exclusive these days--so I don't know if detecting and remembering which monitor an app is running on is something expected of an app dev. Seems like Windows should manage that, especially across a lock and unlock. I could see expecting the dev to do that across restarts of the app.
Found a few things on the web, but most are hacks or apply to W8. Appreciate any help.
I picked up a Play Anywhere game during the sales around Christmas. My thought was my son and I can play on the XB1S. We built his first budget gaming PC on Christmas day. I was hoping that since he is associated with me in MS Family, that he’d be able to play the Play Anywhere game on his new PC. He cannot. Attempts to install using his account prompts him to purchase it.
In hindsight, I should have first used the code with his account instead of mine. He'll play it far more than I and I can just play on the XB. But my account is the primary account on the XB (which is tagged as our home XB), so not sure if that would work.
He can always stream from the XB to his PC. That works.
Is there any way to transfer this to his account? Is there no family sharing of these Play Anywhere games? Appears so.
With the sales and bonus offers leading up to Christmas, Microsoft finally lured me into purchasing an Xbox One S to replace my Xbox One (which I plan to sell). I set it up yesterday and commenced to downloading games and apps.
One of the things I immediately noticed is fan noise--a pretty noticeable clicking noise. It is loud enough to be annoying. Our Xbox One fan is loud, but it is a constant whir. There is no clicking noise.
I checked out videos on YouTube to see what others were hearing with their XB1S fan. There were some like mine. Some folks say it is normal and nothing to be alarmed with. Others say they returned theirs or sent in for repair. What is normal? I'm still in the window to take it back to the store and exchange. Think I'll actually get one that doesn't have the fan click?
Also, while waiting for games to download, my son and I decided to watch an Amazon movie using the XB1S. The video signal kept dropping out every few minutes for about a second or so. The TV acted as though there were brief moments of no signal on the HDMI cable. I initially dismissed it as an issue with the Amazon app and disruptions in the stream due to the Xbox downloading games at the same time. Although, I have 50 Mbps down and the Wi-Fi connection tested good on the XB1S and on my SP3. After the movie, we started playing limited content--the content you play before the game is fully downloaded--from Star Wars and it did the same thing.
There are no video issues when just navigating around the dashboard, store, or settings.
I used the HDMI cable that came with the XB1S instead of the cable that I was using for my XB1. Could be the XB1S cable, but I doubt it. Worth trying another cable to see. I also plugged it into the same HDMI port on the TV. Pretty sure it isn't the port. I could also switch to a wired network connection.
I never saw this video signal dropout issue with the XB1. Anyone else seen this issue?
Anyone experienced delays getting their Band 2 repaired/replaced?
I recently sent my Band 2 in for repair/replacement due to the strap cracking. Microsoft has had it for over two weeks now and I have not received a replacement or gotten any unsolicited update. Their standard email indicates a turnaround of a few days. We're well beyond that.
I chatted with a support person this past weekend to check in on it. I was told they were having a difficult time finding replacement parts or devices. She said they may just issue a refund based on recent pricing. She couldn't tell me when they would arrive at a decision on repair, replacement, or refund. That's frustrating. She did escalate the repair, whatever that means.
Between my Band 1 and Band 2, I've gone through this process five times. This is the first time I've seen a delay like this. I guess they cleared everything out when they decided to discontinue the device. If they can't repair the device within 7-10 days, they should just issue a refund. That's the right thing to do.
With Amazon dropping their Windows Store Kindle app, I'm suddenly finding that my Surface Pro 3 with W10 is not so attractive as a tablet/2-in-1. Reading and browsing the web were my two primary uses of SP3 as a tablet.
I understood that W10 wasn't ideal in the tablet role. W10 was a step back from W8; although, things improved a bit in the Anniversary update. The bigger problem is the app gap, which is just as bad on "big Windows" as it is with W10M/WP. I just didn't realize how much the Kindle app meant to me and how much it defined my tablet experience with the SP3 and W10.
I knew Amazon wasn't actively doing anything with the Kindle app, but it was useable and I could tolerate the lack of new features. I just never expected them to screw us over, or screw MS over, and completely drop the app. I'm curious why MS isn't courting them as much as they have Facebook to keep their store/UWP app going.
The desktop Kindle app is a joke. It always has been. I've never enjoyed using it, even before W8 came along. I tried it again when Amazon announced that they were dropping the store app. It definitely isn't very touch friendly. For example, I can't highlight with touch. And full screen mode is a kludge. It doesn't behave in the way we've grown to expect full screen apps to behave since W8.
Does this signal the end of Windows as a viable tablet/2-in-1 OS for typical consumers? While it was never an easy recommendation, this one app removal really changes my entire stance of recommending the Surface line to a "normal" user.
Is this also the beginning of an accelerated end to Windows as a consumer device OS? I sort of feel like it is.