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The Ignored, Unloved Windows Store

Windows 10 Store on taskbar

Windows 10 has two new icons on the taskbar. One is Microsoft Edge, the new unfinished web browser that Microsoft should have kept under wraps for a while longer. You’ve noticed that one because the “E” is intentionally designed to resemble the old Internet Explorer icon.

The other one, on the far right in the above picture, leads to the Windows Store. […] continued “The Ignored, Unloved Windows Store”

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The Future Of Windows Mobile: Windows 10 And Continuum

Microsoft wants to put a computer in every pocket

In 1980, Bill Gates declared that Microsoft’s goal was to put a computer on every desk and in every home.

In 2015 Microsoft will announce that it can put a computer in every pocket. Later this year, Microsoft is going to introduce smartphones that turn into computers, using technology named Continuum that’s built into Windows 10. […] continued “The Future Of Windows Mobile: Windows 10 And Continuum”

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R.I.P. Windows Phone

RIP Windows Phone

Windows Phone is dead.

Last week Microsoft announced that it will lay off almost all of the remaining employees inherited from its purchase of Nokia, and write off $7.6 billion from the Nokia deal – more than it paid for Nokia last year. Although Microsoft will still develop the Windows Phone OS and there will still be a few Windows Phone devices released going forward, the announcement was a frank acknowledgement that Microsoft failed completely in its attempt to build a third phone operating system to compete with Android and iOS. […] continued “R.I.P. Windows Phone”

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What Would Happen If Microsoft Killed A Program And No One Noticed? The Sad Story Of MSN Travel

MSN Travel - the abandoned Windows 8 app

Alas, poor MSN Travel! We knew it well.

That’s not true. If we had paid any attention to it, it would probably still be alive.

At some point in the last month, Microsoft gutted MSN Travel, one of the apps created as a showcase for the new program designs in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. […] continued “What Would Happen If Microsoft Killed A Program And No One Noticed? The Sad Story Of MSN Travel”

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It’s Magic! Turn Your Phone Into A Scanner With Office Lens

Turn your phone into a scanner with Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones

Last week Microsoft made Office Lens available for iPhones and Android phones. It’s a free app that turns your phone into a fast and efficient scanner, able to easily capture documents, business cards, receipts, whiteboards, and more. It’s practical and useful and does some great magic tricks to make the process easy. […] continued “It’s Magic! Turn Your Phone Into A Scanner With Office Lens”

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Windows Phone Fades Into Insignificance

Windows Phone fades into insignificance

In 2012, Microsoft embarked on a grand experiment to create a worthy competitor to the iPhone and Android out of thin air. It devoted huge resources to develop Windows Phone 8, a phone operating system with unique and endearing features, then implored developers large and small to treat the nascent OS as an equal and develop apps for it. […] continued “Windows Phone Fades Into Insignificance”

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Getting Started With Android: The Wide World Of Apps

The wide world of Android apps

Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continued “Getting Started With Android: The Wide World Of Apps”

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The Joy Of Audible Audiobooks

audiblelogo

When I got my new Android phone, the first app I installed was Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon. Many of you are already Audible listeners but perhaps some background will be helpful if you haven’t been introduced yet.

Audiobooks are nothing new. Old-timers will remember renting overpriced cassettes by mail from Books On Tape. […] continued “The Joy Of Audible Audiobooks”

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Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.

There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continued “Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”

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HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps

Nokia HERE Maps - soon on Android

There were two interesting announcements today about the free Nokia HERE mapping and navigation smartphone app. With some background, you’ll understand why the announcement of improvements in the Windows Phone apps is less important than the general availability of HERE Maps for Android (and iOS around the corner).

First, some history. […] continued “HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps”

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Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone

iOS & Android - Windows is a weak alternative on mobile devices

I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] continued “Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone”

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Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?

The future of Windows Phone

Windows Phone is barely a blip in the market compared to the overwhelming market share for Android and the overwhelming mindshare of Apple iPhones. The Windows Phone operating system is unique and lovable; the live tiles on the home screen are more attractive and more useful than the wall of icons on iPhones and Android phones. […] continued “Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?”

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Windows 8 Tip: Explore the Bing Apps (Soon To Be “MSN Apps”)

Bing Apps (soon to be MSN Apps)

Windows 8.1 includes six best-of-class apps designed to show off the Windows 8 full-screen Metro environment. Last week Microsoft announced that they will be rebranded as “MSN apps” and made available on additional platforms. Give them a look – each one is beautiful and packed with useful information. They’ve become part of my daily routine. […] continued “Windows 8 Tip: Explore the Bing Apps (Soon To Be “MSN Apps”)”

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Office 365 Tip: How To Set Up And Wipe Mobile Devices

Office 365 - set up and wipe mobile devices

One of the advantages of using Office 365 to host company email is its broad support for mobile devices. Office 365 mail can be set up across more platforms than almost any other mail service – iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Windows devices have built-in support for Exchange mail, and Microsoft also supports POP/SMTP and IMAP for devices that don’t talk to Exchange. […] continued “Office 365 Tip: How To Set Up And Wipe Mobile Devices”

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Bigger iPhones, New Android & Windows Phones, And Selfie Sticks

iPhone 6 - 4.7 & 5.5 inch screens rumored

After a quiet summer, we’re heading into the season for new product announcements. Here’s a roundup of some of the phones that will be arriving soon.

Apple – iPhones

The big announcement of the season will be the new iPhones, which will be announced by Apple on September 9. It is widely believed that Apple will offer two models with larger screens than the current 4” iPhone – probably a 4.7” screen and a 5.5” screen. […] continued “Bigger iPhones, New Android & Windows Phones, And Selfie Sticks”

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