Windows 10 Mobile brings App Corner

[Update: Ok we dropped the ball on this one. With multiple feedbacks, we’ve confirmed that this feature has indeed been part of Windows Phone 8.1. Sorry for bringing it to you this late in WP development.]

Today, I was rummaging through the new Settings of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones and see what I found! Windows 10 Mobile now allows you to share your Phone with somebody else. Mind you, this is different from the Kid’s Corner feature. I think it is somewhere between Kid’s Corner and the Desktop’s Profile Switching features. So you can’t fully switch profiles on Phone in Win10, but you can create a curated profile place for Apps. This is cool!

I’ve always hated giving my phone to someone, so they can ogle at the new features on my Lumia 1520 GDR1. A phone is the most personal device. My complete life is in there. I don’t like folks messing around on my device. Now I’ve got the tool to feature the phone and at the same time keep my privacy.

Have you used this? What is your experience with it? Let us know.

Explaining the Final Version Windows 10

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Lately there has been debates online with accompanying polls asking whether Microsoft will be able to deliver the final version of Windows 10 before the end of Summer as promised by them. Many people does not believe Microsoft will be finished with the “Final” version of Windows 10 before then.

See, that is exactly the problem. People are still in the old mindset of Microsoft toiling away in some labs then bringing the final product to market, only to disappear to the said bunker again to start working on the next version. That notion is gone people! There is no more “Final” version of Windows. We are in the Era of Windows-as-a-Service. The era of continuous improvement of Windows, in which Microsoft works on different components of Windows and deliver them as updates as soon as they are ready. Continue reading

Why Big-Name Apps are disappearing from Windows Store

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Yup, today another big name App is gone from the Windows Phone Store. VeVo joins the likes of Bank of America from removing their App from the Store. Windows Central broke the news a few moment ago.

The burning question then on the minds of most Windows Phone users is: Why are these big name Apps disappearing from the Store? Why remove them? They can at least let the last updated version remain in the Store, even if they don’t plan to update it anymore.

Yes, those would have been logical questions to ask, the answer is ever simpler than the questions. They are removed because of Economic reasons. Yes, money trumps customers satisfaction for these entities that relied on and grew big on the backs of these very customers. Continue reading

Understanding “Battery Life” in Mobile Devices

A tweetstorm occurred today between Paul Thurrott and Mary-Jo Foley about The Verge’s report of Battery Life of the new Dell XPS 13. It was half of 11hrs quoted by Dell according to The Verge, and of course Mary-Jo was disappointed. What followed was a storm of comments with everyone saying their piece about the subject. But you can’t help but realize the topic of Battery Life is so esoteric, even in this current age in which every battery units of laptops comes with chips in them with which we can accurately measure how much juice is available, and expectant lifetime of such battery. Continue reading

Understanding Windows 10 TP Battery Performance on Mobile Devices

I’ll give you the poison pill straight away: Windows 10 cannot and will not be as Power-efficient compared to Windows 8! Not on an x86 device. On ARM, it’s another ball game. This is why MS is having issues with ARM devices and Desktop for Windows 10 generally.

See, the reason here is simple, since the rejection of Windows 8 platform by the masses who doesn’t understand the OS, Microsoft’s hand has been forced to abandon all the progress made on re-writing Windows from the ground up for a great mobile experience, and concentrate on the Keyboard & Mouse world to make Windows 10 acceptable to Desktop huggers and the Enterprise in general. Continue reading

SoundRecorder now saves to Documents folder in Windows 10 JTP

The Sound Recorder App was one of the updated apps for Windows 10 January Technical Preview. The Sound Recorder App in Windows 8 was excellent, but it has a nasty design fault; you can’t get to the recordings unless you’re a geek that knows how to hack your device. The files then were always saved in the hidden AppData folder of user’s Profile. Since this folder and its subfolders are invisible to normal users, they don’t care about it’s content. Therefore it doesn’t get backed up except you’re using a backup program. For example users are used to dumping their MyDocument folder on a thumbdrive etc, but not the AppData folder. Therefore, when the system needs to be refreshed/re-installed, the data in AppData don’t normally survive the system reload. All your recordings gone thus. Now, this has been addressed in Build 9926 as you can see above. Sound Recorder now saves by default to your My Document folder under “Sound Recordings” sub-folder. This is joy as your recordings are now conspicuous and gets backed up or made redundant. That OneDrive you see in the screenshot is just me making MyDocument folder point to OneDrive. Continue reading

Microsoft is about to release Win10 FBL_Awesome Build 9931 [Update: Nope!]

 

[Update] It seems this is a false alarm folks. You can now stop pressing the Retry button. We’ve just been informed by @GabeAul this upgrade is meant for Microsoft internal. We may eventually get it, but for now, it’s no go.

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Earlier this evening there was a tweet from @GabeAul that a security update is released for Windows Insiders for Flash. Of course you when you see this you run to the WU to download the update. For me however there were plethora of updates available including one specifically for Win10 and one for my DisplayLink driver. It all went too fast I wasn’t able to take a screenshot. Continue reading

Network is back in Windows 10 JTP

A few weeks back we informed of a development in Windows 10 Build 9879 in which Microsoft changed the name of Network node in File Explorer to “Computers and Devices”. Well guess what, they’ve changed the name back to Network with January Technical Preview (Build 9926) as you can see in the image above. Continue reading

Windows 10 JTP Alarm App Blew Us Away

Via the watchful eyes of our good friend @WinObs came a simple tweet about the new Alarms App in Windows 10 JTP with the screenshot as above. Of course I became curious as I haven’t had the time to checkout the app. I was instantly blown away. It is the most complete Alarms App we’ve been asking for and top it all, it has World Time Zone built-in! Continue reading

Bringing back the Start Screen in Windows 10 JTP

Our favorite hero Bavo Luysterborg got into discussion of bringing back the Start Screen as you can see above. The point is whether this trick that worked for Build 9841 would work for 9926.
He went ahead and tried it himself as follows:

Bring back the pre-9926 start menu in 9924:
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedEnableXamlStartMenu – DWORD 0

He then tweeted the following:
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New Windows 10 JTP App from Microsoft: Student Planner

Here is another gem from Windows 10 January Technical Preview for all of you Students out there to track your Study Schedules etc. It is a good place to start your day and make plans for your courses. You can enter Course, Assignments and Exams. You can link to Outlook Mail app, OneNote and your files on OneDrive. Continue reading

Microsoft Released Customer Support App with Windows 10 JTP

There is a new Support App in Windows 10 January Technical Preview to obtain support directly from Microsoft for Windows. This shows how serious Microsoft is about it’s business of converting Windows into a Service. There are lot of people that will be needing assistance understand this new Windows and understanding the new Service structure. Continue reading