Install Office 365 desktop Apps Offline

Office 365

When Office 365 Home, Personal, and University were introduced, you had to always be online to install your office desktop apps. Once they were installed, however, you could go offline and still use those apps. But always relying on an online installer can be difficult for places with slow or unreliable internet connection. But now, Microsoft offers you the ability to install your Office apps offline.

Offline installers help users with poor internet connection get going quickly. It is also useful for those who want to quickly set up their Office applications on multiple PCs in batch, over a network for instance.

Here’s how to grab an offline copy of Microsoft Office 2016 if you are an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber. Continue reading

OneDrive and OneDrive for Business now MERGED into ONE CLIENT

OneDrive Sync Lient settings dialog
OneDrive Sync Lient settings dialog

In a recent update to the OneDrive desktop sync client, Microsoft has enabled users to sync both personal and business accounts using just one app. Let’s take a look at what’s new and how it works! Continue reading

Comparing the OneDrive UWP App for Windows 10 Mobile with that of the PC

OneDrive Splash Screen

Microsoft released the OneDrive UWP app for Windows 10 PCs and tablets yesterday. I take a look at the app and compare it to the app we had for Windows 10 Mobile for months. How does it compare? Hint: it’s the same app! Continue reading

The OneDrive UWP app won’t yet be like the Windows 8.1 OneDrive metro app

OneDrive Share Contract -- Thanks to Reddit User McDenis for the Picture
OneDrive Share Contract — Thanks to Reddit User McDenis for the Picture

Rumor has it that Microsoft will release the OneDrive universal (UWP) app soon to Windows Insiders. But if you are hoping that the OneDrive UWP app will work like the OneDrive Windows 8.1 we sorely miss in our Windows tablets, I have bad news for you. In the near future, at least, the new UWP app will work like the OneDrive app on your Windows 10 Mobile phone instead of how it worked on Windows 8.1. Continue reading

Sideloads OneDrive Windows 8 App; Gets Unreleased Windows 10 UWP App – Here’s Why!

Unreleased UWP OneDrive App -- Thanks to McDenis
Thanks to Reddit User McDenis for the Picture

A Reddit user, mcdenis, decided to sideload the Windows 8’s metro-style OneDrive app onto his Windows 10 machine. Unexpectedly, the next day, he noticed that he was running the unreleased Windows 10’s Universal version of the OneDrive app. Why did this happen? Let’s find out! Continue reading

Tim Sweeney is right about UWP apps being closed, thus bad for Industry

Summary: This is not like the Mac App Store. In the mac, if I make an app, I can distribute it both on the app store and other places. YOU CAN’T DO THAT IN WINDOWS 10. I can’t make a UWP game and put it on Steam! UWP is the way forward. It’s the foundation in which all future Windows APIs will be developed. It’s the future of Windows! Win32 is legacy. We don’t WANT to build Windows 7 apps. We want to EMBRACE the BETTER and SUPERIOR UWP platform that’s more secure and modern, AND we want to sell that SUPERIOR game and app on BOTH Windows Store AND steam.

Mr Tim Sweeney’s comment in regards to the UWP apps leading the way to a more closed PC ecosystem has come under fire by many Windows enthusiasts. Mr. Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and a prominent game developer, has expressed his disapproval in regards to the direction Microsoft is going with Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, apps. Sweeney had this to say: “Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem.” Opinions on whether he is right or wrong range all over the place, but here’s my take on it. Continue reading

Microsoft, Enough with “Something’s Wrong” Error Messages

Unhelpful app install error message on the Windows Store
Unhelpful app install error message on the Windows Store
This is an open call for Microsoft to begin being more descriptive with their error messages in Windows.
First, a quick history. Back in the old days of command line computing, errors had to be short and to the point. Most error messages were fragmented sentences but were short and concise. Example: “File not found”, “Internal Stack Failure”, “Invalid file name or file not found”, “Write protect error”, etc

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For the Love of Mobile MS Apps on Windows 10

It is weekend, which means I have a few minutes to rant about my frustration on the direction MS is going concerning Mobile Apps (the so called Metro/Modern/Universal Apps) and Windows 10.

As you may recall, Microsoft put out the news this week they will nix their Lync Metro App in preference of the Desktop Skype App. Of course all the yuppies were clapping and shouting “giddy on” to Microsoft without considering the consequences and the trend this is setting.

The trend I see at the moment is the rejuvenation of the Desktop, a complete reversal of Microsoft from its mobile-first strategy of two or three years ago. Put bluntly, the Desktop people have won at Microsoft. Fine and good you say, but it didn’t address the reason why MS went full mobile a few years ago. Continue reading

Using Windows 10 for Phones with Just Mouse and Keyboard

I played with a build of Windows 10 for Phones using only a keyboard and mouse interface. I had no touch screen available to me at my disposal. During the process, I noticed some interesting things. Here’s a video demonstration of Windows 10 Mobile with just a mouse and keyboard. Continue reading

My Windows 10 for Phone Tech Preview Upgrade Horror Story

Windows Phone Upgrade Gear

The purpose of this post needs to be made very clear. I am not ranting or complaining about buggy software or Microsoft. I am writing this article for two main reasons. One, I want to provide Microsoft with feedback so that they can track down the issues I and others are having. Two, I want to remind all of our readers that Windows 10 for phones is not finished and is very buggy. I do not recommend installing it unless you are ready to troubleshoot your phone and are aware that your phone may stop working for any reason. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the subject at hand.

Microsoft released a preview build of Windows 10 for Phones (Build 10051) on Friday, April 10, 2015. I installed it on three phones. The Nokia Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia 928, and Nokia Lumia 520. All these phones were previously running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. The Nokia Lumia 830 upgraded to Windows 10 preview without a hitch. However, the upgrade for the Lumia 928 and Lumia 520 was a disaster.

It is as if one went to surgery and came out with a missing lung, kidney, and open wounds. This is how I would describe the upgrade of the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 928. Let’s start with the Lumia 520. after the upgrade was complete, things appeared to be normal at a first glance. All the tiles were where they were supposed to be. I could see some new apps and upgraded ones. However, as soon as I tapped on the “All Settings” tile on the Action Center, I noticed that nothing happened. So, I decided to open settings from the All apps view. But I was in for an epic surprise. Continue reading

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Walkthrough on Lumia 830

Windows 10 for Phone Start Screen

I have just received an update to my Nokia Lumia 830, and it is Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. This happened on the same day that Microsoft released Windows 10 for phones. As such, I made a video walkthrough of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 before upgrading my phone to Windows 10, and I am eager to share with you the video. So let’s dive in!

The video demonstrates visually what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. The one thing I was unable to demonstrate, unfortunately, is the ability to use external Bluetooth keyboard with the Windows Phone because I do not have one. But Windows Central has a great video demoing this, so I’ll have a link for that below.  Continue reading

Explaining the Final Version Windows 10

Windows 10 Featured

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