Let’s Look at Windows 10 Build rs2 14931 – Dark Themed Apps, More Extensions

windows-10-build-14931

Today, we are looking at Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14931. This build doesn’t include any new OS features, but it does offer new app updates that brings the dark theme to the Windows Feedback app as well as the maps app. Now, both the Feedback and the Maps app will match your system set color mode (dark or light). I forgot to note the bookmark import and export feature of Microsoft Edge in my last video. So, I go over them in this video, as well as some extensions. Enjoy! Continue reading

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Feezing Issues – Is it Fixed?

windows-10-frozen-no-avatar

The Windows 10 freezing issue has been plaguing many users of the Windows 10 anniversary update. This freezing issue was caused after a system level change made in the Windows 10 anniversary update (also known as Redstone 1). Has this problem been fixed? The short answer is yes, it was solved. Here’s some background. Continue reading

Hands on with Windows 10 RS2 Build – 14926 Snoose Feature in Edge

Today we take a look at Windows 10 build 14926. This is a Redstone 2 insider preview build that Microsoft seeded out to insiders last week. We take a look at the snooze feature in Microsoft Edge. This feature allows users to set a particular tab in Edge as a reminder in Cortana.
Let me know what you think of this build, and RS2 so far.

Continue reading

Handas on with Windows 10 Mobile Build 14926 (RS2) – Wi-Fi Settings, Sounds, and SMS Through Skype!

windows-10-mobile-build-14926

Today, we are checking out the new Windows 10 Mobile Build 14296. This Redstone 2 Insider Preview build was released last week by Microsoft, and I did a update video on it. This video will demonstrate the new features in this build, including a new Wi-Fi panel in the settings app, new sounds and ringtones, and the SMS integration in Skype that brings the “Messaging Everywhere” feature back to Windows 10 Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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