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

Video Demo: New Store Experience in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is releasing a major update to Windows 10 This summer, called the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This update brings a slew of new feature, and one of them is an overhauled Windows Store. Here is a video demonstrating the new Windows Store experience. Not that this is a preview and you will notice some slowdowns in the demo. I expect this to be fixed by the final release. 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

The New Windows 10 Store App now supports Desktop Apps Updates

Up till now we’ve seen Microsoft Windows Store provide and update the so-called Modern Apps. Although the Windows 8.1 Store provide ability to download and install Win32 or as Microsoft will have you call them these days, Desktop Apps, neither of the two Operation Systems provided means to update Desktop Apps until now. 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