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

Video: Demo of the New Windows 10 Store Update on PCs

Windows Store Logo

Let’s take a look at the PC version of the massive Windows Store update coming with the Windows 10 anniversary update.

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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

‘Machineers’ Arrives in the Windows Store to Makers’ Delight

Once in while we come across Apps in the Store that we feel is worthy of mention and want to share with you all. Since most of us here at McAkins Online have our roots in engineering and Builders world, something like this is worthy of sharing with you.

Machineers App pride itself is challenging the engineer in you. It is not just another game, but something to tickle you brain cells. Repair gadgets and solve puzzles. You are an Apprentice Zola, learning to bow every machine to your will. You’re provided tools to work with to resolve issues. You get to grow in knowledge and become advanced to build your own vehicles etc. Spoiler: You can even build you own Tank! 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

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

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

Breaking: New OneNote Universal App is Live for Windows 10 JTP

I was using OneNote a moment ago and I had noticed my new Windows 10 January Technical Preview has finished all updates after install and wants to reboot. So I finished my work, saved everything that needed to be saved and I restarted the machine. Continue reading

VLC Update is now Live in the Windows Store

Our friend Thomas Nigro (@ThomasNigro) just tweeted that the new and overhauled VLC Player is now in the Windows Store. This is a major update to the player bringing performance and UI improvements. Go get it now at: VLC for Windows 8 – http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/c527ff2d-b5d0-45b6-bfc3-92fb7357ef72

Pen Showcase NYT Crossword Puzzle App Released

A while back during Surface Pro 3 launch Microsoft showcased a special Crossword App from NYT that perfectly showed why Active Pen is not a pushover on a tablet. Doing Crossword puzzle on a tablet with a pen gives such a natural feel to it. It is like writing on paper. With handwriting recognition, a technology that Microsoft leads its competition decades ahead, the app can easily transcribe your written letters and numbers into digital formats that can be used in the crossword. Continue reading