Updates is rolling out for all MS Apps for Win10TP 9860

Opened my Start Screen just a moment ago, and I was greeted with 19 updates pending on the Store tile. A quick look showed above. It seems Microsoft is rolling out updates to all their apps for Windows Technical Preview Build 9860. Continue reading

New Windows 10 Touch Features in Build 9860

Windows 10 preview build 9860 was released to the public for testing on October 21, 2014, and it includes a lot of hidden gems. Today, I’ll talk about a couple of neat features that people might have not yet discovered. There are new touch features in Windows 10 that makes the desktop much easier to use with touch.

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The Future of Cortana and Home Security

I have been following the CIA tweeter handle from day one as I was curious to know what the secretive and for-your-eyes-only agency has to tell the public. I was not disappointed, they’ve been tweeting declassified information from their archives and it has been an eye opening and interesting read up till now (Skyhook anyone?). Continue reading

New Windows 10 Public Preview Build is Coming Soon

Microsoft had released Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview on October 1. The build number was 9841, which was compiled sometime in mid September. If you are running the Windows 10, prepare to het a newer build any day, now. Continue reading

Enabling DeDuplication on Windows 10 TP

Here is something geeky and not for the fainthearted. If you’re like me, you’ve not listened to Microsoft with the advise not to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your production Machine. You believe every tech problem is there to be resolved. Continue reading

Setting Notification Mute in Windows 10

Now that we have Windows 10, we get the advantage of Windows 7 on desktop devices, but we loose the ease of use of Windows 8 UX. For example, you’re in a meeting giving a presentation, or a Conference Call and you want to limit the noise from your device. Before you just open charms and set Notification to mute for a number of hours. Continue reading

Windows 10 Technical Preview Caveats in VMs

I blogged my frustration with upgrading Windows 8.1 VHD-Boot instance to Windows 10 Technical Preview earlier today . Now I need to warn about another caveat installing Windows 10 TP in a virtual environment, whether directly in a VM or as VHD-Boot setup. Continue reading

Microsoft still doesn’t support OS Upgrade of VHD-Boot

This is what you get for trusting a Microsoft Setup Tech called VHD-Boot. This technology is officially a supported Install Scenario from Microsoft. Those of you that follow this blog know I have raved and complained severally about this Tech. This is a single most frustrating support issue of Microsoft because you are allowed to Install OS with the tech, but you can never upgrade the OS to newest version since Windows 8.1. I still can’t place the reason for this. The picture you see here above is an attempt to upgrade a VHD-Boot of Win8.1U1 install to Windows10TP. Setup refused to upgrade it as you can see. Continue reading

Microsoft to Ship Windows Defender with Server10

With a simple tweet today, Jeff Snover, the Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect, the grandfather of PowerShell, informed us that Microsoft will be shipping Windows Defender by default with Server2010. The feature is already available in the current Server Technical Preview released with the Windows Client last Wednesday. 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

Call to Action: Win10 Client Must Support DeDup

This is something for the IT Pros and Devs amongst us. Normal folks will probably not understand what I am talking about here. But you can always support a good cause right?

The Server community has enjoyed something since Server 2012 that is called DeDuplication. This is a HDD data storage technology that writes data to disk at block level only once throughout the lifetime of the file. Your typical file are broken down to unique chunks of data called blocks. These blocks are then written sequentially logically to disk. Now imagine all your typical Word Document, with Aaa, and Bbbs and “the” etc etc. We are at the GUI level forever repeating the same words and letters and phrases. Continue reading

Column Selection now Supported in Win10 Command Prompt

The command prompt might not be an all-joy feature of any operating system for most people, but those of us that live in the code, or have to support any substantial systems know what pain it can be to get data in and out of Command prompt. Continue reading

Have I been Hacked by Nokia? Weird MS Account Issue

I am in the habit of regularly auditing my MS Account information as I want to know where my threat vectors are coming from. I am looking at you guys from Russia, please leave my account alone, will you! :)

Anyways, seriously now, I took a look a minute ago and I noticed something out of place. There is a Successful Login entry on my timeline last Thursday; from UK! Continue reading

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