Windows remains the most popular end-user operating system in the United States; according to the Federal Digital Analytics Program, 46.2 percent of users who visited federal government websites in the last 90 days did so on a Windows OS. But Windows is well behind the pack when it comes to mobile browsing, with data from Statistica showing the OS with only a fraction of the users Android and iOS devices enjoy. Microsoft-watchers have watched Windows Mobile flicker feebly, then die, in real time. For the majority of users, their mobile devices–on which they’re increasingly reliant (one in ten adults is a smartphone-only user) –aren’t on the same operating system as their desktop devices. The soon-to-be-released Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 tries to make that reality more workable, or even desirable, with updates that aim to make movement between a Windows desktop OS and any number of mobile OS options more seamless than ever before. As someone who carries both a Windows phone and an iOS phone in order to do everything he needs to for his business in a mobile environment, improved integration between Microsoft and other devices and operating systems is welcome, says Todd Pekats, VP of Microsoft Services for … Read More
Yep, you can run Android apps in Windows via an emulator. Is there a cool Android app or game that you’d like to check out, but you don’t have an Android device? No problem. You can run that app in Windows courtesy of an Android emulator. Such programs as Andy, BlueStacks, Droid4X, KoPlayer, and Memo emulate the Android operating system on your Windows computer so you can run Android games and other apps designed for Google’s mobile OS. Some emulators offer more features than others, while some are simpler to install and use than others. Once you get the emulator installed, how can you find, download, and install your favorite Android apps? Let’s check it out. You’ll find several different Android emulators floating about in cyberspace. Some are geared more toward Android developers; others are geared more toward consumers interested in playing Android games or using Android productivity apps. Some are free, others will cost you some cash. Some run one of the newer flavors of Android; other run older versions. Here, I’ll look at several free Android emulators designed for those of you who want to run mobile apps and games. Andy This free emulator starts you off with … Read More
Windows 10 works on desktops, laptops, tablets, and laptops that can turn into tablets (sometimes called convertibles or laplets). But its touchscreen interface is far from perfect, especially when you compare it to Android or iOS. There are good reasons to use a Windows 10 laplet instead of a dedicated tablet with an Apple or Google operating system: You have access to more powerful applications, you have a real, user-controllable file system, and most Windows 10 tablets can turn into full-fledged laptops. But when you remove your keyboard and mouse, and depend entirely on touch, Windows 10 turns clumsy. I’ll describe some of Windows 10’s worst touch UI problems, and hope that someone at Microsoft reads this article. I’ll also provide the few fixes and workarounds I could find. The Big Tiny Problem Consider selecting a folder from a dropdown menu in File Explorer. It’s easy with a mouse. But when the only pointer available is your finger, you have a good chance of selecting the wrong folder. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Interested in trying out the mobile version of Office on your phone or tablet? How do you know which edition to pick up and how to get it and use it? Read on. Microsoft Office is first and foremost a desktop application for PCs. But it’s also a mobile app, or series of apps, accessible on Windows phones and tablets, the iPhone, the iPad, and Android devices. Beyond the various editions for each operating system, you can snag either a free or paid flavor of Office Mobile. But how do you know which flavor to pick, where to find it, and what you can do with it? Let’s see how you can snag the mobile software for different devices and what you’ll find in the program. Geared toward smartphones and tablets, Office Mobile includes at its core Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft also offers mobile versions of related apps, such as Outlook, Sway, OneDrive, and Skype. Versions of each app that allow for basic editing are free for devices with screen sizes smaller than 10.1 inches. So, you can edit documents on smartphones, on smaller Windows and Android tablets, and on the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad mini. The … Read More
If you’re like me (and a whole lot of other people), you have Android as your mobile operating system and Windows as your desktop OS. In fact, recent stats show Android is the dominant operating system for getting online — 38%, edging out Windows by 1%. And that’s with Windows still commanding the leading place in desktop operating systems, with an estimated 84% of all desktop PCs running Windows. So you’re a mixed-OS household, using both Android and Windows. You need access to your files, your notes, your photos, and even your music on both devices. But sharing all this information between two very different machines with two seemingly incompatible operating systems can be tricky. Here are five ways you can get Android and Windows 10 cooperating nicely. One caveat: There are a lot of versions of Android around, and they all behave differently. Your phone may not behave exactly like mine, but it should be close. For what it’s worth, I have a Nexus 6P running on Android Nougat 7.1.2. Cooperative Tactic #1: Transfer Files Via the Cloud Somewhere along the line, some genius at Google decided to discourage transferring files from computer to phone via cable. You must find … Read More
With more and more of my household devices needing wi-fi, I needed a better way to provide wi-fi in my house. After trying several solutions I decided on Mesh technology Needing Wi-Fi All Over the House It all started last year during the drought in California: I wanted to better control my sprinkler system, and to better manage the amount of water I used at my house. I went through several steps to solve this problem. First, I went looking for devices that would be smarter at using water: devices that would alert me when plants needed water so I could only water when the plants really needed the drink. I found several watering systems that fit the bill, but all of them had a slight problem: they needed wi-fi in an area of the house that normally have wi-fi coverage: the garage in the front of my house. So I tried to solve this problem with additional repeater devices that would broadcast the wi-fi signal to various locations in the house. I found that these repeater devices often would need rebooting, and were not often self-fixing when they failed. I spent too much time walking all over the house, unplugging and replugging in … Read More
It’s a multiplatform world: You can be a Windows user on your desktop or laptop, yet still be happily carrying an iPhone or using an iPad. Now, say you use Microsoft Outlook on your Windows machine and you want to synchronize your calendar appointments in both Outlook and on your iOS device. How can you do this? Well, if you run Microsoft Outlook on the same PC on which iTunes is installed, the operation is fairly simple. You can use either iTunes or iCloud to perform the synchronization. But what if your Outlook and iTunes computers are different? For example, I run Outlook on my laptop and iTunes on my desktop. The sync procedure becomes a bit more challenging but still doable. One option is to set up a sync between your Outlook calendar and a Google calendar and then between your Google and iPhone calendars. Sounds tricky, but it works. Let’s go over the different ways you can accomplish your calendar synchronization. Sync Through iTunes This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s solution for backing up and synchronizing your folders and files both in the cloud and across all your Windows 10 devices. But OneDrive isn’t limited to Windows. You can employ it to make your files accessible across other types of devices, including your iPhone, your iPad, your iPod touch, and your Android device. Your synced files stay up to date and within easy reach no matter which device or operating system you use. So you enjoy the advantages of OneDrive via your mobile devices as well as your Windows PC or tablet. First, what do you need to do in Windows 10 to make OneDrive come to life? Well, the desktop version of OneDrive is built into Windows 10, so you don’t need to install any special software. The task of setting up OneDrive in Windows 10 is described in the Windows Secrets article “Make OneDrive Play Nice with Microsoft Office in Windows 10.” But we’ll sum it up here. In File Explorer, first move the folders you wish to back up and sync into the OneDrive folder. Then right-click on the OneDrive icon from your system tray and choose the Settings command. At the Account tab … Read More
December is the season for getting out on the road — or in the air, or on the tracks, or maybe even on the water. And during our travels, many of us will carry along an assortment of digital devices. Here are some tips for entertainment and security when you’re away from your usual home/office Wi-Fi networks.
If you’re hitting the road for vacation or business travel this season, don’t let down your digital guard! These easy steps can help keep the valuable data on your mobile devices safe from hackers, snoops, and thieves