A couple of weeks ago in this newsletter, I highlighted some of the apps that are automatic installs for me when setting up a Windows 10 device. Of course, they are not the only apps I use daily and over the last couple of years, Microsoft has come along way with some helper apps that are in various stages of development. Many are released broadly for Windows 10 while others are currently being tested by Windows Insiders in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview Rings of the program. That is right – the three rings in the Windows Insider Program are not just for testing updated development builds for the next feature update to Windows 10. Many of the app development teams now use these rings to test their apps and new features in a smaller test environment. If you do not want to test early development builds, then Release Preview, which doesn’t get builds until very late in the development process, is the perfect spot to help test out new features in some of these apps. Let’s check out a few of these apps. Microsoft Photos Windows 10 Photos App This article is part of our premium content. Join … Read More
Q. What are the most useful apps you have found in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10? A. You all know I am an undeniable fan of Windows 10. Of course, you see that Windows 10 tends to be the subject of the two weekly articles I write for Windows Secrets. So, no secrets here about my focus on Windows 10 and experience with it along the way. Over the last three and a half years, a lot of operating system functionality has moved from the OS itself to what I call helper apps. Many users also call them inbox or built-in apps. However, for the purposes of answering this question, I am not going to include these apps in my list. This list is going to focus on the other apps I install as I setup or reset an existing system. Caveat: I will choose to use the Microsoft Store app version of a piece of software versus a separate downloadable desktop install of the program. OneNote for Windows 10 This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
The time is coming soon when Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows 7 users. While Windows 7 users may have justifiable reasons to not upgrade to Windows 10, there are equally solid reasons to consider making the move to the current OS. According to NetMarketShare.com, of all the Windows active operation systems Windows 7 is still leading Windows 10 three years after the latter was released. As measured by Internet activity from September 2017 to 2018, over 42% of users still connect online compared to just under 35% for Windows 10 users. You can understand some reluctance of people or companies not wanting to upgrade, but now that Windows 10 has settled in and vastly improved after its many iterations, what is still holding 10-adverse users from making the leap to the latest and greatest? Here are the pros and cons or staying with 7 and pros and cons of going with 10. Do You Really Have Software and Hardware Compatibility Issues? The changes that Windows 10 requires have had many of the Windows 7 holdouts claiming, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”. Windows 7 has accumulated hundreds, if not thousands of third-party apps and proprietary in-house software. … Read More
Perhaps it’s because we’re in the last quarter of the year and we still haven’t gotten to Inbox Zero. Perhaps a pop-up reminded us that 2018 was going to be the year we mastered a lot of productivity tips and tricks and we only have nine weeks left to 2019. Whatever the reason, now seems like a fine time to dive into a series of how-tos that will leave you a stronger Outlook user than you started. You’ll learn: Which of the many tools in Outlook can help you get a handle on synching calendars to Google calendar, finding lost emails and fixing settings on the fly. How to spruce up your emails with different themes or stationary. How to categorize and flag certain emails so they remain on your radar. How to handle an incoming message based on certain criteria, such as the sender, recipient, or subject line. And finally, how to automate the organization of your inbox. We can still make 2018 the year we conquer email.
A luxurious amount of storage compared to other cloud-based stash-your-stuff services, easy tie-ins with the rest of Microsoft’s applications … what’s not to like about OneDrive, the file-synchronization and storage service that can act as your digital safety net? We obviously like it at Windows Secrets. And we want to make sure everyone can get the most out of it. This primer will refresh your OneDrive skills. Here’s what you’ll master: You can use OneDrive to not only save and sync your files online but also share them with other people. (You can fetch files from other computers. You can use a Files on-Demand feature to save space on your computer. And you can opt to back up important folders, such as your desktop, documents, and pictures.) Next, we’ll look at how to customize and manage your OneDrive configuration. We’ll review a short-term option to recover previous versions of your files, if you need to return to older editions to check revisions you made or reverse them. And finally, we’ll walk through how to set up OneDrive to back up your data. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
There’s more to Office 365 than just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You may have a subscription to Office 365 mostly to gain access to Word, Excel, and possibly PowerPoint. But there’s a lot more to an Office 365 plan than just the core Microsoft programs: You can use Office 365 to store and sync files on a hefty 1TB of OneDrive space. You can use Skype to make and receive phone calls and text messages in more than 60 countries with 60 free minutes each month. You can access your calendar and contacts. You can store up to 50GB of messages and file attachments in the online version of Outlook. And you can use most of these features and apps on a mobile device. Let’s go over some best practices for getting the most out of your Office 365 subscription. Choose Your Office 365 Subscription This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
With malware running amok and hacking of personal files at insane levels, now is not the time to get scared and panic. Now is the time to take steps to protect your data on your PC, external drives, and even in an actual hardware safe. Fortunately, there are numerous data protection hardware and software solutions for wherever you store your data and backups. Some are free, some are inexpensive, and some are pricey, but all make it easy to keep your files safe from thieving eyes Here’s a mixed bag of hardware products and software tools which I can recommend after a few weeks of hands-on testing. Datalocker’s Unique USB Flash Drive Comes Armed with Keypad and Display Security experts always advise us to copy or move sensitive data to external drives or the cloud. But even when you are not making a backup, saving confidential files to an external drive, be it a portable hard drive or a USB flash drive, is essential. But flash drives without some level of encryption are still as vulnerable to intrusion as logging on to a public Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop. Enter Datalocker’s Sentry K300–an encrypted micro SSD drive with an onboard … Read More
Q: What is the status of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update? I heard it has been canceled – any idea what Microsoft is up to? First, I can confirm the October 2018 Update (Version 1809) for Windows 10 has not been canceled. However, it did get pulled temporarily late last week due to user reports of data deletion after the upgrade process. Earlier this week, in our October 9th edition of the newsletter, I wrote about this issue and the mess on Microsoft’s hands considering data deletions issues has been reported to the company well ahead of their release of the October 2018 Update (Version 1809). The same day that edition of the newsletter landed in your inboxes, Microsoft published a new blog post addressing the issues around the October 2018 Update (Version 1809). This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.