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
There’s more to Microsoft than just Office, Outlook, and Edge. Here’s a look at other useful programs. You may use Microsoft Office, Outlook, Edge, Cortana, and other key Microsoft apps and programs. But those are just the main events. The folks in Redmond offer a variety of other products, especially for your mobile device. You can use Microsoft Office Lens to scan printed files and save them as Word documents or PDFs. You can use Microsoft Photos Companion to wirelessly send photos from your phone to your PC. You can use Microsoft Launcher on your Android device to tweak your home screen to make it more Microsoft-friendly. You can turn to Microsoft Translator when you need to translate something on the fly. And you can use Microsoft Authenticator to easily sign into your Microsoft Account. Let’s check out these helpful Microsoft apps. Microsoft Office Lens Need a way to scan printed documents via your mobile phone? The free Microsoft Office Lens app can serve that role. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
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
Microsoft’s struggles to get their sixth overall feature update for Windows 10 out into the public domain has taken another hit this last week. After releasing the October 2018 Update at the beginning of October and then having to pull it just a few days later due to a serious data loss issue, Microsoft has been testing a couple of cumulative updates to address that issue. Over the last two weeks, Windows Insiders have been testing those in the Slow and Release Preview Rings. The latest version brings the feature update to Build 17763.104 but now the company has another potential data loss issue to address. I suspect they will test a fix for this before they consider re-releasing this update to end users. News of this latest issue has been floating around for the past week or so and involves the process of copying files from inside a compressed zip archive. After several stories about this across the web, Microsoft has now acknowledged the problem and is offering a workaround until a fix is pushed out. First, let’s look at the problem with the file copy and paste process from within these compressed archives on the Windows 10 October 2018 … Read More
Q. After the botched rollout of this feature update, will anything change regarding the next feature roll-out? I want to know what to expect with upgrades. This is a good question. So much extra time has been spent over the last few weeks talking about the release, withdrawal, and re-release process of the October 2018 Update for Windows 10. In fact, the October 2018 Update still has not returned to even a seeker release status as testing is still occurring in the Slow and Release Preview Rings for that feature update. I have not heard any new reports of data loss and you have all read about the issue in a recent Windows Secrets newsletter to understand what caused the problem in the first place. That means both Microsoft and those of us who watch for what’s next in Windows 10 has been experiencing an unexpected hiatus in new development builds for the next feature update. However, it looks like that hiatus might be coming to an end. This week Microsoft released Windows 10 19H1 Build 18262 to Fast Ring Windows Insiders. This is the ninth overall build in the 19H1 development cycle and the first on more than two weeks. … Read More
We have been focused on the misfires during the initial release of the latest feature update for Windows 10. As that situation seems to be slowly resolving itself through patches and other public fixes, I wanted to talk about accessibility in this October 1018 Update. I had an opportunity during Microsoft Ignite a few weeks ago to sit down with Microsoft’s Jiaxin Zheng, a product marketing manager for accessibility in Windows. We discussed the new accessibility features that were going to be part of the October 2018 Update and I gained an understanding about inclusive design that I had never comprehended before. Accessibility is one of those areas of Windows 10 that has come a long way since the initial release of Windows 10 back in July 2015. Every one of the six feature updates released for the operating system have built upon and improved accessibility features. While the advancements may look incremental in updates that come out every six months, the growth of this feature set over the last three years has been tremendous. Zheng shared with me three key areas of improvement in this feature update release. Ease of Access This article is part of our premium content. … 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.