Dell’s “Stack” was/is the Intel x86 Windows 10 Phone/PC hybrid

Computers and mobile devices are increasingly able to talk to each other, but the companies that make them still have a long way to go before they offer a truly portable experience. Dell and Intel, however, once embarked on a mission that could have offered a big push in making computing more transferable.

The pictures of a thin phone running some version of Windows 10 on an Intel x86 processor as provided by Evan Blass now have a backstory, also provided by Evan Blass. We now have a more detailed look at the phone/PC hybrid that never made it to market.
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iMessage for Android will be here, but it’d be Skype from Microsoft

Microsoft’s Skype team reports that Skype Preview version 11.9 is now available packing a feature called SMS Relay. That means users can send and receive SMS and MMS messages on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop with Skype Preview installed. The drawback is that the source smartphone must have Windows 10 Mobile and Skype Preview installed to utilize this new feature. But not to worry, Microsoft assures that this will be coming to both Android and iOS in the future.  Continue reading “iMessage for Android will be here, but it’d be Skype from Microsoft”

Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft, Redmond calls Google’s behaviour ‘disappointing’

Google went public a couple of days ago with a zero-day flaw in Windows just days after reporting the problem to Microsoft. Google has a policy of notifying the public of unpatched vulnerabilities in third-party software seven days after reporting them to the company concerned if it sees them being actively exploited.

Hackers already knew about the vulnerability and were using it to compromise people’s machines, Google said in a post on its security blog. No fix is available yet. Continue reading “Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft, Redmond calls Google’s behaviour ‘disappointing’”

Microsoft Paint gets 3D; Preview available for download now

Give Microsoft points for accretive messaging: When they decide to tell you what their company is about, they back it up, repeatedly, through an entire cycle of software and hardware releases. For 18 months, there’s been a steady drumbeat from Redmond sending a message that Microsoft wants to empower “people and organizations all over the world” to be as productive as possible. Yesterday’s presentation added another note to the message: Microsoft wants to help you reach your creative potential too, because creativity and productivity go hand-in-hand. Continue reading “Microsoft Paint gets 3D; Preview available for download now”

Microsoft October Event : What to expect

Microsoft is holding a special Windows 10 and Surface event in New York City later this month. The software giant is sending invitations to select press, analysts, and other guests today, Oct. 7, for its Fall hardware showcase. The Fall hardware event also will be live-streamed starting 10 am ET on Oct. 26. The theme of the event this year is news around “the next chapter in the Windows story”. I assume this means there will be news around Windows 10 Redstone 2. Continue reading “Microsoft October Event : What to expect”

Microsoft Photos app receives a facelift and light theme support

Microsoft is redesigning the native application Photos in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app has just received the 16.1003.10012.0 version for Insiders in the fast cycle.

The update brings a surprising amount of change in the interface that users have requested.
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Some useful Windows 10 tricks

Windows 10, Microsoft’s back-to-basics re-embracing of the PC, is brimming with handy new features, and with all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users.

Others simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. I’ve shared quite a few useful tips and tricks before, the most recent one being the things you can do with Cortana, like automatically finding discount coupons while you shop. So continuing along the same lines, here are some more useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips I have found.

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Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM and Amazon form a historic partnership to make AI seem less terrifying

Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power.

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet, and are now joining hands together to form an effective alliance, however, two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the team up, which aims to set societal and ethical best practice for artificial intelligence research.

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Windows 10 : Let Cortana help you find discount coupons, send mails, play music and more

Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, now has 133 million active users across 115 countries, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed on Monday during the Microsoft Ignition Conference. Even more impressive, those users have asked 12 billion questions since Cortana’s launch in 2015 alongside Windows 10.

If you’d like to be able to just bark commands at your PC, open Cortana by clicking the search field in the taskbar and select the Notebook icon in the left-side options pane. Select Settings from the list, then simply enable the Let Cortana respond when you say “Hey Cortana” option. You’ll need an active microphone for this to work, of course.

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