Latest test version of Windows 10 lets you send mobile texts from your computer

While some pundits predicted that mobile phones and tablets would replace laptops and desktop PCs, thanks to lower costs and higher mobility, it doesn't appear to be panning out that way yet. In the meantime, at least, we're getting a steady flow of apps and services that tie all of these platforms together, and the Your Phone app is one of Microsoft's bids in that department.

With this weekend came another Insider release of Windows, which is a beta testing system... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , Android apps , Texting

Microsoft revamps Windows 10 privacy settings

It's no secret that Windows 10 collects an unprecedented amount of user data, especially if left to its default settings. Now ZDNet reports that Microsoft is changing the operating system's privacy and security settings, in the midst of legal threats from regulators in France and Switzerland.

Microsoft's overhaul now collects your data in a Web-based privacy dashboard that you can access by logging in to your Microsoft account. The Windows 10 installation process will also be... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: security and antivirus center , Windows 10 , security , Microsoft , Privacy

Discounts for college students

College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

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What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is marking Windows 10's first anniversary with a big update on August 2, and the plan is so bold that it's not limited to your desktop or laptop. Since the Xbox One game console runs its own version of Windows 10, it's getting both the Anniversary Update and partial convergence with desktop Windows. Microsoft is also reinforcing its determination to make Cortana your personal digital assistant, and the Edge browser is finally getting legit support for add-ons, such as... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , update , operating system

Xbox One joins Microsoft's Universal Apps platform

Microsoft has announced that it's integrating the Xbox One game console into its Universal Windows Applications program. Announced during the run-up to Windows 10's release, Universal Windows Applications was first envisioned as a way to buy software in the Windows Store that was licensed for use on any device (mobile or desktop) running Windows 10. That original proposal did not include console games, so the addition is a major shift for the company.

Windows 10 users with Microsoft accounts can already... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , games , social , news

Microsoft launches Office Insider

During the run-up to the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced an Insider program where millions of people could download the operating system for free, in exchange for beta testing it. That program still exists, though you now need an activated copy of Windows first, either purchased at retail or pre-installed on a desktop, laptop, or tablet. Microsoft has decided to extend this framework to its Office productivity suite, though it's not as open or early-access as its... Read More &raquo

Topics: Office Suites , Windows Software

Tags: beta , Microsoft , productivity , Office

Apple addresses Office 2016 issues with El Capitan update

Apple yesterday released an update to OS X El Capitan intended to improve compatibility with Office 2016 for Mac.

According to Microsoft, the OS X update does successfully fix its issues with Office 2016. "Apple released an update for OS X 10.11 El Capitan on October 21, 2015," a Microsoft spokesperson told this morning. "Their update now addresses the boot-related issues experienced by some OS X 10.11 El Capitan customers using Office."

The summer revisions of Office and OS X got... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Microsoft , productivity , Office , Outlook , Mac OS X

Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Doubling down on its hardware to complement Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled the first laptop it's ever designed, the Surface Book, at an event today in New York.

Microsoft opened with some numbers worth mentioning. It claims that 110 million devices have installed Windows 10 so far, including 8 million business users, with 650 billion page views in the new Edge Web browser. The company also claimed that Windows 10 users are using the Netflix app more than... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows Mobile , Microsoft