If you're not a fan of how Microsoft has cut the placeholders functionality from OneDrive in Windows 10, today's news won't do much to help. But the company has confirmed that by consolidating how OneDrive device sync works it will also be able to add some crucial missing functionality—including access to OneDrive shared files and OneDrive for Business files—in time for the initial shipping version of Windows 10.
Microsoft quietly issued the first updates for its Microsoft Band fitness tracker and associated Microsoft Health mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The update doesn't provide any major functional changes to either, but it did at least provide a first peek at how the Band update process works.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the PC news from CES 2015, Intel's new chipsets, what to expect from this month's Windows 10 event, a new Spartan web browser coming in Windows 10, Intel Compute Stick, Office for Android tablet news, Windows Phone news and PS4's continued success against the Xbox One. Plus, my kids shave my head to fulfill my promise to UNICEF, and I announce some big news.
While it's impossible to look at the new HP Envy x2 and not see the obvious Surface Pro 3 influences, it's equally fair to say that, with this device, HP has fixed some of the biggest issues with Microsoft's detachable PC. If you were pining away for a Surface Pro 3 with a bigger screen, a better keyboard, and better battery life, HP may have just answered your prayers.
Well, here's another way you can reach the next billion users, I guess: Release gold versions of some of your most desirable phones, since that color option is particularly popular in China, the world's biggest smart phone market. So today, Microsoft announced that it will soon begin selling special edition gold versions of its Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 handsets in China and several other markets.
Continuing a theme that persisted throughout 2014, where T-Mobile blazes a path, the bigger wireless carriers follow, and more consumers benefit. This time around, the innovation is rollover data, a plan by which customers of the carriers can move unused data bandwidth to the next month.
Microsoft's new Office solution, Delve, has been updated today with a new content management feature called Boards. It appears that this feature is a way to pin, or "favorite" Delve-based information cards so that you can find both it and related information more easily at a later time.
Windows To Go put business versions of Windows on a USB stick, but has proven to be balky, performance challenged and pricey in my experience. But now Intel is trying a different tact: Via a new product called Compute Stick, the microprocessor giant is providing an inexpensive, consumer-oriented version of Windows 8.1 on an HDMI dongle. Does this make any sense at all?
Like many, I was hoping to see a new Lumia flagship before the end of 2014, and while I was pleasantly surprised in some ways by both the Lumia 735 and 830, neither offers the level of performance or best-in-market camera quality I had come to expected from Microsoft/Nokia's high-end devices. So I pulled the trigger on an unlocked Windows Phone flagship that will hopefully take me through at least the first half of this year. Or until Microsoft gets off its low-end fixation and satisfies the needs of its biggest fans.
The buzzword at this week's CES 2015 in Las Vegas is of course "The Internet of Things," an annoying term for something—interconnected embedded devices—that has been around for many years. This isn't the first time the tech industry has jumped the shark with a new term for something old—cloud computing is an obvious recent example—but surely there is a better way to discuss this technology and how it will impact our lives.
Microsoft updated the OneNote Modern app—or what it calls the OneNote for Windows Store app—to support password-protected notebook sections, removing one of the final migration barriers for many users.
Dell showed up at CES 2015 this week with a pretty impressive arsenal of new consumer products. But the kicker has to be the incredible new XPS 13, which Dell bills as the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet. This mighty mite delivers up to 15 hours of battery life, and it does so in the form factor of an 11-inch laptop.
Two months ago, Microsoft made preview versions of its Office apps for Android—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—available, but the firm was only supporting a limited range of devices at the time. Today, that availability has expanded quite a bit. And I see I can now access these apps on my Nexus 9, for example.
The good folks at AdDuplex have provided some interesting data about which Windows Phone handsets were found most often under the Christmas tree this past holiday season. And while the Lumia lineup obviously continues to dominate this market, you may be a bit surprised to discover which handset saw the biggest growth in new app installs, and by a wide margin.
At CES this week, ASUS announced a nice expansion of its popular Transformer 2-in-1 PC lineup, with three new Intel Core M-based models to launch in February. Among the newcomers are the Transformer Book Chi T300, the Transformer Book Chi T100 and Transformer Book Chi T90. Each appears to be fairly stunning in its own right.