Tech News: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators’ trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers from gaining entry into the company’s system if the website turns out to be malicious.

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Source: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

Here are “Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online”

Looks like Microsoft is doing a rebuild of their Microsoft Edge Browser using Chromium as it guts..

Microsoft announced during early December that they will be giving up on the current code base of their Microsoft Edge browser switching to Google’s open-source Chromium and that the nametag will remain unchanged even though the app will be a whole different beast inside and outside.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Source: Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Here is “How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell” 

TechRepublic shows us how (see source link below) to create a drop-down list in Microsoft Excel… Very handy when you have to enter specific information in a cell. When you get to the site, you will find video instruction, as well as, written instruction. If you use Excel, learning drop-down lists is a must.

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Drop-down lists can greatly facilitate data entry. Here’s a look at how to use Excel’s data validation feature to create handy lists within your worksheets.

Source: How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell – TechRepublic

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Windows 10 Recovery Troubleshooting Guide

I pulled this Windows 10 recovery troubleshooting guide, links and all, directly from Microsoft’s website that is very helpful in determining what recovery option to pursue when Windows 10 starts to go belly up or has went belly up (and won’t start) .

If you’re having problems with your PC, the following table can help you decide which recovery option to use. For help with black screen or blue screen errors, see Troubleshoot black screen problems or Troubleshoot blue screen errors.

 Problem  See this section
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an app. Restore from a system restore point
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an update. Remove an installed Windows update
Your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update. Reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you’ve created a recovery drive. Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you haven’t created a recovery drive. Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start, you haven’t created a recovery drive, and resetting your PC didn’t work. Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
You want to reinstall your previous operating system. Go back to your previous version of Windows

Source: Recovery options in Windows 10

Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?

I had this very question in mind as I was setting up a new computer, “Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?”. In the past, Microsoft’s antivirus (Window’s Defender) was low on the totem pole; however, I am now finding it may be a good choice (see source link below). I will probably layer my protection with Malwarebytes, but right now I am going to give Windows Defender a shot since it is already baked into Windows 10.

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Microsoft has invested a great deal of time and effort in improving Defender in recent years, though, and it’s clearly paying off, with Defender climbing the test rankings and now outperforming some big security names.

Source: Windows Defender review : Is this free antivirus good enough on its own? | TechRadar

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors?

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors? For example, Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. If you want to learn quickly how this works, follow the source link below at PCWorld.

Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

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Source: Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

Tech News: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Windows Lite is Microsoft’s attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.

  

Source: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7

Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7 — apart from for those who are willing to pay for it. The company is offering up to three years of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), and pricing has just been revealed.

Source: Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Excel Stylesheets: Cell Styles and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools | PCWorld

Microsoft Excel, in my opinion, is the most powerful software option in the Microsoft Office Suite. There is always something different to learn… Here is a “how to” from PCWorld on Cell Styles, Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools to pretty up your Excel creations.

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You may have used Excel for years without delving into Styles (or stylesheets), but they can make work easier and faster—and more visually appealing. In this feature, we’re going to go over Cell Styles, and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture, and Chart Tools. (We’re skipping 3D Model Tools for now because they don’t have Styles.)

Source: Excel Stylesheets: Cell Styles and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools | PCWorld

“App Launcher Customizer” for Google Chrome

“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.

The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).

Source: App Launcher Customizer for Google™ – Chrome Web Store

Learn How “Windows Sandbox is a safer way to run programs you don’t trust”

Sandboxing applications are nothing new but is nice to see Microsoft bake an option into the OS… As a reader of the blog noted, after I posted the article, “The feature is available for users of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise running Build 18301 or later, and requires AMD64 and virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS.” So, this is not an option in the home version of Windows 10. 

Microsoft is introducing a new solution that brings it in line with a standard already found on other operating systems: Windows Sandbox.

The feature creates “an isolated, temporary desktop environment” (and lightweight, at 100MB) on which to run an app, and once you’ve finished with it, the entire sandbox is deleted — everything else on your PC is safe and separate.

Read More @ Engadget

What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? | gHacks Tech News

Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10. The calculator takes up most of the screen when launched initially. The screenshot below shows it right after launch on a 1920×1080 monitor on a PC running Windows 10 version 1809.

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Source: What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? – gHacks Tech News

Say What? “Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.” | Computerworld

Having always been a die-hard user of Windows and now favoring the Google Chrome OS; I have to agree with the ComputerWorld author here on this one…

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Chromebooks have become all-purpose, do-everything, productivity machines. Gartner and IDC both agree that the PC market is finally growing again, and Chromebooks get much of the credit for this.

Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.

Source: Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned. | Computerworld

The Novelty Factor of “Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point” | Ars Technica

You may have been reading where you can revisit Windows 95 by running it as an app… From what I gather it is not fully functional; but, is pretty darn good (for an app) that will give the younger techs a “look see” into Windows 95.  Here is an interesting, “matter of fact” take from Ars Technica on this matter that points out this is merely a novelty item.

This is, of course, software piracy. The developer of the app has no rights to distribute Windows 95 like this, and I’m a little surprised that the app hasn’t been yanked from GitHub yet. And for now, the app is just a toy; there’s no real reason to run Windows 95 like this, other than the novelty factor of it actually working.

Source: Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point | Ars Technica

Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrives on Monday – The Verge

Windows 10 “April 2018 Update” is the official name for Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 “upgrade”  which is to start rolling out on Monday, April 30th. Thought I would let people know. This update was originally called the Spring Creator’s Update, which was delayed due to a bug in the update. As with any major operating system update, expect potential issues and longer than usual install times. To learn more, follow the source link below.

Source: Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrives on Monday – The Verge

Hot Tech News – Microsoft Office version of OneNote being phased out | AlternativeTo.net

If you use Microsoft OneNote, this news story is telling us it is going to be phased out of the Microsoft Office Suite in the upcoming release of Office 2019. At this point, I do not know if this means Microsoft is moving away from OneNote or not. Myself, I moved from OneNote and some of the other notekeeping apps and designed my own, believe it or not, using Gmail (see here).

Source: Microsoft Office version of OneNote being phased out – AlternativeTo.net

Use This Tool To Download Genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Disk Images

Use the FREE “Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool” to download ISO disk images for Microsoft Windows and Office (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 Windows 10, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office for Mac). The disk images (ISO) are directly downloaded from Microsoft’s servers (at TechBench). The tool, which is a portable app, accesses the TechBench site, and unlocks a large number of hidden download files on it…


SOURCE: HeiDoc.net – Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

If You Are Immoral You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 (for Free) By Using This Loophole

If you did not take advantage of the FREE Windows 10 upgrade that officially ended on July 31, 2016, you can still get the upgrade (for Window 7 and 8.1 users) by claiming that you use assistive technologies. Now, this may not sound like the moral thing to do; however, there is a wide belief out there that Microsoft deliberately left this loophole in place so that people would eventually take advantage of the loophole to perform the upgrade.  So, if you want to be “immoral”, simply go to the Microsoft Assistive Technology page and get started. It’s that easy…

You have only until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of this loophole…


SOURCE: PCWorld – The last free Windows 10 upgrade path for consumers will shut down by December 31

Use dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update…

If you updated your Windows 10 PC to the Fall Creator’s Update, there is a NEW feature that allows you to do dictation (convert spoken words to text). To invoke the dictation feature, select a text field and press the Windows logo key  + H to open the dictation toolbar. To learn more about the dictation feature and the associated commands, be sure to visit Microsoft’s Support Site (see source link below).


SOURCE: Microsoft Support

Are you stuck trying to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Yesterday (October 17th) was the rollout date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Instead of waiting for the update to rollout to my computer, I ended up forcing the install by using the Update Assistant on my laptop to test out the installation experience. In a nutshell, the installation stalled on me on two occasions and spit out an error code (for which I was unable to see what the error code was). In other words, I was stuck.  I ended up going to Google to research further and found this article, “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes” at WindowsCentral.com that helped me punch through the install process. After running the Windows disk cleaning utility (right click start > run > type in: clnmgr > click on “OK”) to delete the temporary install files, I was then successful in completing the installation. In the end, the installation process (which was mostly unattended from my end) took hours.  I then moved to my 2nd computer (desktop) and decided to let the install run during the night. This morning when I checked the desktop, the install process had also failed. I will be working on this computer to narrow down the cause.

From my experience, with these major Windows 10 OS updates, expect problems…


SOURCE: WindowsCentral.com – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17th

Just noticed on the Windows Blog that there will be a major update to Windows 10, beginning on October 17th… Typically, these updates can takes days/weeks to reach your PC. Just know that it is coming so that you are not scratching your head and going “now what?”… You can read more by clicking on the source link below.

The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday.


Source: Windows Blog – Create and play this holiday with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft….

Many of you may be aware of this scam as a result of being a victim and/or know someone that has been a victim. I have found that the criminals who work this scam have a tendency to target our more elderly computer users through scare tactics. The scammers will either call you on the telephone to tell you they are Microsoft and that they have detected a problem with your computer AND/OR you will be working on your computer (typically on the internet) and will get a popup alerting you that there are problems with your computer and that you need to call Microsoft (or a tech support number) at such and such phone number.

Whether it is by telephone or on your computer, PLEASE avoid falling for this scam. If these scammers (criminals) do call you on the telephone, be prepared for subsequent calls where they will try again and/or will change the scam to something else.

My recommendation is to never answer your phone unless you can positively identify the caller. If you cannot positively identify the caller, let it ring through to voicemail.

Beware the Microsoft Support Scam

To learn more about how this scam works and what the scammers try to extract from you, here is information “word for word” from Microsoft:

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might also setup websites with persistent pop-ups displaying fake warning messages and a phone number to call and get the “issue” fixed. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

“Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication we have with you must be initiated by you.”


SOURCE: Microsoft – Avoiding technical support scams

MSDN – Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway! I’m Giving Away MILLIONS of FREE Microsoft eBooks again…

Check out this free Microsoft Developer Network giveaway that has become an annual event…

Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway! I’m Giving Away MILLIONS of FREE Microsoft eBooks again, including: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!

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SOURCE: Microsoft Developer Network

Quickly get started using Windows 10 features with the tips and tricks included in “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”

First saw this, “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”, at Major Geeks. It caught my attention and I explored further. This is a guide that may be helpful to my readers at home in exploring and learning about the features of Windows 10. The guide is available as a PDF or PPT (Powerpoint) — see source link below.

Getting to know Windows 10—for employees

SOURCE: Microsoft – Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees

Geek Squeak #17-022: Try Out Microsoft’s Face Swap (an app for Android and iOS)

Microsoft’s NEW Face Swap app is a product of the Microsoft Garage (see source link below)… With this app you can search and transport yourself into fun, inspirational scenes. Currently available for Android and coming soon to iOS.

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  • See yourself with a new hairstyle
  • Try on different fashions
  • Pop yourself into trending scenes
  • Swap multiple faces on a group photo
  • Put your friend’s face onto some funny pictures
  • You can swap any face into any picture.

Choose a picture:

  • Pick an image with faces from your camera roll
  • Search for an image from internet right inside the app
  • Choose a scene from one of our fun categories

Choose a face to swap:

  • Take a great selfie with our special face swap camera with real time hints and instructions
  • Pick an image from your camera roll
  • Search for a face on the web
  • Using a sophisticated face swap engine:
  • Match skin tone (or any tone — try a stone statue!)
  • Automatically find faces in images and place your swap
  • Match lighting conditions
  • Match head turns and tilts
  • Process and place multiple faces in a single scene

SOURCE: Microsoft Garage – Face Swap


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Which Recovery Option Should I Use When Experiencing Problems With Windows 10

Found the following information on the Microsoft Support site that may be helpful in deciding which recovery option you should use in the event you are troubleshooting and experiencing problems with Windows 10.

Problem: Your PC isn’t working well because of a recently installed app, driver, or update.

Solution: Restore from a system restore point

Problem: Your PC isn’t working well and you’re not sure why.

Solution: Reset your PC

Problem: You want to clear all your personal data off of your PC before you donate or recycle it.

Solution: Reset this PC > Remove everything > Remove files and clean this drive

Problem: Your PC won’t start. Or You tried to reset the PC, but encountered the error: There was a problem resetting your PC.

Solution 1: If you’ve previously created a USB recovery drive, use the recovery drive to restore or recover your PC

Solution 2: If you haven’t created a USB recovery drive, use installation media to restore your PC or Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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Privacy Screen Guard & Filter (for Android) – Block people from peeping into your apps, notifications and private chats on a subway train, bus, mall, at work or school by using our privacy shade… READ MORE

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How to use Storage sense to free up space automatically on the Windows 10 Creators Update – Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 introduces Storage sense, a new feature that automatically monitors and free up storage space on your computer… READ MORE

Windows 7 Games For Windows 10 – Windows 7 Games For Windows 10 installs the broken (or missing) Windows 7 games for your Windows 10… READ MORE

Wise JetSearch – Free Local File Search Tool – A nice “go to” search tool replacement for Windows… READ MORE

Renogy E.Lumen Multi-Functional Solar Power & USB Rechargeable Flashlight – I have one of these… Awesome flashlight, for the price, that also serves as a multi-purpose emergency tool…  READ MORE


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How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher

Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom…  Click on the source link below to learn more about “How to Add a Link to MS Word”…

Ask A Tech Teacher — Awesome site!

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Source: 169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher

How To Use Microsoft Windows Scan To Scan Documents And Pictures

If you are using Windows 10 and have a current model printer with a scanner installed, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft Windows Scanner App (called Windows Scan). I know through experience of assisting others, the scanning software that is often bundled with the printers/scanners is difficult to navigate and understand. Windows Scan is about as simple (and easy to understand) as it gets when it comes to scanning documents, pictures, etc…

The Windows Scan App may already be installed on your Windows 10 Computer; and, if not, you can download it from the Windows Store (see source link below). Once installed, make sure your printer/scanner is turned “on”; and, what you want to scan is on the bed of the scanner. At this point, launch Windows Scan and you should see your scanner’s model name; the source (which is typically a flatbed); and the file type (that provides options to save the scan, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, etc…).  You will also see “Show More”, which will give you additional options such as changing the resolution of the scan. At the bottom of the Window you can then click on “Preview” (to see what the scan will look like) or you can click on “Scan”.  I typically go with the “Preview” selection. Once you click on “Preview” the document or image will be scanned. After it has scanned you will see round handles at the corner of the scanner window. You can move these handles to crop the document or picture down to its’ realistic proportions. Once you are satisfied, click on “Scan” and following the scan the document or picture will open (typically in a software app already built into windows). Typically all scanned documents or pictures are saved to the Windows “Pictures” folder by default.

Once you learn how to navigate Windows Scan, I think you will agree that this app is a real time saver and gets the job done without pulling your hair out.

Source: Microsoft Store – Windows Scan

When the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives next week, its users will have several privacy options to comb through…| PCMag.com

Windows 10 is sure developing a bad reputation for data collection…  Here is an article from PCMag.com (see source link below) with some insight and instruction on what you can do to shut down or limit what data is being harvested…

 

When the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives next week, its users will have several privacy options to comb through…

Source: Use Windows? Microsoft Might Know a Ton About You | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Here’s What Changes and Here’s What’s New With The Windows 10 Creators Update

A source at Reddit has scraped through the changelogs of all the Insider Builds since Build 14393 (the Anniversary Update) and has turned this into a something you may want to take a look at. The list below has been compiled to show the changes to expect with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11th.

The update may take some time to hit your machine; however, experienced users will be able to force the update through the Microsoft Update Assistant (which has not yet been posted).

Some highlights:

  • Night light (Blue light reduction, on/off manually and scheduled)
  • New OOBE (Out Of Box Experience – the wizard(s) that guide you through the initial setup & install of Windows)
  • Native USB Audio 2.0 support
  • New keyboard shortcut: Win + Shift + S (select an area on your screen and an image of it is copied to your clipboard)
  • Can now create folders in the Start Menus tile area
  • Game mode (preliminary testing seems to indicate it helps with FPS dips/minimum FPS)
  • New inbox app: Paint 3D
  • You can now buy books through the Windows Store (and read them In Edge)
  • The Win32 Windows Defender has been removed and Windows Defender systray icon replaced with Windows Defender Security Center icon
  • “Pick up where you left off” (requires Cortana)
  • Game Bar now provides support in full screen for an additional 88 titles
  • On-screen touchpad
  • Updated Bluetooth API with GATT Server, Bluetooth LE Peripheral role and unpaired Bluetooth LE device connectivity support

Windows Update experience:

  • Numlock setting, UAC settings, startup shortcuts, custom (registry) scan code mappings, optional components, custom printer names and folders pinned to the Start Menu are now preserved through updates
  • Apps that have been de-provisioned from your OS image won’t install again automatically unless you reinstalled them yourself
  • Apps you have previously uninstalled will no longer be installed with every new upgrade
  • Windows Update will now ask you to schedule a pending update if no good timeslot to automatically update can be found
  • Unified Update Platform (future updates can be smaller now => faster download and install)
  • Ability to defer/pause cumulative security updates for 7 days

Shell:

  • Lunar calendar support in the Taskbar-Calendar flyout
  • You can now connect to a VPN from within the Network fly-out after selecting it
  • New default tile layout for clean installs
  • New Share icon
  • New share experience / Share UI
  • Improved high-dpi scaling in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Disk Management
  • Desktop wizards like “Map a network drive” and “Extract from zip” will now scale properly when moving from one monitor to another
  • New per-application enhanced scaling mode
  • Improved the system tray logic to be more robust when bad data is presented
  • Notifications in the Action center now support inline progress bars
  • Behavior of the scrollbar has been improved for apps using the Creators Update SDK (Apps targeting 15063+)
  • The “Settings” entry in the taskbar context menu has been renamed “Taskbar settings”
  • The “All apps” button in Start will now show a badge with the number of new apps

Cortana:

  • You can now set Cortana to not listen when Windows + C is used
  • When searching for an app in Cortana, it will now show you commands that work within that app
  • (Cortana) Time-based reminders can now be recurring every month or year
  • Cortana can now shut down, restart and lock your device
  • Cortana can now change the volume of your device
  • If the device is idle, saying “Hey Cortana” will show a full screen UI optimized for long distance reading

UWP and Apps:

  • New inbox “Quick Assist” App. Request remote help from friends or assist friends remotely even on Home Edition
  • New inbox “Mixed Reality” App
  • Apps can now implement compact mode, which allows an app to be shown on the screen in a small window on top of the window that’s currently in focus (like “Picture-in-Picture”-mode on many TVs)
  • Apps can now make custom groups for notifications
  • Apps can now overwrite the timestamp in their notifications
  • New rendering technology for all UWP apps
  • Reliability improvements to UWP apps
  • Alarms from 3rd party alarm apps can now break through Quiet Hours

Settings app:

  • New “Apps” settings page/category that consolidates many previously scattered settings
  • New “Gaming” settings page/category
  • You can now hide the apps list in the start menu
  • Custom accent color picker
  • Custom background color picker
  • Many Settings moved around
  • You can now set websites to open in apps if the website allows it
  • “Wi-Fi Sense” and “Paid Wi-Fi Services” have been merged into the new “Wi-Fi Services” on the “Wi-Fi” page
  • A new option has been added under “Storage” to allow you to let Windows remove unused temporary files and files that have been in the recycle bin for longer than 30 days
  • Dynamic lock
  • PCs will no longer have to reboot after turning on Developer Mode
  • Settings up Windows Hello now provides visual guidance which tracks your face in real-time
  • Improved design on the Printers & scanners settings page
  • Improved design on the storage usage settings page
  • Custom scaling factors now possible
  • “Theme” section in settings
  • “Enhanced” telemetry/diagnostics choice removed
  • Many more (custom) gestures for precision touchpads including custom key macros
  • You can now let Windows block most non-Store apps or ask for confirmation before installing
  • Under “Restart settings” you can now require Windows Update to show more notifications before restarting
  • Windows Update has a new icon, resembling the outline of the Windows-logo with two circling arrows in it

Hyper-V:

  • You can now override the scaling in Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • Hyper-V instances will now remember your zoom level for the next session
  • You can now resize Hyper-V windows in Enhanced session mode

Other:

  • Windows Hello recognition has been improved
  • Improved video playback quality on the target device when using Miracast to connect between a high-DPI PC to another high-DPI device
  • Registry editor got an address bar (and new keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + L)
  • Narrator keyboard shortcut changes
  • Narrator can now explain context of whatever it is reading
  • OAuth is now supported for Yahoo Mail accounts
  • Improved many translations
  • Rainbow flag emoji added
  • Support for spatial sound (e.g. Dolby Atmos)
  • Beam.pro livestreaming now built-in to the GameBar
  • Windows will now respond better when Win + L is pressed when playing a full screen game
  • The Alt + F4 Shutdown dialog has been improved to better handle DPI changes with external monitors
  • Updated advanced properties in Sounds control panel to allow you to select 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz as the default format for devices that support it
  • The Trusted Platform Module Management control panel has been updated to provide more info when the TPM is “Not ready for use” or “Ready for use, with reduced functionality”
  • Snipping tool can now be used completely without a mouse
  • Installing Bash on Ubuntu on Windows will now install version 16.04 instead of 14.04
  • Many many WSL improvements lead to better compatibility – for example ifconfig works now!
  • You can now launch Windows binaries from a WSL command prompt
  • … and Linux binaries from Windows by calling “bash.exe -c “
  • The “Open command window here” context menu item has been replaced with “Open PowerShell window here”
  • Command Prompt has been replaced with PowerShell in the Win + X menu by default – same in File Explorers extended context menu
  • When you turn off Wi-Fi you can now set it to turn back on automatically on a timer
  • Can now set all audio to be mono
  • You can now disable Microsoft from using diagnostic data to provide a tailored experience
  • On devices with more than 3.5 GB memory, service hosts will be split into individual processes
  • – When one process fails, it will no longer take down the whole service host
  • – Task Manager will give a better overview of what Windows is doing in these background processes
  • – It will be easier to troubleshoot which process is causing issues for both IT pros and Microsoft
  • – Process will now all have their own individual permissions, improving security
  • Improved precision touchpad recognitions for left and right clicks, two-finger taps, improving pin-to-zoom and two-finger tap detection
  • Improved recognition for 3 finger gestures for precision touchpads
  • Improved framerates when the Game bar is being shown on full screen games
  • Wi-Fi Calling has been added
  • Improved scaling for games that have a different aspect ratio than the native display resolution
  • Braille
  • Ink Workspace: improved performance and reliability plus small improvements to usability

Microsoft Edge:

  • Edge will now open the Connect pane when clicking “Cast media to device”
  • Improves the behavior of the “Find on page” feature to show the found result more central in the page
  • eBook Reader (incl. reading books aloud)
  • Automatically blocks flash
  • Full color emoji
  • WebRTC 1.0 now on by default
  • H.264/AVC is now enabled by default for RTC
  • Re-deferral support
  • Chakra JIT is not out-of-process by default
  • Support for SharedArrayBuffer and WebAssembly behind the Experimental JavaScript Features flag
  • Web Notes has a new icon and works like Ink Workspace now
  • Set tabs aside (and share them!)
  • Run .exe download without saving it
  • New PDF toolbar + search
  • Improved performance, reliability and support for todays and tomorrows web standards and new technologies
  • You can now import and export favorites from and to a file
  • In addition to “Alt + D” and “F6” You can now also use “Ctrl + O” to move focus to the address bar
  • Noteworthy bugfix: When using the “uBlock Origin” extension, Edge would sometimes prompt to download websites instead of opening them – that is now fixed!

Regressions or neutral/subjective changes:

  • The option to prevent Windows Update from installing drivers has been removed
  • It is no longer possible to disable an alarm on the lock screen
  • Kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed

*This list is just based on the changelogs from the Insider Preview Builds.

Windows 10 “Creators Update” Coming April 11

The Windows 10 “Creators Update” will be the 2nd major update to Windows 10, since its’ public release in 2015.  Rollout of this update is to start on April 11th. You can read more about the “Creators Update” and its’ new features by clicking on the source link below (which will take you to the official Windows 10 “Creators Update” site).

Most folks at home don’t keep up with major Windows changes as we do in the tech world and end up scratching their heads when the update(s) hit their computers. Pass the word and explain, a new update is rolling out on April 11th and to expect the update to take some time to install.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out to customers around the world on April 11 as a free update and Surface Book, Surface Studio are coming to new markets.

Source: Windows 10 Creators Update coming April 11, Surface expands to more markets – Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog

Remotely Fetch files on your PC Using OneDrive

Did you know, if you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the “Fetch Files Feature” to access all your files on that PC from another PC by going to the OneDrive website? For example, this feature would allow you to remotely access your computer at home to download files, stream videos and browse photos.

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If you would like to learn how to set up a PC to Fetch files so you can browse its files from OneDrive using any computer, click on the source link below.

Source: Fetch files on your PC – OneDrive

Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection for Android and iOS

Microsoft introduced the computer version of Solitaire back in 1990, with the intention “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system,” and at a time where many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces, it proved useful in familiarizing them with the use of a mouse, such as the drag-and-drop technique required for moving cards” [Source: Wikipedia]…

I encourage you to click the link below to learn about Microsoft’s NEW Solitaire (collection) app for the Android and iOS platforms…

Source: Microsoft brings Solitaire Collection to Android and iOS – TechSpot

How To Move Everything From Evernote To OneNote

If you read my last post, “I Don’t Like The Looks Of This (Evernote Changes Coming!)”, you may be looking for a way out if you currently use the FREE version of Evernote (AND, maybe the paid version since the price is leaping).

The best alternative option out there to Evernote is Microsoft OneNote, which is a very powerful and FREE cloud based note keeping application that can be used on nearly every smartphone, tablet and computer platform out there (i.e. Windows, Android, Apple and the Web). If you are a Windows 10 user, you will find the OneNote app already installed.

Here is how to move everything from Evernote to Microsoft OneNote:

  1. Make sure you have a Microsoft Account. If you are like me I had a Hotmail account that I have had for many years.  That will work… If you use Windows 10 it is highly likely the login credentials you established to login to Windows 10 is a Microsoft Account. If not sure, go to the Microsoft Account link above and see if you can login.  If not, you will need to establish an account…
  2. Go to “Making the move from Evernote to OneNote” … Microsoft has conveniently made a tool specifically designed to import your Evernote data into Microsoft OneNote. Simply download the importer and run it…
  3. I also recommend that you download the Windows Desktop version of OneNote which gives you the most bang for your FREE buck… Go to “Download OneNote”, look down the page for Windows Desktop.  Download and install… You will be prompted to use your Microsoft Account login when you first run it; AND, allow some time for your notes to populate in the application.

Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-012)

Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support – If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, then you are familiar with browser extensions that extend the functionality of the browser. Microsoft recently announced that they have shipped the first preview release of Microsoft Edge with extensions support to Windows Insiders. Microsoft Edge is the browser that we see in Windows 10. To us at home, we will not see this just yet. I am also reading in various places where Microsoft is working on a tool that will let developers port Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge… READ MORE

Microsoft Edge

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Crush Malware With Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – I have featured the FREE version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the past and thought this would be a good time to once again promote this “must have” security software. One thing to point out at the start is that the FREE version of Malwarebytes is only a scanning utility and does not provide real-time protection. You can get the real-time protection by purchasing the commercial version of their software. Don’t let this deter you from downloading the FREE version. I use the FREE version and make a habit to manually download the updates and perform routine scans of my computer.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytyes Anti-Malware

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Launch Your Windows Desktop Like An iPad – How would you like to double click on your Windows desktop and a program (or shortcut) launcher appears that allows you to customize and launch your favorite programs, apps, files, folders or web URLs? If so, you need to take a look at PaperPlane. I have always loved program launchers and this one is no exception. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program (shortcut manager) which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it’s a better Launchpad just for your Windows. It enables you to quickly access your most used apps, open a recent file, visit a website URL, play your favorite game, or open any shortcut etc, in one place.

PaperPlane

PaperPlane

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A Best Seller Portable Hard Drive – Looking for a way to safeguard your personal files? The WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (w/USB 3.0) may be the solution you are looking for. I currently use a similar Western Digital portable drive to backup my personal files that I then transport and store offsite (away from my home) — READ MORE

WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

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Where To Get Windows 10 Update Details — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-07)

Where To Get Windows 10 Update Details – Windows 10, like all previous Windows versions, is recipient to numerous updates that are circulated by Microsoft. These updates are necessary to improve the operating system and keep our computers safe. Microsoft, this past week, beginning with the February 9th update, announced that they have launched a web site detailing the contents of the Windows 10 updates. The site will regularly refresh, as new updates are released. According to Microsoft, “You’ll see a summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details”…  If you are someone who is into troubleshooting computer problems, knowing where and how to get to this site may be helpful. I don’t know about you; but, I have seen updates go awry and actually cause problems. Knowing the contents of these updates will be a helpful in solving these problems. To get to the Windows 10 Update History web site — CLICK HERE.

Windows 10 Update History

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A NEW Gmail Feature To Make Email Safer – When using Gmail, if you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message. What this is basically telling you is that the email, while in transit, is not encrypted and if intercepted could be read. To learn more about this feature, visit the Official Gmail Blog.

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Microsoft Garage – The Outlet For Experimental Projects – One of my passions is software (especially FREE software). As a matter of fact; trying, testing, and learning about software paved my way into information technology (as a hobby and career). If you are like me and love software (and apps), make sure you check out Microsoft Garage where you will find Workbench Projects (with many being, not only Windows based, but Apple and Android based).

Microsoft Garage

Creating a laser etched and lit rapid prototype in the Makers Garage.

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Computer Wizard

(courtesy of The Meta Picture)

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Farbar Tools To Fight Malware – Farbar is a malware fighter who helps people with malware removal on a variety of security forums.  He has incorporated his own experience and other malware fighters into some useful tools to assist helpers in removing malware. 

Farbar Tools

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Bleeping Computer

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A Gravity Defying Levitating Bluetooth Speaker – The ICEORB Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker is one of the Amazon Launchpad products that is a floating Speaker Orb spinning above a magnetic base… Am I buying one of these?  No, but this is pretty cool…

ICEORB Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker

ICEORB Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-27) FEATURING — Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud – I think everyone knows about CCleaner; even those who are technologically challenged. CCleaner has been around for years, and at one time was called Crap Cleaner. In summary, what this software does is clean out the crap to increase the operational speed of your computer. CCleaner is available as a full install or portable app; AND, NOW you can run CCleaner from the cloud. If you go to CCleaner Cloud, click on the “Signup” button you will receive an invitation via email that will give you access. CCleaner Cloud has been in beta testing for quite awhile and it is now ready for public use and testing. The beauty of the cloud version of CCleaner is that you can run it from any of your Windows based computers, anywhere (without needing to install the software). You can also defrag your drives and perform registry fixes, as well.  Again, go to CCleaner Cloud and signup for your invitation today…

CCleaner Cloud

Microsoft Office 2016 – Released Today – Picked this news up at BetaNews, that gives a good read about the release of Microsoft Office 2016. More about Office 2016 can be found at Microsoft’s Office web site HERE

Microsoft Office 2016

Selfies 12, Sharks 8 – That is the score so far between selfie kills and shark kills.  Read more on this at Pocket-Lint to find out how selfies are the cause to people’s demise (more so than sharks).

Sharks vs. Selfies @ Pocketlint

Want To Learn How To Take A Screenshot On Your Android Phone? – WonderHowTo has posted a great How To article, “Android Basics: How to Take a Screenshot” …  I actually knew how to do this on my Nexus Phone; but, there is a separate way of performing a screenshot on a Samsung phone. What I found out, on my Samsung Tablet, is that this process will work on that too. Taking a screenshot on your phone or tablet is a handy way to capture what you are seeing on the screen (for troubleshooting purposes, to send to someone else, etc…).

This Works On Samsung Devices (as depicted in image below). Other
Android devices visit WonderHowTo to learn more…

Screenshot - Samsung

On Friday, Amazon’s shopping club, Prime, will cost only $67, down $32 from its usual $99 price tag – The sale starts Friday, September 25th ( at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT), and you can sign up here. This is celebrate Transparent winning 5 Emmy Awards.

Transparent

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-26) FEATURING — Get A Six Pack Of Amazon Tablets for $250 — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Get A Six Pack Of Amazon Tablets for $250 – If you want a tablet, here is your chance to pick up an Amazon Fire 7 inch display for $49.99; AND, if you want to buy tablets for the whole family, Amazon has a six pack offer for the same tablet (for $250).  Buy six, get one FREE. This idea is a marketing tactic on Amazon’s part to corral you in on spending more money on Amazon products and services (which in my opinion, are great services). To get a good look at this tablet (and specs) — CLICK HERE

Amazon Fire Six-Pack

7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600)

1.3 GHz quad-core processor

Rear (2MP) and front-facing (VGA) cameras

New Amazon Underground app store. Includes over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items that are free

Has access to over 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games

8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices

Can use a microSD card to get up to 128GB of extra on device storage

7 hours of battery life

Supports web browsing, email and calendaring

Star Wars Here We Come – You may already be aware that the Navy (aboard the USS Ponce) has deployed a laser weapon that can take down small boats, drones and other light aircraft. I have seen videos of this technology in action. Inexpensive to operate, automated targeting and no noise. All you see is flames being generated from the intended target. Soon, Air Force fighters will carry laser cannons, cyber weapons by 2020 (read @ arstechnica). Folks, we are entering another era of warfare that is an indicator that star wars may not be that far off.

Laser - Air Force Fighter

A Neat Little Snipping Tool From the Microsoft Garage Project – Here is a nice little snipping tool (screen capture and annotation tool) from Microsoft, called Snip, that may be helpful to you. With Snip you can snip it, annotate it and share it…

Snip

Add Multi-Tab Functionality To Windows 10 File Explorer – With a multi-tab file utility you can open multiple folders in the same Windows. The Windows 10 File Explorer does not have that capability, but you can make it happen by installing the extension called Clover. I nearly forgot about Clover after I upgraded to Windows 10 and when I did remember it, I was questioning, “Will it work on the Windows 10 platform with File Explorer?”.  The answer is “yes”… What is neat about Clover is that it works similar to the tabs in the Google Chrome browser. You can pin tabs and the feature I especially like is that you can add your favorite folders to the bookmark bar (for easy and fast access). I have added Clover to the downloads page (posted under the FREE SOFTWARE swarm)…

Best Web Browser Apps For Android And iPhone – “The web browsers that come loaded on smartphones aren’t always the best, especially in the case of Safari on the iPhone. It may be one of the most used browsers in the world but that doesn’t mean it is the best. These give options are easy to use and compatible with any phone so you can get browsing… ” READ MORE @ Heavy.com 

If you are wondering what browser I use on my Android devices; I use Google Chrome.  I have tried them all and I keep coming back to Chrome!

Top 5 Browsers

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-24) FEATURING — Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? BetaNews has a good read on this. My gut is telling me that they may be right on predicting that the future of laptop computers will give away to the detachable keyboard format (with the digitized pen-enabled screen) of the Microsoft Surface device. The future may be now, due that every major hardware vendor is now embracing this technology. Initially, the Microsoft Surface device was largely ignored; but, after three tries (or versions) of Microsoft Surface the vendors (after their own awkward experimentation of multi-purpose notebooks) is now looking at the Microsoft Surface hardware model as a model template to accept and follow. An example of what the detachable 2-in-1 touchscreen laptops look like — CLICK HERE… I would wait awhile before jumping into one of these until the “Surface Like” models appear.

What do you think, will the traditional clamshell laptop give way to the 2-in-1 detachable keyboard format?

Read More On This At BetaNews

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Buys A Top Android App Company – You may want to keep an eye on the Android App called Echo (by Double Labs). At the Google Play Store Echo is described as “…the fastest and coolest lockscreen for your notifications. Featured by Google as a top app, Echo Lockscreen is loved by users in 50+ countries”… What this means, if you are an Android phone or tablet user, you can personalize what appears on your phone or tablet when it’s in lock mode, with this app. I just discovered (according to Business Insider), that Microsoft has acquired Double Labs.  Read more about this to learn why Microsoft made this acquistion…

 Echo Notification Lockscreen

List Of Freeware AND Other Releases From The Windows Club – Just added The Windows Club Freeware List to the Downloads Page. This listing is unique in that it consists of many Windows utilities that will help make using Windows easier and/or fix a problem you may be experiencing. This lists consists of all the Freeware, eBook, Themes, Screensavers, Wallpaper and other releases from The Windows Club.

The Windows Club

Microsoft Office 2016 Will Be Broadly Available On September 22nd – One of the most innovative features to be included in this version of Office is the ability to co-author a document in real-time when both parties are online. You can read more about this at Maximum PC

Office 2016

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Geek Squeaks #2015-12 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: Apparently We Can Re-Install Windows 10 Without A Product Key — and MORE)

Very IMPORTANT Information About The Windows 10 Product Key – Recently I posted information about using third party software to find your Windows 10 product key in the event you would need to reinstall Windows 10.  Well, now I am finding, based on other information, the product key may not be required at all.  Actually, I am pretty confused at this point and don’t have a test environment to play this out (read more below).

Windows 10 Product Key

PCWorld posted an article “Why you can’t find your product key after upgrading to Windows 10” that goes on to tell you that using these party utilities to find the product key will not work; that these utilities only generate or find generic product keys; and that Microsoft has moved away from the product key model and now uses what is called “digital entitlement”. According to PCWorld,

“Once activated, a digital entitlement for your PC’s hardware is created in the Windows 10 activation service. This entitlement can be used by the same PC again for re-activation of the same Edition of Windows 10 in the future.”

Apparently we can re-install Windows 10 on our upgraded PC’s and not worry about product keys. One thing I did notice in the article is that digital entitlement is dependent on your hardware configuration at the time you upgraded to Windows 10. Make significant changes from that original hardware configuration (such as installing a new motherboard) and you will be calling Microsoft for re-activation.

(Android) Microsoft OneNote Update Includes  “Floatie” – Straight from the Microsoft-News.com site:  “Microsoft has recently released a new update for the official OneNote app for Android. The latest update packs a pretty handy feature — the feature, dubbed as “Floatie” is kind of like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads for notes. The feature allows users to pin their notes, which are accessible pretty easily — clicking on the floating OneDrive icon would let them edit notes, and use most of the features of OneDrive without even opening the app” …

One Note Floatie

A Clipboard Manager That Stores Up To 10000 Entries – Happened across a clipboard manager that I never heard of before called Clipboard Master. It is a FREE program where you can copy, paste, collect, organize and store not only text, but images, files and folders as well. It works in all Windows programs. If you are a blogger, editor, or graphic designer a clipboard manager is a must-have tool. I have added Clipboard Master to the Download page under the FREE SOFTWARE swarm…

Clipboard Master

LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light – I am seeing more and more things that are solar powered. If you want to give solar power a try check out this 4 pack of LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Lights for about $10 a per light…

Solar Powered Lights

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Helpful Windows 10 Resources From The “What’s On My PC” Tech Blog

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29, 2015. The strategy, from what I understand, will be to release the upgrade in waves; which, indicates to me your upgrade may not hit your PC for awhile.

In the meantime, to prep everyone, I have been posting information (here and there) about Windows 10 since the beginning of June. To bring this all together I have listed the articles that I have posted (from the most recent to oldest) as a quick reference resource in an effort to help you with the upgrade process and to learn more about Windows 10.

What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

Need A Quick Intro To Windows 10?

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Nice Brief Review On What Will Be New (To You) In Windows 10

Get Answers To Windows 10 FAQ’s HERE

Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Confirmed – Windows 10 Availability Date Is July 29, 2015

I have been following Windows 10 since its’ early development, and based on Microsoft’s history of good and bad operating system releases, Windows 10 is an operating system that Microsoft knows that they have to get right.  I am pretty excited about this release myself and can’t wait to try it…  If you are in a situation where you are not eligible for the upgrade and/or you are building a PC, here is a link to buy Windows 10 at Amazon — CLICK HERE 

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