Microsoft move to release Windows 10 1903 in May marks third straight delayed upgrade | Computerworld

Microsoft last week said the next Windows 10 feature upgrade will be available for all users to download and install sometime in late May – the third straight postponement for Windows 10. The decision illustrates the strain under which Microsoft’s Windows-as-a-service model has been operating of late. What had been billed as a metronomic every-six-months release schedule for the feature-and-functionality upgrades has faltered, burdened by months-long delays.

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Source: Microsoft move to release Windows 10 1903 in May marks third straight delayed upgrade | Computerworld

Tech News: Windows 10 Features Update Will Soon Be Rolling Out — Learn More

Just to make you aware at home, Microsoft will soon be rolling out a Windows 10 features update, this month (April 2019). From my experience, these updates often take a while to roll out and when it does hit your computer at home, be patient and let the computer perform the update (which can/could take a while).

If you are curious as to what packaged in this update, click on the source link below (at Addictive Tips) to learn about the 15 best new features in the Windows 10 April 2019 19H1 update…

Source: 15 best new features in the Windows 10 April 2019 19H1 update

How to view installed updates in Windows 10?

An update history is available on your computer so you can see which updates were installed, and when. To see the update history on your Windows 10 computer, do the following:

Right Mouse Click on the Windows 10 Start  button (at the bottom right corner), then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  View update history.

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When you are at the “View update history” window you will see a listing of the updates installed on your computer. If you click on any of the updates your browser will launch and you will be taken to the Microsoft website where a summary of what the update is about will be presented.

Viewing the update history list is a good troubleshooting tool when an update fails to install and/or you are experiencing a problem with an installed update. Although this is not recommended, you can also use this list to remove (uninstall) specific updates; but, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

A Preview of the NEW Microsoft Edge Browser That Is Coming To Windows 10

Just to let folks know, the browser that ships with Windows 10 is called Microsoft Edge. The developer and underlying code of the Microsoft Edge browser is a Microsoft engineered product.

It appears, in the near future, we are going to see a change in the Microsoft Edge browser in appearance and in the underlying code (the foundation) that makes the browser work. The appearance and underlying code are going to be based on Chromium, which is a (see Wikipedia) Google open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser.

So what does this mean to you at home?  It means you should eventually see a new web browser still called “Edge” that will replace the current version of “Edge”; that will have a cleaner and faster interface (see video below)…

An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser has recently leaked online. This browser, which despite carrying the same name as it’s predecessor, will be built from a completely different foundation, and therefore, provide a completely refreshed experience for those who are already familiar with the current manifestation of Microsoft Edge. This new browser…

Source: Microsoft’s got a new Edge- and it’s made of Chromium (Hands-on video) OnMSFT.com

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows 7: How to save yourself | Fox News

With the end of Windows 7 approaching, what can users do? They can keep using the operating system but it will become a dicey proposition – unless they start paying for support. “Windows 7 will continue to run but Microsoft won’t issue any more free updates for it, including security patches,” Converge360’s Mackie said. That could make Windows 7 PCs extremely vulnerable. “Once flaws in Windows 7 are publicly known, they are frequently used for attacks. After the January 2020 date, though, Microsoft likely won’t fix these vulnerabilities for most users,” he added.

File photo: A sign marks the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Source: Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows 7: How to save yourself | Fox News

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

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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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

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

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

Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

According to this article, Microsoft has announced that it will indeed start charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee from January 14th 2020, if they want to keep their computers safe.

Microsoft has always described Windows 10 “as a service” and leaks have already revealed new monthly charges are coming. Of course, for Windows 7 owners this was never something they expected to pay. But times change…

Source: Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

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

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

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

Here Is How To Manually Initiate The Windows 10 Creators Update

Typically those in the IT field will not immediately download an OS upgrade (or major update) until there is assurance all the bugs and problems have been worked out; HOWEVER, if you are one of the brave you can NOW download the Windows 10 Creators Update. As a general rule of thumb, backup your personal files.

CLICK HERE and you will be taken to Microsoft’s site where you can download the Update Assistant.

Windows 10 Creators Update

Once you download and run the Update Assistant, the update process will begin with the update files being downloaded to your PC (which will take some time). While the update files are being downloaded you can continue doing what you were doing on your PC; however, when performing updates (or upgrades) such as this, I typically do not do anything. Once the update files have been downloaded, the actual update process will automatically begin (which will also take some considerable time, so be patient).

Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10

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

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

A Tool To Easily Download Windows and Office ISO Images

If you need to download ISO disk images for Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, as well as Office 2007 and 2010, you may want to look at this download tool. It is called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

This tool was not developed by Microsoft; instead, by a private party software developer who made this software so that you can easily download the various Microsoft Windows and Office images you desire, without going on the hunt for those images.

Ever since Microsoft pulled the Windows disk images from Digital River, hunting for untouched ISO files has been a pain. Our new tool will make your life easier, and provides and interface to Microsoft TechBench to download original Windows images directly from Microsoft’s server.

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.

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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…

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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 (#2015-17) – Featuring Drone Event Happens In My Hometown — and MORE FREE STUFF

Drone Event Happens In My Hometown – The drone and robotic technology’s are two technology’s that I fear could have major repercussions to our society, if in the wrong hands. For example, an event occurred in my home turf where a plot was foiled by police to fly a drone into the airspace of a maximum security prison. The intended payload of the drone was drugs, tobacco and porn DVDs. There was some speculation that this may have been pulled off prior to this — Read: Cops foil drone plot to carry drugs and porn into Maryland prison, two arrested

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Don’t Like Windows 10’s OneDrive? – Here is how to disable and remove it — CLICK HERE

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McAfee FREE Antivirus Beta – Are my eyes deceiving me? I noticed at the Download Crew there is a beta version of McAfee’s Free Antivirus available. Yes, FREE; but, hold your horses. I would not install this until it is a fine-tuned finished product and definitely do not install it alongside another security product. Thought I would post this to let the techies out there (and home based users) know that McAfee is working on a FREE basic anti-version tool.

McAfee's Free Antivirus

Microsoft Print to PDF Is A Feature Built Into Windows 10 – While Windows 10 was in development, I deliberately avoided the test versions. I wanted to experience what everyone else experienced after its’ release. As a result, I am (just like you) learning more and more about Windows 10 (and I love it). I am like a kid in a candy shop. Today, I learned something else that I did not know. Did you know there is a Microsoft Print to PDF feature, built into Windows 10?  I did not know that until I read: Print to PDF in Windows 10 without using any software …  Nice move on Microsoft’s part.

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Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector – This may be my next Tech Toy — Taotaole Multi-media Mini 800 Lumens Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector … This projector is a best seller at Amazon and if you read the reviews you will see why. The big thing about this projector is that it comes in around $100 bucks.

Taotaole Multi-media Mini 800 Lumens Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector

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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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How To Get The Windows 10 Upgrade Immediately – There is always a back door way… The Windows Club in their article, “When will I get Windows 10? We’re validating Windows 10 for your PC …” explains about a little known registry edit that will jump start the installation. I do recommend that if you edit the registry to always make a backup of the registry and if you never have edited the registry before, you may want to wait for your Windows 10 upgrade or download (and run) the media creation tool

Windows 10 Upgrade

PC Optimization and Cleaning Tool – Almost everyone out there knows about CCleaner. If you don’t, you are missing out on one of the most trusted cleaners out there. Run CCleaner on a regular basis and I guarantee you that you will notice a difference in the performance of the your computer…

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A Take On The Windows 10 Groove Music App – You may have noticed that when you went to play a music (or sound) file in Windows 10 you were greeted with something different (than Windows Media Player), called Groove Music. Personally, I do not think this a bad thing; however, when change occurs, especially in the computer world, people threaten to jump off the local bridge. To keep you from doing just that (jumping off a bridge), make sure you go to the How To Geek and learn “How to Add and Organize Music on Windows 10 Using the Groove Music App“…

Fujikam FI-361 HD, Wifi, Video Monitoring Camera (surveillance and security) – Typically when I see these types of cameras that allow you to monitor your personal property, home, pets, etc… from your Smart Phone, Tablet, or PC, I usually find a mixed bag of comments that drive the customer reviews down. The Fujikam FI-361 is one of those exceptions where the customer reviews has kept this camera at a near 5 star rating and is currently rated as a number one best seller at Amazon. CLICK HERE to learn more!

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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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What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

Many of you have taken advantage of the offer from Microsoft by reserving your FREE upgrade to Windows 10. If you are not aware of the offer, please know that you are eligible for the FREE upgrade if you are running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

To take advantage of the offer, look for the Microsoft Windows 8 logo that should have magically appeared in your system tray (bottom right corner of your screen). You would be surprised of how many folks I have talked to about this and were totally unaware that the logo was present. The graphic below (minus the “Windows 10” text) is an example of the logo you should be looking for.

This logo appeared through the Windows update service. If you click on the logo you can reserve your copy of Windows 10 (that is scheduled for release on July 29, 2013) and you can confirm that your computer is compatible with Windows 10. This is a full version of Windows 10 and you have up to a year to take advantage of this offer. After the year is up, you will be required to purchase Windows 10 (which, last I looked would be in the ballpark of $120).

Now that you have reserved your copy of Windows 10, you are probably wondering what happens next?

From the time you reserve your copy and when your upgrade is ready, the files needed to perform the upgrade will be downloaded to your computer. You most likely will not even notice this occurring. Microsoft, through their normal update stream is in essence trickling the Windows 10 install files to your computer and setting the stage for the final installation that will occur after July 29, 2015.

I do recommend, prior to this upgrade, that you perform (at the minimum) a backup of your personal files (such as documents, pictures, videos, music, etc…) and to be completely safe perform an image backup of your computer’s hard disk (using software such as AOMEI or Macrium Reflect).

Once the stage has been set, you will get a notification or prompt to launch your upgrade. You can install right away or opt to wait. I know many of us in the tech field opt to never install a fresh release of an OS, but my thoughts on this is that Microsoft must be pretty sure of themselves on this since it will be available to millions and millions of people and are strongly encouraging people to upgrade. I am sure there will be glitches, due to the variables involved (especially with home based computer systems).

After you initiate the launch of the upgrade, it is expected take an hour or more for the upgrade to complete.

Good luck with this…  I would really be interested in hearing stories about how your Windows 10 upgrade experience went.

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Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29th and I am starting to have people ask questions. Reflected below is a sampling of the frequently asked questions.

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Windows 10 - Q&A

What are the basic facts of the Windows 10 upgrade?

Is the upgrade really free?

How do I get my free upgrade?

What happens when I reserve?

Are there any qualification requirements?

If I buy a new PC today, can it upgrade to Windows 10?

How long does it take to install the upgrade?

How do I reserve on my existing device?

What is the Get Windows 10 app?

How do I get a confirmation that I’ve reserved my upgrade?

If I change my mind, can I cancel my reservation?

Can I get my free Windows 10 upgrade even if I didn’t reserve?

What if I have more than one Windows device—can I upgrade them all?

Why don’t I have the Get Windows 10 app?

Why am I seeing notifications about Windows 10?

Can I turn off the notifications?

Can I reserve even if I didn’t get a notification?

What edition of Windows will I get as part of this free upgrade?

Do Windows Phone devices qualify for this free upgrade?

What about Windows RT?

Can Enterprise customers get the free Windows 10 upgrade?

How much does Windows 10 cost?

Will I get all of the features of Windows 10 once I upgrade?

Will my devices and apps work with Windows 10?

Will Windows Media Center be available in Windows 10?

Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading?

When do new Windows 10 devices arrive in stores?

Will all my stuff be in the cloud?

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Need A Quick Intro To Windows 10?

The public release of Windows 10 is only a few weeks away and I am starting to see content being published to prepare people for the change. For example, Lenovo has available for review (and download) a FREE 17 page content (actually 23 pages) PDF manual “Starting To Use Windows 10” that will help you get up and running pretty quickly. If you have not been following Windows 10, you may want to take a look at this.

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Using XP or Vista? Appears There Is A Workaround Available For You To Get A FREE Windows 10 Upgrade

 Found this at Lifehacker, that may be of interest to you XP and Vista users. If you install the Windows 10 Preview on your Windows XP or Vista computer, establish a valid Microsoft account, you will then be eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade (for FREE).

As Microsoft details on its Windows blog, if you’re running the Windows 10 Technical Preview as part of the Windows Insider Program, and you have a valid Microsoft account connected to your installation, you’ll be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. If you’re already in the program, future builds will prompt you to connect your Microsoft account if you haven’t already done so.

While this is good news for those on the preview builds, it’s also a handy workaround for anyone who might be getting left behind when the free upgrades start rolling out. — source: Lifehacker

If interested in exploring the option of installing the Windows 10 preview, Lifehacker also can help you out with instructions on performing the installation, as well — CLICK HERE

Of course, make sure your computer meets the Windows 10 system requirements. Not sure?  CLICK HERE to get those requirements.

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

As many of you are aware, Microsoft will be shoveling out Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8 user’s on July 29, 2015. I am sure many of you (including myself) have not experienced Windows 10. As with any new operating system, there will be challenges and I know many are gun shy due to the unpleasant transition that many experienced as a result of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8. From what I witnessed, most of the issue during that upgrade, for the end user, was the forced change in how the PC booted to the metro screen (instead of the desktop) and no start menu being present.

Windows 10

When Windows 8 was the talk, I deliberately avoided the beta’s so that when it was released, I would experience (and see) what the end user would experience when it was finally released. I have to admit, I was quite shocked and can relate to the frustration many experienced. Now that Windows 10 is the talk, I decided to do the same and have not downloaded (or experienced) any of the Windows 10 beta’s.  Again, I want experience (and see) what others will experience (and see) the first time they use Windows 10.

HOWEVER — There is nothing to say that we can’t read about Windows 10, look at some screenshots, learn what is new, and at least prepare ourselves with some inside information.

To help prepare you for Windows 10, TechAdvisor has prepared a nice (and brief) Windows 10 review: hands on with the preview version of Windows 10 and the new Start menu, Edge browser, new apps and Cortana.

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Get Answers To Windows 10 FAQ’s HERE

Mashable has done a nice job in answering our most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about Windows 10 (which will be coming to a PC near you — July 29, 2015). This article not only answers many of the questions we have, but also serves as a quick tutorial on Windows 10 (in case you have not been following).

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Microsoft Acquires Wunderlist – One Of The Best To-Do List Apps

Reports on this are indicating that Microsoft has acquired 6Wunderkinder, a Berlin-based startup behind the popular task managing app Wunderlist, at a cost between $100 to $200 million…

Wunderlist

Microsoft announced the deal on Tuesday, marking the latest in a string of acquisitions that has rapidly expanded the company’s suite of productivity services for iPhone and Android users… READ MORE

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.

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