The Tech Chat’s Future

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I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus over the last few weeks, dealing with some personal items and trying to figure out what direction to take with The Tech Chat. I’d decided to focus on Microsoft technology back in June, which has become a much more nuanced decision given Microsoft’s push to provide productivity […]

Microsoft Releases its Wearable, the Band

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So, with very little fanfare (actually, maybe none, check out Paul Thurrott’s tweet above), Microsoft released their long-anticipated wearable device, the Microsoft Band. It’s a sleek, unobtrusive device with a colorful rectangular screen and 10 sensors aimed at connecting with Microsoft’s Health cloud service to track and manage all aspects of a person’s very individual […]

Microsoft on Every Device (Updated: Office Mobile Now Free)

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Update: When I hitched my wagon to Microsoft here at The Tech Chat, I did so because the Surface Pro 3 convinced me that they’re doing some exciting and strategic things to become relevant again. Their decision, announced today, to offer Office Mobile for free to consumers (no longer requiring an Office 365 subscription to edit […]

Microsoft Posts Excellent Q1 2014 Financial Results

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So, Microsoft’s earnings report for Q1 2015 has been released. The numbers will be sliced and diced by analysts and others over the next few days, but generally they seem extremely positive. Revenues were up 25% to $23.2 billion while operating income was down 8% to $5.8 billion given ongoing costs to restructuring and the Nokia acquisition. Some highlights: Devices and […]

Microsoft Ending Free Xbox Music Streaming

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For awhile now, Microsoft has allowed free Xbox Music streaming to Windows 8.1 and Web users. Downloading music and accessing it on Windows Phone (and other platforms) requires the Xbox Music Pass at $9.99/month, but if all you want is to stream from a Windows PC or via the Web, you’re all set. As Windows Central […]

Is Apple Growing or Just Upgrading? (Updated)

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I’ve often wondered over the last few years if Apple is growing faster than the market, or merely upgrading its once-dominant installed base? Yes, it sells a ton of iPhones (and increasingly fewer iPads) and, this past quarter, a record number of Macs, but are these purchases by new Apple customers (and hence an increase […]

Windows 10 Preview Build 9860 Available

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Microsoft has released the first new build since introducing the Windows 10 Preview program a few weeks ago, specifically Build 9860. I’m not yet sure of everything that’s in it, but if your running the preview you can go to PC settings, Update and recovery, Preview builds and start downloading.  

Microsoft Lumia: Goodbye Nokia

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So, it’s official. Microsoft has dumped the Nokia brand and will be marketing its Windows Phones under the Microsoft Lumia brand name. This has been widely reported and is hardly news at this point–it was part of the Nokia hardware purchase agreement that Nokia would hold onto its name will handing over the Lumia brand. Personally, […]

Microsoft Releases Surface Hub for Surface Pro 3 Pen Adjustments

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Microsoft has released a Windows Store app called the Surface Hub that enables configuration of the Surface Pro 3 pen. So far, the utility allows for adjusting the pen’s pressure sensitivity (valuable for graphic artists) and to assign the top button to either OneNote 2013 on the desktop or the OneNote modern UI app (regardless […]

Dual Booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 10: Windows Store Issues?

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I’ve been dual-booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on my homebuilt desktop and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since a few days after the release of the Windows 10 Preview. So far, I’m finding it a superior operating system for desktops, and even in its current state it offers some advantages for hybrids like the Surface […]