Microsoft Lumia 640 No-Contract T-Mobile Version: $89?!? (Updated: Removed?)

Lumia 640

Update 2: Well, Microsoft has removed the listing for the Lumia 640 from the Microsoft Store. Check back to see that what means. Update: After I posted this on Twitter, T-Mobile replied with what could be taken as confirmation: So, the Microsoft Store has the upcoming Lumia 640 listed at $89 for the no-contract T-Mobile […]

Stuck in Windows on Phone Limbo

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In what would have seemed a shocking development to me a year ago, I’m carrying an iPhone 6 as my daily driver. I’ve written about this before: after using Windows Phone and iOS for a few months each, I’ve lost my taste for Android. No offense intended to any Android fans, but my Nexus 5 […]

90 Days Later, My Microsoft Lumia 830 RM-985 Still Doesn’t Support Lumia Camera 5

Lumia 830

I try to be a patient person. It’s difficult for me–I want something, I have a hard time waiting for it. When it comes to promises that companies make about their products, I try doubly hard to be patient–nobody’s perfect, things don’t always work out as planned, I’ve been known to be late myself, etc. […]

Microsoft Work & Play for $149

Microsoft Play and Work

Here’s another Microsoft deal, this time directly from the Microsoft Store. For a limited time (how long, I don’t know), you can get Microsoft Work & Play for $149. Work & Play is a smattering of Microsoft subscriptions services that would run you $250 more if purchased separately. Here’s what you get: One year subscription […]

Amazon Lightning Deal: Microsoft Office 365 Personal for $26.77

Office 365 Personal

Amazon’s Lightning Deals don’t last long, and a hat tip to Windows Central for pointing this one out. You can get Microsoft Office 365 Personal for $26.77 for as long as the deal lasts. Office 365 Personal includes: A license to install the latest version of Office on 1 PC or Mac, and 1 Windows […]

Microsoft OneNote iPhone Syncing Issues (Updated)

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Update: I had two very large sections with hundreds of image-heavy notes. I moved those to separate notebooks, and my iPhone completed syncing. Now, changes on the iPhone are reflected almost immediately on other clients, and vice versa. So, my suggestion for anyone having issues syncing an iPhone is to move any indordinately large sections […]

Microsoft Surface 3 Bundle Pre-Order at Costco for $699.99

Surface 3

Microsoft recently announced its most recent Surface device, the Surface 3, to a bit of fanfare and generally positive previews. The Surface 3 is the direct replacement for the Surface 2, and serves as a sort of entry-level version of the Surface Pro 3. It uses an Intel Atom processor, can be configured with up […]

Office Preview Apps Won’t Open in Windows 10 Preview

Office Preview App Errors

If you’re using Windows 10 and installed the touch-centric Office Preview prior to 2/23/2015, then you’ll likely run into an issue where Word Preview, Excel Preview, and PowerPoint Preview won’t start. The error will look like the one above, and uninstalling/reinstalling the apps won’t fix anything. I don’t believe this is tied to the Windows 10 […]

Microsoft Band: A Very Initial Review (Update: Returning it)

Microsoft Store, $199.

Update: Since writing this post, three things have happened. First, I’ve been unable to resolve a connectivity issue with the Lumia 830. Periodically, the Band disconnects from the Lumia and I need to fiddle with the phone to get things connected again. Second, I’ve found sunlight legibility to indeed be an issue. And third, iPhone functionality is […]

What Is Productivity?

Source: Microsoft.

What is “productivity”? This is an important question for me, given that I’m working to turn this blog from one that’s a bit scattershot to one that’s laser-focused on how technology can make us more productive. It’s also important for Microsoft, given that they’re making a transition of their own from a company offering proprietary solutions […]