Starting with Windows 8.1 I noticed that when I change my laptop, most of the settings and favourites will be there on the new device. This was a great thing! However, I asked myself if this would be possible also when changing my company laptop. With Azure AD and Windows 10 this is now possible, using a new feature called Enterprise State Roaming. Continue reading
Windows 10 was globally launched on July 29th in 190 countries and the free upgrade process started successfully. Press reviews were overwhelmingly positive and it seems like Microsoft did it right this time, even if, for sure, there are still things that can be improved. Windows 10 is delivered as a service and improvements will be shipped on a regular basis, so end users won’t have to always wait till the next patch. Continue reading
So tomorrow is the big day when Windows 10 will become generally available and when the first users will get the chance to upgrade for free to the best Windows ever made. In case you don’t know all the aspects about the upgrade to Windows 10, here is everything you need to know about it.
You can upgrade to Windows 10 in basically only two very simple steps. I’m sure you already noticed the “Upgrade to Windows 10” icon that appeared around one month ago next to the Windows clock in the bottom right corner. Continue reading
When talking about some of the great Windows 10 features, I promised to come back with an article regarding some things that you could miss after upgrading to Windows 10 on July 29th. I have to admit that in my opinion only Windows 7 users will really feel a huge difference after the upgrade.
So first of all, Windows Home editions users are probably familiar with the Media Center. Well, the Media Center is not available in Windows 10 anymore so you would most probably need some third party software to do the job the Media Center did. However. Continue reading
As promised I will continue to write about Windows 10 these days, since on July 29th Window 10 will become generally available, but I’m sure you know this already. So right now I would like to concentrate on some cool Windows 10 features that may be a little bit underestimated.
1. The Start button. Yes, in Windows 10 we will have the Start button back, and I mean the real one, not a surrogate like in Windows 8.1. Sure, the Windows 10 Start button has a total different design than the one we know from Windows 7, but it really takes advantage of the live tiles. Furthermore, it is fully customizable so that every user should find his perfect button. Continue reading
Seven more days till July 29th when Windows 10 will be globally launched. Therefore I will concentrate on Windows 10 for the next couple of weeks. And I would like to start the Windows 10 article series by answering a question that I heard very often, especially when going out with friends or family. As we know, every eligible device with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license could benefit from a Windows 10 free upgrade. But is this free upgrade really free?
The answer is clearly YES. There are no strings attached and everyone would get a full Windows 10 license. You won’t have to pay for it after the first 12 months, as I often hear, your Windows 10 license will not become a subscription so you won’t be charged monthly for using it. Continue reading
Last week Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, announced the reorganization of the Microsoft phone business, a process that will also cause the layoff of around 7.800 employees. A big part of the tech press started to make more or less accurate suppositions about what this means. So I read that phones are not important for Microsoft anymore or that the Nokia deal was a total failure. Strangely enough, most of this suppositions start from correct premises but in my opinion arrive to the wrong conclusions, simply because some analysts fail to see the wider picture and to fully understand the Microsoft strategy.
The first thing to understand is that the whole concept of “mobile” has changed. Nowadays, “mobile” is not about the device anymore, but about the mobility of the experience. And this is precisely the strategy Microsoft is going for: enable a truly great mobile experience across devices. This is why Microsoft invests a lot of effort in apps for Android and Google, apps that are meant to enable users to have a great Microsoft cloud experience even on non Windows devices. Back in the days of the Nokia deal, “mobile” was everything about the device itself. In this perspective, acquiring Nokia was the best thing Microsoft could have done at that time. Sure, expectancies were very high and I personally also thought that this would increase the Windows Phone market share in a consistent way. Continue reading
Windows 10 will be generally available starting July 29th! That’s now officially documented on the Windows blog and announced by Cortana herself, the most personal digital assistant.
As Microsoft emphasized during the Build and Ignite conferences, Windows 10 is not just another version of the operating system, but the next generation Windows. I think we might not be fully aware what this means, but in fact it seems as Windows 10 is basically the last major version of Windows. As it was confirmed today, Windows 10 will also run subscription based and updates will be rolled out as they are developed, taking advantage of the cloud specific update model. Continue reading
Have you ever thought that your smartphone could easily turn into a desktop PC? Well, with Microsoft Continuum and Windows 10 this is not a dream anymore. Microsoft Continuum is a innovative Windows 10 capability that allows users to connect their smartphone to a mouse, keyboard and display and get the full desktop experience out of a tiny Windows Phone. This capability was announced and demonstrated both at Build 2015 and Microsoft Ignite and in my opinion will be one of the major selling point of Windows 10 powered devices.
You would then ask, of course, how would Microsoft Continuum work? And this is a legit question. According to the demonstrations made at Build 2015 in San Francisco and Microsoft Ignite in Chicago you would be able to connect a mouse and keyboard via bluetooth. An additional display could be connected via an HDMI adapter. Windows 10 will recognize this new input and output options and will turn into the familiar Windows 10 full desktop version. Continue reading
There’s a huge effervescence around Windows 10 and in my opinion this effervescence is deserved. Windows 10 is not just another release of Windows! Instead, Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows, built for the era of personal computing. Windows 10 is an operating system designed for the mobility across devices, not just the mobility of the devices. Some basic components of Windows 10 are re-designed, and one of this components is the update model for enterprise users.
Windows Update for Business was announced at the very first Microsoft Ignite conference for IT professionals earlier this week. For consumers, the model remains the same, with the Windows Updates service making all the needed updates for the operating system. For all Windows business customers, Microsoft supports a variety of update management solutions. These solutions enable a business to select which updates to deploy to which devices on what schedule. The design point of these Windows updating solutions was to enable Windows business devices to be selectively updated like mainframes – where reliability is paramount, with a guiding philosophy of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Continue reading