Windows Phone is calling it quits

Windows Phone is calling it quits

Microsoft smartphones have been on their last legs for months, if not years. Though builds and new features held promise in revitalizing the device, Microsoft announced the removal of their phones from the consumer market. While Microsoft maintains its stance on “fully committing” to Windows Phones, the fact that they are selling off their handset business, shows otherwise.

A more secure cloud-based Microsoft Office

A more secure cloud-based Microsoft Office

Privacy and security concerns can derail a lot of great software ideas — but Microsoft is determined not to let that happen to their browser-based Office Online services. Last week, the software giant announced that their cloud-based versions of Office would be available to be hosted locally, wooing over security skeptics.

Will more apps save the Windows phone?

Will more apps save the Windows phone?

Windows has increasingly been left forgotten in the smartphone game. This is especially due to the huge success of iOS and Android devices. But just when you think that Windows smartphones will just fizzle out, Microsoft has quickly announced plans to revitalize their mobile operating systems.

6 Windows 10 features to look forward to

6 Windows 10 features to look forward to

Recently, Windows 10’s Anniversary Update announced some pretty cool features that you didn’t even know you wanted. Some of these changes include making Cortana an even better personal assistant, automatically putting your laptop in battery saver mode, allowing you to choose for Windows to update, and more.

7 Ways to customize your Windows 10

7 Ways to customize your Windows 10

Whether you want to have a darker color scheme, run several apps at the same time or have multiple desktop displays, Windows 10 gives you many options to personalize your PC. And while some customization options are less obvious than others, it is well worth the effort to get your Windows 10 to act and look the way you want it to.

Windows Snipping Tool

Ever have something pop-up on your screen and you want to submit a ticket to the help desk but don’t know how to describe the issue? See a good recipe on a website you want to try out but don’t know how to print it or don’t have a printer available?

Use the Snipping Tool!
The Snipping Tool is a free tool built into Windows 7, 8 and 10 and is used to take a picture of your screen.

Speed up Windows 10 with these tips

Speed up Windows 10 with these tips

You’re likely a busy person. So the last thing you want to be bothered with is a slow computer. If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, you may be surprised (and slightly annoyed) to discover that it’s running much slower than expected. So what can you do? Here are a few steps you can take to significantly speed up your new OS.
Prevent programs from launching at startup
Windows loads several programs at startup so they’re quickly available.

Microsoft announces cessation of Windows XP support – are you prepared?

Does your company use Microsoft's Windows operating system? Chances are high that the answer is yes. So the question we really should be asking is which version do you use? Many personal users and most businesses will answer Windows 7 or 8, however, there are still businesses out there using what many deem to be the best version of Windows: XP.

Did you know that, according to a report by Net Market Share, almost 40% of computers are still running Windows XP? The reasons why users stick with this now three-generation-old OS are varied, but most answers boil down to the fact that it just works, so why change it?' The problem with this viewpoint is that Microsoft has actually announced that they will be terminating support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does the cessation of support mean for my business?
When Microsoft pulls support for one of its products this usually means three things:

You will stop receiving OS security updates.

Start Screen 101: Finding your apps

Love it, or hate it, the Windows 8 and 8.1 Start Screen is here to stay. While many business users have selected to boot directly into Desktop mode with Windows 8.1, the Start Screen still has some great features to offer. For those who do decide to use it, actually finding your installed apps can be a bit tricky at first.