Windows 10 launches next month. The new OS represents a fundamental change on how we use the Microsoft’s ecosystem now and in future, with all the talks about software-as-a-service mindset and common code across all Windows devices. One of these huge changes is the company’s new browser, Edge. Although it will not replace the good ol’ Internet Explorer (because of obvious legacy reasons), it will be the new default browser. Way over a billion devices will get Windows 10 for free upgrade. That’s quite many devices which will soon open your web site, eCommerce store or online game with a completely new browser by default. Continue reading “Are Companies Ready for Microsoft Edge? I Fear Not.”
In last December, Microsoft demoed a new product called Skype Translator – and I say a product, because calling this just a feature would be downplaying it. I’m not entirely sure when the Translator will be integrated as part of the official Skype client, but right now you can sign up for the preview program. That’s exactly what I did bit over a month ago, and received the email with download link this week.
During last week’s big event, Microsoft also revealed new information about the upcoming Internet browser, Project Spartan. There’s quite a bit of new features and improvements (both technical and design), and if you are running the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build – number 9926 on my ultrabook – then you can try out the new rendering engine with this trick:
- Open up IE 11 and type about:flags in the address bar.
- Switch “Enable Experimental Web Platform Features” from Automatic to Enabled.
- Apply changes and restart the browser.
Several browser tests already show significant performance boosts in favor of the new engine, and so far I haven’t had any stability issues with it either, so there’s really no reason not to enable it already!
Microsoft held a pretty major unveiling event on January 21st. Not only did they introduce new features of Windows 10 as anticipated, but they also revealed that the new OS will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and – wait for it – Windows Phone 8.1 users. New Office features were also demoed, as well as the “whiteboard-killer” Surface Hub (all-in-one PC with 84” 4K touch screen) and the magical HoloLens. Seriously, check that last one out, it will blow your mind! The whole webcast of the event can be watched here: http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/index.html
I’m really excited about all of those things, but this in this post I focus on the new features of Windows 10 Technical Preview that became available after the event. I did write about my first impressions of the preview OS earlier, so now it’s time for a follow-up. All screenshots are again taken from my Lenovo T430u ultrabook, in which I have installed the Technical Preview as primary OS. First I’d like to show you how the default universal search works:
Everyone who has had the pleasure of writing an academic texts knows the importance of using proper referencing techniques and formatting. I did all referencing to my Bachelor’s Thesis by hand, and with that experience still fresh on mind I decided to look around for better alternatives for my (currently in-progress) Master’s Thesis.
Turns out Word has very neat and powerful built-in referencing feature, which supports several different citation standards. However I soon discovered, that although Word lists every reference only once in the automatically generated bibliography, it treats every citation in the text itself as a new and individual entity. Therefore by default it is impossible for me to write as we are instructed in my faculty: “If the original source has three or more authors, all names separated with a comma are written in the first reference: (Jauhiainen, Pirhonen & Silvennoinen, 2009). When referring to the source for the second time, it is enough to write the first author’s name and “etc.”, a comma and the year: (Jauhiainen etc., 2009).” So the first reference can obviously be done, but here’s my workaround for the second one:
Roughly a week ago, Microsoft announced the next Windows and revealed its name will be Windows 10. Not Threshold, not Windows 9, not Windows 8.2 or just Windows. Some ridiculous rumors circled the Internet about why they decided to “skip the 9”, but I don’t really care about the name. I care about the experience. And now after a week of testing the Technical Preview I’d like to share some short thoughts about the most notable of the new features.
Modern company’s productivity, efficiency and versatility is greatly enhanced by the cloud technologies. After all this is a cloud-first, mobile-first world we live in – either your part of it or your business is out. But what’s the next step, in similar scale as our adaptation and embracing of cloud, that will drive future work life experience forward? Microsoft says it is machine learning, and I have to say I’m pretty convinced about that after seeing this video:
It is the Office Delve powered by the Office Graph. It intelligently brings forward relevant content on your email, calendar, notes and cloud storage, based on your behavior with these tools so far. So it constantly learns about you and your network, and aims to limit the information overflow and let you and your business to focus on the important things. Seems to me it’s a pretty damn good idea!