One of the prominent new features in the task bar in the Windows 10 Technical Preview is the Cortana search box to the right of the Start button. It's a really great tool to have close at hand, but, it does also use up quite a bit of real estate. So, it's understandable you might want to make it go away – especially if you can't use Cortana right now.
Fortunately, that's really simple.
Famed game designer, and former Microsoft executive, Peter Molyneux has offered his own opinions on the recently revealed Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset, stating that the company should be careful not to over-promise the capabilities of the device. Ironically, Molyneux has had a long history of doing that very same thing with many of his games.
Appy Weather is a somewhat modest Windows Phone weather app that delivers the forecast with a slight personal tone. It presents the forecast conditions in your traditional sense but adds how the expected conditions will compare with the current. The minimalistic design looks good and while there are some features we'd like to see added, Appy Weather does a very nice job of things.
The Windows Phone app has seen a flurry of updates over the past months that have added new features and customizations to the mix. The most recent update pushed out this morning sending the weather app to version 1.3. The version 1.3 update for Appy Weather most notably adds the ability to re-organize the settings menu, more options for notifications, and severe weather alert notifications.
If you are into the sport of cricket, World Cup 2015 is right around the corner with opening matches scheduled for February 14, 2015 in Australia with the final match being played on March 29, 2015. If you need help keeping track of all the World Cup matches, there's a Windows Phone app in the Store that can help you out.
World Cup 2015 Calendar Sync is a Windows Phone app designed to add all the match dates to your Phone's calendar. It is an easy way to populate your Windows Phone calendar with match timings and venues so you never miss a single bowl.
If you're looking to become an Amazon Prime member, now is the time to do it as the retailer is offering the annual membership for just $72, down from its usual price of $99. In addition to the discount on the membership, Amazon is streaming all ten episodes of its original series Transparent for free to non-Prime members on January 24.
Microsoft caught us off guard somewhat with an earlier than anticipated release of the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. Due to land next week, it pushed out earlier today to Windows Insiders allowing eager enthusiasts to get their own first look at the latest incarnation of Microsoft's operating system.
But, while all insiders can download and install it, that doesn't necessarily mean that they did, or are going to. So, did you install the new Windows 10 Technical Preview?
One of the many new parts to Windows 10 is the Store. In the latest Technical Preview we get a first look at the redesign. Functionally it's basically the same as the existing Windows 8.1 Store at the moment but with a substantial visual overhaul. Gone is the green and in its place comes flat gray tones.
It's still in beta – as is pretty much everything in Windows 10 right now – so anything and everything is still subject to change. But here's how it looks right now.
If you are on the brand new build of the Windows 10 January Technical Preview and you are also in the US with US English enabled, you are lucky enough to have Cortana too. Cortana is Microsoft's increasingly universal personal assistant found on the phone and now Windows (she also powers Maps too in a future update).
Did you know Hey Cortana is also available? Found on the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 with the Lumia Denim update (see our demo), Hey, Cortana lets you call up the assistant just using your voice. The feature is disabled by default, but here is is how to enable it.
InstaWeather Pro isn't your typical Windows Phone weather app. The Windows Phone app lets you snap a photo, add an overlay of your current conditions and share the final image with your friends quickly and easily.
InstaWeather Pro makes it easy to not only share how good or bad the weather is but also lets you add a photo that will show off the conditions. The Windows Phone app normally runs $.99 but for through the myAppFree campaign, you can pick it up for free over the next twenty-four hours.
The Penny Arcade Expo, also known as PAX, is a videogame and board game-themed fan convention that takes place in a variety of regions across the US and even Australia. The first ever PAX South is currently taking place throughout the weekend in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. Your man in Texas, Paul Acevedo is right there hunting for choice gaming scoops and interviews.
Microsoft itself has a relatively low key presence at PAX South, but they have teamed up with Undead Labs to offer an early taste of State of Decay: Year One Survivor Edition to the masses. Newly upgraded for Xbox One, State of Decay looks and plays better than ever. Read on for my full impressions and video interview with Jeff Strain of Undead Labs!
After an exciting week of Windows 10 news, we briefly divert your attention to Windows 8.1 and some apps that may interest you.
We have another potpourri of apps for you this week. There aren't any games, but rather, five intriguing apps that you may find pretty useful.
Microsoft today released the Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs and tablets slightly ahead of schedule. With that update, many people are inquiring about the Windows 10 version for Windows Phone.
If you want to see the brand new Xbox app for Windows 10 but haven't got it installed yet, fear not! Xbox's Larry Hyrb, Major Nelson to you and I, has posted a video tour of the new app with Richard Irving from the engineering team. It's the first time we've had the pleasure of a dedicated Xbox gaming app on Windows – not counting Smartglass, of course – and is something we're really excited to put through its paces.
While there's still a ton of work to be done, there's a lot of good stuff in this early build. Here's what we've got.
It's been only a few days since Microsoft talked about what's next with Windows 10, and slightly ahead of schedule a brand new release of the Technical Preview has been pushed out. Now that you have had some time to catch your breath and get to grips with what's new, you may be considering giving it a try yourself – and given the number of new Insider sign ups, there looks to be a lot of you!
We've put together a quick how-to below to get you on your way to Windows 10.
Today, Microsoft pulled a mini surprise by announcing the early release of the Windows 10 January Technical Preview (JTP) to those enrolled in the Windows Insider Program.
Although many of you are already familiar with the Windows Insider Program, and new aspects of the Windows 10 operating system, several of you are also likely to encounter questions and problems about the release. Luckily, we have a solution.
If you're rushing over to download the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, there's something you need to know first about Cortana. It isn't totally surprising, but it's important to note that she's only currently available in U.S. English.
Microsoft today has delivered the Windows 10 January Technical Preview slightly ahead of schedule, with the update going live at 1 pm ET. Those who have enrolled in the Windows Insider Program can now either upgrade or install for the first time Windows 10 January Technical Preview.
The Windows 10 January Technical Preview is a particular early release of Windows 10 that was demonstrated by Microsoft earlier this week at their Redmond media event. The update is an important milestone, delivering many new features to the burgeoning new operating system.
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