Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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Would Windows Phone users grab a Google-less Android phone from Huawei?
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Would Windows Phone users grab a Google-less Android phone from Huawei?

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Hauwei's new Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 deliver some of the most impressive hardware for 2019, but due to a U.S. ban the company cannot ship with any Google services - including the Google Play store. That's a hefty blow to the prospects of this phone outside of China, but with sideloading or even PWAs it could be workable. Would Windows Phone fans want something like that or is it just a...

Microsoft opening Cortana on Windows 10 to the world is long overdue
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Microsoft opening Cortana on Windows 10 to the world is long overdue

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Microsoft suddenly announced that Cortana will be enabled on all Windows 10 devices going into the 2020 "20H1" release. While this may seem like a reversal, it may be more about how Cortana is more about Office these days than Bing. Microsoft is using Cortana for what it knows: Office, productivity, and Windows. That's not only the right choice, it's really their only one if Microsoft...

Microsoft losing Peter Skillman reveals a bigger issue with Windows design
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Microsoft losing Peter Skillman reveals a bigger issue with Windows design

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Microsoft's Fluent Design System doesn't have many public faces, but Peter Skillman was one of them. While he only oversaw design for Outlook, Skillman often engaged with people on Twitter about Windows design and how it can be improved. His announcement that he has left Microsoft (after previously being with Nokia) reminds us again of how far Microsoft has to go in proper UI design for...