All Articles by Michael Archambault

Venture into the world of art photography with Lomography apps for Windows Phone

Venture into the world of art photography with Lomography apps for Windows Phone

Michael Archambault 40

Soft imagery, light flares, alternative processing, and cheap plastic are all tell-tale signs of the analog camera movement known as Lomography. A philosophy and later a company, the Lomographic Society, cherishes images that make use of creative style photography – photos that broke out of the normal everyday “perfect photograph”. You can think of Lomographers (as they are called) as...

Turn your Surface Pro into the perfect Photoshop machine with these tweaks

Turn your Surface Pro into the perfect Photoshop machine with these tweaks

Michael Archambault 56

Microsoft’s Surface Pro line of tablet devices can be seen as the perfect companion for the traveling Photographer. No longer is there a need to carry around a bulky laptop powerhouse, Wacom tablet, and never-ending power cords. With the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2’s Core i5 processors, large amounts of RAM, long battery life, and Wacom powered display – there is a new Photographer’s...

Take your Windows 8 tablet gaming to the next level with an Xbox controller

Take your Windows 8 tablet gaming to the next level with an Xbox controller

Michael Archambault 41

For those looking for a portable tablet gaming experience, Windows tablets can sure hit the mark like no other platform. Whether you are looking at the fully equipped Razer Edge with an Nvidia GeForce GPU and dual joysticks, or you are looking at a Surface 2 – experiences are ready to be had. The power of a full Windows 8 tablet allows gamers to experience their favorite titles like...

Here's how to make Windows 8.1 more like Windows 7 (in case you're weird like that)

Here's how to make Windows 8.1 more like Windows 7 (in case you're weird like that)

Michael Archambault 132

Let us be honest, what people really want when they ask for Windows 7 back is that it be done with the modern Windows 8 Start Screen and make their machine more mouse and keyboard friendly. Windows 8 has placed a large amount of its reliance on touch based PCs that is the Microsoft future. If you do find yourself without a touch screen and are yearning for the days of Windows 7, then...

Give your eyes a break with Internet Explorer Reading Mode for Windows 8.1

Give your eyes a break with Internet Explorer Reading Mode for Windows 8.1

Michael Archambault 29

Microsoft recently released the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers and introduced a collection of new features, including an updated version of the mobile Internet Explorer 11. The new software update brought forward a collection of new exciting features along with an ability we have had for quite a bit in Windows 8.1’s IE11 browser – Reading Mode. The Reading Mode embedded...

How to share your Windows Phone's internet - whether or not your carrier wants you to

How to share your Windows Phone's internet - whether or not your carrier wants you to

Michael Archambault 106

Internet can almost be called the lifeblood of our society; if the internet goes down or our phones lose signal, it is like a part of us dies. Whether you view the aforementioned statement as a glum view of today’s society or an undoubtable truth – we are going to make sure you get internet onto your tablet or PC as long as you have a Windows Phone by your side. We are going to dive...

Grab some popcorn and kick back with these top movie and television apps for Windows 8

Grab some popcorn and kick back with these top movie and television apps for Windows 8

Michael Archambault 55

In 2014, if you are looking to watch television shows or movies, there are a plethora of different apps and services available to fulfill your need of entertainment consumption. We are going to look at what we currently consider the best TV and movie apps available in the Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. We will begin by noting that all of these application will work within the...

Get your mind and body in shape with these top fitness apps for Windows 8

Get your mind and body in shape with these top fitness apps for Windows 8

Michael Archambault 26

It is four months into 2014, and there is a good chance that some of us who have set our New Year’s goals to be healthier have fallen off the track a bit. If you are looking to get healthy and in shape, or simply want tips to improve your current routine, we are going to check out some of our favorite health and fitness apps within the Windows Store. So sit back, grab some water, munch ...

Master Bing and the Internet with this guide to search engine operators

Master Bing and the Internet with this guide to search engine operators

Michael Archambault 68

Shuffling through the World Wide Web to find what you need can be a daunting process. Whether it's from your Windows Phone or Windows 8 computer. Luckily, thanks to search engines like Microsoft’s Bing – you can find what you need and quickly. The problem is that if you are used to typing in simple queries like “How can I obtain Rich’s awesome accent?” you are still faced with hundreds...

Top 5 reasons for Microsoft fans to dump Google Docs for Office Online

Top 5 reasons for Microsoft fans to dump Google Docs for Office Online

Michael Archambault 163

Most likely, if you are working online with office documents, you and your friends are using Google’s Docs service. While the web-based office suite from Google has served a good purpose since February 2006, when the service was integrated into the major suite of Google Apps, it might be time to move over in 2014 and let Microsoft's Office Online suite (officeonline.com) truly shine....

Inspired by Microsoft, Apple applies for a Surface-style keyboard patent

Inspired by Microsoft, Apple applies for a Surface-style keyboard patent

Michael Archambault 201

Apple likes to create stunningly beautiful technology, but sometimes it may appear that they are simply imitating others and slapping on the word “Magic” or “Super” to create unique branding. This situation may be the case with a very Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover that Apple is trying to patent. We say 'trying' because Apple is only applying for the patent, but they have not...

Is 'Podcasts!' the best podcasting app for Windows 8? Our readers discuss

Is 'Podcasts!' the best podcasting app for Windows 8? Our readers discuss

Michael Archambault 47

Once again, we travel to the Windows Phone Central forums to help a reader in need. This week, we are looking at a question by SocalTouch, who just purchased his Dell Venue 8 Pro. SocalTouch wants to know what the “best” podcast application for Windows 8 is. Let us see if we can help him out! Before everyone screams out the Zune desktop application (because we know it is a favorite of...