Month: September 2018

  • This summer, Microsoft pushed off the inevitable end of Skype Classic (7.0) support after a fair bit of user backlash. Nearly a month after the original September deadline, the company announced today that it’s going to pull the plug in November — for real this time. The company is killing Skype 7 support on the desktop on November 1, following suit for mobile and tablets two weeks later on the 15th. The initial delay was motivated by vocal users unhappy by the changes brought on by Skype 8 in the name of simplification. One user went so far as to launch a petition asking Microsoft to “Keep the desktop version of Skype alive for professional users.” The petition has since racked up in excess of 1,000 signatures, demanding the company keep enterprise features lost in the shuffle. Techcrunch A year of Skype development waisted.
  • A family of Green Bay Packers fans sitting on a website domain name — which they offered to give up in exchange for cash, lifetime season tickets, and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets — have come out on the losing end of a dispute with the NFL franchise and the tech giant. The domain was of particular interest to the Packers and Microsoft last fall after they entered into a unique partnership to bring a technological and economic boost to an area near Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. The Packers publicly announced plans for TitletownTech, an accelerator and lab space for companies and entrepreneurs, on Oct. 19, 2017. Partnering with Microsoft, the innovation center is part of Titletown, a 45-acre plot of mixed-use entertainment including a park, shops, restaurants, hotel and more just west of the stadium in Ashwaubenon, Wisc. The idea calls for TitletownTech to include three initiatives: TitletownTech Accelerator, TitletownTech Venture Capital Fund, and TitletownTech Labs to “help the region’s emerging and existing businesses define and build new digital products, transform their operations through technology, and provide capital to launch new ventures.” Microsoft and the Packers each committed $5 million to TitletownTech over the next five years and have pledged to donate all profits and capital returns from the VC fund to philanthropy and economic development. Last week, Microsoft President Brad Smith joined Packers executives as they provided an update from the under-construction TitletownTech near Lambeau. Geekwire I need a domain name that someone wants.
  • Microsoft Surface laptops are now eligible for “recommended” status in Consumer Reports’ ratings. Last year we removed that designation because of poor predicted reliability in comparison with laptops from other brands. Reliability evaluations are based on surveys of our members. We now have results from our latest survey. “Microsoft’s reliability is now on par with most other laptop brands,” allowing its products to be recommended, says Martin Lachter, senior research associate at Consumer Reports. This is the first year that brand reliability is being factored into the Overall Scores for many products rated by Consumer Reports. Owner satisfaction, which is based on the same survey of our members, is also being incorporated into the Overall Score. Consumer Reports
  • September 28, 2018

    WhatsApp Says #DeleteFacebook

    Today on the show we talk about Google on capital hill. Facebook’s motto of “Move Fast And Break Things” comes back to bite them. Google leaks the Google Pixel 3 could it be a marketing campaign? WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says #DeleteFacebook and why he left $850 million behind. We talk about Apple and much more… Today We Talk About… Google Is In DC Microsoft Explains Their Outage Apple Kill The iPhone SE Microsoft New looks a lot like Gmail Windows 10 Finally Hit 700,000,000 Million Installs Google Pixel 3 and Chromebook Pixel 3 Lenovo Smart Display Review Android MiBox Review YouTube Premium Kobra Kia Microsoft Surface Event What Could It Be WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton Says Delete Facebook This Episode Sponsored By
  • During a session called ‘An Introduction to Microsoft Managed Desktop’ at its Ignite 2018 conference yesterday, Microsoft said that Windows 10 is now running on over 700 million active devices. If you follow Windows 10 news, this might not even seem like a major development. That’s because the firm’s communication around this has been wildly inconsistent. It started off when Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson announced that he’s leaving Microsoft, and he wrote in a farewell letter that Windows 10 is installed on nearly 700 million active devices. That was almost six months ago. At the firm’s Build conference in May and at the Insider Dev Tour in July, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is installed on over 700 million devices, only to retract those statements later on and say they were mistakes. But today after almost six months of “nearly 700 million”, Windows 10 is officially installed on over 700 million devices. Neowin So a math error
  • Microsoft will be crediting customers affected by its September 4 cloud outage and will work to improve its cloud storage resiliency, according to its preliminary analysis of the incident. Microsoft has made available publicly a preliminary root cause analysis (RCA) for its September 4 cloud outage that impacted customers worldwide. The Azure engineering teams are continuing to investigate the incident and are saying they will provide a more detailed analysis “in the weeks ahead.” Impacted customers will receive a credit based on the Microsoft Azure Service Level Agreement in their October billing statements, Microsoft officials said in the post-mortem report. On September 4, as I blogged originally, a lighting strike hit near Microsoft’s South Central US datacenter region, knocking out a number of Azure services, as well as Office 365, which authenticates via Azure Active Directory, for many Microsoft customers worldwide. ZDNet Lighting Strike will do it every time.
  • Nowadays, we are rarely separated from our phones. This constant use of our mobilesled us to the creation ofapplications, which make our lives easier and everything much more accessible than ever. Because of this, marketers found their way into these devices in order to promote their products and services. They either do this by creating their own mobile app development teams or by engaging the services of a loovagentuur, a creative agency.If you are planning to advertise soon, here is why you should take advantage of mobile marketing in the digital age: Cheaper Alternatives If you are promoting, who does not want a cost-effective approach? We all want the cheapest methods that we could get. So, start using text messages or mobile apps that are not only fast when it comes to spreading information butare also affordable compared to printing flyers and mailing direct advertising letters. One can also create their own mobile app for his business. Here, a business owner will have full control. It may be costly in the beginning, but at the end of the day, you can already have an app that does all of the advertising and managing for you. Simple and Easy Calculations Everything is simplified when you go into mobile. Because it is not as complicated as websites or physical stores, you can keep track of your customers’ responses.You can do this just by the calculating the number of people claiming your promo codes or just by accessing the app. With this information to back you up, you can work faster and interpret your data as soon as possible, which gives you more time to plan further your marketing strategies. Faster Response Rate While print ads are still effectively used today, there is no denying that mobile marketing has taken the top spot...
  • September 27, 2018

    Designing Tools for Instagram Stories

    Instagram stories keep you on top of the newsfeed of your followers. You definitely want your Instagram stories to stand out from the hundreds of other Instagram stories that are shared every day. To make your Instagram stories attractive and eye-catching various tools and apps are available online. While you can certainly benefit from several tools, you can also try another simple way to increase the number of likes and gain popularity on Instagram. For instance, you can decide to buy likes from reputable sites like where they help you get as many likes, followers, and impressions as you want. In fact, you can get 50 Instagram likes for free when you decide to use this service and that really matters a lot, as it tells you that you’re dealing with a legitimate service provider. If you have the likes but want to grow your Instagram page more, be sure to use the right tools. Some beneficial and pocket-friendly designing apps are discussed here: Easil- The Template Guru Easil is a tool that houses various templates and is your ultimate go-to go place if you are clueless about the content of your Instagram stories. You need to make you each post unique and if you are getting out of ideas Easil is here for your assistance. You can search for templates for giveaway posts, sneak peak of big surprises, and polls. You will find templates for uploading recipes, product reviews, and much more. This tool is easy to use and you can edit and personalize these templates according to your own requirements. Easil is a browser-based tool and you can access it through your web browser only. Visit their official website to get started. Select the ‘Create New Design’ button and various templates will appear on your screen. Select...
  • Apple Inc. and Inc. announced a partnership Monday that aims to increase the number of mobile applications for businesses available on iPhones and iPads. As part of the agreement, Salesforce is updating its app with Apple’s latest features, including integrating it with digital voice assistant Siri, Face ID security and Business Chat, an iMessage customer service function. The companies are also working on a software development kit that will more easily allow businesses to write apps for iPhones and iPads that run on the Salesforce platform. “Einstein could not be more excited to be friends with Siri!,” Salesforce Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff tweeted. “This is the best of both worlds.” Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. Bloomburg I wonder if Microsoft knew this was coming and that is why they made the announcement they did about partnering with Adobe or Salesforce and Apple made this announcement to drown out Microsoft’s.