Day: September 6, 2018

  • September 6, 2018

    Microsoft Quietly Kills Surface Plus

    In a surprise move, Microsoft has quietly stopped offering its Surface Plus financing program for consumers. “Microsoft is ending new enrollment into the Surface Plus Program,” the Surface Plus website notes curtly. The decision came after “much thought and consideration,” the page later adds. This is disappointing. Thurrott I agree with Paul Thorrott he says it best “It’s also strange timing, given that Microsoft just started a similar financing program for Xbox One called Xbox All Access.”  
  • Secondly, Microsoft will continue to support Office 365 Pro Plus on Windows 8.1 through January 2023. The company will also continue to support Office 365 Pro Plus on Windows Server 2016 through October 2025. There are even changes for Office 2016, with the connectivity support to Office 365 now getting support through October 2023 instead of October 2020. Microsoft is also announcing changes to Windows 7, now offering paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January of 2023, beyond 2020. The ESUs continue to be available for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, and there will be a discount for those with Windows software assurance. This also means that Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on those devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. ONMSFT I figured Microsoft would do this since there Windows 10 numbers have stalled at 700,000,000 installs.
  • Skype has finally gotten around to adding call recording to its service. The Microsoft-owned company said the feature is available now on the latest version of Skype for desktop and mobile. But somewhat surprisingly, it’s not yet ready for Windows 10. Hang in there though — it’s coming for Windows 10 in “a few weeks.” “When we added video to Skype calls over 10 years ago, the ability to share important moments with loved ones took a big step forward,” Skype said in a post announcing the new feature, adding, “Today, we’re introducing call recording to help capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with your colleagues.” Digital Trends I am more excited about the read receipts
  • You’re about to get even more out of Office 365 We’re making an update to your subscription so you can use Office on all your devices. With your current Office 365 Personal subscription, you can use Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet. Starting Oc‍tober 2, 20‍‍18, you’ll be able to install it on all your devices and sign in to five at the same time―that means you can use Office no matter where you are or what device you’re on. I got this information in my email today thank you Microsoft I used to only be able to install on one computer this is great news.
  • I recently upgraded my Fitbit Flex 2 for a Fitbit Charge 2. Now I know the Fitbit Charge 3 is out but I got a great price on the Fitbit Charge 2 and could not turn down the opportunity to upgrade for $89 dollar Prime Day Special for a brand new device. The Charge 2 has one disadvantage right off the bat the Flex 2 is waterproof. Every time I take a shower I have to remove the band and lose a few steps in the process. Since Charge 2 has a screen while this is great it also makes me worry about breaking the screen from time to time as it’s more fragile than the Flex 2. The Fitbit Charge 2 does have its advantages in being able to give you floors climbed in a day compared to Flex 2 which gives you no floors climbed. I really like the advanced sleep analytics the Charge 2 gives you telling you what stage of sleep you’re in Awake REM Light Sleep Deep Sleep This is way better than just sleep times like you would get on the Flex 2. I really like having a heart monitor on the Charge 2 however I am not a huge watch my heart rate person but it’s nice to have when you’re exercising to see if you are in your fat burning zone. I do like having the screen on the Fitbit Charge 2 I find it nice to be able to see everything and not have to worry about pulling your phone out every time you want to check your daily progress and waiting for the Fitbit to sync. I have gotten used to reading text messages and looking at who is calling without pulling out my phone that is a feature I...