Windows applications

  • April 21, 2014 21 Apr'14

    MS Relents on Win8.1 Update Application Timing

    When I reported here on April 8 that the "Windows 8.1 Update 1 is NOT Optional," I was working from the then-current and correct understanding that MS would require all users to apply the Spring ...

  • April 16, 2014 16 Apr'14

    Refresh Adventures Show It's NOT the "Same as Backup"

    As I've observed many times in this blog over the years, I'm a hopeless tinkerer. This even applies to my production system when the whim strikes and time permits. My current production machine ...

  • April 14, 2014 14 Apr'14

    WIMBoot Is the Secret to Leaner Win8.1 Update Installs

    In spelunking around on TechNet, I've come across an interesting element in the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). It's called WIMBoot and it appears to explain quite nicely how it ...

  • April 08, 2014 08 Apr'14

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 Is NOT Optional

    Here's an interesting note from Michael Hildebrand's April 7 post to the Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms blog entitled "Exploring Winodws 8.1 Update - Start Screen, Desktop and Other ...

  • April 07, 2014 07 Apr'14

    Windows XP "Retires" Tomorrow -- or Does It?

    A couple of interesting stories in the news of late have challenged the conventional understanding that Windows XP will finally, finally shuffle off the stage on April 8, just as the latest Windows ...

  • April 04, 2014 04 Apr'14

    Installing MSDN's Windows 8.1 Update 1

    When you download the update from MSDN, the first odd thing you'll notice is that what shows up as a result is a ZIP file. Upon expansion, this is what the 64-bit version unpacks into: Update 1 ...

  • April 02, 2014 02 Apr'14

    Win8.1 Spring Update on MSDN

    [Update: 1:40 PM CST after Nadella's Keynote at BUILD ends] The Windows 8.1 Update downloads are now available via MSDN. Here's a screenshot of what's up there, straight from the lastest "New ...

  • March 31, 2014 31 Mar'14

    Curious About the Win8.1 Spring Update? Take a "Guided Tour!"

    With the Microsoft Build conference teed up for next week, and the Spring Update to Windows 8.1 timed to more or less coincide with that event, I'd have to guess at least some readers are curious ...

  • March 28, 2014 28 Mar'14

    Will Microsoft gain more Office 365 users with Office for iPad?

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella hammered home this week the message of reaching out to IT professionals, end users and developers with its Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite. First, ...

  • March 24, 2014 24 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Administrivia: Accessing .mobi files with Kindle

    I saw with some interest this morning that Paul Thurrott is nearing completion of his Windows 8.1 Field Guide, a real e-book bargain at a mere $2 (though the actual amount you pay is up to you, and ...

  • March 21, 2014 21 Mar'14

    Image Resizer: Free, Handy Windows Explorer Shell Extension

    For those not already familiar with the terminology, the software tool "Image Resizer for Windows" is what's called an Explorer Shell Extension (aka ShellEx). When you install it on a Windows PC, ...

  • March 19, 2014 19 Mar'14

    MVA Releases Video Series "Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start"

    Through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, the company has released the complete set of videos from its recent Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start, free to anybody who wants to look them over. Here's a ...

  • March 18, 2014 18 Mar'14

    Is Surface 2 LTE the right fit for the enterprise?

    Microsoft's Surface 2 with 4G LTE capabilities became available this week but there are downsides that may prevent IT professionals from deploying it to their end users. Anything with Windows 8.1 ...

  • March 17, 2014 17 Mar'14

    Metro Firefox: When They Built It, You Didn't Come!

    Last Friday, Firefox VP Johnathan Nightingale posted a very interesting blog post entitled "Update on Metro." The first paragraph of this post basically announced the company's decision to "take ...

  • March 14, 2014 14 Mar'14

    Nice Preview for Surface Power Cover

    Though units won't ship until March 19 (mid next-week), Paul Thurrott offers up a nice preview of the Surface Power Cover over at his SuperSite. Though this new device will add 1.2 lbs to the ...