Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version)
Continue reading Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

Microsoft’s supposed forcing upgrading to Windows 10

Was stumbling on the webs earlier and came across an article saying that Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10. I am not a huge MS fan but I had to see for myself and it’s garbage.  I installed Windows7 on my laptop and got the familiar icon to upgrade but when I clicked on it I did not get the forced upgrade but instead got this:

Windows10 Upgrade Options
Windows 10 Upgrade Options

Notice it doesn’t say what others like InfoWorld are saying, which would insinuate a forced upgrade, according to the article in the link, the screen I have above has the following two options only:

Upgrade now or Upgrade tonight

Not sure exactly what these publishers are gunning for but it’s a bad game to play if they are not verifying this and only blindly repeating what others are saying.

Now, I’m not saying people are not getting that window. I’m saying that I did not get it and that publishers need to verify for themselves instead of just blindly regurgitating what they heard.

Mac like mouse scrolling in Windows

If you’ve ever used a Mac computer you quickly start getting a feel for the natural scrolling system that makes it more natural, scroll up to move the page up and scroll down to move the page down just as you would if you were moving piece of paper on your desk.

Back when the mouse was king, scrolling down to move the page up made sense because the scroll-bar would move down; basically it mimicked the movement of the marker in the bar. With the advent of touch screens and two finger scrolling on Macs, it made perfect sense to move toward natural scrolling; but many complain that on a computer it doesn’t make sense nor does it feel natural. I personally beg to differ, it feels quite natural to me; I think of the scroll pad as a flat version of the screen, like with the dual screens on a Nintendo DS or having a small tablet surface. Now that I have been using natural scrolling for a while I can see how the old way is actually counter-intuitive and needs to change.

I’ve gotten so used to it at work that I had to change my mouse wheel scroll settings in Windows to be the same and now I’m sharing it with you so you can start to be more natural with your scrolling.

Open Notepad, Notepad++, or any other text editor. No, Microsoft Word will not work.

Type in the following lines for Windows 7:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\VID_045E&PID_00F9&MI_01&Col02\7&319870ac&0&0001\Device Parameters]
"FlipFlopWheel"=dword:00000001

Type in the following lines for Windows 10:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\VID_045E&PID_00F9&MI_01&Col02\7&319870ac&0&0001\Device Parameters]
"FlipFlopWheel"=dword:00000001
"ForceAbsolute"=dword:00000000
"Migrated"=dword:00000001
"HScrollPageOverride"=dword:00000000
"HScrollUsageOverride"=dword:00000000
"HScrollHighResolutionDisable"=dword:00000000
"VScrollPageOverride"=dword:00000000
"VScrollUsageOverride"=dword:00000000
"VScrollHighResolutionDisable"=dword:00000000
"FlipFlopHScroll"=dword:00000000
  • Click File → Save As
  • Choose Desktop as the location to save and name the file InvertMouse.reg

Go to your desktop and double-click the InvertMouse.reg file to make the entry into the registry then restart your computer.

Now if mice makers would start to use the Magic Mouse technology or Apple would allow their mice to be used on other OS systems.

Reasons to love Windows 10

Microsoft has already revealed features, such as a smarter Cortana and Xbox integration, that may appeal to existing Windows users and lure those on other operating systems. Here are 10 reasons why Windows 10 could effortlessly pull you away from your Mac or Chrome operating system when it debuts for PCs and tablets on July 29.

Cortana

Forget Siri and all of the other personal assistant bots out there. Cortana is back from her greatly exaggerated death in Halo 4, and she’s better than ever.

Edge

The new browser, set to debut with Windows 10, is integrated with Cortana. This means you’ll receive streamlined content based on your preferences and browsing habits.

Xbox

For the first time, Xbox will officially be integrated with the operating system when it debuts, which means that everything from gameplay recording to streaming can be done in sync with any Windows 10 device.

OneDrive

Windows users are able to begin a project on one device, then carry it over to another Windows, Android or iOS device, thanks to OneDrive’s synchronization over the cloud. 15 GB of storage to Windows users for free, and unlimited storage to Office 365 subscribers.

Hello

Windows Hello is a new security feature that focuses on making sure you are you. It greets users and allows them to log into their device with their face, iris or finger.

Store

Store has come a long way since the beginning with new additions such as Drawboard PDF and GoToMeeting. Now, Microsoft has promised that its apps will be ready to wow you come Windows 10.

2-in-1

Continuum will allow 2-in-1 devices to smoothly transition from tablet-to-PC mode (and vice versa), allowing you to work in any circumstance.

Office

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 users will have access to new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They will all be available for purchase separately, meaning you don’t need to invest in the whole Microsoft Office Suite if you only want one program.

IT

Windows Update for Business will come with distribution rings, where IT professionals can choose which devices receive updates. Additionally, IT will be able to decide when updates should – and should not – occur, according to specific time frames. Enterprise Mobility Suite and System Center can be integrated seamlessly with the update as well.

Defender

Windows 10 will come with Windows Defender, the company’s free anti-malware protection. Microsoft promises ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of its devices.

Windows 10 is almost here

Microsoft’s new baby is almost here and they are offering it as a free upgrade for qualifying hardware running genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. You have until July 29 to reserve your upgrade via a Get Windows 10 app. If you don’t see a notification to get the app it means either:

  • Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically.
  • You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.
  • Your device is not running genuine Windows.

You only have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.You have one year from the time Windows 10 is available to take advantage of this offer.

Between reservation and when your upgrade is ready, the files you need for the upgrade will be downloaded to your PC to make the final installation go more quickly. Then, when your upgrade is ready after July 29, 2015, you get a notification that lets you get started with your upgrade. Continue reading Windows 10 is almost here

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade

We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10.” Windows operating systems chief Terry Myerson told Reuters on Wednesday Mar 18. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration. Hundreds of millions of users in the country are running a pirated version of Windows; with this move, Myerson says, Microsoft plans to “re-engage” those users.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer“. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.

“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”

The catch is that Windows 10 will be free for the first year; after that, users will need to pay.

Windows 10: The next chapter WebCast

Windows 10 event is live! Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, and other senior Microsoft executives will be sharing more on the Windows vision, including news of a major, new Windows 10 build. Visit here for instructions on how to view the webcast.

 

we’ll be posting another article later with more details but so far lots of good things to come.

Introducing Windows 10 for Business

Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore announced a new approach to the way we plan, develop and deliver Windows, with a first look at Windows 10. Windows 10 is the next generation of our OS that adapts to the devices you’re on and what you’re trying to get done with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience that enables you to be more productive.

Today we begin the process of sharing our plans with enterprise customers. We are doing this earlier than we’ve done in the past, because it’s important that our business customers have insight into our product vision. Their insight and feedback is critical as we build products to best meet their needs. Some of what we are working on will show up in the Windows 10 Technical Preview we’ll release on October 1st, and some will come in subsequent updates. We have a lot to share, so over the course of the next couple months, I’ll also publish a few follow-up posts to go a little deeper in a few key areas.

Windows 10 designed with enterprise customers in mind

Windows 10 will be our greatest platform ever for organizations and their employees. There are several reasons that business customers in particular should take notice of Windows 10. It’s not just more familiar from a user experience standpoint. We have built so much of what businesses need right into the core of this product – including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features, reducing complexity and providing a better experience for the modern needs of business. We’ve simplified management and deployment to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. We’re also providing businesses with more choice in how quickly they adopt the latest innovations, and are delivering continued improvements based on customer feedback.

One converged Windows platform

Windows 10 also delivers one universal app platform, one security model, and one deployment and management approach. With the convergence of our platforms, that unified experience scales across devices. From the small, thin and light – up to the largest and most powerful laptops, desktops and all-in-one PCs. Windows 10 even scales to industry and ruggedized devices, purpose-built industry solutions, small foot print devices (Internet of Things) and all the way up to 85” touch-screen conference room displays. Continue reading Introducing Windows 10 for Business