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  • Surface Book 2 is coming

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 11:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul and Brad just went off embargo, and published details about the new Surface Book Pro 2. The rest of the Microsoft-following press will soon add their own echoes.

    The dual-core Surface Book 2 13-inch will start at $1499, while the quad-core 15-inch versions, which weigh four pounds, will go for $2499 and up. They’ll be available for preorder on November 9 and go on sale one week later.

    Oh, there’s a new mouse, too, for a hundred bucks. (Good grief, get a $68 Logitech Performance MX Mouse or similar.) The pen costs extra, too.

    Now you know why Paul and Brad were in New York last week.

    Sorry if I can’t get worked up about it. I count 25 blogs with articles listed on Techmeme.

  • Keizer: Microsoft takes struggling Edge browser to iOS, Android

    Posted on October 8th, 2017 at 09:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In theory, you can now test Edge on both iPhone/iPads and on Android phones and tablets.

    In actuality, Microsoft hit Apple’s limit on the number of iPhone testers very early Saturday morning, it hasn’t yet allowed iPad users into the test. And it doesn’t have the Android version out yet.

    Gregg Keizer covers it all in Computerworld.

    Every indication I’ve seen so far is that Edge on the iPhone is quite unstable. It just leaves me asking, Why? Chrome browser already has all the syncing stuff – I use it all the time. Safari syncs with Apple products. Why would anybody use an also-ran browser just because it has Microsoft’s name on it?

    P.S. As soon as the Android version is available, I’ll try it. So you don’t have to, of course.

  • Microsoft’s Groove Music to team up with Spotify

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 11:36 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    One more Microsoft late-to-the-party service bites the dust. Microsoft has announced it is giving up the attempt to compete in the streaming music field.

    As of October 2, 2017, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to you. We know that access to the best streaming experience, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions are on the top of your list. Now you can move your curated playlists and collection from Groove directly into Spotify. Groove Music Pass users eligible under Spotify’s terms will also be able to receive 60 free days of Spotify Premium.

    The Grove Music Pass streaming service will be discontinued after December 31, 2017. If the subscription extends beyond that time, you will receive a prorated refund or a Microsoft Gift Card.

    The Groove Music app will continue to be updated, and can be used to play purchased music. But the option to stream, purchase, and download music from Grove Music will be discontinued on December 31, 2017. You will be able to listen to your purchased music if it has been downloaded.

    Read Microsoft’s full “Groove Music and Sporify: FAQ”
    Read comments on Investopedia | By Shoshanna Delventhal | October 4, 2017 — 9:08 AM EDT

  • Microsoft Germany agrees to stop forcing Windows upgrade downloads

    Posted on August 22nd, 2017 at 05:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another interesting post from Günter Born involves Microsoft’s commitment to never again download Windows upgrade files before receiving user permission.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

  • Brad Smith, MS chief legal officer, leaves US Commerce Dept’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors

    Posted on August 21st, 2017 at 06:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Post coming in Computerworld

    I’m temporarily removing the ban on political commentary, but only on this comment thread, in honor of Brad’s decision.

    The ban on swearing remains in place, however, and you’re always welcome to tackle any subject in the Rants forum.

    Happy eclipse, everybody.

  • Looking at a 1 TB Surface Pro 2017? Make sure you know what you’re getting

    Posted on August 18th, 2017 at 05:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The new 1 TB Surface Pro 2017 actually has two 512 GB drives buried inside, leading to a panoply of problems: Automatically running Defrag overworks the drives, and you can’t restore a full image. Some solutions, but no acknowledgment from Microsoft.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Microsoft’s defense of Surface quality problems

    Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 06:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul Thurrott has seen an internal Microsoft memo that tackles the Consumer Reports Surface reliability findings.

    Interesting read on Thurrott.com.

    Pardon me for sounding like a broken record, but Microsoft’s support on its own forums has been pathetic.

    UPDATE: Michael Allison at mspoweruser has an excellent analysis of the situation.

    If one were to take the Redmond line, the Surface line is immensely satisfying to customers, Intel was to blame for the Surface Pro 4 and Book issues, and that the subsequent products were better than the last one ( as if they were expected to get worse), etcetera. Microsoft will be working with marketing and other departments to share this information with consumers (So you can expect to see certain Microsoft news blogs touting the firm’s numbers in the coming weeks), and mount a full-fledged defence of the Surface.

    This guy knows whereof he speaks!

    As much as I love Surface, the firm is doing the wrong thing here. Now that Surface sales are threatened by Consumer Reports pulling their recommendation, Microsoft is stepping in. When Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, 4, Book and Pro 2017 users were suffering from battery problems, reliability issues, hibernation issues, hot bagging, all this passion for their customers was nowhere to be seen.

    Yes, yes, yes!

    Check it out.

  • Microsoft Surface reliability problem: It’s more than hardware and software

    Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 10:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Consumer Reports yanked the “Recommended” imprimatur for Surface devices — but Microsoft’s Surface service should be sent to the woodshed, too.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.