Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – January 27th, 2015:
John, a longtime #TechTuesday listener had emailed Bill Wills of the Wills & Snyder in the Morning on WTAM 1100 Newsradio to share his story of being called by scammers pretending to be Microsoft. This continues to be a concern for both computer users and legitimate tech support companies, and Bill and I discussed how listeners can help avoid falling for these phishing scams.
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Also on this week’s #TechTuesday segment, last week was a big week for news around Windows 10. While Microsoft made their formal Windows 10 announcement last year, much of the news was around their enterprise features. Microsoft spent a full day introducing their upcoming consumer-orientated features for the new operating system. Some highlights:
- Release Date: An exact date still hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s expected to be later this year, and likely closer to October.
- Free Upgrade: Microsoft will provide a free Windows 10 upgrade for a year to current Windows 8 and 7 devices. Windows Phone 8.1 users will also see a free upgrade. Unfortunately, no free upgrade for Windows Vista and XP, and Windows RT doesn’t currently have an upgrade path. Microsoft has not announced pricing once that year ends, or for new devices.
- Cortana: Microsoft’s “intelligent digital assistant” jumps from Windows Phone to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, allowing you to speak or type questions or requests and get news, set appointments, control your PC and more.
- New Web Browser: Code-named “Project Spartan”, Windows 10 will get a brand new web browser that does not contain legacy code from Internet Explorer. IE will likely still be available for Windows 10 for compatibility with certain sites and enterprise apps, but the new browser is expected to be the primary access on the new OS.
- Unified Apps: While not every software developer will make use of it, they will have the option to create “unified apps” that can run across any Windows PC, tablet, phone and even the Xbox One. An example Microsoft used was a new Outlook app to give you the same look and menu system across your devices, yet still optimized itself for the different screen sizes. Combined with Microsoft One Drive cloud service, you could check your same email account across devices.
- Continuum: For the growing number of 2-in-1 devices that can switch from being a laptop to a tablet, Continuum is a Windows 10 feature to instantly shift between the standard mouse and keyboard interface of the PC and the touch controls of a tablet.
- Xbox One Streaming: If the family TV is being used by other family members, gamers can stream their Xbox One games to a Windows PC or tablet screen to play elsewhere in the house.
Expect more information to come from Microsoft at their Build Developer’s Conference at the end of April.