The SIM-unlocked Alcatel IDOL 4S quietly goes on sale through the Microsoft Store

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Looks like speculation that Alcatel’s Idol 4S running Windows 10 Mobile going carrier-unlocked (GSM) after a T-Mobile exclusivity ended were true. As spotted on MSPU Microsoft has begun to make the rather powerful – and impressive – Windows 10 Mobile phone available for purchase in the US through their store.

Asking price is still the same $470, which includes the VR goggle package and 21MP rear camera.

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Specs

CPU Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz
Display 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Dragontrail 2.5D Glass
Memory 64GB ROM
4GB RAM
microSD
Camera 21 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Battery 3,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
420Hrs Standby
15Hrs Talk
Continuum Yes
VR Yes
Windows Hello Yes (Fingerprint)
Audio Dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound
Dimensions 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm
Weight 152g
HD Voice Yes
VoLTE Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Calling 1.0
Bluetooth BT 4.1
A2DP, OPP, HFP, AVRCP, PBAP

The rest of the specifications and color (‘Halo Gold’) are all the same as well. In fact, it’s likely the same device as our review unit, which was unlocked as well and worked brilliantly on AT&T with no issue.

Microsoft notes that the unlocked version should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, H20, Straight Talk, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and select prepaid carriers.

 

 

[Source:- Windowscentral]

 

Could this be the Surface Phone? Microsoft awarded patents for a range of foldable mobile devices

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a foldable mobile devices and other components that could point to something beyond a mere prototype.

I should preface this by saying that patents don’t mean products. This could simply be Microsoft’s way of protecting future ideas or prototypes that are simply too costly or problematic to ever see production. Still, it offers a tantalizing glimpse of what could be on the horizon.

A new patent granted to Microsoft last week shows dual and triple-hinged devices that support multiple configurations. They can be folded into something small and phone-like, placed in a “tent” mode, and even folded out to create a larger tablet. If this is Microsoft’s vision for the Surface Phone, it will have very few comparable devices on the market, and certainly fits the Surface modus operandi of bringing something totally unique to existing form factors.

The patent’s various configurations reveal double, and even triple-screened phones, that the patent describes as both a mini-tablet and a phone. The devices, which also include slide-out models that appear to include different types of housings, are described as supporting several use cases given the varied configurations possible as a result of their hinges.

It’s particularly interesting, as Microsoft was also recently awarded a patent for an electrical hinge that would naturally be essential in any and, perhaps even all of these designs.

Patent filings don’t always translate into products for market, but these recent developments are especially intriguing. Microsoft has long been teasing spiritually Surface-like mobile devices, and those devices, hopefully, are just around the corner.

 

 

[Source:- Windowscentral]

 

The SIM-unlocked Alcatel IDOL 4S quietly goes on sale through the Microsoft Store

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Looks like speculation that Alcatel’s Idol 4S running Windows 10 Mobile going carrier-unlocked (GSM) after a T-Mobile exclusivity ended were true. As spotted on MSPU Microsoft has begun to make the rather powerful – and impressive – Windows 10 Mobile phone available for purchase in the US through their store.

Asking price is still the same $470, which includes the VR goggle package and 21MP rear camera.

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Specs

CPU Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz
Display 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Dragontrail 2.5D Glass
Memory 64GB ROM
4GB RAM
microSD
Camera 21 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Battery 3,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
420Hrs Standby
15Hrs Talk
Continuum Yes
VR Yes
Windows Hello Yes (Fingerprint)
Audio Dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound
Dimensions 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm
Weight 152g
HD Voice Yes
VoLTE Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Calling 1.0
Bluetooth BT 4.1
A2DP, OPP, HFP, AVRCP, PBAP

The rest of the specifications and color (‘Halo Gold’) are all the same as well. In fact, it’s likely the same device as our review unit, which was unlocked as well and worked brilliantly on AT&T with no issue.

Microsoft notes that the unlocked version should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, H20, Straight Talk, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and select prepaid carriers.

Supporting Continuum, VR, and a handy fingerprint reader the Idol 4S is also one of the slimmest and nicest looking Windows phones we have seen.

In my full review of the Idol 4S, I had nothing but outstanding things to say about the hardware, design, execution, and price. While the Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem and app situation are well known and the Idol 4s’s camera pales to a high-end Lumia, it is still the best option for the Microsoft fan who see little value in going to iOS and Android.

 

[Source:- Windowscentral]

 

This new Microsoft design patent is unlikely to be the Surface phone

Patently Apple goes a bit heavy with the speculation especially since their earlier find from February shared some resemblance of what was eventually Surface Studio. I call that luck as most patent filings rarely become actual products. Back to this patent, no information about the features, hardware, or materials used are mentioned making the filing pretty basic.

Oddly, the Patently Apple author goes on a tangent about pens, Apple, Samsung, and how Microsoft could be bringing inking to Mobile (a forgone conclusion already). They then cite FIG. 7 with the following conclusion labeled in their image:

However, what we can clearly see is that a Surface smartphone is likely to support their Surface Pen. Like the Samsung Note-styled embodiment, a slot has been designed into the body of the design at the top.

Of course, to our eyes, it only looks like a standard 3.5mm headphone jack like the kind you used to find on every smartphone in the world. I’m not sure when we started confusing headphone jacks with pen slots. 2016 is a weird year, and I suppose Apple fans have already moved on from ‘headphone-gate’ by forgetting it ever existed? I dunno.

The bottom of the phone has a single port, which again looks like an old micro USB slot and not quite the symmetrical USB Type C design we are accustomed too.

Frankly folks, I don’t see anything interesting here. This design patent is a generic filing on what could easily be the Lumia 640. In fact, the patent cites Micromax, Sony Xperia, LG Optimus, Lumia 830, and the Lumia 530 – all phones from 2012-2014 – under ‘other publications’ for the patent’s references.

Microsoft has some exciting stuff in the pipeline for sure, but please don’t go spreading this around as ‘proof’ of a ‘Surface Phone.’ Facts and data are still necessary, not a generic drawing based on yesteryear’s inspiration.

 

 

[Source:- windowscentral]

Microsoft is bringing the full Windows 10 experience to mobile chipsets

Chip manufacturer Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up to support Windows 10 on mobile computing devices powered by Snapdragon processors.

The first PCs running Windows 10 based on Snapdragon processors are expected to be available as early as next year.

“With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to Cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., in a statement.

New Windows 10 PCs powered by Snapdragon processors can be designed to support x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows 10 gaming titles.

“Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love,” added Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft.

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

Microsoft engineer Paul Barr does a deep dive into Surface Hub development and functionality

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Microsoft Ignite has brought a number of important and fascinating updates, primarily around the company’s enterprise-oriented cloud services solutions but with a smattering of other topics thrown in. For example, we have our best glimpse yet atwhat’s coming in Windows 10 Mobile while also gaining more evidence that Microsoft has absolutely no plans to fuss with the consumer market for at least the foreseeable future.

One very specific product that received some attention at Ignite is the Surface Hub, the physically largest member of the Surface family of hardware products and the one that’s the most focused on larger businesses. The Surface Hub is more than just an intelligent whiteboard. As we described it in another story:

The Surface Hub is Microsoft’s solution aimed at enabling advanced collaboration solutions, by reimagining the company’s own Pixel Sense technology. The Surface Hub utilizes the giant touchscreen, array microphones, dual cameras, and special software functionality to enable groups to share and interact with information in conference rooms and across distances. Last year, Microsoft announced price hikes and delayed shipping dates for its Surface Hub portfolio, and the last time we checked the first Surface Hub devices were supposed to ship to customers in early 2016.

Microsoft hosted a session at Ignite that delved into the development of the Surface hub and that provides some new insights into how the technology works together to make for a great collaborative solution. As the video description tells us:

Surface Hub is a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together. In this session, Paul Barr from the Surface engineering team goes under hood to explain the components of the hardware design, development and management of the specialized Windows operating system, and tailored user experiences with Surface Hub.

Here’s what you’ll learn about if you watch the entire video:

  • A tour of the Surface Hub’s best-in-class design principles
  • A run-through of Surface Hub hardware
  • User experience innovations
  • The operating system foundation
  • The security incorporated into solution
  • How the Surface Hub can be deployed, managed, and serviced
  • The Surface Hub is a very focused device that’s built and priced to meet a very specific set of business needs. So far, the Surface Hub has exceeded Microsoft’s sales forecasts, meaning that it’s not only been a financial success but it’s also carving out a place in Microsoft’s line of productivity solutions. We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date on Surface Hub advancements, and let us know in the comments if you’re lucky enough to have used a Surface Hub in getting things done.

 
[Source:- Winbeta]

Latest Microsoft updates erase Word customizations, can break Edge, Outlook, File Explorer

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An investigation by Ed Bott casts doubt on KB3xxxx being the problem, and points instead to an Office update that affected Office 2010, 2013, and 2016; the Windows 10 update still affects Edge, Outlook, and File Explorer. We stand by what we said about the model Microsoft is using. The original article continues below.

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 cumulative update, KB 3124200, dropped last week, but clearly needed more time to bake. While initial reports suggested that the update would fix some issues with WiFi connections dropping out, the latest cumulative update is causing some significant problems.

Reports indicate that in at least some cases, KB 3124200 nukes all Microsoft Word customizations, including custom templates, AutoText, macros, envelope addresses, autocorrect, and AutoFormat settings. It also reverts any custom spell check options you may have stored. The problem is serious enough that Microsoft has published its own KB on fixing the issue, KB 3129969.

 

The problem occurs because the latest update accidentally renames the old file where such information was stored (Normal.dotm) to one of several alternatives: “Normal.dotm.old, NormalPre, NormalPre15, NormalOld, or OldNormal.” That’s a direct quote from Microsoft’s article on resolving the problem, which raises a significant question: Why doesn’t Microsoft, which wrote the patch that broke its own software, know what the backup file name is actually called? It would be one thing if the files had version numbers that corresponded to the user’s Office version, like “Normal13.dotm.old”, “Normal10.dotm.old”, etc. Instead, we get word salad.

The problems aren’t limited to wholesale replacement of Word customizations. WindowsReport.com has compiled a list of problems users have encountered with the latest version of Windows 10, including the Edge browser refusing to close, Explorer, Outlook 2016, and Calculator all refusing to start, and the Windows Store, Calendar, and Maps applications all refusing to run.

The new update policy isn’t working

When Satya Nadella took over at Microsoft, one of his changes was to radically overhaul how Microsoft handled QA (Quality Assurance). Previously, Microsoft had roughly twice as many QA testers as developers working in the Operating Systems Group. After the layoffs, that ratio is reportedly 1:1. Developers are now expected to do much of the code testing that was previously outsourced to other groups, even if they don’t have much experience in testing code.

Combine that shift with the new, mandatory update policies and you get the current situation. Because Windows 10 now forces updates by default, the system will continue to download and attempt to apply KB 3124200, even if the update is repeatedly hanging on install or having other problems. Because all updates are now rolled into a single package, there’s no way for a user who wants the WiFi fix KB 3124200 includes butdoesn’t want to risk their Word customizations to install one and not the other.

For all their decades of close cooperation, Microsoft seems to have missed a lesson Intel learned 10 years ago. The entire reason Intel uses a tick-tock model in which it shifts to a new node, then deploys a new architecture, is because it’s extremely difficult to implement a new node and a new architecture at the same time. With Windows 10, Microsoft radically shifted both its software implementation model and its update policies simultaneously.

The nature of these problems is that they affect a minority of people. I have no doubt that the majority of Windows 10 users have had nothing but smooth sailing. While I use Windows 7 for my personal machine, I’ve deployed Windows 10 on multiple testbeds and had no problems with it to-date. But if you’re stuck in the minority that’s having a problem, these changes and the opacity with which they’re made is infuriating. It’s become far more difficult to diagnose the cause of these issues and even harder to prevent the software from reinstalling itself (or simply not installing in the first place).

Microsoft needs to either drastically overhaul its QA, return additional flexibility and customization options to average users, or both. The just-trust-us model isn’t working. And I’d have a great deal more faith in Microsoft’s willingness to fix these issues if the company wasn’t relentlessly pushing holdouts to adopt W10 as opposed to fixing theproblems with its distribution and testing model.

 

 

[Source: Extreme Tech]

Microsoft Store offering up some serious savings on Surface Pro 4 Essentials bundles

Those looking for some big savings on Microsoft’s Surface product line are in for a treat, as the company has slashed up to $399 off the price when purchased as part of an Essentials Part, including a Type Cover.

The bundles that include NFL Type Covers are seeing the biggest discounts, which would normally cost $159.99 each. The bundle can be customised with the following steps being available:

  • Select the NFL Surface Pro 4 Type Cover
  • Choose a variation of the Surface Pro 4, which includes:
    • Intel Core i5 / 128GB / 4GB RAM
    • Intel Core i5 / 256GB / 8GB RAM
    • Intel Core i7 / 256GB / 16GB RAM
  • Choose a HEX Surface Pro 4 Sleeve that has a rear pocket
  • Add the Office 365 Home subscription for one year
  • Opt for the Microsoft Complete Accident Protection plan

Here are the exact discounts being made available:

  • NFL Surface Pro 4 Type Cover – $129.99 (was $159.99)
  • Surface Pro 4 Intel Core i5 / 128GB / 4GB RAM – $849 (was $999)
  • HEX Surface Pro 4 Sleeve – Free (was $49.99)
  • Office 365 Home subscription – $79.99 (was $99.99)
  • Microsoft Complete Accident Protection – Free (was $149)

Savings on the above items can be up to $398.99. This brings in a total cost of $1,058.98. However, choosing a different Surface Pro 4 model will only save you $328.98.

If you’re interested in making use of these steep discounts, you can grab the NFL AFC teams Type Covers here, or for the NFC teams go here.

Not an NFL fan? Not to worry. There are also some discounts to be had here, too. Using a similar process as above, follow these steps:

  • Select a Surface Pro 4 model
  • Select any Type Cover that isn’t NFL related
  • Choose a HEX Surface Pro 4 Sleeve. Must be either black, blue or gray
  • Add the Office 365 Home subscription for one year
  • Opt for the Microsoft Complete Accident Protection plan

With these options, you could see discounts of up to $368.99, bringing the total cost to $958.98.

 

[Source: Winbeta]

 

Microsoft delivers Windows 10’s 1607 upgrade

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Microsoft today began distributing 2016’s major Windows 10 upgrade to customers via the operating system’s update service.

Labeled “Anniversary Update” in a nod to the July 29, 2015, release of the inaugural edition, it was officially tagged as version 1607 to denote year andmonth. The build number assigned to today’s code was 14393.10.

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Although the upgrade can be downloaded immediately by impatient users — they simply manually trigger a check for updates in the Settings panel — the majority will receive it on Microsoft’s schedule.

“[The Anniversary Update] will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device,” wrote company executive Michael Fortin in a blog post today.

The “installed automatically” will apply to all users of Windows 10 Home, which does not allow for update deferral. Those running Windows 10 Pro may delay the update, but not indefinitely. Only customers with Windows 10 Enterprise can permanently block the Anniversary Update, and then only by adopting the more restrictive “Long-term Servicing Branch,” or LTSB.

Fortin also affirmed that, as has been Microsoft’s habit, the update will be queued on Windows Update in phases. Large software developers, Microsoft included, often dispense updates in stages, both to minimize the impact on the content delivery network’s (CDN) servers and bandwidth, but also to catch and correct unforeseen bugs before they reach the entire user base.

Users can also obtain 1607 by downloading the Windows 10 Upgrader from Microsoft’s support site. Disk images of 1607 in .iso format, suitable for “clean” installs, are also available from Microsoft’s site.

Additionally, Microsoft has posted the 1607 version of Windows 10 Enterprise — the SKU (stock-keeping unit) widely used in large organizations — as a free evaluation copy. The evaluation expires after 90 days, but during the three-month stretch is fully functional.

A Microsoft Account is required, as is registration, to obtain an evaluation copy of Enterprise.

 

[Source: CW]