Microsoft Cortana App Getting Dropped From Many Countries

It appears that Microsoft is getting rid of their Cortana App in several countries due to security concerns. The question is whether the United States will be next. Recently, the following notice appeared on Microsoft’s UK site: “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.  As part of this …

Windows Bug Found To Cause Slow Startup

  Microsoft recently published an important new support document relating to several Windows versions.     The document reads, in part, as follows: “After you configure a Windows-based computer to use large amounts of memory, including persistent memory, the computer takes longer than expected to start up.  Additionally, increased CPU usage occurs for a short time after startup.  Increased CPU …

Windows 10 Will Get Android Phone Call Integration Features

Microsoft may have given up on the idea of putting their Windows operating system on smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on smartphones altogether. Recently, the company announced a significant feature addition that will allow users to take calls made to an Android phone from their Windows-based PC.   The new feature is currently only available to Windows …

Tamper Protection Enabled By Default In Windows 10 Update

Do you have the new Windows 10? If you’re not sure, the most recent version (as of the time this article was written) is version 1903, which was the May 2019 update. Assuming you’ve got that version or later, you should have Microsoft’s Tamper Protection enabled by default. If you’re not sure what the big deal is, in a nutshell, …

New Chrome Feature Allows Sending Web Pages To Devices

If you use Google’s Chrome browser for web connectivity, you’re about to get a new feature you’ll probably fall in love with. Chrome 77 is now available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.  For years, Google’s primary mission where the web is concerned has been to increase the quality of the user experience and the company keeps finding new ways …

Microsoft Is Extending Windows 7 Support For Only Some Users

There’s some good news for Enterprise users who are still using Windows 7.  By now, almost everyone is aware that the company is bringing support for the aging operating system to a close. The original time frame for formally ending support and for ending the issuance of security updates was set for as soon as January 2020. Enterprise users, however, …

Windows 10 May Make WordPad And Paint Downloadable Soon

There’s another chapter in the ongoing MS Paint saga. In case you missed the first part of the story, several months ago, Microsoft upset its user base when a Windows 10 Build took Paint out of the equation. They replaced it with an updated version of the software that supported 3D effects and other advanced features. They made the original …

Windows Update May Not Work On Some Dual Boot Macs

Windows 10 version 1903 is out. However, if you’re a Mac user running Windows 10, you may not be able to get the latest from Microsoft.  According to Microsoft’s official statement on the matter: “Macs introduced before 2012 or newer Mac devices with older versions of Apple Boot Camp or Windows Support Software drivers installed will not be able to …

Windows Phone App Updates Are Ending Soon

Microsoft initially had grand ambitions where smartphones were concerned. The company invested billions in their quest to create a phone that ran on Windows 8 (and later, Windows 8.1). That was all in a bid to carve a niche for itself in a market dominated by iOS and Android. That plan never bore much fruit. Although the company sold some …

Sudden Bluetooth Issues Could Be Due To Microsoft Update

Be advised, according to a recently published Microsoft support document, certain Bluetooth devices may experience pairing and connectivity issues after installing the latest Windows 10 update. The bulletin reads in part, as follows: “These security updates address a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections from Windows to unsecure Bluetooth devices.  Any device using well-known keys to encrypt connections may be …