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Edge is another bust for Microsoft as they move the browser to Chromium

Redmond, Wash. — A year after killing Windows Phone, Microsoft is hitting reset on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft will be merging Edge with Chromium in the coming months. This is due to very low adoption rates for its Edge browser, which was created in 2015 to replace Internet Explorer.

One Windows Insider made a claim with scant proof that Google kept breaking the compatibility in its browser, Google Chrome, and leaving the Edge developers on the Windows desktop ecosystem to fix the issues.

‘JoshuaJB’ posted on Hacker News: “I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn’t keep up. For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail (should now be fixed in Win10 Oct update).”

He added: “What makes it so sad, is that their claimed dominance was not due to ingenious optimization work by Chrome, but due to a failure of YouTube. On the whole, they only made the web slower.”

Edge’s move to Chromium now leaves three web engines in a cutthroat environment: Chromium, Safari (Apple’s default browser) and Mozilla’s Firefox. Opera, Dolphin and Chrome are all powered by Chromium.

The Inquirer

Microsoft cuts off alternate ways to upgrade to feature_2 on Windows 10 Mobile

Redmond, Wash. — There are a few days before the Mobile World Congress gets underway.

With Microsoft having been thoroughly defeated by archrivals Apple and Google in the computing industry, on Wednesday, the formerly cool Redmond giant removed any and all upgrade paths on all Windows devices.

What that means is if you are rocking any pre-2015 Lumia or the 2016 alcatel Fierce XL, support for your phone, now stuck on the Anniversary Update that was released on August 2, 2016, will end on October 30, which is the last Tuesday in October.

After October 30, only seven Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640 XL and the Microsoft Lumia 735 will tentatively end on June 29, 2019 as those phones are now stuck on the Creators Update.

On June 30, 2019, only four Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for those four phones – the Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, alcatel Idol 4s and the HP Elite x3 – will end when the ball drops on Times Square to ring in 2020. Those phones are on the feature_2, which is the latest OS update from Microsoft.

Support for all three of Acer’s Windows 10 phones – the Liquid Jade Primo, Liquid M320 and Liquid M330 – ended on January 9. Support for the Coship Moly X1 and Coship Moly W5 also ended on January 9.

HP Elite x3 Review

The most important Windows 10 device in the history of the operating system is also a good one. Read the rest of this entry »

#Surfacegate: Aiken Area Progressive is no longer recommending any Microsoft or Windows non-phone product

Redmond, Wash. – If you are among the few who have been living under a rock, you should know why this post is happening.

In August, Consumer Reports basically de-recommended all of Microsoft’s non-phone products, saying that almost one in every four Surface computers were returned because of various issues that popped up during the second year, usually right after the warranty ended.

We at Aiken Area Progressive agree with Consumer Reports magazine here.

In fact, we are going to go one step further: Simply do not buy any Windows PCs, Surface PCs or Xbox Ones.

Instead, buy these alternatives: Read the rest of this entry »

Have a Windows Device? DO NOT install the latest update!

Redmond, Wash. — Today, Microsoft released a build that will brick your computer and phone.

The build is known as 16212 and it is known to cause all computers and phones running the Windows operating system to get stuck in a boot loop and brick.

Dona Sarkar, the chief of the Windows Insider program, issued this tweet:

Here’s how to suspend the downloads of new builds for Windows 10 Mobile.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Insider Program at the bottom
  4. Pick Stop Insider Preview Builds
  5. From the menu select Pause updates for a bit
  6. Under the Pause area toggle the switch to On

Unfortunately, once the download begins, the only surefire way to stop it is by turning Airplane Mode on your phone, disconnecting you and your device from the internet on data AND Wi-Fi.

If you have a MacBook, like we do at Aiken Area Progressive, take solace in the fact that it is one less thing you have to worry about (since your PC does not run Windows), unless you have multiple Windows 10 Phones like yours truly does.

h/t Windows Central

Yahoo! Mail is the latest to put the lie to Microsoft’s claims that they can get a billion Windows 10 devices without its phone operating system

Basking Ridge, N.J. — It seems that being a desktop-only app was just too much for Yahoo! and Verizon.

Yahoo! announced on Monday that the app will cease to work on May 22. In fact, the app has already been pulled from the Windows Store on PC.

The app usage was not very high to begin with, and with massive security issues that propelled Marissa Mayer to resign and give up her bonus, the usage no doubt got smaller and smaller. Read the rest of this entry »

Two more apps to be removed from all three mobile OS platforms

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This past year has been a bad one for the mobile phone industry as several high profile apps such as Vine have been removed from the Windows Store, App Store and Google Play.

Now, you can add two more apps to that list.

On Monday, SongArc announced that it was removing its app from all three mobile platform stores very soon in an announcement on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

Gay pride emoji goes live for Fast Ring Insiders on Windows 10 Mobile

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Redmond, Wash. — If you have a Windows 10 Phone and you are on the Fast Ring, you will get a very good surprise.

On Thursday night, unbeknownst to yours truly, Microsoft released the first new build for Fast Ring Insiders in nearly six weeks. This build is the first to be numbered above 15000 – in fact, it is numbered 15007.

It comes with a lot of new features. Although it comes with only one new emoji, it is big, especially if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual or gender non-conforming.

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What that means is that Microsoft’s Windows is the first of the mobile operating systems to have the rainbow emoji available. Hopefully, it will not be too long until the gay pride emoji makes its way to the Slow and Release Preview rings, and the Production side of Windows 10 Mobile.

Apple and Google are expected to release the emoji for the IPad, IPhone and Android devices, respectively, before the end of the winter.

Here are the phones in which the gay pride emoji can be downloaded to (Fast Ring only):

Acer Liquid M330
Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel Fierce XL
Alcatel Idol 4s
HP Elite x3
Microsoft Lumia 550
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
Microsoft Lumia 650
Microsoft Lumia 735
Microsoft Lumia 830
Microsoft Lumia 929 (Icon)
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Microsoft Lumia 1520

Happy updating, Fast Ringers!

Windows Blog

Surface Phone leaked? For the love of Eros, let’s hope so!

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Redmond, Wash. — Before the weekend started, one regional Microsoft account may have leaked some very good news about Microsoft phones.

According to the Twitter account Microsoft Australia (I don’t know why Microsoft is still maintaining regional accounts instead of merging them all to their global account in Redmond), the Surface Phone could be announced at their event in a few weeks.

The Daily Express, a UK publication, noted the image appears to include official Microsoft branding, shows a dark smartphone shape, flanked by Microsoft’s existing Surface Book laptop and Surface Pro 4 tablet device.

The Daily Express continued:

Rumours have been building , which according to reports could feature a 5.7 inch touchscreen with 2K resolution, powered by a Snapdragon 830 processor, and sporting a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.

The Surface Phone could even be a hybrid device, with leaked images suggesting it will have a keyboard cover that allows users to type, similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices.

Additionally, the device is expected to have at least an 8 megapixel front facing camera, 4k video capabilities and VoLTE.

As many other media outlets have posted, Microsoft is ending its Lumia line no later than December 31.  Which means that the production of the Lumia 550, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will end at that approximately 8 pm Vietnam time on that day.

We at Aiken Area Progressive hope this Surface Phone will come sooner rather than later.

Facebook for Windows 10 is here!

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Menlo Park, Calif. — This afternoon, Facebook has released its long-awaited Windows 10 app for phones.

This app is different in that Facebook themselves created the app – not Microsoft – and they used IPhone code to port it over to Windows 10, which is being used by only 2% of the American people.

The app may be a teeny bit sluggish on lower end phones such as the Alcatel Fierce XL, Acer Liquid M330, and the Microsoft Lumia 550, 640 and 650.

The app is also much larger than the Microsoft app, coming in about 70 megabytes larger than the Microsoft-created Facebook app for Windows Phone 8.x.

Download it here:

Facebook
Developer: Facebook Inc
Price: Free

Image via MSPowerUser

NEW Redstone 2 cumulative build released to Windows Insiders

Redmond, Wash. — Not even twelve hours after Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for eligible Windows 10 Phones, the corporation released a new Redstone 2 cumulative build to the Release Preview Insider ring.

Jovan’s Alcatel Fierce XL received the new cumulative build update. It bumps the phone to 14393.82.

Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings will not get this build due to the fact it is a cumulative build instead of a preview build.

No changelog is available yet, but it is probably logs about squashing bugs and nothing else.

Be patient if you’re on Release and hasn’t gotten this update yet. It’s coming.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here!


Redmond, Wash. — If you are among those with a Windows 10 Phone, today is the big day!

At noon EDT, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for the phones. This comes two weeks after the targeted date for the update.

Dona Sarkar, the Windows 10 Mobile Insiders chief, wrote this on the Windows Blog:

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has begun rolling out for Windows 10 Mobile. The Anniversary Update includes additional features and improvements for your Windows 10 phone. To manually check for the update, on Start, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Update & security > Phone update > Check for updates. Note that availability may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations and other factors.
Read more at https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/#PhLzIsP24vyRbQOb.99

Here are the phones that are eligible to get the update:

Acer:

Liquid Jade Primo
Liquid M330

Alcatel:

Fierce XL

Blu:

Win HD LTE

Coship:

Moly x1
Moly w5

Microsoft:

Lumia 430
Lumia 435
Lumia 532
Lumia 535
Lumia 540
Lumia 635 (Sprint variant only)
Lumia 636
Lumia 638
Lumia 640
Lumia 640 XL
Lumia 735
Lumia 830
Lumia Icon (929)
Lumia 950
Lumia 950 XL
Lumia 1520

Mouse:

MADOSMA

Nuans:

Neo

Vaio:

Phone Biz

Any phone not listed here is ineligible for the Anniversary Update and will remain on Windows Phone 8.x or Windows 10 build 10586.

Check your phones and get ready to download!

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