One of the central ideas in a post-PC device is "full trust". What this boils down to is making it as difficult as possible to install software without some form of top-down control. By restricting software that can be installed, platforms owners can gain some control over the general splurging of malware that's been the bane of users and IT managers for years. However, if you go out of your way to buy tablets for use within your organization - whether you buy 10 or ten-thousand, it's reasonable to expect that you can install apps that you build to support whatever it is that you want to do. Hence "sideloading", the process that lets you install whatever you want on your own devices. (For what it's worth, for me, the more restrictive you can possibly be in terms of which software you can install on a device the better, especially on post-PC devices.) But on Windows 8 and Windows RT the sideloading story is quite difficult to get your head around, and it has the feeling of having been … [Read more...] about The enterprise sideloading story on Windows 8? It’s complicated
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Welcome back into the smartphone arena Microsoft, it looks like you have a serious challenger entering the ring and I will definitely be purchasing a device as soon as I can. I spent an hour with the Windows Phone 7 team and was then given a Samsung developer phone (looks to be something like the i8910 Omnia HD device) with the latest Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview to use for about 3 weeks. As Terry Myerson posted on the Windows Phone blog Microsoft hit this Technical Preview milestone and is sending out thousands of prototype phones loaded with this "Technical Preview" to let developers test out their applications on functioning devices and get their applications ready for launch. The Samsung hardware this is running is not what you will see at launch so I won't focus on the hardware in this hands-on detailed look at the current version of Windows Phone 7. We saw the official announcement of WP7 in February at Mobile World Congress and have seen various details revealed at events … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows Phone 7 technical preview: A definitive guide
Microsoft announced Windows 10 S at an event in New York City on May 2, 2017.The new edition joins Windows 10 Home and Pro as an option for OEMs to install on new PCs. I'm still waiting for a hands-on opportunity with this product. In the meantime, here's what we know about Windows 10 S. More Microsoft Big data, IoT, blockchain, Xamarin all on the Microsoft Build 2018 agenda How Apple, Google, and Microsoft stack up in education technology: Hardware, software, and deployment Why does Microsoft exist? How CEO Satya Nadella answered the tech giant's existential question Microsoft goes all in with Android apps for business 7 ways you can (maybe) get Microsoft Office 365 for free Where does this edition fit in the Windows 10 family?Windows 10 S is basically Windows 10 Pro, with a locked-down configuration that makes it easier to manage and less susceptible to security and performance issues.Does it run all Windows programs? No. The most important part of the … [Read more...] about What is Windows 10 S?
Apple iOS 10 is not just a new version of the operating system that powers iPhone and iPads. True, iOS now has a sleeker visual design, interactive notifications, and a far more functional widget screen. But the huge additions to the Messages app overshadow most of the other features, making this more than just another iteration of the operation system. This stalwart communication app now does more than just send text messages: It's an ecosystem in its own right, with stickers, animations, and third-party app integrations, challenging the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. It's a game-changer that easily outclasses what's available from the competition. Its first major update, iOS 10.1, adds a new Portrait mode for the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus, bringing stunning depth-of-field effects to smartphone photos. For all of this, iOS 10 is an Editors' Choice for mobile operating systems. When and Where As with most Apple updates, iOS 10 (including, iOS 10.1, the version reviewed here) … [Read more...] about Apple iOS 9.3
It's a record year for PCMag.com—we've tested and rated more than 2,500 products in the last 12 months. Sure, there were some real clunkers in there, but a lot of those products are excellent specimens of technology. Now comes the hard part. We had to narrow down the top performers to a list of categories, and then within that category, pick the best product. It's a lot more difficult than it seems. Even our own Editors' Choice award can't be the final arbiter, because, sometimes, multiple products can lead a category. But as in years previous, we repeated the mantra, "There can only be one!" Friendly debates threatened to degenerate to fisticuffs in PC Labs as the merits of various contenders were hashed out, all in the service of narrowing the choice to the ultimate pick in a given category. Finally, bloodied but unbroken, our analysts and editors emerged from the room in which they'd been locked with a list. And that's what we present to you today: the very best products we … [Read more...] about The Best Products of 2015