Showing posts from August, 2016

US Only

This is the Microsoft Store at the Westfield Center off Market Street in San Francisco. I stopped by and bought a small Windows tablet on special offer for $79. I was on holiday. The offer was pretty good. There were software vouchers in the deal and a year of Office 365 . So it was all good. The experience was excellent and the staff were great. However when I buy a PC or tablet in the UK I go to a general PC store. They are what they are. In the back the store sells TVs, the staff are paid commission, they know very little about what they are selling but that's not their fault. Retail has moved on for the US PC buyer but for most of the world only Apple retail stores are a presence. Microsoft is US only. They do have some Canadian outlets and one in Australia but it's really US only. The most important downside to this is the 'signature PC'. All the PCs sold in a Microsoft retail store are crapware free. They are just a pure Windows experience. Buy from regula

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Key Feature

Unless you are a lover of Linux and Bash the key feature of Windows 10 Anniversary Edition is the browser. Windows 10 retired Internet Explorer last year on release and created 'Edge'. Created to compete with Chrome from Google. Almost no one really spotted Edge because it wasn't ready for prime time. However it does render text very well and copes with the high dpi screens that people get with the current generation of laptops. The missing piece was extensions. The addons that give power to the modern browser. The anniversary update added extensions so now people are using Edge. My own browser extension I use every day is 'LastPass' the password manager. Adblockers have also arrived as extensions. So Edge is probably the feature people are most likely to use in Windows 10 now. I use Chrome a lot but extensions means that I am giving Edge a try. You can find out more about Edge here; Edge