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Craig Matthews Craig_​Matthews Good News, Everyone!
  • The should I give up my windows phone question


  • Is ​communicati​on to devs broken or just too fragmented

    , figuerres wrote



    actually that makes a good point ...

    for a company the size of Microsoft.

    with the large list of developers, it pros and such that "Need to know" this kind of stuff

    how can they make sure that they get the right information to the right people ?

    that is a real challenge I think.

    The company I work for, and I suspect a number of others, solved this problem long ago by putting up a web page listing every single application and framework we built and support with a link for each to subscribe to a distribution list for notifications of security alerts, breaking changes, etc. Then they added "Timely notify customers of changes to the applications they bought from us utilizing notification process" to some job descriptions.


  • More "accidental" upgrades in the works

    , elmer wrote


    I would have thought that enterprise users have actually already paid for it, by virtue of the upgrade assurance on their volume licensing agreements.

    Correct. Enterprise SA customers have already paid for their upgrade. In fact, this is historically how Microsoft has padded their numbers. They can say entire enterprises have "upgraded" to Windows 10 by virtue of their SA agreement, even though they're all physically still on 7. 

  • netflix on win10?

    I have full screen, maximized, or this: http://postimg.org/image/infch5zdx/ <-- That is the only windowed size it will stay at. Any other size, it snaps back to this size -- unless I make it bigger. It won't get smaller than this.

    Which means if I don't want to watch something maximized or full screen, I have to put up with the middle third of that window showing the movie and the top and bottom thirds showing big fat black spaces (not screenshottable because it goes blank on screenshots).

    Fresh installed Netflix app. Stock Windows 10 Enterprise.

    I don't know what Windows Store you guys are using, but as far as I can tell, a good third of the apps have this problem where they won't get smaller than a third of my fracking screen.

    Edit: new image url.

  • netflix on win10?

    This app plays Netflix content well, but it seems I only have two sizing options: full screen, or a window which refuses to let me resize it. I'll stick with my web browser in the case of Netflix.

    You can make a better "app" by making a shortcut pointing to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=http://www.netflix.com/WiHome

  • Something just changed in Cortana

    Its nice to know the help buttons in windows now just do a bing search for a search term likely to bring up more pages than not with instructions to screw up your computer like "fix file explorer error easy with our tool".  Seriously? 

  • Outlook / Hotmail "Our services aren't available right now"

    I wouldn't exactly call that advice. Looks like the standard canned answer given for every issue ever.

  • LOLz my Lumia 1520.

    Ah, yes the Lumia 1520. Where swipe occasionally actually means tap.

  • Apple fails to lead on wireless charging again

    It doesn't matter who invented what. Apple, unlike nearly every other player in hardware and software, releases products that are finished, while Microsoft releases alpha quality code as the flagship browser of their new operating system, strips features out of products people already bought because they can't work the bugs out, and rewrites  bullet point features of their products more often than Google drops entire product lines.

    Yes, Apple knows how to take the things that they and other companies have researched and tested and integrate them and package them into a nice product. That's what I expect out of every company who's product I buy. It's why when Apple puts out a brand new product, it's actually finished and working.

    I don't care who invented anything first. What I don't like is paying for a product and finding that it's either not half done or the parts of it that are done get ripped out of my phone, literally while it's in my hand, 3 months after I drop several C-Notes buying it.

    There are really no good arguments against Apple's mobile strategy that can be made by any other player in that segment, especially Microsoft.



  • The glorious telescreen OS marches on! (as does censorship)

    From KB3080351:

    The Windows 10 upgrade is automatically blocked (that is, no further action is required) on computers or other devices in the following scenarios:

    • The computer or device is joined to a domain.
    • The computer is managed through MDM.
    • The computer is running any of the following systems that are excluded from this reservation offer: 
    • Windows 8.1 Enterprise or Windows 8 Enterprise
    • Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT
    • Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro
    • Windows Embedded 8 Standard
    • Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry or Windows Embedded 8 Industry
    • Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Windows 7 for Embedded Systems
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7
    • Windows Embedded POSReady 7

    According to what I'm reading, a Windows 7 Enterprise device joined to a domain should not be downloading anything, since the article states "no further action is required "


    Where I work, we use centralized updates so we're not affected by this. I'm not a lazy or uninformed admin, but I do have a dozen or so side clients running SBS and half a dozen or so domain joined workstations. I "took no action" as prescribed by the KB article.

    Sorry, the MS defenders lose here.