Overnight Microsoft released a new build to Windows Insiders, with Windows 10 Build 17728, there’s an update to the Your Phone app. The ability to pair a phone with Windows 10 has been around for a while now, but hasn’t been particularly useful, but this time promises a big game. The Your Phone...
  • Kensington made sweet Surface Studio-style dock for the Surface Pro

    You’ve all heard of Kensington right? They’re the people that make that hardware port that help to physically secure valuable electronics, usually in public areas. They’ve just created a new docking station for the Surface Pro, known as the SD7000 Dual 4K Surface Pro Docking Station. The cute part...
  • Microsoft Teams moves to Freemium model

    Microsoft Teams has been inaccessible by many small teams and businesses given it’s upfront cost, but today that all changed. The service has now moved to a freemium model where you can get started for free and the features available are actually really impressive. It’s when you reach the...
  • Pre-order the new 10″ Surface Go, starting from A$599.0

    Microsoft have announced their latest product from the Surface team. This one is the cheapest yet and is aimed at kids, school leavers or those ultra-portable professionals that prioritise light and portable over performance. The Surface go weighs just 520 grams (Nintendo Switch weighs 398) and at 8.3mm is also super thin,...
  • HoloLens 2 codename is Sydney

    Microsoft’s HoloLens was a landmark announcement, developed in secrecy for 5 years the Augmented Reality headset was global news. Since then they’ve had moderate success in the business world, usually implemented as a training device. While good for its time, the limitations of a high price and limited field...
  • Xbox Game Pass turns 1, service really hitting its stride

    Xbox Game Pass has now been available for a year. The monthly subscription for gamers, is now available across 40 markets and delivers a growing library of more than 100 games. Normally A$10.95, a special on right now has it for just AU$5.48 per month. It seems like the deal has now expired, we...
  • Office 2019: OneNote is going UWP only

    The Office 2019 news has started with Microsoft revealing overnight the first big change to the Office suite. OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019. OneNote is a much loved product and reaction to this announcement...
  • Latest Windows10 Insider build adds Sets for Office, multiple apps, single window

    If you’re a Windows Insider and an Office Insider, then Microsoft has something pretty special for you to try out today. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17643 (Redstone 5) is now available to those who opted into the Skip Ahead branch. Most of us who use Office...
  • After 21 years, Terry Myerson checks out from Microsoft in latest restructure

    Microsoft has announced a major overhaul of the company’s structure which means Terry Myerson is leaving the company after 21 years. The re-org will see the Microsoft Windows and Devices Group will split into 2 new engineering units: Experiences & Devices and Cloud + AI after a slowing PC market...
  • Microsoft Teams will use AI to add depth of field to video calls

    The successor to Skype for Business and Yammer and Groups is Microsoft Teams and the services is maturing quickly. In February the Teams developers added many important new features like PSTN calling and voicemail on mobile for Enterprise Voice licensed customers. That’s interesting for those that are impacted by it, but...
  • UNSW pilot Microsoft Teams, exam pass rate increased from 65% to 85%

    The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney is trialing Microsoft Teams. As part of a strategic plan to become “Australia’s global university,” the University says they seek out and test technologies to help simplify and extend collaboration—not only among students and faculty, but within organisational work groups, between...
  • Microsoft Build 2018, May 7-9, 2018 in Seattle, “AI is everywhere”

    Microsoft has announced the details of this year’s Build developer conference. It’ll run from May 7th to 9th in Seattle, Washington. The conference is now in its 7th year and continues to attract more than 15,000 attendees from across the globe. As Microsoft’s focus changes to set and follow...
  • Planning on running Office 2019, you’ll need Windows 10

    The next version of Microsoft Office is 2019 and news today is that if you want to run Office 2019 on premises in your business, then you’ll need to have your fleet running Windows 10. Many enterprises have been slow to upgrade to Windows 10 as they found stability in...
  • SharePoint Pages are finally getting serious editing capabilities

    If you’re a SharePoint user, you’ll be acutely aware of the limitations in Microsoft’s editing tools on SharePoint pages. To put it bluntly, they’ve been severely lacking in capability and usability. Thankfully the page and image editing is getting an overhaul. Changes to Pages now enables faster creation time,...
  • Microsoft are killing Kinect, production is done

    Microsoft’s Kinect is an awesome piece of hardware, but following their phone exit, will now cease production. The device was first introduced for the Xbox 360 and then updated for the Xbox One and featured an impressive array of technology including an RBG camera, depth sensor and microphone array...
  • Xbox ‘Stay and Play’ lets Sydney experience Xbox One X ahead of release

    The Xbox One X is coming out on November 7th and to get people excited, Microsoft Australia are creating a 2-story popup building known as Xbox Stay N’ Play. This is a unique, gaming-themed sleepover experience that will give its guests unhindered access to the Xbox One X, days before its...
  • Microsoft quietly announces Surface Book 2, is WMR Ultra ready

    Surface Book getting long in the tooth with processors and GPU performance coming a long way since its release a couple of years ago. With not dedicated event, the Surface Book 2 is largely just a case of update the device with a spec boost. Microsoft says the Surface...
  • Do we really need 3D models in Word, Excel and PowerPoint ?

    Along with Windows and Xbox Insiders, Microsoft also has an insider program for Office. The latest build adds a new feature, the ability to insert 3D models into Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. While its tempting to think this is heading in a similar direction to Adobe adding Flash...
  • Windows 10 now supports Eye Control but you’ll need a new camera

    In the latest Windows Insider Preview Build of Windows 10 (build 16257), users with the right hardware can now use Eye-tracking technology to operate Windows. Pitched as an accessibility feature, there’s actually a lot of potential on offer here to increase the number of inputs to the system and...
  • Pre-order Mixed Realty headsets from the Microsoft Store

    Microsoft’s been selling their own premium Augmented Reality headset, the HoloLens for a while now, but comes the rise of the cheaper alternatives. The mixed-reality headsets that are being sold through the Microsoft Store are from 3rd parties, HP, Acer and HTC. For the HoloLens, you’re looking at A$4,369.00, way...
  • Surface Laptop pre-order now available in Australian for A$1,499.00 – A$3,299.00

    Overnight Microsoft announced their latest hardware product, Surface Laptop. The new laptop is a proper laptop, no detachable screen and runs real 7th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. While last night’s event focused on education, anyone can buy these new laptops from Microsoft. They are the first...

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