Short Takes Daily: What went on in the world of Microsoft on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Rod Trent

Short Takes Daily: What went on in the world of Microsoft on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today in the news: Mozilla finally makes nice with Microsoft and releases a Windows 10-friendly version of Firefox; we've got a raft of how-tos; Microsoft rolls out context-sensing APIs for app developers; we've got a preview of Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android.


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FireFox update supposedly optimizes browsers interface for Windows 10 — Mozilla seems to have buried the hatchet and has released Firefox version 40 which has been enhanced for Windows 10.

How To: Manage Taskbar Real Estate in Windows 10 — If space in your Windows 10 task bar is becoming limited, modify which System icons display to the right of the taskbar. Here's how.

Prevent the Windows 10 upgrade from installing after making your reservation — If you have decided to not upgrade to Windows 10 here are the scenarios to prevent your Windows 7 and 8.1 system from installing/downloading the upgrade from this point.

How To: Turning Off Windows 10 Notifications During Presentations — Windows 10 includes an option to turn off notifications during presentations — good news for all those PowerPoint users out there.

How To: Manage Email Folders in the Windows 10 Mail App — If you want to gain access to Mail folders beyond the Inbox, Sent Items, and Drafts folders, here's how you do it.

How To: Fix Stopped Windows Store Downloads in Windows 10 — If not having the ability to get app updates is driving you bonkers, we've got a workaround until Microsoft issues an official update.


Straight from Microsoft ...

Contextual sensing in Windows 10 — "In Windows 10, we are very excited to introduce several APIs for contextual sensing that can help you build apps to improve your customers’ daily lives. These include apps that detect presence when customers approach their devices, apps that can detect whether your customer is walking or driving, apps that can help customers track their fitness routines, and more."

Announcing the preview of Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android — Featuring a new dashboard, a contact search bar for easily pinging contacts, and video that fills the screen.


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