Microsoft will hold its annual technology Build event from May 23 to 24, 2023. Online registration is free; more information is available at the event FAQ page.
Category Archives: Windows
Phone Link for iPhone users on Windows 11 Insider – Preview
Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Phone Link for iPhone users for Windows Insider users with Windows 11. Phone Link will allow you to pair your iPhone and Windows PC over Bluetooth in order to provide limited iPhone functions such as calls and messages on your computer.
The Phone Link app is available at the Windows App Store. Microsoft also has a list of known issues regarding Phone Link.
This is one of the new features that Microsoft is introducing with Windows 11 updates, including adding new AI-powered Bing to the Windows taskbar, video screen recording in Snipping Tool, and multiple tabs in Notepad.
Microsoft ends Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates on January 10th 2023
Microsoft has ended Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates as of January 10th, 2023. Microsoft will also be ending support for Microsoft Edge for these Windows versions as well. An exception is Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, which ends support on on July 11, 2023.
More information is available at the Windows End of Support page. A list of the life cycle of Microsoft products may be found here.
Windows Steps Recorder
Steps Recorder allows you to record the exact steps you took in order to troubleshoot an issue in Microsoft Windows. This program can be found under Windows Accessories > Steps Recorder (in Windows 10), or Accessories > Problem Steps Recorder (in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1).
Microsoft Build event May 24 to May 26 2022
Microsoft will hold its annual technology Build event from May 24 to May 26, 2022. Registration is free; more information is available at the event FAQ page.
Apple Mac keyboard shortcuts
The Apple MacOS user guide has a complete list of Mac keyboard shortcuts. The online manual also has a conversion chart of Microsoft Windows terms and their Mac equivalents.
SystemRescue operating system for computer repairs
SystemRescue is a Linux operating system designed to repair Windows and Linux computers. It can be downloaded and started from a CD/DVD drive or USB drive. More information is available in the Quick Start guide and online documentation.
Find a Microsoft Windows product key
A valid Microsoft Windows product key is required to reinstall Windows if the hard drive has to be replaced.
This key can be found for some PCs with OEM Windows licenses by opening a Command Prompt (right-click and select “Run as Administrator”).
At the command prompt, type:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
Microsoft releases Windows 11 SE operating system
Microsoft has released Windows 11 SE, a new operating system specifically optimized for low-cost computers for students and schools. More information about this new OS is available at the FAQ page.
Microsoft Office 2021 and Windows 11 available October 5th 2021
Microsoft is set to release the desktop version of Office 2021 as well as Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. The list of new features includes new Excel functions and support for OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 (file extensions .odt, .ods, and .odp).
A list of the differences between Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 may be found here.