Check out the new look and feel of Microsoft Solitaire Collection on Windows 10!

This collection can be downloaded to your computer directly from the Microsoft Store. Just follow the source link below and you will see a “Get” button on the site to initiate the process.


Solitaire remains the most played computer game of all time, and for good reason. Simple rules and straightforward game play make it easy to pick up for everyone.

Solitaire has been part of Windows for more than 25 years, and the Microsoft Solitaire Collection makes it the best experience to date with five different card games in one:

Klondike
This version is the timeless classic that many people just call “Solitaire.” Try to clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw, while using traditional scoring or the Vegas scoring system.

Spider
Eight columns of cards await your attempts to clear them with the fewest moves possible. Start out playing with a single suit until you’re comfortable, and then see how you fare when using two or even all four suits in a game.

FreeCell
Use four extra cells to move cards around as you try to clear all cards from the table. More strategic than the Klondike version, FreeCell rewards players who think several moves ahead.

TriPeaks
Select cards in a sequence, either up or down, to earn points and clear the board. How many boards can you clear before you run out of deals?

Pyramid
Pair two cards that add up to 13 in order to remove them from the board. Try to reach the top of the pyramid. See how many boards you can clear and how high you can score in this highly addictive card game!

Source: Get Microsoft Solitaire Collection – Microsoft Store


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Here’s A Source Link To Get Microsoft’s Newly Released “News Bar (Beta)” At The Microsoft Store

I am a news junkie and when I find a software application that will feed my habit, I have to check it out. Microsoft has been doing some pretty neat stuff here of late and they just posted in the Microsoft Store a newly developed “News Bar“.

The “News Bar”, after you install it, will initially show a vertical line of current news images on the right side of the screen that will auto scroll about every 5 – 10 secs. If you hover the mouse over an image,  news information will popup in a small window. You can go to the actual news story by clicking on the image. If you do not like the location of the news bar, you can click on the setting icon (a cogged wheel) and configure the bar to appear on the top, bottom, left or right side of the screen.  If you don’t like the image scroll, you can change it to a text scroll. There is an option to monitor specific stocks, change the appearance, and an option to restore the bar in the event you minimize it.

In my case, I have the news bar at the bottom of the screen (on my second monitor) to scroll the news stories in the text format.  Very nice job Microsoft… I love it!

Download this app from Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and see more screenshots, read the latest customer reviews, and compare ratings for News Bar (Beta).

Source: Get News Bar (Beta) – Microsoft Store

NOW An All-In-One App: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and More) 

This Android App has been in the works for quite a while… It is a unified Android app that bundles the Microsoft Office products into one app, instead of having to download each app separately.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint combined in one app:

  • The most widely used tools for working with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, all from a single app.
  • Create, edit, and work together on Office documents with others in real-time.
  • Use templates to easily get started with your resume, budget, presentations, and other documents.
  • Easily store, access, and search for Word, Excel, PowerPoint files stored in your personal cloud storage, on your device, or across your organization (if using a work account).

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Source: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More – Apps on Google Play

If you use Microsoft OneNote and OneDrive then you need Microsoft Lens…

This Android App (Microsoft Lens) is currently in beta but is one of the best document scanners out there. What impresses me is the accuracy of the scans (corner detection) and the clarity of the result. If you are in the world of Microsoft and use OneNote and OneDrive, this is a must-have app. When you complete a scan you are given the option to upload the scan (PDF or Image option) to OneNote, OneDrive or both. You can also convert the scan of a document to Microsoft Word or Powerpoint using OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition). Since this is in beta, you may have to sign up as a beta tester to download the app.

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Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. Increase your productivity by eliminating time spent looking for documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Whether you’re using it for business or education, Office Lens will help you save and share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive so you can all work together.

Source: Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner – Apps on Google Play

Microsoft gets ready to roll out the new Edge to Windows 10 via Windows Update | ZDNet

Microsoft officials have said the new Chromium-based Edge browser will be generally available starting January 15, 2020. They also said in early November that the new Edge will be bundled with Windows 10 right after the general availability date, though this will happen in a staggered/staged manner. This week, the Redmondians are providing links to more details about the coming Edge rollout for Windows 10.

Continue Reading @ ZDNet

Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app now lets anyone make and receive calls from their PC | Windows Central

Microsoft’s Your Phone app is finally ready to add one of its biggest missing features: calling. The app already allows you to relay text messages, sync notifications, and share images between your phone and PC. Starting today, you’ll also be able to make and receive calls with a PC that’s connected to your Android phone.

 

Microsoft Your Phone calling

Source: Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app now lets anyone make and receive calls from their PC | Windows Central

China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine? | TechRadar

In a major blow to Microsoft, the Chinese government will be replacing all PCs that run Windows by 2022, and could instead use a Chinese-created Linux distro, such as Kylin Linux.

The order comes from the Chinese Communist Party Central Office, and is part of a drive to replace any computer that runs non-Chinese software, partly in response to the US government’s blacklisting of Chinese hardware.

Source: China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine? | TechRadar

Today’s Tech News Briefs @ What’s On My PC…

November 14, 2019


Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Here’s how and where to watch (stream) the impeachment hearings; Microsoft has resurrected PowerToys for Windows 10; Ten network scanning tools reviewed by Addictive Tips; Google Maps and Translate will be connected to translate foreign place names; AND, having been superseded by WPA2 and WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access generations 2 and 3), Microsoft is completely dropping support for WEP from Windows 10…

Wi-Fi password

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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA

Technical Details

All software products have a lifecycle. “End of support” refers to the date when the software vendor will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. [2] For more information on end of support for Microsoft products see the Microsoft End of Support FAQ. Systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to work at their current capacity even after support ends on January 14, 2020. However, using unsupported software may increase the likelihood of malware and other security threats. Mission and business functions supported by systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could experience negative consequences resulting from unpatched vulnerabilities and software bugs. These negative consequences could include the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, system resources, and business assets.

Mitigations

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and organizations to: Upgrade to a newer operating system. Identify affected devices to determine breadth of the problem and assess risk of not upgrading.  Establish and execute a plan to systematically migrate

Source: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA


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Windows Defender’s Tamper Protection Rolling Out To Windows 10 (v1903)

From what I am reading the “tamper protection” feature was actually launched last December (for business customers) and is now being rolled out to Windows 10 computer user’s at home that are running Windows 10 v1903.

At the time of this posting, I checked my Windows Defender software on my PC and have not seen anything thus far to indicate “tamper protection” has rolled out to my PC.

Tamper Protection, as the name suggests, protects certain security features from tampering. One of the barriers that Tamper Protection puts in place around security features blocks manipulations of setting changes that are made outside of the official Settings application. Attackers may attempt to disable real-time protections or certain security features and Tamper Protection was designed to prevent these changes from being made successfully. — Source: gHacks

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