Today is a sad day for Microsoft Window’s fan boys. Why? It was announced today that they are going to “deprecate” Paint in the next big Windows update. Some of you are probably shocked by this, but then some of you are probably thinking that it’s about time. Paint has been around for a long time. Almost my entire life, but there is no room for sentimentality when it comes to technology. It’s time for Microsoft to come up with another program. One that meets similar needs, while taking into consideration that the technology has changed. Don’t get me wrong. I used to love Paint. But I was like 10.. and Windows 95 was the coolest thing ever. It’s 2017 now, and there are much better tools out there, which make it time for Microsoft to adapt.
And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Microsoft has launched a new, 3D paint tool. What’s it called? You guessed it “Paint 3D”. The neat thing about the update is that it takes a 2D image and turns it into a 3D rendering. This product was officially launched late last year. Allowing Microsoft to iron out the kinks until the next version of Windows 10 is available. Essentially, Paint 3D is an amplified version of Paint.
Let me take one step back for a moment. According to Microsoft when they “deprecate” software they don’t actually kill it. They just don’t put the resources and effort into making it better. … Read the rest
Microsoft is planning on using TV frequencies in order to provide people in the rural parts of the country with internet. But, how, you ask? I’m not really sure that I get it, but I’ll do my best to explain. They are going to take the white space and send broadband technology through said white space, using unused TV channels. Again, you are asking how this works? Let’s back up for a moment. Back in the day, TV was broadcast through the air, and those channels actually still exist. In between those channels, however, is what is known as white space. While this might sound confusing to you, it seems that Microsoft has figured out a way to use this technology. Which is incredible!
According to Gizmodo, “Enterprising scientists have figured out how to turn that white space into a sort of super wi-fi and broadcast internet service to a many miles-wide radius. What’s extra special is that, unlike wi-fi or cellular service, the stronger TV signal can penetrate buildings and other obstacles. This makes it ideal for rural areas, where conventional broadband service is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive.” Not only is Microsoft able to do this, it even might be “better” than wifi or cellular data in some cases. The whole “can you hear me now?” concept might be one of the past.
Microsoft plans on rolling this out in 12 states including New York and Virginia. So now you know how the technology works, but you’re probably wondering how it works for consumers. … Read the rest
Microsoft is getting into the game. I should preface that statement. Or maybe just qualify it. They’ve always been in the game, no doubt, but their products haven’t always been the best out there. Yes, they are functional and used by many, but they can be buggy, to say the least. While I won’t get into it too much, but right now, I’m currently having a problem with Microsoft Office being compatible with an Adobe program that I need for work. They just don’t play nice. And maybe in my case, it’s more of an Adobe issue than Microsoft, but both aren’t giving me much confidence. Back to Microsoft. They have some things going on right now. Putting them into the game.
What do I mean by “game”? Well, they have made some efforts to improve their products more recently. And at least stay on top of some changes, but now they’re going even farther. Microsoft just wrapped up its two day Build conference, giving us a peek into what we can expect for the rest of the year. So what exactly is that you ask? The first feature that they uncovered is the ability to move from one device to another and pick up with where you left off. Sounds pretty simple, and something that some other companies have been doing for years now. Or at least, that’s how I look at it. Which is good news for Microsoft. At least putting them in the same ring as their competitors.… Read the rest