Becoming Fluent In Fluent
While we discuss our initial thoughts on Fluent, we also look at specific examples of it already seen in several core apps available on Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring. 02:27 Tip of the Episode OneNote Mobile has now got a ton of new features, and one of which is the ability to use multiple windows (shift click on the launch icon in taskbar or Start Menu), and also the ability to manage page versions. This follows up on previous comments about how we want to see Office Mobile get multiple document support. Word Mobile in the Store Excel Mobile in the Store PowerPoint Mobile in the Store OneNote Mobile in the Store Â 14:03 The Mobile Minute A quick follow up on our discussion about Windows 10 S. BIG apps are coming to the Store! Adobe Creative Cloud, iTunes, WhatsApp, Spotify, and let's hope this is the beginning! 16:00 Fluent Design Language: This gets a little ranty. 25:21 Grab your Windows 10 device running Fast Ring and follow along as Aaron walks us through good and bad examples of Fluent design. Groove, Movies and TV, and Voice Recorder. 38:12 Insider Feedback Item Every week, we like to pick a feedback item to highlight that we think represents what the Insider program is all about. Whether it's an obscure bug that needs addressed or a feature request for something awesome, we want to get some eyes on it and help boost those upvotes! Add Push Notifications for Package Tracking! Personal Media Picks 39:53 App -- Grapholite - This is a nice alternative to Microsoft Visio and can even view/edit Visio files 41:44 Music: Ready, Aim, Rock playlist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sweating to the 90s 43:24 Book: Canon EOS Rebel T6i The Expanded Guide 44:56 Podcast - YouTube Channel Tony and Chelsea Northrup and podcast "Picture This" 46:17 Movie Pick: Guardians of the Galaxy 48:07 Vernon's personal YouTube channel Why Porter Needed Stitches Thanks for joining us again this week, friends! If you'd like to continue the conversation, you should follow us on Twitter: @MSMobileShow, @GoodThings2Life, and @VernonEL If you feel the need to communicate more formally with us, you can email the show at Contact@MSMobileShow.com And, you know the drill, be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more, and submit a review if you want others to hear more! Have a great week, and stay mobile!
19 May 2017
Clifton Thomas of TekBeard Talks of Dying Mobile Platforms
We are finally able to get fellow podcaster, mobile historian, and friend of the show, Clifton Thomas, on the show! The two spend the first 10 minutes catching up and talking about how podcasting and "internet friends" have impacted their lives. 10:20: Cliff compares the "death" of Windows Phone to the end of webOS. 23:11: Then he shares with Vernon what he would like to see if Microsoft makes a new style of "mobile" device. 27:33: We learn more about Cliff, as he shares stuff that TekBeard listeners don't get to often hear about. 35:00: Cliff's education and income are inquired upon. 36:30: The two get serious, as Vernon asks about how Cliff's baby was made. 38:20: Cliff's top three (four) pieces of technology. Electrovoice RE 20 Surface Book Amazon Echo Phillips Hue Starter Kit 47:43: What does the Harmon Kardon Invoke need to do to complete with the Echo and the Google Home? 51:34: Cliff shares his all-time favorite Windows Phone. 53:48: "Is Windows Phone coming back?" Be sure to follow Cliff on Twitter at @CliftonMThomas, and to check out his podcast, Tekbeard. If you'd like to continue the conversation, you should follow us on Twitter: @MSMobileShow, @GoodThings2Life, and @VernonEL If you feel the need to communicate more formally with us, you can email the show at Contact@MSMobileShow.com And, you know the drill, be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more, and submit a review if you want others to hear more!
10 May 2017
Windows 10 S & Surface Laptop
Microsoft May Event had a strong emphasis on Education and all the ways Microsoft was working to improve technology in the classroom by providing schools with inexpensive, secure tools that empower schools, teachers, and students to do more. Primary Focus was on Windows 10 S And S stands for School edition? Secure edition? Store edition? Something for people to be confused and argue about edition? Try all of the above, because there's definitely some confusion out there about what this thing is, but the one thing to know it's NOT "limited" or "stripped down" or "watered down" in any way. In fact, it's much more like Windows 10 Professional than Home. Lots of questions about what this is trying to accomplish, so let's talk about what this is really trying to address. K-12 running ChromeBooks and University students flocking to MacBooks, and Microsoft is drawing a line in the sand to say those options are yesterday's news! Now you can get $200-300 systems that are well-featured but locked down for security and performance for the student experience. We discuss: State of Educational Technology Google and Apple have taken over, and this is MSFT fighting back. What this OS can do that addresses concerns of tech admins and teacherslocked down to prevent malware and put the emphasis on the education tools. Limitations. It ALWAYS comes down to apps. The number one goal here is to drive developers and users into the Windows Store for apps and content. Drive them into the store for apps, books, and other resources. Here's a great in-depth rundown of what we know and don't know by Richard Hay (@WinObs) from the Windows Supersite Also announced was Microsoft Surface Laptop, which is a flagship quality traditional laptop device that is touch+pen enabled, features high quality materials, and outstanding battery life. Microsoft Surface Laptop Sizzle Video And of course, here's the specs comparison with its direct competition, the MacBook series. Vernon managed to get a very quick and low-quality video thrown together as he gets his hands on the new device. We also talk about our concerns: No SD/microSD, no USB-C, and of course, price. But we admit that we can see a LOT of potential for this and similar types of devices running Windows 10 S outside of school. If you'd like to continue the conversation, you should follow us on Twitter: @MSMobileShow, @GoodThings2Life, and @VernonEL If you feel the need to communicate more formally with us, you can email the show at Contact@MSMobileShow.com And, you know the drill, be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more, and submit a review if you want others to hear more!
4 May 2017
Across the Pond, with Sean Michael
Sean Michael shares a bit about the journalism industry, university in the 'States versus the UK, married life, American football, horseback riding, and some favorite pieces of tech. Plus, it wouldn't be a show without a bit of Windows Mobile discussion on episode 085 if the MS Mobile Show. You can follow Sean on Twitter @Sean_Michael_UK Thanks for joining us again this week, friends! If you'd like to continue the conversation, you should follow us on Twitter: @MSMobileShow, @GoodThings2Life, and @VernonEL If you feel the need to communicate more formally with us, you can email the show at Contact@MSMobileShow.com And, you know the drill, be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more, and submit a review if you want others to hear more!
26 Apr 2017
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Windows Mobile: Pandemonium! The Sky Is Falling!
Ep 84 is the one where we speculate, as wildly as humanly possible with no basis in reality, whether or not there's a future for Windows 10 Mobile after being announced that it was being tossed out an airlock into the cold, dark, vastness of space... or something like that. Pandemonium! The Sky Is Falling! But first, we start off with a public service announce as the tip of the week, discuss some candid feedback about Skype Universal's SMS Relay, and if we can't keep Windows 10 Mobile, maybe we can at least get its keyboard on PC and tablets! Tip of the Episode If you have just 10 minutes for this podcast, we want you to at least get a piece of information which you can use immediately in your everyday life. Today's tip is: Stay Calm and Don't Be a Jerk. -- Reminder to be critical of problems but be respectful to the team members you are speaking with about your feedback. The Mobile Minute We spend a few minutes talking about a wonderful Skype Engineer who contacted me directly about feedback I posted regarding the state of SMS Relay, and the response from the team about that feedback. See the link below for more information in Beyond the Podcast! Microsoft responded to 7 complaints I had with Skype SMS Relay Insider Feedback Item Every week, we like to pick a feedback item to highlight that we think represents what the Insider program is all about. Whether it's an obscure bug that needs addressed or a feature request for something awesome, we want to get some eyes on it and help boost those upvotes! Bring the Windows 10 Mobile Keyboard w/ Shape Writing to Windows 10 desktop -- https://aka.ms/hdypyg And here's a sample of what I'm looking to haveâ€¦ https://twitter.com/GoodThings2Life/status/852881674744549377 Top News What is the future of Windows 10 Mobile? Is it really dead? Well, Aaron has a theory on thisâ€¦ The long and short of itâ€¦ It's worse than deadâ€¦ it's brain is gone! Haha, no but really, let's start with the supposed controversy: Announcing Windows 10 Build 16176 for PC and 15204 for Mobile We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15204 to Insiders in the Fast ring. As we release new builds from our Development Branch for PC, we will also be doing the same for Windows 10 Mobile just like we have been in the past. However, Windows Insiders will likely notice some minor differences. The biggest difference being that the build number and branch wonâ€™t match the builds we will be releasing for PC. This is a result of more work weâ€™re doing to converge code into OneCore â€“ the heart of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, HoloLens, Xbox and more as we continue to develop new improvements for Windows 10 Mobile and our enterprise customers. From This statement is in stark contrast to what her predecessor Gabe Aul had to say back in January 2016 with Build 14251â€¦ Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14251 Sharp-eyed Insiders likely noted the big jump in build numbers from our last preview build (11102). Historically, the codebase for mobile had a different OS version than the codebase for PC because they were developed by different teams on different schedules. With Windows 10, we became one Windows team and brought these two codebases together. We started by changing the version string displayed in the UI to be consistent, which is why you saw similarly labeled builds over the past year for both Mobile and PC, but the underlying binary version numbers were still different. As part of our work getting the common codebase ready for the next release, we decided to complete that work and sync the build numbers between mobile and PC. Because the mobile codebase used higher build numbers than PC, we needed to jump ahead a bunch of build numbers to ensure updates to future builds will continue to work. So thatâ€™s why build numbers went from 11105, 11106, and 11107 to 14251. From Clearly Dona is telling us the sky is falling! Mobile is being cast aside and PC and others are moving forward. How can you claim convergence when you're separating the branches? For this, there's some deeper concepts you need to understand about software development process. Good chance that we're looking at Windows Phone 7.8 Part Deuxâ€¦ old stuff is old, and well, it's time to say goodbye... But does that mean they're putting phones out to pasture? No, at least, not new phone-capable mobile devicesâ€¦ but let's consider what we've heard since the launch of Anniversary Update in August: Interview with Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet in October 2016: MJF: I realize this year was a year when Microsoft planned not to release any new Windows Phones itself. But the question I keep getting is why is Microsoft wasting time updating Windows Mobile when the market share is one percent? You don't have that many phone OEMs. Why not just say, you know, maybe we'll come back some day, but for now, let's just stop playing around with mobile. MYERSON: Technically, there are really two things that are unique about Windows Mobile. One is cellular connectivity and the other one is the ARM processors that are there. And I think both cellular connectivity and ARM processors have a role in the technical landscape of the future. So we're going to continue to invest in ARM and cellular. And while I'm not saying what type of device, I think we'll see devices there, Windows devices, that use ARM chips. I think we'll see devices that have cellular connectivity. When you stop investing in these things, it's super hard, super, super hard to restart. And at Microsoft we have a few of those examples where we stopped. Sometimes, when you're investing into growth, it's easier, but when you're investing for technical strategy or things like that, sometimes people can question it -- like you're doing right now. But especially among your readers, I don't think there's much debate that ARM processors have a role in the future. And cellular connectivity does as well. From Interview with Satya Nadella pre-announcing an ultimate mobile device in November 2016â€¦ "We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device," he said. "Therefore [with Nokia assets], we stopped doing things that were me-too and started doing things, even if they are today very sub-scale, to be very focused on a specific set of customers who need a specific set of capabilities that are differentiated and that we can do a good job of." From Finally, here's the demo of Windows 10 for ARM on a Snapdragon 820/821 exactly like the HP Elite x3 which is stated by the Qualcomm executive VP Cristiano Amon at the 12-minute mark which clearly indicates that the intent is to have phone-style devices powering these high end experiences in the future. Windows 10 on ARM full demo at WinHEC 2016 Now I'm not sure about anyone else, but there were lots of oohs and ahhs in that demo, and the performance on a Snapdragon 820 was pretty slick, so what do we have to say about the future of Windows 10 on Mobile Phone Devices? Well... It Ain't Over - Animal House (1978) Personal Media Picks App - Netflix - Can now download! Music - Piano Guys Film/TV - Dave Chappelle Podcast - Phone Show Chat - Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon In Conclusion... Thanks for joining us again this week, friends! If you'd like to continue the conversation, you should follow us on Twitter: @MSMobileShow, @GoodThings2Life, and @VernonEL If you feel the need to communicate more formally with us, you can email the show at Contact@MSMobileShow.com And, you know the drill, be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more, and submit a review if you want others to hear more! Sponsor We want to give a big thanks to MSPoweruser for sponsoring this episode! The few bucks I make each week doing that show help me justify doing this one that doesnâ€™t earn any money! Be sure to take a listen, if you don't already subscribe.
18 Apr 2017
Greg Murphy details the Cerulean Moment by WhartonBrooks
We get a deeper insight into not only the Cerulean Moment, but a few new surprises from WhartonBrooks as well! Join us for episode 083 as Vernon and Aaron chat with Greg Murphy. Diving into the interview, we discover all the details of how the Moment came to be and learn that the Moment isn't the only phone model on the agenda! whartonbrooks.com/ourmoment 01:01 - We start out with some getting to know you details about the man behind the dream and find out that he and Aaron have a similar past with Healthcare IT! 06:38 - All-time Favorite Windows Phone/Mobile device: It's no surprise that a certain Lumia takes the crown here, but turns out there's a special place in Greg's heart for more than just one Lumia and a few non-Nokia phones as well. 09:24 - Why did you want to make a Windows Mobile device? They always say necessity is the mother of all invention, and this is one of those scenarios… 11:25 - What did you learn about the ODM industry? Why do you have to go and make things so complicated? 14:10 - Who is taking this journey with you? It takes a village to build a phone… 16:03 – iSkin – Rishi – VR headset in the works, going with the name Zyphyr 19:40 - Who did you want to make a phone for? The fans. It's always about the fans! But turns out there may be room for more than one group of fans… 26:07 - How is this going to replace multiple computing devices? Continuum is a bridge to a more unified computing paradigm… 27:49 – Greg defends his use of the term “Disruptive” when describing Continuum. 30:13 - Does the Snapdragon 617 have enough power? In a word. Yes! But don't just take our word for it, the proof is in the pudding! Check out Greg's demo of the Moment running Continuum: My Cerulean Moment At Play 31:30 – Wired versus wireless 32:56 - What about the future of the Cerulean product line and your plans for Windows Mobile? What's this?! More than one model is planned and might there be another surprise by way of some VR support? “We have a slate of five phones that we want to bring to the market. The CEO phone – The elegant masterpiece, where is does everything well, and looks good, too. The Allegro – A music and musician phone, which has high-end audio capability for recording and playback. We thought it should have multiple inputs for multiple microphones, and multiple USB ports. It should be able to accept different types of peripherals and external storage. The Mountain – a rugged phone for the outdoor adventurer type smartphone. The Moment – Was originally planned to be a camera-centric phone, which would replace the 1020. We have some work yet to do there, but we have to start somewhere. The Capsule – Compact without compromise (which Greg’s wife desperately wants). We will be accepting input from the Windows Phone community regarding which phone they should pursue next.” 37:34 – Aaron shares his experiences of how he uses Continuum in both wired and wireless configurations. 40:33 – Vernon makes a case for the Cerulean Moment as a solid device for Windows Mobile enthusiasts. 43:17 – Greg discusses the after-the-purchase support set up for the Cerulean Mobile devices. 47:01 – Full specs of the Moment detailed. 57:23 Why did you need to choose Indigogo to crowdfund this device? This is an expensive endeavor and for it to work, the initial target is the masses that loved the more mass-appeal devices like the 640 and 830 class devices. Next up, if successful now, will be the "CEO" hero phone and the specialty phones. 1:00:15 – We can expect a separate funding campaign in Brazil, which may extend the end date of the current Indiegogo campaign. 1:02:07 - How long must Windows Phone fans wait to get in on this device? Act now-- offer ends May 15th! Visit IndiGoGo to preorder! Seriously, just do it… buy one for a family member who needs a good budget phone and has simple needs, or buy one for yourself an Insider Builds tester, or buy it as a solid replacement for an aging device and help show MSFT how much this platform matters to us. You're a WinPhan, right? Let's keep the dream alive! For news on the Cerulean phones, follow them on Twitter-- @CeruleanMobile, @WhartonBrooks, Facebook, Instagram, email email@example.com. If you want to reach out to Greg directly you can find him at @mistagreg. Thanks for listening! We always appreciate your feedback and interaction. If you enjoy the show and don’t want to miss an episode, be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @MSMobileShow, @VernonEL, and @GoodThings2Life. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a wonderful week! Stay mobile.
12 Apr 2017
Cerulean Moment, Continuum v. DeX, & Cleaning Up Duplicate Skype Contacts
Episode 082 gives us a chance to dig into the future of Continuum; especially since the WhartonBrooks Cerulean Moment has been officially announced. Aaron has a great tip for cleaning up duplicate contacts in Skype and Outlook. Vernon paints a picture of how the casual user could use their mobile in three years. 1:45 Tip of the Episode: Aaron shares how to clean up contact duplication after the Skype Preview messes them up. 1) Make sure you turn off SMS Relay for now. 2) Go to Skype app and under Skype Contacts, remove anyone that isn't an actual Skype contact. 3) Next up, go to Outlook.com on the web (app is not sufficient). Empty Deleted Items. 4) Go to People on the web and go to the actual Contacts list ... Perform clean up there. Actually, here's a better tip... this is actually easier on the phone through People app. Enter Select mode and select all the contacts you can find on the web that are duplicate... When you choose the Delete option on phone, it will prompt you for confirmation... UNCHECK the version you want to keep and leave the rest selected... press Delete, and voila-- nice and tidy. 5) Go back on web and empty Deleted Items again (if you look in there, you'll see that when you delete contacts from ANYWHERE now, it leaves them in Deleted Items. Once emptied, you can verify your results on the People portion of Outlook Web. 8:42 The Mobile Minute: WhartonBrooks’ Cerulean Mobile announces their Cerulean Moment. Visit IndiGoGo to preorder! Also, Vernon recently posted an editorial, making the case for “Why You Should Back the Cerulean Moment” 16:14 Top News: Vernon and Aaron discuss why Continuum will be the killer app of the future, especially for regular consumers. 26:57 Samsung’s DeX is nothing like Continuum, according to Steve Litchfield on AAWP Insight Podcast. 37:10 Win of the Week 42:13 Deal O’ The Day: Rent any of 7 of the X-Men movies for 1000 Bing Rewards points. 45:05 Insider Feedback Item: Contacts Linking and/or Missing Thanks to @carlomendoza for the great suggestion for Windows Insider feedback to discuss! 48:46 Personal Media Picks: Money Tracker Pro White & Nerdy - Weird Al Yankovic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey (Amazon Affiliate link) Doctor Who Series 10 Manager Tools 58:51 Episode Sponsor: We want to give a big thanks to the sponsor of this episode, Clifton M. Thomas for some handy image editing he graciously provided for the show! Be sure to check out his podcast, TekBeard. Be sure to say you heard about him on the MS Mobile Show! Thanks for listening! We always appreciate your feedback and interaction. If you enjoy the show and don't want to miss an episode, be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @MSMobileShow, @VernonEL, and @GoodThings2Life. You can email us at email@example.com Have a wonderful week! Stay mobile.
6 Apr 2017
James Mundy of Foundbite
James Mundy, the creator, founder, and developer of the social "Sound + Photo" app, Foundbite, joins us for episode 081. We hear the story of the Foundbite journey, including the why it is shutting down. Foundbite James on Twitter James' website Thanks for listening! We always appreciate your feedback and interaction. If you enjoy the show and don't want to miss an episode, be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @MSMobileShow, @VernonEL, and @GoodThings2Life. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a wonderful week! Stay mobile!
29 Mar 2017
New Co-host Aaron Hall (@GoodThings2Life)
For episode 080, we introduce the new co-host, Aaron Hall! Tip of the Episode: Opening multiple instances of OneNote. The Mobile Minute: Aaron's HP Elite x3 Top News: Vernon and Aaron talk about their recent home-buying experiences. Insider Feedback Item: Make a Bluetooth taskbar flyout that works like the WiFi Flyout. Personal Media Picks: Sling TV Twisted Sister The 5 Love Languages The Accountant The MS Mobile Show Episode Sponsor: We want to give a big thanks to the sponsor of this episode, Gage Castillo! He has been incredible helpful to me as I transition the site over to a new hosting service, along with changing things around with the domain. Gage has been great to work with, and if you would like some of that action, go to GageCastillo.com, and reach out! Be sure to say you heard about him on the MS Mobile Show! Thanks for listening! We always appreciate your feedback and interaction. If you enjoy the show and don't want to miss an episode, be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @MSMobileShow, @VernonEL, and @GoodThings2Life. You can email us at email@example.com Have a wonderful week! Stay mobile.
24 Mar 2017
Kevin Harvell of The Tech Informist, Everything VR & AR, & the 2GuysTalking Podcast Network
As the podcast climbs out of the self-induced hiatus with episode 080, we bring back one of the original founders of the show, Kevin Harvell, of the Tech Informist, Everything VR & HR, and the 2GuysTalking Podcast Network. Kevin also led the STL Tech Talk and Who's Who In St. Lou podcasts. Vernon and Kevin reminisce about the early days of the podcast, which was over two years ago already! We hear about what led Kevin to the place in which he was able to launch the MS Mobile Show, and then dig in to what he has now progressed to. True to the new format of the podcast, we hear from Kevin on aspects of his life in which few listeners are aware, including raising a family, working in the racially polarized city of St. Louis, his many years in the automotive industry, and the stark contrast to what he is doing now. If you are interested in having your podcast professionally edited by a veteran in the industry, email Kevin@2GuyTalking.com Be sure to contact Kevin on Twitter @Kevinharvell if you'd like to connect with him further! Thanks for listening! We always appreciate your feedback and interaction. If you enjoy the show and don't want to miss an episode, be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @MSMobileShow, and @VernonEL. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a wonderful week! Stay mobile.
21 Mar 2017