Dana is looking at getting the Blackberry Classic smartphone on T-Mobile, and she wants a new laptop with Windows 7. She's looking at an HP with an Intel Core i7. Are those choices good? Leo says those are good, sure. He's not really a huge HP fan, preferring Dell, Asus, and even Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 instead. The Surface has a great screen, but the keyboard isn't all that great. But it is nice that it can convert from a laptop to tablet.
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Leo says that Google Docs is great and it's secure, and he won't have to have a managed exchange server. But he can also subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 and avoid that as well. Google for work is just fine, and Gmail is a better email solution.
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Robin heard the earlier call from Chris asking whether to get an iPad or the Surface tablet. Robin has been using hers for about a year, and loves it. She decided on it when debating between a MacBook Air and the Surface Pro 3. The only thing she noticed was that it first starts into the tiled "tablet" mode, unless its been specifically set up to boot into the desktop.
She says the Surface fits into everything, it can go everywhere, and can do anything. She uses it for Microsoft Office, school and health business stuff, and more with it and she's very happy with it.
Chris is a writer and proofreader and he's looking to get an iPad or a Microsoft Surface. Apple says the iPad will do everything the Surface can do. Leo says that's not even close to being true. The Surface offers a full version of Windows, so it'll do far more than an iPad. It also comes with Microsoft Office. Modifying PDFs is far easier on a Surface. He'll pay more, but he'll be able to do more as well.
Roy bought Windows 7 for his new laptop. He hears that he will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but why would he do that since he walked away from Windows 8? Leo says that Microsoft has made a lot of fixes to Windows that make it more like what it was before Windows 8's radical redesign. Users with Windows 7 and 8 will be able to upgrade for free. Leo says that Windows 10, which he has been using, has made major strides. That being said, he shouldn't feel the need to upgrade right away. He can wait a few months after it launches.
Mark is looking for a good Bluetooth keyboard for his iPad Air and his smaller Android tablet. Leo says it would work with both, but he'll want to be sure he gets one that has a slot, and not one that doubles as a case. Microsoft makes a folding one that gets really tiny and expands. It's called the Universal Foldable Keyboard, and it's $100 list.
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Microsoft announced a new virtual reality product called Holo Lens, which works natively with WIndows 10 and Leo says it's incredibly impressive. It will give users that "Minority Report" experience and Microsoft says it's the future of computing. This is more augmented reality than virtual reality, and it will superimpose information on top of things in the real world. Leo says that after seeing computer interfaces come and go, Holo Lens is the real deal and Microsoft could very well be right. This could be a revolution, and it'll come out this Fall.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for everyone running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and even for Xbox. Microsoft has brought back a lot of the desktop interface from Windows 7, and when you move into a tablet-like environment, Windows will detect it and adjust itself accordingly. You can download the new Windows 10 now through the Windows Insider Program, but Leo doesn't recommend putting it on your primary system. Windows 10 will be available to consumers in the Fall.