BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.
Lorna wants to know if she can get a new laptop and use it as a desktop. Leo says yes. She can always plug it into a bigger monitor at home. She could also get a dock which will charge it and connect to a monitor and keyboard without having to connect cables. It's a great option. Dell makes a good one. Microsoft has one with the Surface Book laptop, but it's not cheap.
Raymond usually watches the TWiT network on his Mac. He tried watching it on Windows 10 with Edge and it buffers a lot. It works fine in Chrome, though. Leo says that Edge is likely the issue then, and it's because Edge isn't really ready to be used. It may also be that the quality of the stream is too high for his PC to keep up. On YouTube, he can step up the quality manually.
Microsoft had a public beta of the Anniversary Update, called the Windows Insider Program. That means millions of people used the Anniversary Update before it was released. So it's difficult to understand why there have suddenly been so many problems. You can't avoid the Anniversary Update either if you have Windows 10. Among the problems, the latest update breaks most webcams. The reason for this, apparently, is that it broke support for standard compressed video codecs MJPEG and H.264, the format those cameras use. There have also been reports of nonstop blue screens.
Microsoft's first anniversary update has broken many peripherals and applications. Leo says that since it's more difficult to roll back now that the Windows 10 deadline has passed, it comes down to waiting for your device or application to fix the issue with a new update or driver. Leo says that Microsoft should take a page from Linux and have a stable version when their updates start crashing systems.
The chatroom also says that Microsoft has reduced the rollback window from 30 days to 10 days. Leo says that still should be enough to determine if you like Windows 10 or not.
The general public deadline to get Windows 10 has passed and if you want to upgrade now, it'll cost you $129. However, if you are reliant on assistive technologies like screen readers, and have to wait for those to be upgraded, Microsoft will give you some extra time to upgrade at no cost. Microsoft will update the OS two or three times a year from now on. The first big update is coming next week on August 2nd.
Tony is having issues with Skype and his Mac. Leo says that he can delete Skype, redownload, and reinstall it. That's how Chris Marquardt got it to work. Microsoft is making serious changes to it, though. The chatroom says that there's a Tech Note in Skype support that says to be sure the OS is up to date, along with Quicktime. Leo says to just delete it and redownload and install it. It's probably a localized issue.
Microsoft has announced that they will be replacing the peer to peer voiceover IP scheme in Skype with a native server that will route the traffic in a more traditional way. And in doing so, they promise a “lighter, faster and more responsive UWP app for Windows 10, Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android." But it'll be a bumpy ride for Mac and Linux users, and even Windows phone users, until they do. Leo says that Skype has been improving in it's quality of late and it could be that Microsoft's tweaking of the code is a good thing.
Warren is a Windows 7 user who doesn't want to upgrade to 10, and he's frustrated that it takes so long to get updates. Leo says that they're supposed to have fixed that by now. Warren says that in theory they did fix it, but in reality it isn't fixed. It requires installing a service pack that doesn't really address the issue and several other things. Is Microsoft trying to frustrate us into upgrading? Leo says that's a conspiracy theory. He'll need the rolled up service pack update.
Microsoft announced a new Xbox One console at the E3 Gaming Conference this past week. It's called Xbox One S, and the "S" stands for slim. If anything, this will be a good way to get one of the new UHD Blu-ray players. The current crop of Blu-ray players are 1080p, but now with 4K TVs becoming more common, the UHD Blu-ray players will be more sought after as well. There has been 4K content available for streaming, but it's highly compressed and isn't the best example of how 4K can look.