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June 25, 2016

Microsoft Outlook: 5 Common Errors and How To Fix Them

             5 Common Outlook Errors and How to Fix Them


Email is one of, if not still the most important communications tools for individuals and businesses today in the 21st century. Whenever it stops working, people start to get nervous. While there are many things that a user can do to mess up their email, many of these problems can be resolved with a restart of the software or the computer. 

However when the old standby of restarting doesn’t work, it is time to start looking into the issue a bit more deeply. Here are some of the most common errors and how to fix them found in Outlook 2007 and 2010:

1. Error message that reads: “Cannot open your default e-mail folders. The information store could not be opened.”
This issue can be fixed by first locating Outlook.exe that can be found here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14. Next, right click Outlook.exe and then click on Properties. On the Compatibility tab, clear the check box that reads ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’. Then click Ok and restart Outlook.

2. Error message that reads: “Your Microsoft Exchange Server is unavailable.”
This error is a bit trickier to resolve only because there can be many different causes. No data connection – test your SMTP connection using telnet. If you are unsure how to do this, Microsoft has published a handy-dandy guide on their TechNet site that walks you through this process: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123686.aspx.

A. Office Outlook files are locked – there are times when .ost and .pst files are accidentally, or purposefully, set to read only. Check the permissions of these two files by navigating to: C:Users<username>AppDataLocalMicrosoftOutlook for .pst files and C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12 for .ost files. Make sure that neither is set to read only.

B. Third party applications are interfering with Outlook – many programs, including anti-malware solutions, can interfere with Outlook connecting to the Exchange Server. To check to see if this is the cause, start Outlook in safe mode. Outlook files are corrupted – this can happen after an upgrade is applied to Outlook. If any of the .dat files listed below are present they should be deleted or renamed.
  • Extend.dat – C:Documents and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook
  • Frmcache.dat – C:Documents and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftForms
  • Views.dat – C:Documents and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftOutlook
  • Outcmd.dat – C:Documents and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftOutlook
All the files, with the exception of Outcmd.dat will be re-created. The Outcmd.dat file saves customized toolbar settings so if it is removed these settings will have to be re-applied.

3. Office Outlook will not open personal folders or personal folders do not show up in Outlook.
Personal folders are often the main cause of many problems related to Outlook. Microsoft has published the Inbox Repair tool, Scanpst.exe, that can be used to scan .pst and .ost files for errors in the file structure. If this is not intact, it will reset the file structure and rebuild the headers. This tool will only work on the files that reside on your computer’s hard drive, not the files on the Microsoft Exchange Server. This will also help to resolve the error message: “Cannot open your default e-mail folder.

4. Error messages that read either: “The action cannot be completed. The connection to the Microsoft Exchange Server is unavailable. Your network adapter does not have a default gateway” or “Your Microsoft Exchange Server is unavailable”.

This error occurs when Outlook is unsure of the default gateway address. The former is the error message that shows when the Outlook profile is configured automatically and the latter appears when the profile is manually configured. Both have the same fix.
  • To repair this you will need to edit the registry so clicking on Start and then Run is necessary.
  • Then, enter regedit in the Open box and click OK. Next, navigate to the registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookRPC
  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Type DefConnectOpts, and then press ENTER.
  • Now, right-click DefConnectOpts, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
5. None of the authentication methods supported by this client are supported by your server.
This happens to people when they use their computer in multiple locations. For example, a laptop is taken home and connected to the home network or perhaps a computer is taken on the road. Basically, it comes from authentication rules for the SMTP server. When this error occurs go to the Account Settings tab and click on Change then More Settings. Now select the Outgoing Server tab. The option that reads: “My outgoing server requires authentication” and the one that reads: “Log on to incoming mail server before sending mail” should both be looked at. If there is a check in the option box remove it.

April 13, 2016

Office 365 Channels & Current Updates Explained

Office 365 Updates As Of April 12, 2016
  • Current Branch is now called Current Channel
  • Current Branch for Business is now called Deferred Channel
  • First Release for Current Branch is now called First Release for Current Channel
  • First Release for Current Branch for Business is now called First Release for Deferred Channel
Only the names are changing. The servicing model for each of these channels remains the same. We are in the process of updating our content, so you will continue to see the previous naming during this transition.
Last month, we started a community project to help IT pros with Office client deployments using PowerShell to streamline the process. For more details, see Office Deployment Scripts for IT Pros. A month later, it’s time to check in on some of the new developments with this project. As a reminder, all of the scripts are available on our GitHub repository and released under the MIT license.

Reorganized scripts

For starters, we’ve added a folder structure to help IT pros to find useful scripts quickly and easily. We’ve divided all scripts into different categories including:
  • Preparation
  • Information
  • Deployment
  • Management
  • Updates
By grouping similar scripts together, it’s easier than ever for you to find the one you need.

More documentation

We’ve also added a wiki to the repository that contains useful information designed to provide context for using these scripts in real-world situations. The wiki is your go-to source for all information related to Office IT pro deployment scripts. It holds information explaining completed scripts, upcoming scripts and general information around contributing to the project. So if you are interested in learning about the scripts that are available or learning how to run different scripts, you will now find all of that information in the wiki.
But it’s not all housekeeping; here are some of the new additions to the project.

Office 365 ProPlus Configuration XML Editor

The Notepad is either your tool of choice or a last resort for editing XML files, but without the red squiggly lines we have come to love in Office. If you have ever accidentally typed </congifuration> then the web editor for the Office ProPlus Click-to-Run Configuration.xml file is for you. This web page provides a graphical method to generate and edit the Office Click-to-Run Configuration.xml file.
The Click-to-Run for Office 365 Configuration.xml file is used to specify Click-to-Run installation and update options. TheOffice Deployment Tool includes a sample Configuration.xml file that can be downloaded. Administrators can modify the Configuration.xml file to configure installation options for Click-to-Run for Office 365 products.
The Click-to-Run Configuration.xml file is a necessary component of the Office Deployment Tool. Click-to-Run customizations are performed primarily by starting the Office Deployment Tool and providing a custom Configuration.xml file. The Office Deployment Tool performs the tasks that are specified by using the optional properties in the configuration file. For the Office 2016 release of the product, administrators can download the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center. We also took advantage of the awesome new Office UI Fabric project to hide our IT professional design sensibilities.
Deployment scripts for Office 2016 1

Reverse engineer your configuration

The Generate-ODTConfigurationXML PowerShell script queries the existing configuration of the target computer and generates the Configuration.xml file for Click-to-Run for Office 365 products. This XML is used with the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) to deploy Office Click-to-Run products. This script dynamically generates a Configuration.xml file to either install new or modify existing Office Click-to-Run deployments. This script is particularly useful when trying to deploy Office 365 ProPlus in environments where different languages are required. It allows you to dynamically configure Office based on the languages that are currently in use on the computer. More information can be found in the README.
Deployment scripts for Office 2016 2

Putting it all together

The Deploy-OfficeClicktoRun solution uses several scripts from the GitHub repository to create a complete solution to deploying Office Click-to-Run. The solution uses the Generate-ODTConfigurationXML function to generate the Configuration XML based on the current configuration of the user’s computer. It then uses the Edit-OfficeConfigurationFile functions to modify the Configuration XML to the desired state. Finally, it will utilize the Install-OfficeClicktoRun to install or modify Office Click-to-Run.
There are several examples in the folder that show different approaches:
  • Example Script 1: ExampleDeployGeneric.ps1—Provides an example on how to use the deployment scripts in one script to provide a solution for deploying Office Click-to-Run.
  • Example Script 2: ExampleDeployWithOfficeFilter.ps1—Provides an example on how to use the deployment scripts in one script to provide a solution for deploying Office Click-to-Run, which includes an example on providing custom configuration based on the location of the workstation in Active Directory.
More information can be found in the README.
Deployment scripts for Office 2016 3

Fallback to the CDN for updating mobile PCs

The Update-Office365Anywhere function is designed to provide a way for Office Click-to-Run clients to have the ability to update themselves from a managed network source or from the Internet, depending on availability of the primary update source. Setting the Office Click-to-Run update source to a local network source reduces the Internet traffic. However, mobile workers, who may not be in the office, may not get their PC updated. This script detects if the configured update source is available, and if it isn’t, it will update from the Internet. The script also has the ability to monitor the progress of the update and block the script from exiting until the update has completed. More information can be found in the README.
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Get involved!

We strongly recommend that you check back often, as the existing scripts continue to evolve and new scripts are added on a regular basis. We would also like to hear from you on some of the current challenges you face with deployment and how we might be able to help by automating steps. Feel free to post your feedback and ideas on the Office 365 Network.
As a reminder, anyone is welcome to contribute to the Office IT Pro deployment scripts GitHub project, but we ask that you clone the Development branch to create a feature branch where you can make changes to existing scripts or create new ones. Information on contributing to the project can be found in this README.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up on the latest with this project. We hope that you will take advantage of these scripts and help us continue to improve on what is out there.
—Alistair Speirs, senior operations program manager for the Office Deployment team

April 12, 2016

Microsoft Adds QR Codes To The Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft is adding QR codes to its Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). It's the biggest change to the BSOD since the software maker removed a lot of crash details in Windows 8 and replaced them with a frowning face. The new QR codes are featured in the latest preview of Windows 10, which will debut this summer as the Anniversary Update.
Microsoft is using the QR codes to help support technicians identify error codes in the blue screens, and for Windows 10 users to quickly scan them from a phone to find support articles and assistance. BSOD's have often been complicated to understand, and at times difficult to use to identify the root cause of an issue, but this simplified approach leveraging QR codes could help Windows 10 users troubleshoot any system issues.

February 25, 2016

Microsoft Outlook: Converting an Offline File (.ost) to a Personal File (.pst)

Oftentimes, Microsoft Outlook users who are leaving their current employer want to take their mail, calendar, or contacts with them and do one of two things - delete the Microsoft Exchange account from their profile without realizing the Contacts are stored in the Exchange account or they take the OST file with them, not realizing it can only be opened using the account that created it.
If your company uses a group policy that blocks PST creation, your choices are limited to exporting calendar and contacts to CSV (or Excel, if you have Excel at home). If you don't have many calendar or contacts, you can forward them to a personal address. If using Outlook 2007 or 2010, you can send your entire calendar as an iCal.
Important Note: Check company policies before taking home the contents of your mailbox.

Restore Exchange Account

If you deleted the Exchange account, you may be able to recover the account if your operating system supports system restore and you only recently deleted the account. If too much time has passed you are less likely to have a restore point available.
  1. Open the system restore application. In Vista it is at Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System Tools.
    Or enter %systemroot%\system32\rstrui.exe in Start search field or Start menu, Run.
  2. Pick a date just before the profile was deleted.
When Windows restarts the account will be back and you can move or export the contents of the OST to a PST. Then either delete the account or run restore again to return to the point made before the restore.

Method 1: Archive

You can use Archive to move or copy many items to a PST - this method is best when you want to move almost everything in your mailbox. Note that you cannot archive Contacts. Set the AutoArchive default in Tools, Options, Other, AutoArchive and apply it to all folders. Then go to File, Archive and run it.
AutoArchiving uses the last modified date so you'll need to use a low number when archiving recent items. If you use Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 you can force AutoArchive to use the Received Date. See  Microsoft Outlook's Autoarchive feature information here:  goo.gl/wnn0K2
If you use this method and also need the Contacts, you'll need to move them to the new data file.

Method 2: Export to a PST

Although Export is not usually recommended, when converting an OST to a PST, Export is generally a quick and easy way to move all content from the OST to a PST or ven just the calendar and contacts. If your company blocks the creation of PST files, export to CSV or Excel format.

Method 3: Move the items to a new PST

Create a new PST in your profile and drag the folders you want to take with you to the PST. This method will preserve custom views and forms published to folder.
Dragging default folders, such as Inbox, Calendar, and Contacts, brings up a message that you can't move default folders. The contents will be copied instead, with the folder named Inbox (1), Calendar (1), etc.

Method 4: Forward by E-mail

If you don't have too many items you want to keep, you can email them to your personal email address. Select the item(s), right click and choose Forward. If you have many, you could drag them to a folder in My Documents, then zip the folder and email the zip file.
Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 users can email the entire calendar as a single iCal, provided they use Outlook 2007 or another calendaring application that supports multi-event icals at home. Older versions of Outlook do not support multi-event icals.

Microsoft Outlook: The Difference Between .OST and .PST files

Microsoft Outlook: The Difference Between 
.OST and .PST files (Office 2010)

About Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost)

There are two types of Outlook Data Files used by Outlook. An Outlook Data File (.pst) is used for most accounts. If you are using a Microsoft Exchange account, your items are usually delivered to and saved on the mail server. To allow you to work with your messages even when you can’t connect to the mail server, a second type of data file that is named an offline Outlook Data File (.ost) is kept on your computer.

The primary differences between the two types of Outlook data files are as follows:

1, Outlook Data Files (.pst) are used for POP3, IMAP, and web-based mail accounts. When you want to create archives or back up your Outlook folders and items on your computer, such as Exchange accounts, you must create and use additional .pst files.

2. Outlook Data Files (.ost) are used when you have an Exchange account and want to work offline or use or use the default Cached Exchange Mode. This type of data file is also used for accounts that you set up with the Outlook Connector for Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail). Outlook Data Files (.ost) are always copies of items that are saved on a mail server and don’t have to be backed up like Outlook Data Files (.pst)

Outlook Data File (.pst files)

A Personal Folders file (.pst) is an Outlook data file that stores your messages and other items on your computer. This is the most common file in which information in Outlook is saved by home users or in small organizations. Home users usually use an Internet service provider (ISP) to connect to the Internet. The ISP also provides one or more email accounts. The most common types of accounts are referred to by their Internet protocol names — POP3 and IMAP. Another type of account is an HTTP or web-based account that works similar to IMAP email accounts. All three account types use a .pst file.

Your items can also be moved or archived to an Outlook Data File (.pst). Because a .pst file is kept on your computer, it is not subject to mailbox size limits on the mail server. By moving items to a .pst file on your computer, you can free up storage space in the mailbox on your mail server. Outlook can be configured to deliver new items to a .pst file, but if you do this, it has several disadvantages. This includes being unable to work with your items when you are using Microsoft Outlook Web Access with the Exchange Server email account or when you are working on another computer.

WARNING: Do not access an Outlook Data File (.pst) from a network share or another computer, mainly because it increases the possibility of data loss.

TIP   You should regularly back up your Outlook Data Files (.pst) and save them in a safe place. Your ISP or Microsoft can’t recover your e-mail or other items if the file is lost.

Offline Outlook Data File (.ost files)

Typically, when you use a Microsoft Exchange Server account, your email messages, calendar, and other items are delivered to and saved on the server. You can configure Outlook to keep a local copy of your items on your computer in an Outlook data file that is named an offline Outlook Data File (.ost). This allows you to use Cached Exchange Mode or to work offline when a connection to the Exchange computer may not be possible or wanted. 

IMPORTANT: The .ost file is synchronized with the Exchange computer when a connection is available.

Offline folders are replicas of the folders found in your mailbox on the computer that is running Microsoft Exchange. They make it possible to take a folder from a server location, work with the contents of the folder when you are not connected to the network, and then, when you are connected again, update the folder and its corresponding server folder to make the contents of both folders identical. This process is known as synchronizing folders.

You can add, delete, and change the contents of an offline folder exactly as you can for a folder on a server. For example, you can change and move items between folders, send messages that are included in your offline Outbox, and view the contents of your offline public folders. Meanwhile, new messages are kept in your Inbox on the server, and other people might add, delete, and change items in public folders. You’ll not be aware of these changes on the server until you synchronize.

The information that is synchronized includes the following:

Headers: For email items only, a header is a descriptive identifier that provides the sender's name, the subject line of the message, the time when the message was received, and the size of the message.

Full items: A full item includes the header, the body of the message, and any attachments, such as embedded objects or pictures.

When you work offline, folders that are synchronized are determined by Send/Receive groups. By using Send/Receive groups, you can choose which folders are synchronized and kept current so that when a connection to the server is not possible or you choose to work offline, you can continue to work with those items. You can also specify that updates to the Address Book be downloaded during synchronization.
If you use an Exchange Server email account, we recommend that you use Cached Exchange Mode. 

Most of the reasons to work offline are eliminated when you use Cached Exchange Mode. The lack of a network connection is almost transparent to you because you can continue to work with your items whether you are connected to the computer that is running Exchange.

By default, Cached Exchange Mode creates and uses an Offline Folder file (.ost) and then downloads and maintains a synchronized copy of the items in all folders in your mailbox. You work with the information on your computer, and Outlook synchronizes the information with the server. When your connection to the Exchange computer is interrupted, you can continue to work with your data. When a connection is restored, changes are automatically synchronized, and the folders and items on the server and on your computer are identical again.

With Cached Exchange Mode, you do not have to set up Send/Receive groups, choose folders that you want to be available offline, and then keep those folders synchronized.

File locations: You can save, copy, and move a data file (other than the file that is used as your default delivery location) to another location on your computer or to a share on the network. However, you must have folder read/write permissions to open an Outlook Data File (.pst).

Outlook Data Files (.pst)

NOTE   Microsoft Exchange Server accounts save your information on the mail server. To use Cached Exchange Mode or to work offline, copies of your items are saved in an offline Outlook Data File (.ost). See the Outlook Data Files (.ost) section for more information. Also, some organizations allow you to export or archive your items to a .pst file.
The fastest way to open the folder where your Outlook Data File (.pst and .ost) is saved is to do the following:

  1. In Outlook 2010, click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
  3. On the Data Files tab, click an entry, and then click Open Folder Location.

Outlook Data Files (.pst) created by using Outlook 2010 are saved by default on your computer in the Documents\Outlook Files folder. 

If you are running Windows XP, these files are created in the My Documents\Outlook Files folder.

If you upgraded to Outlook 2010 on a computer that already had data files that were created in earlier versions of Outlook, these files are saved in a different location in a hidden folder:

Windows 7 and Windows Vista     
drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows XP     drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

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Outlook Data Files (.ost)
The .ost file is synchronized with the items on the server that runs Exchange. Because your data remains on the Exchange server, you can re-create this .ost file on your new computer without having to back up the .ost file.

WHERE ARE MY .OST FILES LOCATED AT 
ON MY COMPUTER?
Windows 8 and Windows 10
The good news: In all likelihood, the data files aren't really missing. When Windows 8 or 10 upgrades your computer, it creates a folder called "windows.old" and it contains all of the files used by the previous Windows installation, including your user account files.
To recover your data files (and other personal files) open Windows Explorer and go toC:Windows.old\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook Your old data files should be there, or in the Outlook Files folder in My Documents (the old My Documents!).
Because the folders under the AppData folder are usually marked Hidden, you may need to configure Windows Explorer to display hidden files and folders or remove the read only (and Hidden) flag from the properties of the AppData folder and apply it to all child folders.
BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN UN-HIDING ANY WINDOWS FILES!
To show Hidden files and folders in Windows 8, switch to the View tab in Windows Explorer. The option is on the right.

To remove the Read only and Hidden flag:
  1. Right-click on the folder and choose Properties.
  2. Clear the boxes and click Apply.
  3. Choose Apply changes to folder, subfolders and files then click OK.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista     
drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows XP     
drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook .

November 10, 2015

All Windows Users Must Install Two Critical Patches!

All users running Windows Vista and later -- including Windows 10 -- are affected by two flaws, which could allow an attacker to install malware on an affected machine.

The patch, MS15-112 addresses a memory corruption flaw in Internet Explorer. If exploited, an attacker could gain access to an affected machine, gaining the same access rights as the logged-in user, such as installing programs, and deleting data.

Users must be tricked or convinced into clicking a link, such as from an email or instant message, which opens a website that contains code that can exploit the flaw.

The software giant's new Edge browser, which runs exclusively on Windows 10 machines, is also affected by the flaw, and has its own separate bulletin, MS15-113. Windows server systems -- including users running the third-preview of Windows Server 2016 -- are also at risk, but its enhanced security mode helps to mitigate the vulnerability.

The other patch affecting all versions of Windows, MS15-115, fixes a series of flaws that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on an affected machine by exploiting how the operating system handles and displays fonts. Some of the flaws can only be triggered if an attacker logs on to the affected machine, but some can be triggered by the user visiting a web page that contains exploit code.

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May 25, 2015

Microsoft 10 and The Internet of Things

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Microsoft's Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things: What You Need to Know

Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) has said it intends to have one operating system for all types of devices. It apparently takes that promise seriously. The company, which has announced that Windows 10 will power not only PCs but also tablets, phones, and even Xbox, will also make a version of the OS for Internet of Things connected devices.
These machines -- which include things like smart thermostats and other household appliances -- won't run the full operating system. Instead, they will run customized versions of Windows 10 designed to enable their functionality. Whether it's a smart toaster or a complicated piece of machinery in a factory, Windows 10 will power it -- or at least that's what Microsoft hopes will happen.
Microsoft laid out how the operating system will work on the IoT at its recent Build developer's conference in a presentation led by Sam George and Steve Teixeira, two executives from its IoT group.
IoT is an opportunityThe presentation started with George and Teixeira laying out what Microsoft sees as the opportunity created by the IoT. The pair showed a number of reasons why the the world is moving rapidly toward a connected future, as seen in the graphic below.
Source: Microsoft
Teixeira explained that it is the confluence of these factors that drives demand and creates opportunity. For example, connectivity used to be slow and expensive, he said, "Today between 3G, 4G, mobile data as well as broad Wi-Fi coverage, data is almost there and you can depend on that for building new solutions."
Add in cheaper hardware, easier development, and increasing demand, and you have market forces pushing the IoT forward.
"We can marry all these together. It's no longer just about these devices in the world kind of working independent of one another," George said. "It's these devices connected to one another, connected to the cloud producing a solution that really exceeds the sum of all the parts ... People see the value and it fuels the demand for more."
George cited a statistic from Gartner saying that there will be 25 billion IoT-connected devices by 2020. He also referenced an IDC study which says the market will grow to $7.2 trillion by that year.
"We are convinced that we are in the next generation of computing and that it's going to be big," he said. 
Comprehensive solutions from device to cloudHowever big the market gets, Microsoft intends to serve it through Windows 10 from "the smallest devices through the large devices to massive hyper-scale cloud," Teixeira said.
The company will do that, he stressed, using one platform.
"Whether its Hololens or Raspberry Pi or WIndows desktop or phone [it's all one platform], he said. "You can extend that to the IoT editions ... It's the same platform ... and it's Windows, so you know it can go into enterprise."
It's free for IoTThe "IoT Core Edition" of Windows 10 will be free. (This was expected, since Microsoft has stopped charging for Windows on certain tablets made by its OEM partners.)
That's a seemingly minor concession, but it's important because even a small charge might make Windows a less attractive option for developers.
Security is key"We're putting a big priority on end-to-end security," George said while speaking about how Windows and IoT will work on the company's Azure cloud platform. 
He noted that IoT is a new world when it comes to keeping devices safe. Because of that, Microsoft is "following all of the industry best practices, but we have some ideas to take it further," he said. 
What one OS meansNo matter what the hardware platform, Microsoft will have universal apps, universal drivers, and a universal interface that adapts for the screen you are using it on. That does not mean your smart coffee machine will be able to play Angry Birds, but you will be able to communicate with it across your phone, tablet, PC, or even some wearables.
The goal of the universal platform Teixeira explained is simplifying things for developers. "I apologize. We made you guys write multiple, different drivers to get one piece of hardware to work across the ecosystem," he said after detailing just how much work it used to take to work in the previous Windows setup. 
He added that in the end, the whole goal of Windows 10 for IoT is building better, more responsive hardware.
"I don't just want to make devices necessarily that are just sitting passively in the corner," Teixeira said. "I want devices that I can talk to, that can see me, that can understand my gestures."

May 6, 2015

Windows 10 Just Might Be The Last Windows OS Version We Will Ever Need

Could Windows 10 be the last new version of Windows we will ever install on our PCs and mobile devices?

windows-10
If some of things being said and hinted at by Microsoft are any indication, the answer could very well be yes.
It’s no secret that Windows 10 will likely be sold on a subscription model, which means that as long as we keep making periodic payments to Microsoft our Windows installations will keep on running on our devices without interruption. 
The most recent conversations about Windows 10 are that the regular Windows Updates will include both minor and major changes to the operating system, which will be in addition to the typical bug fixes and security patches. Under that scenario would there ever really be a need to release a “new version” of Windows?
Personally, I think such a move would be a good thing. We would no longer have to bother with installing Windows upgrade versions and our Windows installations would always be completely up to date.
This will definitely be a ground breaking Windows 10 for many reasons and as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) I will definitely keep all of you informed as to this possibility becoming reality....