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Microsoft has been in the mobile game longer than most, especially longer than Google and Apple. For many reasons, though, the company has fallen far behind. Due to the position Microsoft is in, it is difficult to believe it will ever rise from the rut its in.
We’ve long known that attempting to catch up with Apple and Google would have turned out be a difficult task after the launch of Windows Phone 7. The operating system flew through the gates with support from several OEMs, but what it brought to the table in terms of features were below average compared to what Android and iOS had to offer at the time.
Even after several updates — and a big one in Windows Phone 7.5 — the operating system still felt ancient and a lack of quality apps made the experience even worse, especially for those contemplating whether or not they should switch from Android or iOS.
As time went on, Microsoft came back strong with Windows Phone 8, and this operating system was a huge upgrade over Windows Phone 7.5. Nokia was onboard and with that came an influx of awesome, well-designed devices. Interestingly enough, the platform actually gained market share at a slow pace because there was a clear focus. It wasn’t perfect but it was effective in many ways.
Things began to go downhill after Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile division. At that point, it was easy to see the company no longer had that passion behind the launch of a new device as they did before. Slowly but surely, Microsoft spoke less about its mobile ambitions when it came to Windows Phone.
The plan for Windows 10 Mobile was laid out and we got to see several cool things. Continuum was one of them. By then, though, the market share the platform gathered quickly dissipated. Everything the software giant had worked for since Windows Phone 7 was quickly thrown under the bus.
The platform in its current state is nothing but a joke. No one cared about the first round of Windows 10 Mobile smartphones that were released in 2023. Unlike the Nokia-made devices, these, according to reviewers, felt cheap. Worst of all, the operating system was a mess, as if Microsoft released a beta product for mass market consumption.
Build 2023 came and went, yet nothing much was mentioned about Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft spoke about Android and iOS more than it did its own mobile offering. Not mention, developers from the company’s garage project only release apps for Android and iOS.
What is this rant all about you wonder? We’re basically trying to say that Microsoft might very well be on the verge of killing Windows 10 Mobile. One does not simply treat their own platform as garbage while giving more support to the competition. For those who are die-hard, unwilling to let go, maybe it is time to do so.
There’s not much to lose seeing as many of the most important Windows 10 Mobile features can be found on competing platforms — they are just an app away.
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Microsoft has spent more than eight years and millions of dollars developing both its Windows Mobile smartphone technology and an enterprise marketplace for it.
Despite that hefty investment, the company says it is now poised to push into consumer markets — but not using Windows Mobile.
Instead, it plans to turn to Danger, Inc., a vendor of consumer smartphone software. Microsoft said Monday it would acquire the privately held firm for an undisclosed sum.
Since its founding in 2000, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Danger has established a platform, a reputation and an audience for its popular consumer handset technologies — embodied in the Sidekick, a phone sold by wireless carrier T-Mobile, built by Motorola and powered by Danger’s systems and applications software.
Now, Microsoft has decided that Danger is a must-have purchase if it wants to speed up its quest to become a heavy-hitter in the high-volume, less-expensive realm of consumer smartphones and their accompanying services.
“We’re broadening our customer base, trying to nail the business requirements [for enterprise customers] and we also know we need to address the consumer space,” Scott Rockfeld, group product manager with Microsoft’s mobile communications group, told chúng tôi
Long road ahead for Microsoft
The announcement comes on the heels of a report last week by analysis firm Canalys that put Windows Mobile-powered phones in a distant second place globally for 2007.
The report found Windows Mobile held 13 percent of the market, far behind Symbian OS devices, at 67 percent.
On top of that, in the higher-end smartphone and “converged devices” category, Microsoft actually came in behind Apple’s iPhone during the fourth calendar quarter of 2007, the report states.
Canalys’ figures nearly match numbers from analysis firm Gartner, which found Symbian held a 62 percent share during third quarter, while Windows Mobile had only 12.7 percent.
In what might help Microsoft gain a greater foothold in the market, Danger is primarily a software and services company. As a result, it could fit tightly into both Microsoft’s emerging software-plus-services initiative, while boosting its consumer-focused mobile device strategy.
It’s unclear how the deal with T-Mobile and the Sidekick itself will figure into Microsoft’s plans. Part of that may also be contingent on whether Motorola spins off its mobile phone business — a move it’s considering.
For now, however, Microsoft plans to continue the T-Mobile deal.
“We have no plans to change those relationships, but what we do want to do in the future is take those consumer assets and combine them with the enterprise apps and provide a unified device — one phone for your entire life,” Rockfeld said.
Microsoft has made significant headway in recent years with Windows Mobile, carving out a niche in the smartphone marketplace, even out maneuvering established rivals in what has primarily become a market for high-end phones with enterprise applications such as corporate e-mail.
In that regard, the company has done well recently. For example, Gartner puts Research in Motion’s Blackberry — a popular device with business users — at 10 percent share for the third quarter of 2007. (Canalys lists a similar figure for the entire year.)
However, due to the relative expense of the devices and the services, as well as Microsoft’s focus on enterprise customers, the company has been largely stymied in marketing Windows Mobile devices to consumers so far.
That may change with the purchase of Danger.
“If you’re Microsoft and you have a big pot of money, you can start investing in some alternative systems,” Roger Kay, president of consultancy Endpoint Technologies, told chúng tôi “Buying their way into consumer electronics is an interesting play for them.”
That’s in contrast to other Microsoft consumer electronics ventures, such as the Xbox game consoles and Zune music players. In both cases, the company developed and built the devices itself, while also writing the software.
Meanwhile, the Danger acquisition signifies a willingness for Microsoft to buy its way into the consumer mobile handset software market, jumpstarting its efforts with an already-established player.
“One of the big things is Danger brings an immense knowledge of young consumers [to the table],” Rockfeld said.
Among the capabilities that Danger’s software and services provide are instant messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, social networking and personal information management — all in a consumer-friendly device, he said.
“We realize that we need to capture consumers’ hearts and minds,” he added.
Additionally, Microsoft recently moved to beef up its executive ranks to strengthen its push into the consumer phone market. Among other changes, Microsoft in late January hired Todd Peters, a former Staples exec to serve as vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s mobile communications business.
While at Staples, Peters championed the office supply firm’s “easy button” marketing campaign.
Danger will be integrated into Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, headed by division president Robbie Bach, who Peters reports to, according to a Microsoft statement.
Alongside those changes, Microsoft also is setting aggressive sales targets for itself, even within the coming months. Rockfeld said the company expects to have sold 20 million new Windows Mobile-based phones during its current fiscal year, which ends June 30 — an increase from 11 million a year earlier.
The Google factor
Perhaps more than a little ironically, one of the original co-founders of Danger, Andrew Rubin, sold his latest startup, Android, to Google in 2005.
These days, Google and Rubin are behind the Open Handset Alliance. The group has adopted Android technology as its integrated, open source mobile operating system stack — a threat to Windows Mobile, and possibly to Danger, in the future.
Google has yet to signal that it plans to mount a challenge to the Danger acquisition on antitrust grounds — as it has Microsoft’s separate purchase offer for Yahoo. Even if it doesn’t contest the Danger bid, Google’s growing clout in mobile and the burgeoning interest in Android may spell trouble ahead for any competing offering.
Additionally, another fact about the Danger acquisition might make Microsoft swallow hard as it gobbles up the company: the smaller firm’s software is built on Java — anathema to Microsoft.
Despite assertions that longer-term, Microsoft is looking to create a unified offering, how Microsoft will deal with Danger’s reliance on Java remains unresolved question.
“Those decisions have not been made yet,” Rockfeld said.
Details of the Danger sale were not disclosed, nor was a timeframe for when the deal will be finalized.
Rockfeld said the proposed acquisition is currently under regulatory review.
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We’ve been hearing rumors in the past about Microsoft working on a device called “Home Hub” that shared the same characteristics of Amazon Echo and Google Home, but unfortunately the rumors turn out not to be accurate.
However, the rumors weren’t totally false either, as it seems that Microsoft is indeed working on a “Home Hub”, but it’s not a standalone device, instead it’s a feature coming to Windows 10.
On a new report from Windows Central reveals that Microsoft is working on a new feature for Windows 10 carrying the “Home Hub” name to have computers play a more central role in the home.
The idea with the new feature is to make the PC on the home easy to share with family members and easy for users to share content with the family.
Currently, anyone can use a computer using their personal account, but Microsoft’s Home Hub will add a “family account” that will allow users to access certain features without having to sign-in. Some of these features, include a specific set of apps, shared calendar, appointments, documents, and more.Home Hub’s Welcome Screen
The new feature will also have a Welcome Screen, which is meant to surface the family shared resources to make them easily accessible. The Welcome Screen will run on top of the desktop, and Cortana will also play a bigger role by being always listening and ready to assist, including with new features part of the “FamTana” project that makes the assistant more user-friendly.
Although the rumor suggests that Microsoft has no plans to create a standalone device, it’ll not stop third-party hardware makers from building Home Hub devices. However, the company wants hardware manufacturers to build the new feature around all-in-one and 2-in-1 devices, as the idea is to make the PC a central piece of the home (think of it as a home computer server).Connected Home
Perhaps one of the biggest features of Microsoft’s Home Hub is the ability to transform your Windows 10 PC into a hub for all your connected devices. The report also notes that Microsoft is building a “Connected Home” app to make easier to add and control smart devices around the house, including lights, doors, thermostats, and more, and it’ll support different type of sensors too.Microsoft’s Home Hub release date
As with any rumor things could always change, but this rumor seems that it might actually happen, as an additional report from ZDNet also points out that Microsoft has a new “Family Team” in the Windows and Devices Group, and the company also is actively looking for software engineers to join the team.
ZDNet’s also notes that in addition to Cortana, Skype, Microsoft’s Bots, and Azure will be also part of the Home Hub strategy.
Additionally, to further fuel this rumor, recently Twitter user @h0x0d has discovered reference of Home Hub in the Insider Preview builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which confirms the project is actually a feature and not a physical device.
Microsoft has been working on Home Hub for quite a while, and if the Windows Central information materialize, we’re going to start to see part of the new experience in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Redstone 3 by the end of 2023, and Redstone 4 arriving sometime in 2023.
Source Windows Central, ZDNet
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Your draft blog posts will not move with you. Please publish or back them up before moving your content.
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Numpad seems like a rare bread now. A lot of manufacturers try to make their devices compact by excluding a numpad from their keyboards or laptops. This can be not a big deal for some users, but a lot of users miss having the convenience of a numpad. They look for alternate ways and want to emulate Numpad on keyboards in Windows. If you are one such user, this post is for you.Emulate Numpad on keyboard in Windows
If there’s no Numpad and you are stuck while typing numbers, try the ways mentioned below to emulate Numpad on a Keyboard in Windows 11/10:
Windows on-screen keyboard
Numeric keypad emulators
Using AutoHotkey as a Number pad
Get a separate Numpad accessory
Let’s talk about these methods in detail.1] Use the Windows on-screen keyboard
One of the well-known ways to access Numpad in Windows is through their On-screen keyboard facility. The shortcut key to access the on-screen keyboard whenever wherever you want is Win + O+ Ctrl, however, there is a different method to access the on-screen keyboard, and it is as follows:
Now go to Ease of Access and Accessibility in Windows 10 and Windows 11 respectively and then select Keyboard.
Under the On-screen keyboard, access keys, and print screen, turn on the toggle key of the On-screen keyboard.2] Download and use Numeric keypad emulators
Apart from Windows on-screen keyboard, Numeric keypad emulators are one of the most customizable free apps that users can download. Aside from the basics, we can decide the button size, which key should be on the keyboard and its placement, and last but not least, we can also add special symbols via alt codes. So, go to chúng tôi and download the tool.
3] Use Laptop Numlock
A lot of laptops acknowledge the Number pad issue and provide a hidden Numpad located near the NumLock key. They will be coated with a different color, so, look for them and press them alongside Fn or Alt keys. If the NunLock, NumLk, or Num key lights up, you know that you have successfully enabled Numpad. Do keep in mind that this feature is seldom seen on modern laptops. But if yours happen to have this feature, you don’t have to go any further, your manufacturer has thought about your liking for Numpad.
If you have an iPhone or iPad then there are some apps that transform them into a Numpad emulator, however, the only drawback is the lack of direct support for Windows.
In order to connect to the Numpad, it’s necessary to have a VNC server, although while the app demands a small amount, it is still more cost-friendly and takes less space than actually buying external Numpad emulators. However, we would recommend going for TightVNC which is a free app and will get the job done. You should know that this method is not recommended as it is a hassle to connect your phone or tablet every time just to access the Numpad.5] Using AutoHotkey as a number pad
The only problem with this is that it stops you from using the Capslock as it should be used, but that’s why we have the Shift key.6] Get a separate Numpad accessory
Last but not least, we recommend you go for a permanent solution which is getting a Numpad device. The device will get attached to your computer and will function just like a Numpad should.
That’s it!How do I use numpad without numpad in Windows?
There are various ways to use Numpad without the physical numpad. You can use AutoHotKey, download an application, connect your phone, or better, get a working external numpad. We have mentioned everything you should know about the topic, do check them out.
Read: How to use Windows computer without keyboard or mouse
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Also Read: Keyboard wont type numbers OR will only type numbers.
Some PC gamers are reporting although the internet works fine, when they start Valorant game on their Windows 11 or Windows 10 gaming rig, the Riot Games logo screen appears and then the No Internet Found error prompt is displayed. This post provides the most suitable solutions affected gamers can apply to fix the error.
When this issue occurs on your system, you’ll receive the following full error message;
We weren’t able to connect to the internet to get an update that is required to play games. Please check your internet settings and try again.NO INTERNET FOUND Valorant error
If you have run into the NO INTERNET FOUND Valorant error on your Windows 11/10 gaming PC, you can try our recommended solutions presented below in no particular order (but first begin with the initial checklist) and see if the error is fixed on your system.
Run Internet Connections Troubleshooter
Configure third-party DNS
Contact Riot Games Support
Read: Fix VALORANT Connection Error codes VAN 135, 68, 81
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.1] Initial checklist
The suggestions included in this initial checklist is intended as quick resolutions or eliminating of the most common underlying problems as it concerns internet connectivity issues generally. So before you try the solutions below, you can do the following, and after each task see if you can successfully connect to the internet and play VALORANT game without issues:
Read: Not connected, No connections are available in Windows2] Run Internet Connections Troubleshooter
This solution requires you to run the Internet Connections Troubleshooter; one of the Network-related troubleshooters bundled into the Windows 11/10 OS to help PC users automatically fix network problems.
To run Internet Connections Troubleshooter on your Windows 11 device, do the following:
Press Windows key + I to open Settings app.
Under the Most frequent menu, find Internet Connections.
Follow on-screen instructions and apply any recommended fixes.
To run Internet Connections Troubleshooter on your Windows 10 device, do the following:
Press Windows key + I to open Settings app.
Go to Update and Security.
Follow on-screen instructions and apply any recommended fixes.
If this Troubleshooter didn’t help with issue in focus, you can use the Network Reset feature to reinstall your Network adapters, and reset networking components to default on your computer.
Read: Network icon says No internet access, but I am connected3] Configure third-party DNS
It’s possible your ISP may have blocked the game’s IP address at the DNS level. So if you’re using default DNS, to see if the issue you’re currently facing is resolved, you can change to an alternate free DNS like Google Public DNS or Cloudflare DNS.4] Use VPN/GPN
When it comes to online gaming in general, most internet issues can be resolved by using a VPN/GPN especially if the issue is region-specific and not game server global outage.
On the other hand, a VPN service (if already in use) could be the culprit here; probably the VPN connected but cannot browse the internet or due to some kind of interference that ends up blocking communications between your Windows 11/10 gaming device and the Riot Games server. In this case, to resolve the issue, you can disable or disconnect from your GPN software.5] Contact Riot Games Support
If you have exhausted all your options as presented in this post, but the issue in hand is still unresolved, at this point your only option is to contact Riot Games support at chúng tôi possibly there are pending issues in-house that are yet to be resolved.
Related post: Fix Origin installation requires an internet connection errorWhy does Riot client say no Internet found?
The ‘connection error’ mostly occurs due to a problem caused by Vanguard, Riot’s anti-cheat engine which aims to keep cheaters at bay. Relaunching Vanguard may solve this problem. To do so, first, you’ll need to restart your computer. Vanguard will launch automatically at your next boot.Does VPN ban Valorant?
Geo-blocked games like Valorant are against VPN usage. If they detect you use a VPN, they will block your IP address and/or DNS server. However, you can use a VPN for Valorant to unblock the in-game VoIP chat feature or to access the game if your country doesn’t have servers for the game.
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