Microsoft Officially Releases Edge (Chromium)

Microsoft has officially launched its new Edge Chromium based browser today for both Windows and macOS.

What does this mean?  There is now a native Microsoft browser that will give you the benefits of Google’s Chrome browser (performance and compatibility) with the addition of better security, and synchronisation of your favorites, settings, addresses and passwords using your Microsoft and 365 accounts.

Edge is very similar to Chrome and includes support for Chrome extensions which means you can replace Chrome right away should you choose. We’ve been using Edge Chromium for months and think its great – its now the most compatible browser available, so why wouldn’t you use it?

This is a game changer for business and streamlines user migration operations and inter-device operations.  Edge has IE mode which allows you load legacy IE sites, tracking prevention for your security, and features like collections that allow you to collate images and content from the web.

You can also install Edge on your mobiles and have your settings sync there too.  Want to know more? Download and try it now!


Windows 10 Upgrade

Get Windows 10 – its Free!

If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free provided you reserve your copy before July 2016.  There are typically changes required to server policies on corporate networks to accommodate the new Windows 10 operating system, but we can manage this for you.

Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3 GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you have upgraded, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.


Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices that you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Windows 10 is automatically updated. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates.

Windows Phone

Windows on your Android

What if your old android was given a new lease of life? What if it ran faster than it ever did, even when it was new? Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows 10 that can run on android hardware, and will run faster and smoother and android itself. This is no prank either… Microsoft are testing it now on Xiaomi.

Xiaomi-Windows-PhoneMicrosoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

“At a recent Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed a number of newsworthy tidbits about Windows 10, the unified operating system whose universal nature will allow developers to code apps which run on a host of different device classes. Headlining the announcements was the expected summer release timetable, followed by free upgrade plans for current users, along with an update on the long-anticipated Windows phone from Lenovo.

At the very end of the news items, almost as an aside, came word of a unprecedented trial that Microsoft is undertaking “in partnership” with popular Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi. According to Myerson, a select group ofXiaomi Mi 4 owners (power users, he calls them) will be invited to test out a custom Windows 10 ROM on their devices. Devices that ship running not Windows out of the box, but Android.

Microsoft has prepared a build of Windows 10 for phones, that is capable of powering Android hardware; this is not just an emulator or even a dual-boot option, but an actual replacement for the stock Android firmware.

It should be clear why this potentially explosive piece of news was relegated to an afterthought. The idea that Microsoft could make an end-run around manufacturers (many of whom are its partners in other device classes) and offer to turn their handsets into de facto Windows phones by appealing directly to the consumer, flies in the face of everything you thought you knew about the mechanics of the consumer electronics industry.”