Join A Skype Conversation Without Installing It

Join A Skype Conversation Without Installing It

This is a welcome change for Skype which allows users to join a Skype conversation by clicking on a URL. The conversation is not limited to messaging only but you can also join audio and video calls without installing Skype on your device.

As of now the update is available for Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows and Skype for Web in US and UK. However, it will be rolled out to rest of the world in coming few weeks.

Users who are running Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows and Skype for Web can click on “+New” from their app and share the unique link via email, Facebook,  WhatsApp or whatsoever you want to use. The recipient of the unique link can join the conversation by clicking on the link. The invited guest can provide her or his name and start the conversation. Please note that no Skype account is required. The guest does not need to have Skype app installed on their device to get started. This functionality is really handy! You can check out the video to see the feature in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojly8VCTLGE

Skype also released an update for Mojis and some video clips based on TV and movies. The new update covers some cool new features and tabs for you to discover. Let me know how your first Skype conversation went with this new feature in comments section.

Skype Blog: A New Way To Start a Skype Conversation

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Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

There has been a lot of feedback provided to Microsoft around Windows 10 activation via Windows Insider Program. Its easy for Windows 7 and 8 users to install and  activate Windows 10 without any problem. If you are trying to get a clean install of Windows 10 free upgrade then you must install Windows 7 or 8 first and then earn the free upgrade to Windows 10. What a waste of precious internet bandwidth! This will change coming month with next big update for Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows Insider Program reported that they are planning to introduce a new activation method which will prompt you to enter a product key of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 while performing clean installation of Windows 10. Sometimes prayers are answered but it takes some time.

So what it means for us? Technically you don’t have to install Windows twice as per the current scenario. If you are planning on activating it now, please think again as it will be different soon and you don’t have to install older operating system before installing an upgrade.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 | Windows Insider Blog

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Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Microsoft unveiled a surprise device at their October event. People were definitely expecting Surface Pro 4 tablet and Lumia 950 and 950 XL among others. Microsoft Surface Book is an impressive laptop convertible which made this event special. The laptop is shipped with Windows 10, a touchscreen friendly version. I found that Microsoft did not do justice to Microsoft Surface Book with their new advertisement.

Microsoft Surface Book Specs

Microsoft claims it’s the “fastest 13-inch laptop anywhere on any planet,” a statement that we don’t have the means to confirm, and that it’s “two times more powerful” than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“We made the ultimate laptop. We made the Surface Book,” said Microsoft Surface team leader Panos Panay while presenting the new device on stage.

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

3 Different Modes for Microsoft Surface Book Convertible | Image Courtesy Microsoft

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard | Image Courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

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How To Protect From Windows 10 Privacy Issues

How To Protect From Windows 10 Privacy Issues

There has been so much hullabaloo about online privacy and NSA spying on our online presence in recent time. Undoubtedly we are indebted to Snowden for his ground breaking and NSA shaking revelations. In other way he has made all of us paranoid about our privacy and this new kid in the neighbour aka Windows 10 is earning quite a reputation for gathering the data and sending it back to mommy Mirosoft datacenter.

This is the guide for you to stop this naughty kid to gather your information (geolocation, contact details, online browsing history etc) and let it flow across the wire on the other side of the globe. Are you ready for getting this kid fixed. Lets get started.

If you don’t fancy new Windows 10 Cortana digital assistant and puts your privacy above all then you can also use an offline account while setting up Windows for the first time. 

You can use Local accounts over Microsoft Account
You can use Local accounts over Microsoft Account

Disable Sync

While setting up your new Windows 10 you must have specified your Microsoft account to proceed. Once its done your computer will start syncing data with Microsoft servers including browser history, favorites, mobile hotspot/Wi-FI networks names and passwords etc. Sounds scary? isn’t it? You have a way out.

Privacy Settings in Windows 10
Privacy Settings in Windows 10

Head into Privacy available under Settings and you will find 13 different pages to restore your privacy. There are different sections for controlling the usage of your inbuilt hardware by apps and sharing your advertisement ID, geo location, email and calendar etc. Review each setting carefully and turn it off which you find intrusive towards your privacy.

Disable Cortana (Protect Privacy)

I am pretty sure you must have heard the great thing Cortana does for you in Windows 10 like Siri for Apple. There are some nice tricks it can do for you by bargaining your private information. Cortana accesses your browsing history, contacts, calendars. It does not stop there it also watches your moves on your device and captures how you use your device like your favorite shopping websites, lock screen of your device, music which you listen to etc. It may not be concerning for you if you ain’t a privacy advocate but this definitely helps Microsoft in delivering the advertisements especially for you.

Disabling Cortana on Windows 10
Disabling Cortana on Windows 10

You can click on search option right next to your Start menu and click on the setting icon as you can see in the snapshot posted above. You will find the way to shut this spy down.

Turn Off Geo Location

Windows 10 is capable of using your geo location and if your device has inbuilt hardware then nothing like it. You can stop tracking of your geo location by heading into privacy settings and hit “Location”. You can turn off location tracking for your device which may affect your ability to use maps and other apps which rely on your location.

You can also selectively allow applications to use your location by choosing from the list of installed apps. That may look something like this.

Location Tracking in Windows 10
Location Tracking in Windows 10

There are other important settings which you can configure similarly. Remember that apps can use your camera, microphone and radios. Make the best use of this information and stay safe online and enjoy Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Download Is Available Free This Time

Windows 10 Download Is Available Free This Time

The news is out and there is a buzz among tech enthusiasts around the globe with the launch of Microsoft new shining Windows 10 operating system. We have been keeping our fingers crossed after Redmond’s bold decision to do something new with Windows 8 to rule over the declining PC and rising mobile hardware market. Microsoft maintained their failure of odd revision of Windows operating system by presenting a well written and universal experience product in the form of Windows 10.

I have put together a guide for you if you are willing to give a shot because this time it is not going to make a hole in your pocket to upgrade to new Windows operating system. Yay! Its free! Why is Microsoft willing to miss out on making a party? Well, it is a separate topic to discuss, probably you can jump to Why is Windows 10 upgrade is offered at no cost?

Who is eligible for free Windows 10 download?

As I have mentioned earlier you are only eligible for free upgrade if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. Wait don’t get excited too early. You should be using a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 8/8.1 Pro. You will not receive a free upgrade notification if you are running Windows RT or Windows 7 Enterprise edition.

You must get your internet connection working and start running Windows update. Microsoft will deliver the good news about your free upgrade eligibility once you download and install all Windows updates. This is how Windows update app looks like:

Windows 10 Download Option Under Windows Update

Windows 10 Download Option Under Windows Update

 

Once you are all set with all updates, you will notice a new Windows logo in the taskbar breaking the good news about getting your free upgrade copy. This is how it looks like:

Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

 

You have earned Windows 10 but owning it on your computer is still few steps away and there may be few bottlenecks if your hardware does not meet Windows 10 requirements.

Hardware requirement for upgrade:

Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or SOC

RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit

Disk Space: 16 GB for 32-bit and 20 GB for 64-bit OS

Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Display: 800×900

In the absence of any juice missing as mentioned above this good free upgrade notification would become a little distant dream.

Microsoft has also put together a slideshow on this upgrade notification which shows you some options for new PCs available with Windows 10. Not a bad idea to gift yourself a brand new PC with a new Windows 10 OS.

You can get started with the installation of Windows 10 upgrade which means your applications and data would be carried forward to new Windows 10. In case you would like to schedule it before going to bed then you just got lucky. Your PC will reboot several times during the upgrade process and once it will complete you will have to do some fine tuning of your newly installed OS. You can read (How to set up Windows 10 operating system) guide if you are sceptical about its excessive background data usage, location tracking and ability to block pirated apps etc.

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