While streaming services such as Spotify and Hulu are popular, many people prefer to purchase their own media content. Sonca allows you to play local videos, songs, and other files and can stream files from cloud storage providers including OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive. The app has a gorgeous design, filled with Fluent Design elements that work with touch or mouse and keyboard. It's available for Windows 10, Xbox One, HoloLens, and the Surface Hub. The standard price is $7.99, but it's on sale at the time of this review for $4.99. The app is made by Finebits, who also published Torrex and some other popular apps for Windows 10. The developer sells the Finebits AppPack which bundles together multiple apps. If you've purchased that pack in the past, you can pick up Sonca for free. See in Microsoft Store Sonca is bursting with features As a media player, Sonca is versatile and impressive. You can add folders to the player to play local files back or you can connect it to Dropbox, … [Read more...] about Sonca review: A gorgeous media player for Windows 10
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Windows 10 upgrade: Survey finds half of users experience problemsBeing a Windows expert doesn't mean you have to memorize every shortcut and secret. You just have to know where to find those details when you need them.That's the point of this page, where I've collected the links I regularly use to find information and download tools and utilities. These include essential information, troubleshooting tools, and download sites, as well as some of my most popular FAQ pages and tips.I update this page frequently. The most recent update was June 22, 2018.ZDNet FAQs How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10 Here's everything you need to know before you repair, reinstall, or upgrade Windows 10, including details about activation and product keys. FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates If you've spent years mastering the ins and outs of Windows Update, prepare to do some unlearning. Windows 10, with its emphasis on "Windows as a service," rewrites almost all the rules … [Read more...] about Windows 10 how-to: Ed Bott’s free tech support and troubleshooting guide
Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here's what you can expect[This article was originally published in August 2016 for the release of the Anniversary Update. It has been revised completely for the April 2018 Update. The current version was published May 8, 2018.]The Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, will begin arriving automatically on some PCs beginning on May 8. (Early adopters have already had access to the upgrade since its official release on April 30.)When will the PCs in your home and office receive this feature update?CNET: Microsoft Build 2018: Everything that was just announced That question's not just a matter of idle curiosity. Because this is essentially a full upgrade, it requires a large (several gigabytes) download. In addition, the installation process takes more time than a normal monthly cumulative update, which means you probably want some warning before the upgrade takes over your PC.If you're ready, willing, and even eager to install this update, you … [Read more...] about When will your PC get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update?
Video: How to upgrade an old PC to Windows 10 - free [This article has been updated to reflect Windows 10 version 1803.] This article covers the most common scenarios you're likely to encounter when installing, reinstalling, and activating Windows 10. Is it still possible to upgrade a PC to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? For the first year after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft offered free upgrades using the Get Windows 10 app, which appeared in the taskbar as a notification icon and in Windows Update. With the end of the free upgrade offer, the Get Windows 10 app is no longer available, and you cannot upgrade from an older Windows version using Windows Update. The good news is that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 on a device that has a license for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You'll need to download the installation files and run the Setup program from within Windows or use the Upgrade Assistant available from Microsoft's accessibility page. For … [Read more...] about How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10
The Lumia lineup needed a flagship smartphone and it needed it badly. It needed a phone to succeed the 18-month-old Lumia 930, a phone to show that Windows Phone is still alive and kicking. Well, that's the kind of phone we got today. The Microsoft Lumia 950 is now official, and burdened with the task to show us what Windows 10 for Mobile has to shine with. But the Lumia 950 was not the only phone shown off on stage during Microsoft's media event. Along with it was announced the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL – a larger, more powerful version of the Lumia 950, and one that will draw the attention of those who are into extra-large handsets. Yup, the Lumia 950 XL is what some would call a phablet.DesignNeedless to say, the Lumia 950 XL is a rather large smartphone. It is 151.9mm tall and 78.4mm wide, which makes it about as large as a Galaxy Note5. Also, it is 8.1mm thick, as long as you don't count the slight camera hump at the back.On-screen navigation buttons are present on … [Read more...] about Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is official: liquid-cooled Snapdragon 810 SoC, 5.7-inch OLED display, runs Windows 10 Mobile