Windows 10 Stories May 21

Google Chrome 90 is crashing for some Windows users; temporary fix available

The latest widely-available update for Google’s popular desktop browser, Chrome 90, is causing a strange crashing issue for some Windows 10 users. Here’s what’s happening and, if you’re affected, a possible fix.

Windows 10 Stories December 23, 2020

You’ll soon be able to uninstall Chrome web apps just like a native Windows app

Google Chrome makes it pretty easy to install Progressive Web Apps or, PWAs, on your machine to where they feel like native apps. Soon, on Windows machines, you’ll be able to uninstall web apps from Chrome just like you can native apps.

Windows 10 Stories October 12, 2020

[Update: New workaround] Google Chrome partially breaks w/ Windows 10’s May update

In May 2020, Microsoft released its latest significant update for Windows 10. As an unfortunate side effect of the May 2020 Windows 10 update, some users have reported notable issues with the Google Chrome browser.

Windows 10 Stories July 14, 2020

You’ve seen the memes. Google Chrome absolutely eats RAM on most computers, especially on Windows. Now, though, a change to Windows 10 that is live in the latest update opens the door for Google Chrome to reduce its usage going forward.

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Windows 10 Stories June 6, 2020

If you’re a Windows user, Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app has made it really easy to pair your Android device to a computer, and it keeps getting great updates too. Now, Microsoft is rolling out another update for the Your Phone app, this time giving music controls over your Android phone from Windows.

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Windows 10 Stories June 3, 2020

Microsoft Edge was originally just a replacement for Internet Explorer, but to truly start competing in the browser space, Microsoft threw out the backend and rebuilt Edge on top of Chromium. Now, months after its wide release, Microsoft’s Chromium Edge is rolling out to all Windows 10 users.

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Windows 10 Your Phone app may soon support pop-out message view, text recognition

A handy utility for Android users with a Windows PC has been Microsoft’s Your Phone app. Now, the Your Phone app on Windows is preparing a couple of upgrades including text recognition and a pop-out view for messages.

Windows 10 Stories March 13, 2020

Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app has become a powerful tool for Windows 10 users who also have an Android phone, and now, it’s getting even better. With an update rolling out now, Samsung Galaxy S20 users can copy and paste clipboard content between Windows and Android as well as use RCS messaging.

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Windows 10 Stories February 26, 2020

Microsoft rolling out its new Chromium-based Edge via Windows 10 Insider update

Microsoft’s new Edge is based on Chromium and gives Google Chrome a run for its money in a few ways. Now Microsoft is starting to replace the old Edge with the new via Windows 10’s update system.

Windows 10 Stories February 17, 2020

Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app is one of the best ways to tie your Android phone to your Windows PC, and it’s been getting better and better over time. Now, with the debut of the Galaxy S20 series, Microsoft has announced that “Your Phone” for Windows 10 now supports RCS messaging.

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Windows 10 Stories February 3, 2020

Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app now brings calls from Android to Windows, wallpapers too

For Windows 10 users, Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app has been a powerful tool for pairing an Android smartphone to your PC. In the time since its debut, the app has only gotten more powerful. In some of its most recent updates, “Your Phone” has added support for Android phone calls and more.

Windows 10 Stories October 29, 2019

The “stable” version of Google Chrome 78 rolled out to Windows and Mac a week ago, but for some on Windows, this release has been anything but “stable.” A change in Google Chrome 78 has caused some antivirus applications, like Symantec Endpoint Protection, to crash Chrome on Windows 10 with an “Aw, Snap!”

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Windows 10 Stories October 9, 2019

Windows 10 Preview adds ability to take calls from your Android phone

The latest Windows 10 Preview build has enabled the ability to take calls from your Android phone right on your desktop.

Windows 10 Stories July 4, 2019

If you work a desk job, more than likely your eyes are focused on a computer all day instead of your smartphone or even smartwatch. With its “Your Phone” companion app, Microsoft makes it pretty easy to mirror the notifications on your Android smartphone on a Windows 10 PC. Here’s how to set that up.

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Windows 10 Stories July 3, 2019

Microsoft has been pushing interconnectivity between your smartphone and PC for quite some time. With an update this week to the “Your Phone” app, Windows 10 can mirror the notifications from your Android smartphone on your PC or laptop.

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Windows 10 Stories May 2, 2019

Microsoft working to protect your typing while Incognito in Chrome & Edge on Windows 10

Regardless of your reasons for using Incognito, we’ve all taken Google Chrome’s privacy option for granted. As it stands now, though, on Windows 10, your typing data is still passed through Windows’ prediction services even while using Chrome in Incognito mode. Microsoft is working to fix this and avoid awkward text predictions from both Google Chrome and Chromium-based Edge by marking your keyboard input as private while in Incognito.

Windows 10 Stories March 12, 2019

Windows 10 gets a screen mirroring beta which brings Android apps to your PC

Last year Microsoft added the “Your Phone” app to Windows 10 as a way to bring your text messages and notifications from a connected smartphone to your PC. Now, some updates are in testing for that app which enables users to Android apps from their phone onto a Windows 10 PC with screen mirroring.

Windows 10 Stories February 7, 2019

Dark mode has slowly been making its way to various Google services and will be a big highlight of the upcoming Android Q release. Over the past couple months, though, we’ve been tracking a dark mode in Google Chrome on both macOS and Windows 10. Now, that feature respects the system-wide dark mode on both platforms.

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Windows 10 Stories December 3, 2018

Whether you’re using Google Chrome, Opera, or Brave to browse the web, under the hood, it’s all based on Chromium. Chrome’s Blink engine has become more-or-less the de facto way to render the web. Microsoft has long tried to avoid that fact by constantly working on Internet Explorer then Edge, but it seems no more. Microsoft is reportedly embracing Chrome’s dominance with a new replacement browser for Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Stories September 29, 2018

In the build-up to October 9th’s Made by Google event, there’s been just a little bit of hype around the Google Pixel Slate, Google’s first ever Chrome OS tablet. A Chromium commit seems to indicate that Chrome OS may not be the only operating system available for the Google Pixel Slate.

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Windows 10 Stories September 12, 2018

Google Chrome has been around for 10 years and at this point, it’s one of the most popular browsers on the planet. That’s put a lot of pressure on Microsoft to convince Windows users to go with its own browser option, and now it seems Microsoft is adding a warning when you try to install Google’s browser.

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Windows 10 Stories September 10, 2018

Windows 10 ‘Your Phone’ app brings photos and text messages from Android to your PC

Microsoft isn’t all that shy when it comes to integrating its desktop OS, Windows 10, with Google’s Android. Now, with the debut of a new Insider build of Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing a new app called ‘Your Phone’ that lets your devices talk to each other natively.

Windows 10 Stories August 29, 2018

Google’s focus when it comes to computers is definitely centered on Chrome OS, but the company has done a lot for macOS and Windows as well. Today, we’re seeing evidence that hints that Google may be working to let users log into Windows 10 using their Google accounts…

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Windows 10 Stories August 14, 2018

Yesterday, we reported that Google may be bringing Windows 10 support to multiple Chromebooks through a project called ‘Campfire’. However, new evidence has come to light this morning suggesting that the Pixelbook may be the only currently available Chromebook to join Windows around the campfire.

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Windows 10 Stories August 8, 2018

Google Chrome is the favorite browser of millions of users, and a huge part of that is that it works on just about every major platform. Slowly, Google has been making Chrome feel more native wherever it takes up residence, and with Chrome 68, that expands to Windows.

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Windows 10 Stories June 13, 2018

Google’s Pixelbook is easily one of the best laptops on the market today, but no one would be wrong if they argued that Chrome OS holds it back. Recently, we’ve been seeing the possibility of running other operating systems on the Pixelbook, and it seems that Google itself is looking to get the device certified for running Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Stories June 20, 2016

Microsoft-conducted tests show how much of a battery hog Chrome really is [Video]

Despite being the most popular desktop browser in the world, Chrome is still a notorious resource and battery hog. While Google has promised to fix battery life many a time, many users have yet to notice significant improvements. Now, Microsoft has conducted a series of tests showing that Chrome is the most battery intensive browser on Windows 10. There’s always the possibility of bias, but the results do line up with most people’s experiences…

Windows 10 Stories May 19, 2016

Cortana for Android now mirrors notifications on Windows 10 PCs for beta testers

Back in April at Microsoft’s Build conference it was revealed that Cortana for Android users would soon be able to have their smartphone notifications show up on a Windows 10 PC. Now it seems that feature is rolling out, at least to some beta testers/Insiders.

Windows 10 Stories April 29, 2016

cortana In an updated post on the Windows blog, Microsoft has confirmed that it is removing the option to use any browser other than Edge, and any search engine other than Bing, as an integrated option within Cortana. That means if you want to use Cortana for launching web pages or for performing searches in Windows 10, you’ll no longer be able to use Google Chrome or Google Search.

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Windows 10 Stories April 1, 2016

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This is a pretty cool tidbit to come out of Microsoft’s Build conference. Probably thanks to some much more exciting news from Tesla, it went under the radar entirely. Apparently, the Redmond, Washington-based company is planning to soon let a future version of Windows 10 mirror your Android phone’s notifications by way of the Cortana app (via The Verge)…

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Windows 10 Stories February 26, 2016

Microsoft’s Android-to-Windows porting tool ‘Project Astoria’ cancelled for good

A notorious problem given by Android and iOS‘ dominance in the mobile space is the lack of interest developers have in putting their effort into less successful and widely adopted platforms such as Windows Phone. However, in its grand plan, Microsoft announced compatibility of apps between the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10 under the “Universal Windows Platform” umbrella.

To encourage devs, the Redmond giant also worked on some porting tools, the so called Windows ‘bridges’, namely “Project Islandwood” and “Project Astoria” – for porting from iOS and Android respectively – which after a troubled beginning are seeing their roads separating, with the former going forward and Astoria officially shutting down as of today, after a period of apparent hiatus.

Windows 10 Stories April 29, 2015

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Microsoft announced today during its Build conference that it will release a tool for developers to port their Android apps directly to Windows 10 as “universal apps” that run on both phones and desktop computers. Developers will be able to feed their existing Java and C++ code into a new software package and have it converted to work on the upcoming PC operating system.

At least, that’s how Microsoft is pitching it, though the whole process is a bit more complex. Essentially Windows 10 will ship with APIs that mirror the expected behavior of many Android APIs, and this new conversion tool will help developers swap out Android code for matching Windows code.

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Windows 10 Stories January 21, 2015

Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Spartan’ browser to support Chrome extensions

Microsoft has a big day today at its Windows 10 press event, where in part it is expected to unveil a brand new web browser called “Spartan” as part of its latest operating system. ZDNet reports that Spartan will not simply be another Internet Explorer release, but rather a lightweight web browser that looks and functions more like Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

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