Microsoft to remove legacy Paint app from the next iteration of Windows 10

The Windows 10 Fall Update is coming pretty soon and users are shocked to hear that the legacy Paint app is on the chopping block. Microsoft stated that the application is no longer in development and has to be removed off the next version of Windows.

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Released 32 years ago as Paintbrush, Paint became a legendary app known for every Windows user. Limited to BMP files, Paint was updated to support JEPG format back in 1998.

Paint was present in every version of Windows, but never grew up into a mature software like its third-party alternative Paint.NET.  Paint never embarrassed the Luna user interface when XP was released. It was as if the Windows engineers just ported its Windows 98-style into the eye-candy XP UX. Worse, when Windows Vista hits the shelves, the same scenario happened. Paint adopted Aero windowing interface but in its deepest root, it  sported the same Win 98 UX. When Steven Sinofsky took the helm back in 2009, Paint finally adopted the Windows 7 look and feel. Still, the version was poorly-featured.

Windows 10 came in, and engineers added a Paint 3D to simplify the presentation. But with the next version of Windows 10, the so-called Fall Update, it will be for Windows users to bid a final goodbye to a such lovely piece of software that embarrassed a legendary status as much as Solitaire.

Fare Thee Well Paint.

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Windows Vista. The End of an Era

It’s an end of an era that started in summer 2001.

Microsoft finally bids a farewell to Windows Vista, an operating system that was released ten years ago and ended up being targeted by a ton criticisms from both consumers and professionals alike.

Microsoft ended support for Windows Vista (“You will remember it as Longhorn”).

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Windows Vista is an operating system that could have been a revolution for Microsoft is they were listening to the consumers instead of being obsessed of keeping hold of Windows’s monopoly that the company was enjoying for more than ten years.

Originally code-named Windows Longhorn, Windows Vista breathed life all a way back in July 2001, a month before Microsoft would wrap up Windows XP.  It was an ambition product that spiraled out of control. The operating system would have included a WinFS storage system that would search for your files on your ever-increasing hard drive and retrieve them up as quickly as possible.  WinFS was scrapped midway through the development process.

Windows Vista was so resource hog that you current 2005 era computer would experience difficulties and program crashes. You really needed to buy a new Windows Vista capable PC to enjoy a better experience.

Windows Vista arrived at the moment when Apple was poised to take the world by storm with the release of the iPhone. As a result, Microsoft missed the chance to enter the smartphone arena and compete with iOS and Android in time.

While it’s easy to point out the bad parts of Windows Vista, its release did many good things for Windows. A new search interface provided a strong foundation for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, and many of the Start menu changes and design choices that still exist in Windows 10 today. Microsoft had much bigger ambitions with Vista that failed, but the fundamentals certainly pushed Windows forward in design, functionality, and security.

So long Windows Vista.

This is an updated copy to correct some typos.

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How to Get $ 5 Free Gift From Windows Store (but conditions apply)

I’m not a huge fan of Windows Store, despite I use Windows 10 as my primary operating system.  When it comes to digital downloads, I use audible.com to purchase audiobooks, kobo.com to purchase e-books and I’m looking forward for purchasing goodies on Apple Store and Steam to get apps + games.

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Microsoft right now is offering a $ 5 gifts you can spend on Windows Store. Just buy a cheapest book out there. Let’s say a one-dollar book and you are good to go for the 4 remaining bucks.

But there are some caveats:

1- You must own a Windows 10 devices. So forget about reading e-books on Androids, Kindle or Kobo readers.

2- You must have the latest version of Windows 10. The Creator Update.  Microsoft Edge gains e-book capabilities in this Creator Build.

3- You must live in the USA.  And not elsewhere.

4- Redeem the code quickly.  Unlike Audible which uses subscription-based or credits, you have to redeem the code before 30 of June.

5- It’s a limited offer. So hurry up.

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Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)

The technology, craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout the new device is simply first class —

Two days ago, I announced that Microsoft finally unveiled its long awaited update to Xbox One hardware during the E3 2017 press conference at Los Angeles. Formally code-named “Scorpio”, The new Xbox One X ( Xbox One with enhanced performances depending to whom you talk) is touted  as the world’s most powerful console.

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Microsoft got it right. Continue reading “Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)”

Microsoft unveils Xbox One X. Release slated for Nov 7 for $499

The wait is officially over. After months of speculations Microsoft revealed the next updated version of Xbox One, called the Xbox One X. Set to compete with the current 4K generation of its rival The PlayStation 4 Pro, The Xbox One X promises the best in the gaming entertainment. True 4K gaming with its ultra Blu-ray Player and backward compatibility with Xbox 360 and current Xbox One S with boosted performances and enhanced gameplay.

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As you may know, the PlayStation 4 Pro currently sells for $399, about $100 less than the Xbox One X. But Xbox One X is far more powerful than the PS4 Pro. And from what I’ve seen today, I think it justifies the price.

Just as the PlayStation 4 Pro, which is useless if you have a non 4K TV Set, you can either keep your current Xbox One S and play games.  If you already own a 4K TV set,  the one hundred bucks can justify the purchase.

Microsoft will release Xbox One X on November 7.

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Windows XP Final UX was kept secretive until the unveiling. (but they used “Mallard” Instead).

Here is an interesting blurb I found around the interweb. During the development of Microsoft Windows XP, the team responsible for the user interface was super cloak-and-dagger on how the final look of the UI would look alike. They wanted to make a splash for the upcoming E3 2001.

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On the other hand, the programmers who were setting up the infrastructure for visual styles needed to have something to test their code against. And something had to go out in the betas.

The visual styles team came up with two styles. In secret, they worked on Luna. In public, they worked on a “decoy” visual style called “Mallard”. (For non-English speakers: A mallard is a type of duck commonly used as the model for decoys.) The ruse was so successful that people were busy copying the decoy and porting it to their own systems. (So much for copyright protection.)

courtesy The Old New Thing.

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Bill Gates’ Business at the Speed of Thought

Understanding the nature of my job as a flight attendant,  I do spend most of the time in the air. As a result, I always take with me a book to read during a very long trip or during some night stop away from my home. As an avid reader, I have a huge collection of movie tie-ins, biography books, comics, in paperback, hardback or in an e-ink format (for Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s NOOK), which I can be only proud of.

Recently, I subscribed to kobo.com, which offers a large collection of downloadable books that you can read them right into your iPad while on the go. . I subscribed to Goodreads.com as well which keeps track of my collection. I plan to buy a copy of Collectorz.com, a powerful software that classifies all your collections of books on your computer and on the cloud.

You can check out my collection of books I read in the menu “What I Read”.

Bill Gates’s Business at the Speed of Thoughts (1999)

Business @ The Speed of Thought lays out Gates’s vision of the near future in worldwide business and society. His underlying message: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. For all the productivity gains registered by businesses in the past decade through the skillful deployment of technology, the hot-wired organizations of the 21st century hold the promise of even greater progress.

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The book is full of real-world examples of companies whose digital nervous systems are making them more efficient and profitable by improving the flow of information among decision-makers at all levels. Not all of these systems are necessarily produced by Microsoft. Gates uses his company’s inner workings to show the processes that go into digitizing a business, but he also candidly discusses Microsoft’s, and his own, failures of strategic vision in the past most notably its tardiness in embracing the internet’s potential.

Gates makes a persuasive argument that technology can be a liberating force. In businesses, improved digital information systems can empower employees to move beyond carrying out orders and take more initiative on their own. Beyond business in education, government, and elsewhere in society the same systems can benefit the common good.

Nashville journalist E. Thomas Wood is the author of Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust (Wiley)

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