Simple Truths (no dares)

While a computer is often used for serious work, sometimes a game is all you need to get some frustration out just to divert your mind for a bit. The game Simple Truths could be just that game.

Simple Truths - question

Simple Truths – question

This game gives you either/or type questions and that is about the extent of it. The idea is simple, the answers – not always so.

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Cortana – Search Companion

Search is definitely important on the internet and it has become even more so on the desktop for some. Desktop storage has become so large that you may not remember where you have stored everything. Enter Cortana.

Cortana Main Screen

Cortana Main Screen

Windows 10 comes with Cortana installed by default (well not everywhere, more on that later) and sits right on the taskbar. Windows used to put search inside the start menu but I’m sure the feeling is to have it outside of that menu would make it more accessible and used. The jury is out on that, but Cortana does so much that perhaps if you give it a try, you might find it indispensable.

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Perfect Tube

I thought I’d compare another YouTube Windows 10 app against my favorite Hyper for YouTube. Admittedly this wasn’t doesn’t differ too much thematically from Hyper. There are some different takes on what an app for YouTube should be like, but I think only so many ways it can be done well.

Perfect Tube - main screen

Perfect Tube – main screen

This is not a full on comparison with any other app including Hyper for YouTube, just wanted to look at another app that caught my eye and gets the job done. However this app claims it is Perfect, so let’s see if it accomplishes that goal.

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Hyper for Youtube

I reviewed this app back in the Windows 8 days and it eventually became my daily driver for YouTube. There were other apps that were pretty good, but nothing gave me the all around features that this app did/does. Funny thing is I find myself using some apps like this a lot less than previously. I have a browser open, why would I want to bother opening an app?

Hyper for YouTube main screen

Hyper for YouTube main screen

Like many things it may be just a matter of whether it enhances the features of YouTube where it makes it a better experience to use the app on a desktop. Naturally on a tablet, an app may make a whole lot more sense. Unfortunately it isn’t a Universal App, but let’s see if it does things better enough to make it my go to app again for YouTube.

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Absense

I realize it has been a few days since I had a post. I got sick. I do realize if you read this blog you aren’t expecting posts on a regular basis though I would like to get one out every few days at least. Actually unsure of the direction I want to take. Should I keep reviewing the default apps and features that come with Windows10 or simply move on to trying to find and review gems in the store. Finding gems, can be a challenge but hopefully now with Windows 10 the quality will improve.

I have a Windows phone as well and while I don’t want to install the pre-release version on it, I do want to incorporate reviews using it (once 10 Mobile is out) to review Universal Apps mainly – apps that are made to be used on either desktop or mobile. I really think this capability will help boost the use of Windows 10 mobile above the currently less than 3% market share.

Split screen with choice of open apps to fill rest of space

Split screen with choice of open apps to fill rest of space

I may re-visit parts of the OS as things change. In fact I’m not looking at the mail app yet for review because I’m still on the Insider Preview and the version of the app I am using, the general public won’t recognize…yet. I’m going to stop being on the preview once this next update is finished and released.

The screenshot included with this post shows a feature some may have used where Windows lets you split screen more than one app. It also now adds a choice of apps you can choose to fill the space, before it didn’t give you this choice. Unless I’m copying and pasting, multiple apps on screen isn’t something that I have had a need for.

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The Start Menu in Windows 10

Most claim the reason Windows 8 failed was due to the Start Menu or basically lack thereof. I was able to adapt to it, but most people do not take change easily, never mind drastic change – which is what it was. Now as others have stated Microsoft could have explain the features better and it may have helped but I really think people are too ingrained into how they do things and don’t wish to spend time learning something new.

Default Start Menu with app listing

Default Start Menu with app listing

So along comes WIndows 10 and while the Start Menu is back where it belongs, it is still new enough that it is an adjustment for people. The learning curve here is far smaller if you are coming from Windows 7 than if switching from Windows 8.

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Windows 10 and Edge

With the desire to keep the letter “e” as their browser name, Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with Edge. For many this is a pleasant change as IE was much derided, although certainly a good chunk of the population used it because it was the default and they know nothing about switching browsers.

Edge w/sidebar

Edge w/sidebar

Already from just a screenshot you can tell something is different. No other browser ships with the ability out of the box to make it dark – very dark. It is one of the more visual differences over IE but certainly not the only different.

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