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Becoming passwordless in Microsoft 365 using Surface Go and a FIDO2 key

I purchased a Surface Go device in the summer of 2018 while I was visiting New York City. It was also the same weekend when Surface Go was made available, so I opted for the 8 GB/128 GB model, without LTE. I figured I would use the device on the road, and when writing in coffee shops. Almost a year later, I find I haven’t had too much use for the device. In my daily routines, I use my workstation PC at home and my Lenovo laptop when on the road. I rarely, if ever, take the Surface Go with me, even if it now shares the same charging capability via USB-C with my Lenovo Thinkpad. It’s a little bit… Read More »Becoming passwordless in Microsoft 365 using Surface Go and a FIDO2 key
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Windows 10 19H1 (1903) update: Top 5 new features

I’ve loved – and yes, I really mean it – Windows 10 since it became available back in 2015. I run Windows 10 on all three of my main machines – two laptops and one beefy workstation, and use this setup for rotating updates when major releases become available. You can check out my thoughts from the 2018 update exactly one year ago here. The next major release for Windows 10 is called 19H1. Internally, it’s still using the old naming model thus it’s called 1903 (Year: 19, Month: 03). Perhaps someone realized that it’s better to aim for one half of a year than the exact month, so 19H1 works fine. It has nothing to do with H1N1, though.… Read More »Windows 10 19H1 (1903) update: Top 5 new features
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[Updated] Making Remote Desktop fun again: Dynamic resizing and resolution changes while connected

[Note: Some things have changed with RDP in recent Windows versions so I updated this article accordingly in April, 2019] I remember reading about this feature when Windows 8.1 was made generally available in late 2013, but I didn’t have time then to try this out. Today while being connected to my home server to do some development work I decided to test if the new features in Remote Desktop (RDP) work or provide any real benefits. My number one gripe with RDP has in the past few years been the amazingly clumsy way to resize a remote session from full screen to something smaller. Experienced RDP users know how to do this, but less regular users always seem to… Read More »[Updated] Making Remote Desktop fun again: Dynamic resizing and resolution changes while connected

Thoughts on Always Connected PCs from the Microsoft and Qualcomm partnership

I’m attending Microsoft Build 2018 in Seattle this week, and it’s been an eye-opening 4 days to ingest, digest and hopefully apply everything I’ve learned here. It’s more about inspiration and mental notes on what I need to look into when I get back home, but this time I also took the opportunity to visit the expo area to learn beyond the regular breakout sessions. In one of the booths they had on display Windows 10 ARM PCs, for which the marketing name is Always Connected PCs. Initially I frowned with the name, because I come from a country that has ubiquitous 4G LTE (“fast mobile data”) for reasonably cheap prices. I’ve enjoyed unlimited mobile data for more years I… Read More »Thoughts on Always Connected PCs from the Microsoft and Qualcomm partnership

My favorite features with Windows 10 April 2018 update

Today, Monday, April 30, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 April 2018 Update. This was formerly known as Redstone 4, or Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. For me, it’s just “that update to 1803 or 1804 or whatever it will be after 1709.” I’ve been running the update as part of the Windows 10 Insider program on a few of my PCs – two laptops and one workstation. As I don’t want to keep updating my environment every second week, I simply set the Insider settings to Release Preview, to receive just fixes, apps and drivers. I received the near-final bits about two weeks ago in mid-April. This updated my Windows 10 version to 1803, build 17134.1. I paused Insider updates… Read More »My favorite features with Windows 10 April 2018 update