HP Announced End Of Life for webOS Cloud Services

That’s right HP announced End of Life for webOS Cloud Services for January 15, 2015 on the Palm Developer site.

HP webOS End Of Life

HP webOS End Of Life

The FAQ tells us more about what is being shut down including; Downloading and updating of apps, Restoring a device, Setup of a new device (or one that has been reset) and password recovery.

HP once had plans to put webOS on computers alongside Microsoft Windows and had released an HP webOS powered tablet.  I have to admit I was considering a webOS based smart phone before I bought my first Windows Phone.  I loved the OS but hated the keyboards on their devices.

HP has made webOS open source and LG now uses it to power their smart TV’s.

To once what could have been…

Microsoft Updates the Windows 10 Technicial Preview and Here is How

On October 21st Microsoft updates the Windows 10 Technical Preview and here is how you can too. This update adds a few new features such as a Notification Center, Battery Saver, and DataSense (All features from Windows Phone originally but welcomed in Windows).  I had read that you could update to the newest build, Build 9860, through Windows Update but after trying to make that happen with Windows Update through the Control Panel I went to Update and Recovery and then Preview Builds in PC Settings from there you can invoke a check for new builds of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds

Once it finds the new build click on Download Now.  It will take some time and there is no progress bar so just sit tight till it prompts you to restart your computer.  The setup will begin and will restart your computer a few times.  Once the setup is completed you will be running Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860.  I suggest backing up your data first before doing this upgrade just in case.  Build 9860 also adds a few feature here that allows you to get preview builds more rapidly.  Please keep in mind that means there may be more bugs as they have not been tested as much but you can change this setting at any time.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds Fast Setting

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds Fast Setting

There is one other note, after installing Build 9860 you may notice some text missing from PC Settings or from web pages, There is a Windows Update that will fix this you will want to install afterwards.  Enjoy seeing the new things in the updated Windows 10 Technical Preview.  Keep in mind there may be bugs in this build but I am excited to see how Windows changes.

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview In VMware Player

If you are curious about testing out the new Windows 10 you can install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VMware Player 6.0.3.  This was a very easy install you just need to configure VMware.  First I used the X86 version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.  Second when configuring VMware I selected Windows 8 and the guest operating system and gave it 1 GB of ram so it would perform better.  Other than that I limited the hard drive size to 30 GB as I am running out of space on my desktop.  After that I installed the VMware Tools which helps a lot.

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VMware Player

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VMware Player

I did notice one Unknown Device in the Device Manager and I could not find out what that is or find a driver for it.  If anyone does please post it on the comments.  It was easy to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VMware Player and I imagine just as easy in VMware Workstation.  This is also a great way for Windows XP, Vista, or 7 users to check out Windows 10 as Virtual PC does not support Windows 10 that I can find so far.

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 Generation 2

Microsoft just released the Windows 10 Technical Preview and I wanted to test it right away and I wondered if you could install the Windows 10 Technical Preview in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 as Generation 2?  The answer is an easy yes.  There is nothing special you have to do and all the Integration Components were installed automatically.  The only things I did was give the virtual machine 1 GB of ram and limited the hard drive to 30 GB.  Please note that to do Generation 2 you have to install the x64 version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10 Technical Preview in Hyper-V 3.0

Windows 10 Technical Preview in Hyper-V 3.0

So there is an easy way to check out the new Windows by installing it in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 as a Generation 2 machine.  Stay tuned as I see how else to virtualize the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10

Windows 10 Product Family

Windows 10 Product Family

The wait is over as Microsoft shows off Windows 10.  That’s right Windows 10 not Windows 9 like we all thought it would be called.  Microsoft has it reasons for the name jump, like how 7 ate (8) 9, ha-ha, actually they think that Windows 10 better represents how big of a change this will be and so far a big change indeed.  Windows 10 is just in the Technical Preview now and is not even feature complete yet.  We can expect to see even more with a possible Consumer Preview in the beginning of next year (2015).  Microsoft has made the Windows 10 Technical Preview available to the public you just have to join the Windows Insider Program. If you are business you may want to check out the TechNet website and download the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise.   Once you have joined not only can you download the Windows 10 Technical Preview but you can also give feedback to Microsoft.  I for one can’t wait to through my two cents in about Windows and the direction it is heading.

I will be cranking out articles about Windows 10 so you can get an idea about what is coming and how to evaluate it for yourself.  I really think Windows 10 will put a boost in the PC business and next holiday season will be interesting.  For now stay tuned as Microsoft continues to show off Windows 10.