Microsoft Surface Book
First of all Merry Christmas and happy new year if you celebrate that. I have been a bit lazy lately not doing much website updating as I have been taking a small break from all work.
You may have noticed that articles have not been coming in as fast as they were but now I am back and ready for another year 2016! So I wish you all a good luck with this year. Now to finish the article on this Microsoft Surface Book what a great little laptop this is.
The first two amazing features of this laptop are that you can remove the screen from the keyboard and turn it into a tablet / clipboard.
See the action shot below
The screen can then be used as a tablet or clipboard.
The design has been really thought out well. Microsoft have designed a new type of hinge to work with this new type of laptop and they have called it the dynamic fulcrum hinge.
A bit of a mouthful I know, but it works really well. When the hinge folds back it moves the weight of the screen so that the keyboard has more leverage to be able to support the screen.
While its very well designed and looks cool, if I have to fault it slightly there is still some movement in the screen which you wouldn’t get from a regular laptop. However being able to remove the screen and use it like a tablet soon negates this small issue.
Its designed so well that it gives the Apple products a real run for their money. Lets talk about price. At the time of release the ultimate laptop starts at $1,499.00 USD. Not a small amount. However when you compare it to the 13 inch MacBook Pro, which doesn’t have a touch screen and doesn’t detach its screen and doesn’t have a pen. You might say that $1,499.00 seems like a bargain. I will leave that choice up to you guys.
If you are in the Market for the Surface Book you can buy them through the 123myIT Store.
List of Winners from the Surface Pro 4 STM case Giveaway.
You know what they say Winners are Grinners and these winders are definitely grinners after winning 123myIT.com’s first STM case GIVEAWAY. Entering was pretty easy, subscribe and leave a comment in the 123myIT’s YouTube channel.
The winner’s were drawn on the 4th of December and you can check the results in the video above. Thanks to all the people who left comments it was great and thanks to STMbags for donating the covers for the giveaway. To check out the STMbags website click the links below.
This is exciting! 123myIT’s first GIVEAWAY!
123myIT has teamed up with STMBags.com to giveaway a bunch of Surface Pro 4 protective cases.
The reason I reached out to STM was because they have really well designed high quality cases. They can withstand drop tests from four feet.
Tested to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests, the Dux works seamlessly with your new Surface its Type Cover and pen.
The other thing I really like about the Surface Pro 4 STM Case’s is the see through back of the case. Because its clear it allows you to add labels with your name or stickers to the back of your Surface Pro 4.
All the ports are still accessible and the kick stand allows you to have great viewing angles of the screen.
Now lets get to the GIVEAWAY! What do you need to do to win one of these awesome Surface Pro 4 STM Case’s? Well its pretty straight forward.
* Subscribe to 123myIT YouTube channel
* Leave a comment in the video comments field, just one comment is needed
* Must be over 18 to apply
Winner’s will be picked at random on the 4th of December 2015, so good luck to everyone who enters.
This video will show you a first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Well you have been waiting for it and here it is guys, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. What are actually talking about here? Its a table that runs a full version of Windows 10.
That’s right unlike Apple’s iPad which runs a cut down version of operating system called IOS. The Surface Pro 4 can run all manner of Apps just like your desktop can. Which from my point of view is already pretty amazing.
I hope to at some stage get a comparison video up which we can go over what the differences are between the models however for now lets talk about the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 4 comes in three different configurations.
* Intel M3 CPU – slowest
* Intel I5 CPU – medium
* Intel I7 CPU – fastest
Each of the configurations above can be set with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of ram and with storage options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Microsoft say that you should get about 9 hours of battery life out of Surface Pro 4 on the Core i5, 256GB, 8GB model.
Want to Buy Surface Pro 4? Click here.
While the cover doesn’t come with the Surface Pro 4, you have to buy it as an added extra, $129 extra. And the new version has been refined and includes smoother redesigned scissor backlit keys. So typing on the keyboard becomes a little bit nicer. The trackpad is now 40% larger. It makes you wonder why it was so small in the first place? And the amazing thing which I mentioned in the video, is the Surface Pro 3 keyboard works with the Surface Pro 4. Good job!!
I tested the Surface Pro 3 stylus and it worked with the Surface Pro 4 as well. So its a nice touch to make everything backward compatible.
I would say if you are in the market for a portable computer that you can draw with web browse send email and watch movies. You really can’t go past the Surface range. With a full OS on the device it make it very hard to beat.
Stay turned for the Surface Book unboxing coming shortly.
This video will show you how to Turn Spying off on Windows 10.
I get allot of tips from 123myIT subscribers on the 123myIT YouTube channel. The latest one was that Windows 10 has Spying and data capturing built in so, this user said he wouldn’t be upgrading to Windows 10. Since so many users of 123myIT have upgraded to Windows 10, I thought it wise to put some information up about this so called spying on Windows 10.
So whats it all about I hear you ask? Well, despite what you may have heard Windows 10 is not spying on you. So don’t worry to much about that.
What is does do though is collect allot of data about you and that’s due mostly to Cortana. Cortana is a personal assistant that is built into Windows 10.
Read the below official company statement of Windows 10 privacy.
“Windows does not collect personal information without your consent. To effectively provide Windows as a service, Microsoft gathers some performance, diagnostic and usage information that helps keep Windows and apps running properly. Microsoft uses this information to identify problems and develop fixes. More information on the Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement for consumers is available on our blogs.microsoft.com website.”
Cortana can help you manage your PC by helping you find files, manage your calendar and answer any questions you might have. While using this myself I didn’t find it that great, however this is where it gets interesting.
The more you use Cortana the better it gets because its stores your previous history of questions etc. And this is where Microsoft is collecting data about you. Ok so I am not going to get into Cortana right now I will leave that for another video. I will talk about how to turn spying off on windows 10 if you are concerned about this.
Go to Start > Settings > Privacy
Privacy > General
Pretty much all of the settings in this area have a toggle switch which allows you to turn the function on or off.
If you make your way down the list. Location, Camera, Microphone etc you will be able to toggle off any options that you are not comfortable with.
This video will show you how to install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015.
Well here it is guys, the video you guys have all been waiting for. I have had quite a few people ask me about installing Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 and 2014 models and have been a bit slow to get this video out as the hardware is not cheap as you all can imagine. So if the above video helps you out, please help 123myIT out by clicking on the donate button on the left hand side of the page. All donations will help purchasing new hardware.
Some of you will be upset to know that I didn’t get any errors when going through the video. To be honest I kind of expected maybe 1 or 2 problems. But the setup went very smoothly. Even the Boot Camp drivers at the end of the video applied correctly.
You will need 2 things to complete the setup.
1. USB drive 8GB or larger
2. Windows 10 or 8 ISO file which you
In the Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 video I link to another video called Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This will help you get the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file which allows you to then create the USB which you use to install Windows 8 or 10.
I was able to get a copy of the Boot Camp Drivers from the WININSTALL USB that I can confirm work with Windows 10.
I have labelled it Windows 10 64-bit Captured by 123myIT.com BCD and you will find under the MacBook Pro page here.
All up the install took about 1.5 hours, with the downloading of the boot camp drivers seeming to take forever. The file being around 1.2GB in size meaning if you are on a slow internet connection it could take hours for just that part to complete. So be prepared to wait.
Overall Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 seems to run very well and I will take a closer look at how Windows 10 works in future videos. So stay tuned.
Want to know more about Windows 10? Click here for the Official Microsoft website.
This video will show you how to use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to download a Windows 8 or 10 ISO file.
I have added this video about the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to help others get their hands on the Windows 10 software.
If you have a copy of Windows 7 installed on your computer then you should be able to upgrade without to much bother as the product key will be registered with Microsoft and validates from your hardware.
There are 3 different types of Media Creation Tools available.
Windows 8 Media Creator Tool link here. Create Media
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 32 bit link here. Create Media Tool 32 Bit
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 64 bit link here. Create Media Tool 64 Bit
This tool allows you to download the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file or create a Windows 8, 10 USB drive which allows you to install Windows as you please.
In my next video about installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro 2015, I will do a step by step install guide and will refer back to this video to show 123myIT.com users how to get the ISO file.
This video will show you how to Get Microsoft Office 365 Free.
After going over the Microsoft website quite a fare bit when Windows 10 had been released, I noticed that Microsoft is offering a trial version of Office 365 along with Office 365 free. I thought this would be great to update the 123myIT users and help them get their hands on a copy of Office 365 free.
You can find the links to the Microsfts website under the Downloads section at the top of this page or click the link here.
Or read on and I will explain the link below.
For a Microsoft Office 365, 1 month FREE trial. Click the link below.
Office 365 Trial
For Students or Teachers click the link below to find out if you’re eligible.
Office 365 Education
The first link above is the Trial version of Office 365, which is a one month trial to the subscription of Office 365. So if you wanted to try a copy of Office to see what it is link then you can use that link.
The second link is a link to the Education version of Office which is totally FREE for students and teachers as long as they have a education email address. Click the link and enter your school email address and then it will send a verification email to your school email.
Simply log into your school email account and click the verification email. This will then start the Office 365 download which will allow you to start using Office 365 free. So I hope this helps all you students and teachers out. If I does help out please help me out and share the video around so that others may also take advantage of the great offer that Microsoft is currently putting forward.