Configure Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance on your Surface

Configure Automatic Maintenance on your SurfaceOne of the less advertised but useful features that your Surface tablet offers is the Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance Tool (or WAM – Windows Automatic Maintenance).

This tool is part of the Action Center and automatically performs mundane tasks, such as security updates, security scans, and system diagnostics at a preset time – as long as you’re not using your computer.

As you can imagine, Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance is quite useful for making sure your Surface tablet is running well with a minimum of interaction from you. Continue reading

Is Windows App Store Going To Get More Apps?

windows app storeAre there more apps coming for the Windows Apps store?

The answer is: very likely

The number one complaint I hear from folks that switched from an iPad to a Surface 2 is the lack of their favorite apps in the Windows App store. Yes, there are some alternatives to the most popular apps but I can’t say that I blame anyone for wanting their apps to be available across all platforms.

The good news is that there are signs of more apps coming to the Windows Apps Store soon… Continue reading

Is the Surface Pro 2 dead?

Is the Surface Pro 2 DeadThe Surface Pro 2 is no longer available for sale from the online Microsoft store. This indicates that the remaining stock has likely run out.

As you know, Microsoft began selling the next generation of Surface tablets, the Surface Pro 3, earlier this summer and discounted the price of Surface Pro 2 in July. Continue reading

Disk Management Utility On Surface Tablets – Tip of the Week

tip-of-the-weekDisk Management Utility for Windows 8.1 – The Basics:

In last week’s post on USB external drive connection problems, I offered some tips on how to troubleshoot a USB drive that is not being recognized by your Surface tablet.

Today, I wanted to cover additional troubleshooting tips for connecting those pesky external drives and how to format an external drive via the Disk Management utility in Windows 8.1 that may help you further.

Note: These steps work on any Windows 8.1 computer and are not limited to Surface tablets. The troubleshooting tips apply to any USB attached drive (USB stick, external hard drive, and even the CD\DVD drive). Continue reading

Make your own accessories for Surface Tablets

Make these accessories for Surface TabletsDo you have access to a 3D printer? Have you been thinking about making accessories for Surface tablets you could use but don’t know how to design the objects?

Well, here’s some good news, there have been some folks designing and sharing accessories for Surface tablets over at Thingiverse and you can download those accessories for free!

So, warm up the print heads, check your print material, and take a look at these 3D-printable objects… Continue reading

Surface Hub Review – The New Surface Pen App

Surface Hub Review

Last weekend, Microsoft released a Surface Hub app intended to enhance the functionality of the stylus on the Surface Pro 3.

After updating the pen firmware last week, Microsoft’s Surface Hub allows users some limited customization to how their Surface Pro 3 Pen behaves. You can change the following two settings with the app:

  • Pressure Sensitivity
  • Top Button Action

Unfortunately, in both cases, I feel the functionality is so basic it borders on useless. Continue reading