LinkedIn's new Windows 10 app brings invite notifications straight to your PC

Microsoft is bringing one of its LinkedIn goals to life today with the launch of a dedicated LinkedIn app for Windows 10. The software giant finalized its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn more than six months ago, and promised "LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center" at the time. It sounded like a special kind of hell, but if you've always wanted more LinkedIn notifications then those notifications will now be available as part of this LinkedIn app for Windows 10. Warning: installing this app makes it more difficult to ignore that someone you worked with years ago wants to connect with you on LinkedIn.
The LinkedIn app itself looks like a basic web wrapper version for Windows 10, with notification support and a Live Tile. Notifications can be managed within the app, so you don't have to get a pop-up for every part of LinkedIn and you won't get spammed with unwanted notifications. Microsoft is starting to roll out LinkedIn within the Windows S…

iOS 10.3.2 now available to download on iPhone and iPad

Nearly a month and a half after iOS 10.3.1 rolled out to the public, Apple has now officially released iOS 10.3.2 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We're still waiting on detailed release notes from Apple, but the update screen reveals that the new version of iOS focuses on bug fixes and security improvements.
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Netflix Blocking Rooted Android Devices

It was discovered recently that the Netflix app was being listed as "incompatible" on the Google Play Store for those trying to access it through a rooted or unlocked Android smartphone. The app itself was working fine but those who didn't already have it on their rooted or unlocked device couldn't download it from the Google Play Store. Netflix has now confirmed that it's intentionally blocking rooted and unlocked Android devices from downloading its app.
It a statement provided to AndroidPolice, Netflix has confirmed that it's intentionally blocking unlocked and rooted Android devices from downloading its app from the Google Play Store.
"With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store," it explains.
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Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora are all coming to the Windows Store

Microsoft is doubling down on offering developers more options on Windows 10, and at Build 2017, it announced that three of the most popular Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store.
Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora will all be available to install directly from the Windows Store, making it easy to run Linux apps on any Windows 10 device. The Linux installations will run in a virtualized environment side by side with Windows, with the same command-line utilities available that you'd normally have with a full installation.
Being on the Windows Store also means that the distros will be able to work on the education-focused Windows 10S. This could give Microsoft an extra edge in appealing to computer science and engineering students who may want access to the open-source operating system for developing code.

Focused Inbox Comes to Outlook Desktop at Last

Long-Delayed Focused Inbox Makes it to OutlookIn January 2017, I wrote about how some deployment hiccups had delayed the arrival of the Focused Inbox feature for some clients, especially Outlook desktop. The good news is that the latest builds of Outlook ProPlus (the click-to-run version for Office 365) have the Focused Inbox. All is well and Inboxes around the world are increasingly focused. At least, if you have the right software.
Apart from Windows 10 Mobile, the Outlook apps have had Focused Inbox for years because this was the key feature of the Acompli apps acquired by Microsoft in November 2014 and then rebranded as Outlook in January 2015. Of course, today's Outlook apps are very different, especially in the way that they exploit the Office 365 infrastructure.
Outlook 2016 was the last major client to support the Focused Inbox, largely because this client has the most complex of all user interfaces. It is also much harder to update a traditional Windows client th…

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 S To Compete With Chrome OS

We had been hearing for some time now that Microsoft was going to launch a new version of Windows 10 to compete against Chrome OS and it has finally done that today. Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 S today which is its very own Chrome OS rival. It provides a robust Windows experience with low-end hardware that's specifically targeted to the education sector.

Microsoft's Windows chief Terry Myerson confirmed during the company's even today that everything that runs on Windows 10 S is going to be downloaded from the Windows Store. The OS will be able to run desktop apps but they will need to be specially packaged and listed on the store.
One big advantage that Windows 10 S has over Chrome OS is that it's going to have full Office support, this means that users will be able to take advantage of apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel. That's a big plus for students.
There's full support for peripherals and devices like you'd get on…

You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password

Microsoft Account holders can now use just their smartphone to sign in. Microsoft is enabling a new phone sign in option as part of the company's iOS and Android Microsoft Authenticator app. While you've been able to use the app for two-factor authentication requests previously, the latest update lets you bypass ever having to enter your password at a Microsoft Account login prompt.
To enable the feature you can download the Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS or Android and select your account from the dropdown button and choose enable phone sign-in. Every time you sign into a Microsoft Account in the future it will generate a login request that you simply match a number on your machine with the number within the Microsoft Authenticator app.
You can always choose to use your password to sign in if you've forgotten your phone, but this process is far easier and ultimately more secure. Microsoft was quick to respond to Google making two-factor authentication a lot easier wi…