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Microsoft@MWC2015 – Lumia 640 and 640 XL

At MWC 2015 Microsoft showed us Lumia 640 and it’s big brother 640 XL. Although pricing is low mid-range, the hardware seems to be quite good. A lot of bang for your bucks! I especially love that they bring back the color cyan. It looks Oh-So-Glossy on the 640!


640 640 XL
Screen size: 5 inch ClearBlack IPS LCD 5.7 inch ClearBlack IPS LCD
Resolution: 720p (1280 x 720) 720p (1280 x 720)
CPU: Snapdragon 400 (1.2 GHz quad-core) Snapdragon 400 (1.2 GHz quad-core)
RAM (memory): 1 GB 1 GB
Storage: 8 GB + microSD 8 GB + microSD
Camera: 8 MP + 1 MP (front) 13 MP + 5 MP (front)
Battery: 2500 mAh (removable) 3000 mAh (removable)
Weight: 145 g 171 g
Price: 180 USD 245 USD
Available: March-April 2015 March-April 2015
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Microsoft is on a roll!

Microsoft refreshed their logo earlier this year. Probably to reflect the refresh the whole company now seems to undertake.

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Windows 8 Reset function in pictures

With Windows 8 you no longer have to boot from your installation media (DVD or USB) to reinstall Windows. (Although you might be prompted to insert it, as I did.)

Click on pictures for larger version.

In Windows 8 you can either Refresh or Reset your PC. You find these options in PC Settings. You reach PC Settings by either swiping in from the right, move your mouse to either corner on the right or by pressing Win + C to open the Charms bar. Then choose Settings (at the bottom), then Change PC Settings (at the bottom) and at last General. Scroll down to reveal the options.

After pressing the Get started button under Remove everything and reinstall Windows you get the screen above.

You’ll be asked to insert your recovery or installation media (I used the DVD) (not shown).

Windows 8 will then start preparing and reboot automatically.

You’ll get to choose between these two options for resetting your PC. (I chose the first option.)

All ready to go!

The process starts and takes only minutes.

After another restart, you set up Windows 8 as doing a clean install. You have to accept the license agreement and choose a color theme (not shown).

You then chose a username and password. If you already have a Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live ID), you can use this to log on to Windows 8. This is the recommended option, since you’ll get automatic syncing of settings, SkyDrive, apps and so on. Pressing the option at the bottom gets you to the screen below.

On this screen you get the option to make a local account (which I did this time). You then get to watch Microsofts very short introduction to how you use the active corners before the new (Metro) Start screen gets loaded.

Since you literally start over, you have to install all your apps (should be easy if you use a Microsoft Account), programs and updates (via Windows Update). Your settings should be synced if you use a Microsoft Account and if you’ve used SkyDrive to take care of your important files, they’ll be easily available.

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How to enable Office Web Apps Preview

Updated October 22 2012: The final version of Office Web Apps has gone live.

In July 2012 Microsoft made Office 2013 Public Preview available for download. The accompanying Office Web Apps will also be updated with the final release early next year, but you can already access the preview if you know where to look.

Go to and log in with your Microsoft Account (formerly Microsoft Live ID).

Click the gear in the upper right corner and choose Options.

To the left you should find a setting for the preview version. Click it and enable it.

Learn more about the new version of the Office Web Apps over at ZDNet.

You can drag and drop to move files within SkyDrive, but you can also drag files from your computer into the browser window. The files will automatically upload. Right-clicking a folder or file will get you a menu from which you can delete and to other tasks.

To edit a document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote is supported), just click it and it will open in the appropriate app. You can do simple editing online, for the full set of features you can easily open the document in the application on your computer.

To make a new document, simply choose the type from the Create menu in the upper left.

Tip: If you open an OneNote notebook in your local OneNote application, it will automatically sync between your devices and SkyDrive. Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android is available for free. OneNote is already built into Windows Phone. And there’s a special Metro version for Windows 8 in the new Windows Store. I have several notebooks on SkyDrive which I access online and through my iPad and Android phone.

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Office 2013 Public Preview – download now!

In July 2012 Microsoft made a public preview of Office 2013 available for download.

If you go to and sign up for the new Office 365 Home Premium subscription (free during this preview), you’ll be able to install Office 2013 Public Preview on up to five computers (devices). Microsoft uses Click-2-Run technology to install Office 2013 onto your computer, which means you can start using Word in two minutes. Setup finishes in the background. Read more about all the great features in Office 2013 at the “Office Next” blog. Se my screenshots below from the “streamed setup experience”. The Office Web Apps will also be updated and you can already use them in their preview form. Office 2013 only works on Windows 7 and 8.