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Postby robbo » 16 Dec 2015, 17:30

Tappy wrote:Source of the post Forgot to mention that I got my free Display Dock yesterday. Don't know what I'm going to do with it...!


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Postby Tappy » 16 Jan 2016, 11:28

Also have free Office 365 for a year with my phone now. I have Office 2013 on everything, but, free is free.

Probably more of an iPhone story, but MS are making their keyboard thingy available for other OS's starting with iOS. I'd be happy if they just made it available for Windows 10! But this is probably a good sign that it's going to come to Android at some point which I'm looking forward to. I struggle to adapt to the Android stock keyboard - mostly the auto-corrections.

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Postby EviL Ras » 16 Jan 2016, 11:47

SwiftKey. That is all!
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 17 Jan 2016, 17:55

Microsoft's keyboard is by far the worst I've ever used although I don't know if it's better since WP8, it just didn't seem to autocorrect anything regardless of settings while it was good at suggesting options but you'd have to press each one. Swiftkey on the other hand does a great job as it tries to work out not just the word you're typing but the phrase you're trying to write plus for larger devices it offers different keyboard layouts such as having thumb boards which I find really handy.

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Postby robbo » 18 Jan 2016, 00:16

Swipe typing works well for the most part for me on wp8.1 and normal typing too. I've not got experience with the other keyboards but it guesses what words might come next and frequent phrases or places pop up by default after a while.

Tappy wrote:Source of the post Also have free Office 365 for a year with my phone now. I have Office 2013 on everything, but, free is free.


Upgrading to 2016 everywhere then?
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Postby Tappy » 18 Jan 2016, 10:31

robbo wrote:Source of the post Swipe typing works well for the most part for me on wp8.1 and normal typing too. I've not got experience with the other keyboards but it guesses what words might come next and frequent phrases or places pop up by default after a while.


Yeah, it has that nice balance between autocorrecting and doing it yourself. Android, and Windows 8 for that matter, are just too zealous and they both have the added annoyance that it is not easy to correct words that it's messed up. They both even insist on reautocorrecting words that you're correcting. In fact, I turned autocorrect off on Windows 8.
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Postby steffcip » 18 Jan 2016, 12:55

I love my physical keyboard on BB Priv :) I hate virtual kb... but BB's virtual kb is also the best and I think you can install it on other phones (I couldn't type nowhere near as fast on Samsung's virtual kb)
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 18 Jan 2016, 14:29

I guess it's Samsung's approach to make crappy versions of stock Android applications but their keyboard is particularly bad even though a bad touch keyboard can be really offputting on a phone, it didn't really matter that it was easily replaced as most people wouldn't know to do that. So many times people would show me their S2 and how much they liked it but they were thinking of putting it back as they couldn't use the keyboard.

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Postby jurassicjim » 18 Jan 2016, 16:47

Yeah, Samsung keyboard is really bad, autocorrect is so aggressive and not helpful at all.

First thing I do on any of my families phones who get a Samsung is to change the keyword for stock.

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Postby robbo » 27 Jan 2016, 00:33

Joe Belfiore uses an iPhone?! Would never have happened under Ballmer... http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/26/10832 ... phone-user
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Postby Tappy » 27 Jan 2016, 10:35

Most people looked at that post and thought, "Ooo a picture". The Verge looked at it and thought, "Oooo, story!"
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 03 Feb 2016, 11:55

Microsoft were obviously paying attention to our conversation:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35479639

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Postby Replicant » 03 Feb 2016, 13:06

Also Surface Pro powercord issues. I had this happen to my first Surface Pro 3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35482213

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Postby Tappy » 03 Feb 2016, 13:10

I didn't know this: "As well as the popular smartphone app, SwiftKey is known for being behind the computer software on Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair."

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Replicant wrote:Source of the post Also Surface Pro powercord issues. I had this happen to my first Surface Pro 3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35482213


Haha, I didn't realise they only reported this today! Do you think they Googled 'Microsoft' to get some details for their Swiftkey story and saw this story?!
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Postby robbo » 05 Feb 2016, 16:29

Tappy wrote:Source of the post I didn't know this: "As well as the popular smartphone app, SwiftKey is known for being behind the computer software on Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair."


I don't know if it was Swiftkey or a predecessor he used but I remember a while back hearing that Stephen Hawking didn't like the predictions it made or, to be more correct, he didn't like how it forced him to talk in a certain way as it suggests what it thinks he would say.

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