By Woody Leonhard

Microsoft’s changed its tune in recent years. You don’t hear much about the old “Windows first” mindset. Instead there’s a very real attempt to make Windows 10 work with whatever devices you may have. That’s become quite clear with the Office apps — which now run on iPads, iPhones, and Android tablets and phones — and it’s going to become more clear with other formerly “Windows first” products in the future.

Take advantage of it. You shouldn’t feel beholden to Windows and Microsoft, to the point of ignoring other outstanding options.

One person may use an Android phone and tablet, a Kindle, a Roku, and a Chromecast HDMI dongle, and another person may love iPads, iPhone, and other iThings. They don’t work like one happy family, but they aren’t all that hard to tame.

Here are two big examples that you should explore if you’re in a mixed marriage, with Windows as part of the mixture: First, use the Chrome browser and connect to your TV with a $35 Chromecast. It’s so easy you won’t believe it — and all your other devices will be able to “cast” their screens to your TV, as well. Second, get your Roku connected to the free Plex server, and run the server on your PC. Third, try Google Photos.

Breathtaking. Cheap (or free). The technology’s moving forward fast. Don’t let it pass you by!