Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 1 - 7 February 2015
The start of February was quite interesting for Microsoft and its ecosystem. We've learned about the end of Windows RT, the launch of new Office touch apps and details about the upcoming Windows 10 test version for smartphones. Read the full recap of this week to learn more!
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows RT is officially dead - Microsoft has announced that they stopped manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet running Windows RT. Considering that this was the last Windows RT model still in production, we can now safely say that Windows RT has lived its last days. Their focus will now be on the new Windows 10 devices, so we're eager to see how that goes.
Microsoft reiterates support for ARM amid reports of Windows RT's death - Although we won't see any Windows RT devices being launched any time soon, Microsoft won't stop supporting ARM devices. Windows 10 will also have support for ARM-based smartphones, phablets and tablets of up to 8 inches.
Download: Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office touch apps for Windows 10 - You can now download and test the preview versions of the new Office touch apps for Windows 10. They will be part of Office 2016, which is expected to launch later this year. Learn more by reading this article.
Microsoft Office 365 Subscribers Now Have Wix Website Building Power - Wix, one of the most popular website building tools, has joined forces with Microsoft, enabling Office 365 subscribers to launch websites directly from the Office 365 platform. This comes after Microsoft recently shut down the Public Website feature from SharePoint Online.
Windows 10 Coming to Raspberry Pi 2 - Microsoft is taking another step into the universe of Internet of Things by confirming their Windows 10 support for the newly announced Raspberry Pi 2. The operating system will be free for the Maker community via the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
Windows 10 Preview for phones coming to some 512MB devices and has rollback system - As we're waiting for the Windows 10 preview version for smartphones, we've learned that it will have support for at least some devices with 512 MB of RAM. The news comes from a Microsoft employee.
Microsoft is still working to fix Lumia 535 touchscreen issues for some owners - The Lumia 535 had its own fair share of problems with the touchscreen. Although Microsoft has already released an over-the-air software update to fix this issue, they are still working to get it fixed for all users. Hang in there while the fix gets finished.
Office Lens can now scan documents straight to PDF - The Office Lens app for Windows Phone is now capable of saving your scanned documents in PDF format. And no, it won't just save a PDF image, it will convert the image to selectable text. This makes the app very useful.
Microsoft Is Acquiring Calendar App Sunrise For North Of $100 Million - Microsoft seems to be on a shopping spree, and it's not even Christmas. :) Just over a month after the acquisition of Acompli, Microsoft announced the acquisition of the calendar app maker Sunrise for over $100 million. We're curious to see what they will do with the app created by this company.
Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus - Adblock Plus maker, Eyeo, apparently reached an agreement with companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to include their ads on an official whitelist that will allow them to bypass the filters of Adblock Plus. This, however, does not apply to AdBlock, only Adblock Plus.
One year in, it's still Steve Ballmer's Microsoft—Satya Nadella just runs it - The folks at ArsTechnica wrote an interesting and insightful article about why the current Microsoft is still marked by Steve Ballmer's time as CEO. We recommend taking a few minutes to learn about how the company worked in the last few years, how some decisions were made and why.
PS4's sales dominance slackens slightly in holiday season - Sony's PlayStation 4 lifetime sales have reached 19.9 million units in December. Tracking Microsoft's console sales is a bit trickier, though, as they don't mention how many of the 6.6 million shipments during the holidays came from Xbox 360 orders. Read the whole analysis for more numbers and precise data.
Xbox One February system update: Enjoy game hubs, updates to controller, party chat and TV - The first Xbox One system update of 2015 is out. It comes with controller improvements, game hubs, party chat updates, custom backgrounds and more goodies. Check out this announcement to learn more.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Display Driver Uninstaller: AMD, INTEL, NVIDIA Driver removal tool for Windows - Display Driver Uninstaller is a small and useful tool that you can use to completely remove AMD, Intel or nVidia drivers from your computer. We recommend using it when you have trouble installing drivers or you encounter errors with some of your hardware.
How to Disable Your Facebook Email - We've yet to see someone who uses the email address provided by Facebook. If you want to disable it completely and avoid being spammed on it, follow this tutorial from our friends at How-To Geek.
How to Fine-tune Colors to Dramatically Improve Images Using Photoshop - Photographers and digital artists, enjoy! Guiding Tech has published an interesting tutorial on using Photoshop to fine-tune the colors of your photos so that you make them look better.