Best of the Web for Windows users - 10 - 16 April 2016
This week Microsoft has published its first public roadmap for Windows 10. It describes mostly business-oriented features that are coming to Windows 10 but hey, it’s a huge first step. We also learned quite a few interesting details about some of these upcoming features. To see more details about them, as well as other interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem, read this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 roadmap: Control everything remotely - As Microsoft continues to court businesses and encourage them to upgrade to Windows 10, the company has taken the novel step of publishing a roadmap of Windows 10 features. This roadmap describes business-oriented features that are coming to Windows 10.
Why Project Centennial might be the best thing to happen to Windows in 100 years - There’s one new feature coming to Windows 10 which, in Neowin’s opinion, hasn’t received nearly enough attention, and is so big as to blow all the others away. And that’s Project Centennial.
Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it - As of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316, when the operating system falls over, you get not only the sad ASCII smiley but also a QR square that contains an encoded URL that leads you to a webpage about your problem. Scan it with a smartphone or other handheld and your browser will be taken to the embedded web addresses.
Windows Unlock Coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - Windows Unlock is one of the most eagerly-awaited new Windows 10 features that will arrive in the Anniversary Update later this year. Now some newly-released Microsoft documentation explains how it will work.
You Can Now Redirect Cortana Searches To Google In Chrome - Google Chrome now natively supports the ability to redirect Cortana or Windows 10 desktop searches to your preferred search engine, when Chrome is set as your default browser. Here’s how to turn on this feature.
New Innovations for the Classroom with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - Microsoft has published a blog post detailing what features would be coming to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that are tailored for the classroom.
Microsoft reveals new luxurious Surface Signature Type Cover - Microsoft is introducing a "signature" Surface Type Cover. Like existing keyboards for the Surface Pro 4, the latest signature edition includes a big glass trackpad and better spacing between the keys, but its selling point is the luxurious Alcantara material Microsoft is using.
Groove Music goes 'truly universal' for Insiders on Windows 10 PC and Mobile - Ever since launch, there has been a disparity in features between the Windows 10 PC and Mobile versions of the Groove Music app. However, this is set to change soon as Microsoft has pushed out a major update to the app making it 'truly universal' across Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft announces a range of OneDrive for Business improvements - Microsoft has detailed a list of new features coming to OneDrive for Business. New features will be coming to the sync, browser, and mobile experiences.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming To Xbox One Preview Members In Late May, Early June - At Microsoft Build, the company announced its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Obviously, the Xbox division will also participate in the update as it will introduce various features such as a single, unified storefront across all Windows devices, including the Xbox One, as well as bringing Cortana to the console. All of this arrives at some point in the summer, but those in the Xbox One Preview Program will get a sneak peek at all of the new features as early as the end of May.
It’s time for Microsoft to turn the Xbox into a PC - According to Ars Technica, by treating its console a bit more like a PC, Microsoft could offer not just the high-end gaming machine that console fans crave, but also a $150 system able to go head-to-head with the Apple TV and every other gadget that's trying to turn the TV into an app platform.
Microsoft announces its Windows Phone keyboard for iPhone - Microsoft is bringing its excellent Windows Phone keyboard to the iPhone. The software giant first revealed its plans to bring Word Flow to iOS back in January, but a new sign up page has revealed that beta testers will be able to access the keyboard soon. Just like the Windows Phone keyboard, the iOS version will let you tap or swipe to type out words, and intelligently predict words for sentences.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Data Gag Orders - Microsoft Corp. sued the Justice Department in a bid to block authorities from taking customers’ e-mails without their knowledge, ratcheting up pressure on an administration already engaged in a high-profile privacy dispute with Apple Inc.
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