Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 13 - 19 September 2015
This week was filled with news about Microsoft and Windows 10. We got a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, Windows RT 8.1 got its own Start menu, Skype now supports Mojis (not the same thing as emojis) and Microsoft is expected to release a whole new range of hardware devices running on Windows 10, next month. If you want more details about these events as well as other news recommendations, read our weekly recap:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
What's new in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10547 - This week, Microsoft released yet another Windows 10 Insider Preview build, via the Fast Ring. It brings improvements to the Start menu, Tablet Mode, Text input panel, as well as many app updates. Read this news article for more details.
Microsoft Has Released Windows RT 8.1 Update 3, Brings The Start Menu To Surface 2 - Microsoft released the Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 which, among others, also brings the Start menu to RT users. It looks similar to the Start menu from Windows 10, it includes tiles on its right side, but the left side resembles more to the Start Menu from Windows 7.
Mojis: Express Yourself on Skype Like Never Before - The Skype apps just received a few sets of mojis: short clips from movies and TV series that, in sertain situations, can do the talking for us. It's a new and funny way to enrich our Skype chats. Find more from this blog post.
Enabling seamless communication experiences for the web with Skype, Skype for Business and Microsoft Edge - Starting later this year, Microsoft intends on enabling seamless communication and collaboration experiences for Skype for Web. The first thing we'll get is a better voice and video experience, without the need for plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
Cortana will now provide coupons in Microsoft's Edge browser - Cortana, the digital assistant from Windows 10, gets a new feature: she can now make suggestions in Microsoft Edge, for coupons and discounts.
Microsoft to launch Surface Pro 4 and new phones at October 6th event - Microsoft is holding a press event in New York on October 6th, and is expected to unveil a range of hardware devices running on Windows 10. Among these devices, we are expecting to see the new Surface 4, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, and a new Microsoft Band.
Watch eight minutes of the new Windows 10-powered Xbox One dashboard - A few select members from the Xbox One preview program have started to receive a test version of Microsoft's redesigned Xbox One dashboard. The full Xbox One update is expected to launch for everyone in November.
Xbox One Elite controller is coming October 27th, according to Microsoft Store - While Microsoft hasn't confirmed this, it appears they will launch the new Xbox One Elite controller alongside Halo 5: Guardians, on October 27th.
Microsoft 'working on repair options' for unsupported phones that got Windows 10 Mobile build - Some Windows Phone users received an update to install the latest Windows 10 Mobile build, even if they are not even supported on the Insider Preview program. Now Microsoft is working on helping these users recover their smartphones.
Microsoft Translator Beta for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile launched - Microsoft published its new Translator app for Windows 10. It allows users to translate text directly from 50 languages, along with text that is captured by a photo. It also supports voice translation. Even if it's still in beta, it works pretty well. Find more about all its features, from this article.
Microsoft acknowledges multiple issues with Windows 10 DVD Player app, suggests workarounds - With Windows 10, Microsoft chose to ditch the old Windows Media Center. In its place, users got a new Windows DVD Player app. However, the app appears to suffer from several bugs, some of which Microsoft has now acknowledged and suggested workarounds.
Bing Maps Preview just got a whole lot better - Microsoft listened to users' feedback and updated Bing Maps, both from a usability and a content perspective. More details are shared in this news article.
Cortana in the car prototype with windshield projection is in the works - Microsoft is working on Cortana connected cars. The first prototype has a display that appears on the windshield and shows the driver's favorite locations. You can find more details in this news article.
Bing's search share growth falls far short of Bing exec's predictions - Bing search queries increased by only 1% in August. However, this statistic only includes the US market. It's also worth mentioning that the adoption rate of Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge is just getting started, so this numbers could grow quite rapidly in the near future.
Microsoft has created its own version of Linux — a product Steve Ballmer once likened to 'cancer' - Microsoft unveiled Azure Cloud Switch, a product designed for the network infrastructure sectors. The interesting part is that Azure Cloud Switch is actually a specialized version of Linux.
Windows XP still running on a third of business, public sector PCs in some Eastern European countries - Even after more than a year after Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, according to Bitdefender, this operating system is still used heavily by both small and mid-sized companies across Eastern Europe.
Microsoft ends all support for the Zune, its once-upon-a-time answer to the iPod - As of November 15t, Microsoft shuts down Zune. While they stopped manufacturing Zune devices since 2011, they still continued to offer support until the present day.
Elephone's 'Vowney' is a $299 Windows 10 device with 2K display, 3GB RAM, and 4200mAh battery - Elephone Vowney is a high-end smartphone from China that is expected to be released in the 4th quarter of 2015. It promises to run both Windows 10 Mobile and Android, and its hardware specifications are quite impressive.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
HTG Explains: What Does "Bricking" a Device Mean? - Ever heard the term bricking? Did you question what it means? Why a broken device is called an expensive brick? Our friends at How-To Geek explain what causes bricking, how you can avoid it, and what to do if you have a bricked device.
Can You Tell the Difference Between 720p, 1080p, and 4K? This Chart Can Tell You - Does it matter if you're looking at 720p, 1080p, or 4K? Is bigger always better? Lifehacker explains it all to you, in a quick and short guide.
Top 6 Windows 10 Myths: Busted! - The guys at Guiding Tech explain and bust the top 6 Windows 10 myths. You should read this article if you want to know the truth about whether Windows 10 is spying on you, whether it's sharing your Wi-Fi password with everyone or whether it will disable all your pirated games.