Best of the Web for Windows users - 14 - 20 August 2016

This week we have learned that, as of 2017, all Windows 10 computers will support HoloLens apps natively and that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will embrace the cumulative update model from Windows 10. While this might not seem like a big deal, it actually is, as it will improve the update experience quite a lot. To see more details about these events, as well as other interesting news, read this week’s recap of what happened in the Microsoft consumer ecosystem:

Microsoft: the news of the week

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

All Windows 10 PCs will support HoloLens apps next year - Virtual reality and augmented reality are being touted as the next big thing in truly innovative computing, but they're still not exactly mainstream due to the computing power required and the need to be tethered to a phone or PC. Intel and Microsoft think they can change that.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks most webcams - The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been found to leave many webcams inoperable and preventing the use of webcams in applications such as Skype. Microsoft has said that a fix is in development, but has not yet said when that fix will be distributed.

It's finally happening: Microsoft releases the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile - After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. The news comes two weeks after all of the other Windows 10 platforms saw the update, and Dona Sarkar said it would be available in the coming weeks.

Microsoft PowerShell goes open source, lands on Linux and Mac - Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux and Mac. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

Windows 7, 8.1 moving to Windows 10’s cumulative update model - Microsoft is switching Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to a cumulative update model similar to the one used by Windows 10. The company is moving away from the individual hotfix approach it has used thus far for those operating systems.

Microsoft slams Apple with a new Surface Pro commercial - Two weeks ago, Apple released "What's a computer?" a commercial designed to sell the iPad Pro super tablet as a full-fledged laptop replacement. Well, Microsoft didn't like that much, judging from a new Microsoft Surface ad, "What's a computer? Just ask Cortana."

EFF rips Microsoft for "blatant disregard of user choice and privacy" in Windows 10 - In a signed editorial, a staffer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation has blasted Microsoft for its aggressive Windows 10 upgrade program (now ended), and also criticized its privacy defaults.

Experience Minecraft in a whole new way with Oculus Rift starting today - Starting this week, Microsoft is releasing a free update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta , which will enable gameplay using Oculus Rift devices.

Xbox Wireless accessory support could be integrated in your next PC - Microsoft has announced an expansion of its Xbox Wireless devices program. Many upcoming Windows 10 PCs will offer integrated support for those gaming accessories, with a number of third-party companies participating.

Microsoft Office for iPhone gets drawing support for your fingers - Microsoft was quick to optimize its Office suite of apps for the iPad Pro and Apple's Pencil stylus, but the company held off on any inking support in Office for iPhone. Starting this week, Microsoft is updating Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPhone to include a new drawing tab option. Just like the Windows and iPad variants, Office on iPhone will now let you use your finger to write, draw, and highlight documents.

New Surface Special Edition NFL Type Covers Available to Kick Off the Season - The NFL is well into its first week of preseason, and Microsoft is celebrating with some new Surface Type Covers. There are 32 designs to pick from.

Microsoft is making big changes to Bing Rewards, including its name - Microsoft is emailing members of Bing Rewards, informing them of some major changes to the program that offers a way to earn points towards purchasing gift cards. One of those changes is that the program will now be called Microsoft Rewards.

Introducing the UWP Community Toolkit - Microsoft launched the UWP Toolkit, "a new project that enables the developer community to collaborate and contribute new capabilities on top of the [Windows 10] SDK." The Toolkit is designed to simplify Universal Windows Platform app development.

Cool tips and guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed - Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don’t work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad.

Discord Is the Voice Chat App I’ve Always Wanted - Discord is a newcomer to the chat scene, but it’s made a big splash. The app provides voice and text chat for groups, with an emphasis on gaming. However, it’s so sweet that Lifehacker has already started using it for everyday chat.

How to Get Better Performance from Steam In-Home Streaming - Steam’s In-Home Streaming is an awesome way to get the top-tier PC graphics you love, with the living room comfort of console gaming. If you’re experiencing less than stellar performance, though, here are a few tips to ensure your games run butter-smooth.