Best of the Web for Windows Users - 15 - 21 February 2015
Last week was full of interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem. We have learned about universal apps coming to Xbox One, we received new updates for Sway, learned about new cloud integration capabilities for Microsoft Office and some interesting details about Windows 10. All these and more can be found in this week's recap:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Microsoft now officially protects your privacy in the cloud - As one of the largest cloud providers on the market, Microsoft has recently adopted a new international standard for cloud privacy. You can learn more about the ISO/IEC 27018 standard from this article.
New cloud storage integration for Office - The Microsoft Office team is adding more cloud storage integration options into Office, such as integration with iCloud, Box and more.
Microsoft Is Offering 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage To Dropbox Users - Microsoft is offering more cloud storage space for free. If you're a Dropbox user, you can now get 100GB of OneDrive storage for free. Hurry up! The offer is only available for the first 10 million people who redeem it.
Microsoft hints at upcoming Windows 10 campaign in latest advert - A new Windows promotional video hit the internet last week hinting at the upcoming Windows 10 campaign. You can view it below.
Microsoft's Sway app for iPhone now lets you drop in videos, links, and bullet points - Microsoft is adding new capabilities to the Sway app for iOS. You can now add videos, links, bullet points and even crop images automatically from within the app.
Gabe Aul confirms that transparency is coming to Windows 10 - Transparency effects will be included in Windows 10, according to Microsoft's Gabe Aul. We have yet to see what parts of the user interface will get transparency effects, since the builds we had so far didn't have it implemented.
Microsoft kills yet another standout Windows Phone feature - One of the features unique to Windows Phone is getting removed from the operating system. The Rooms feature will no longer be available in future versions of Windows. We're curious whether or not this feature will be replaced with something better or simply removed for good.
Microsoft wants to help you learn math with its latest Windows Phone app - Microsoft has released Microsoft Math. It is an app geared towards students who need assistance with maths exercises and exams. What's interesting is that the app allows students to collaborate and compete with others, in order to learn more and better. Quite a useful app, since it can also be used by teachers for monitoring their students' learning level.
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 confirmed in Microsoft docs, supports video conferencing - A series of documents have surfaced confirming the future Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 update and some of the changes it introduces. However, most of the changes are aimed towards manufacturers and carriers, not consumers. We'll see if Microsoft announces this update at the Mobile World Congress next month.
The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack - Security researchers have discovered another flaw in the Superfish bug found on Lenovo computers. The flaw exposes users to man-in-the-middle attacks, making them easy targets to spies and hackers. Read the full article for more information and proceed with caution if you own a Lenovo computer with pre-installed software!
Microsoft is ready to unleash Xbox One apps - Microsoft is about to announce their plans for universal apps on the Xbox One console at the Build conference in April. Anyone will be able to use the retail Xbox One consoles as developer kits. More about the SDK preview coming in May can be found in this article.
Xbox One March System Update: Screenshots and Suggested Friends now available in Preview - The upcoming Xbox One March update includes the option to take screenshots and access the Suggested Friends feature. More about the details are shared in this article.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Use Manual Refresh to Save Battery Life on Any Tablet or Smartphone - Our friends at How-To Geek wrote a tutorial on how to use manual refresh on your mobile devices so that you save battery power. This is especially useful with email clients and other apps that need to sync data over the Internet. A highly recommended read!
How to Install Windows 10 on Mac Using Parallels 10 Virtual Machine - Guiding Tech has published a very useful tutorial for Mac OS users who want to give Windows 10 a try. Read the full article to learn how to install Windows 10 in Parallels.
How to take a screenshot of a window larger than the screen - Interesting question from one of the users on Superuser.com. If you've ever found yourself in need of taking a screenshot larger than your screen, this discussion will contain some useful advice and guidance.