Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 15 - 21 March 2015

It’s been another busy week for Microsoft. We finally got a new Windows 10 build, the Skype for Business tech preview, as well as the preview for Office 2016 IT Pros and Developers. We learned what will happen to Internet Explorer and how Microsoft plans to change the way you log in to your Windows devices. All these and more in this week’s recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

Kinect apps are now becoming available in the Windows Store - Kinect users have always had mixed feelings about the device itself, mainly due to its limited uses. This might change now, as Microsoft has announced that Kinect apps are starting to become available in the Windows Store. This is good news for both users and developers!

Microsoft must face Xbox 360 class action claims - Some Xbox 360 owners recently reported that the Xbox 360 optical drive is scratching the discs. Microsoft deflects the accusations, saying that the problems are caused by a misuse of the console itself. Read the full article to learn more.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 now available - Microsoft has released the new Windows 10 build for PCs to the Fast ring. They’re planning to also release ISOs for the Slow ring, while the ones for the Fast ring will only be available as updates. The new build includes some improvements to the Start menu and virtual desktops as well as new localized support for Cortana.

Microsoft's new browser, Spartan, is not in today's Windows 10 release, here's why - The new Spartan browser is not yet included in the Windows 10 Technical Preview build due to some unfinished tasks that the team is still working on. You can, however, enable the new rendering engine in the latest build. Read the full article for more details.

Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages - Windows 10 is now said to be officially launched this summer. We’re really hoping the new operating system will be better received by the public than Windows 8 was. Let’s wait for the summer to come and see.

Microsoft will deliver at least one new build of Windows 10 per month - Although the latest Windows 10 build has released with a rather long delay, Microsoft says that they’re going to deliver at least one new build per month until the official release this summer.

Microsoft Is Developing Software That Converts Android Phones To Windows 10 - An interesting piece of news has surfaced this week. Microsoft said that they are working with Xiaomi to release a Windows-based ROM that you should be able to install on Android smartphones. This is part of Microsoft’s efforts to develop Windows as a platform agnostic operating system. We’re really curious where this will lead to and whether it will work or not.

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand - We all know how Internet Explorer is considered to be the black sheep of the browser family. Everyone knows it’s there, nobody wants to talk about it. In light of the new Project Spartan browser launch, Microsoft has officially announced that they will ditch the Internet Explorer branding at some point. Whatever Spartan will be called, it will definitely not use the Internet Explorer name, as Microsoft is researching new branding for their new browser.

Microsoft reveals how it will make money giving away software - Microsoft seems to be finally understanding the power of a solid ecosystem between their hardware and software. During Microsoft’s Convergence conference, they’ve announced that their focus will be on freemium usage models while trying to build a solid ecosystem between their products, similar to Apple and/or Google. While we consider this to be a healthy move and way of thinking, it still remains to be seen how end-users will perceive it and how the adoption will vary.

Making Windows 10 More Personal and More Secure with Windows Hello - Windows Hello is a new authentication system that Microsoft is building into Windows 10 that will allow you to use biometric data to log in to the system. Microsoft states that this technology is much safer than traditional passwords. Read the full article to learn how this should work.

Announcing the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview - Microsoft announced the availability of Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview. The improvements include Data Loss Prevention technology, new protocols for Outlook, faster deployment and Information Rights Management features. Read the full article to learn how to get your hands on the preview.

Get ready for Skype for Business - During Microsoft Convergence, the new Lync technical preview, rebranded as Skype for Business, was announced. For details on what the preview means and how to get it, read the full article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Here’s How an Attacker Can Bypass Your Two-Factor Authentication - Two-factor authentication is regarded as one of the safer methods of protecting your online accounts. This interesting article from our friends at How-To Geek shows that the method may not be as safe as we believe. We highly recommend reading about it.

How to Get Chromecast Wallpapers on PC and Android - If there’s one thing awesome about Chromecasts, it’s the wallpaper collection. This guide shows you how to use those wallpapers through Chromecast on both your smartphone and your PC.

5 Best Wolfram Alpha widgets for your website - If you want to add some unique features to your website, try using these widgets based on the popular Wolfram Alpha engine. They’re quite fun!