Best of the Web for Windows Users - 18 - 24 January 2015

This week was very busy for Microsoft and filled with exciting announcements: a new preview version of Windows 10, more details about upcoming features of this operating system, exciting new devices like Microsoft HoloLens, good news about the upcoming version of Office and more. Don't hesitate to read this week's recap. There's lots of great stuff to read and learn about.

The Best Tech Related News

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

The 9 biggest announcements from Microsoft's Windows 10 event - Microsoft had an amazing Windows 10 event where they showcased the evolution of this operating system as well as some amazing new products. Here's a good summary of their biggest announcements.

Download: Windows 10 build 9926 - Microsoft has released another Windows 10 build for the Windows Insider program and this release brings with it a plethora of new features including Cortana, Continuum and a bunch more. Here's how to download it.

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles - Wired has some exclusive details as well as a good description of the experience offered by Microsoft's HoloLens. It is a great read.

Microsoft in the age of Satya Nadella - A long editorial published by Wired about Microsoft's evolution under Satya Nadella, Microsoft HoloLens and other products and service. We very much enjoyed reading it.

Every Windows Phone 8 phone will get Windows 10, except the ones that won't - As expected, it is still not yet clear if all Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones will be upgraded to Windows 10, when the new operating system is realased. This article talks about some of the constraints that will make this upgrade difficult for Microsoft and its Windows Phone users.

Microsoft to launch Office 2016 this year, Office touch apps arriving 'in the coming weeks' - Microsoft announced that the next version of its fully-featured Office suite of desktop PC applications will be called Office 2016. More details in this news article.

Dropbox finally drops an official Windows Phone app, goes universal - After a long wait, Dropbox has launched an official app for Windows Phone. Learn about what it has to offer from this news article.

Twitter officially adds Bing tweet translator to website and mobile - Twitter has officially added its Bing-powered translation feature to its web and mobile apps. The translation feature is now part of the social network's website, and also works on iOS, Android and TweetDeck. It can provide translations between more than 40 language pairs.

Microsoft designs a lamp that could charge your smartphone - Microsoft Research has designed a lamp that will detect your phone and charge it by shining a light onto its surface. You can learn how it works from this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Monitor, the Screen You Stare at All Day - An excellent guide from Lifehacker about maximizing the computing experience offered by your monitor.

Yes, Every Freeware Download Site is Serving Crapware (Here's the Proof) - The team at How-To Geek has made an investigation which proves that there isn't a freeware download site that is free of crapware or adware.

How to Reduce the Size of Your Blu-ray and Other MP4 Videos by Over 50% - If you need some tools to help you reduce the size of your movie collection, check this guide.