Best of the Web for Windows users - 18 - 24 October 2015
This week has brought mixed news for Microsoft. First, we have learned important details about the first major update to Windows 10 - Threshold 2. It features many welcome improvements and additions that will make the Windows 10 experience even better. On the other side, Microsoft has revealed its latest financial performance and its revenue was down. Also, they have lost their deal with Yahoo which now signed with Google. To learn more details about these events, as well as other interesting news, read this week's recap:
The best tech related news
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 Fall Update is Set for November Release - Microsoft will release the "Threshold 2" (TH2) release of Windows 10 in November as the Windows 10 Fall Update. And unlike the post-RTM Windows Insider builds we've been getting, the Fall Update will ship as a cumulative update, not as a full build. Here's what to expect from this release.
Microsoft reports falling revenues, slowing Surface sales in latest quarter - Microsoft's revenue was down during the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, the company reported in an earnings release. To learn more about its financial evolution, read this news article.
Microsoft is getting serious about payments in Windows 10 - Microsoft is looking to relaunch Windows Wallet, a mobile payments app that stores credit cards, coupons and membership information, to improve both the in-store payment experience and online payments with Windows devices, a top Microsoft executive said in an interview.
Microsoft Edge won't get Chrome-like extensions until 2016 - Microsoft's new Edge browser shows a lot of promise. Currently, however, its features are very bare-bones. It doesn't support extensions and plugins, either, meaning that there is no real way to add features. Microsoft has issued a short statement that confirms that extensions won't be supported until 2016 at the earliest, which is a shame .
Microsoft: Surface Pro 4 is already a big hit with business customers - It hasn't officially launched yet, but Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 is already proving a big hit with business customers. Before the Pro 4 has even gone on sale - the new high-end Windows 10 device has already attracted considerable interest from corporate clients. More details in this news article.
Yahoo reaches search deal with Google after loosening Microsoft ties - Yahoo announced a search deal with Google, taking advantage an earlier revision of its longtime Microsoft search pact. Under the arrangement, Google will provide web search results, search ads and image search services for an unspecified number of Yahoo user queries, on both desktop and mobile platforms.
Joe Belfiore will take an extended leave from Microsoft until summer 2016 - Joe Belfiore has been one of the biggest forces behind Windows Phone at Microsoft over the past several years, and more recently he has helped to lead the development of Windows 10 as the Corporate Vice President for the company's Operating Systems Group. Belfiore has revealed he will be taking some time off from Microsoft, but promised he will be back at work sometime in the summer of 2016.
Wireless Xbox One controllers out for Windows 10 only - Microsoft has started shipping PC adapters for wireless Xbox One controllers. However, they only work on Windows 10, according to the official description. More details in this news article.
Halo 5: Guardians could make its way to the PC - In a recent interview with Halo 5: Guardians' franchise development director, Frank O'Connor, he was asked whether the title has the possibility of appearing on PC in the future. Rather than denying the proposal as in earlier interviews he answered in a way that led everyone to the conclusion that Halo 5 might be coming to the PC.
The best tech tips & guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Tested: Should You Unplug Chargers When You're Not Using Them? - How much energy do your smartphone, laptop, and tablet chargers really use? Should you unplug them when you aren't using them to save power and money? How-To Geek measured exactly how much power a variety of common chargers use, and how much keeping them plugged in will cost your each year.
How To Add PrtScn and Media Control Functions with Apple Keyboard on Windows - Apple recently announced a new set of Magic Keyboard, Mouse and Trackpad for its Mac lineup. However little you might know, you can use their keyboard on Windows. Because Apple's keyboard has a different key layout than a PC keyboard, some functions will not work out of the box. This is expected, but here is a fix for this.
Increase Reddit's usefulness with Reddit Enhancement Suite browser add-on - If you're a big fan of Reddit, then you might want to give the Reddit Enhancement Suite or RES a test drive. This browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Opera increases Reddit's experience & usefulness, and is a tool every Redditor should be using.