Best of the Web for Windows users - 2 - 8 October 2016

This week we have learned that Microsoft's late October hardware launch this year may be as much about its partners' Windows 10 devices as much as its own Surface-branded ones. Also, the company has clarified how it will provide updates to Microsoft Edge in the future and that they will not launch a Microsoft Band 3 this year. Read this week’s recap to see what happened in Microsoft’s consumer ecosystem:

Microsoft: the news of the week

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

Surface keyboards, mice leak ahead of anticipated computer - Microsoft's late October hardware launch this year may be as much about its partners' Windows 10 devices as much as its own Surface-branded ones, sources say.

Microsoft Clarifies How It Will Update Edge With The Windows Store - The Microsoft Edge app, which includes navigation controls, reading view and other similar features will eventually get updated through the store but the engine of Edge will always be updated with Windows Update. The reason for the engine being updated through Windows Update is because that feature powers other universal apps and will require additional testing to make sure the changes do not impact other parts of the operating system.

Microsoft pulls Band listings from its Store; admits no Band 3 this year - Microsoft officials say there are no plans to introduce a new Microsoft Band fitness device this year and that it has sold out the existing Band 2 inventory.

There's a new sound for rare Xbox achievements - Microsoft added in a feature where you can see the rarity of each award in the latest Xbox One system update. Those in the preview programme can see the next step, the custom rare achievement notification, right now.

Microsoft is shuttering its TechRewards program next year - Nokia started its DVLUP rewards program for developers back in 2012. The aim of the project was to reward developers with badges, XP, gift cards and other prizes for developing or incorporating new features in their apps. When Microsoft acquired Nokia's devices and services division back in 2014, the program was rebranded to Microsoft TechRewards. Now, Microsoft has announced that it is shutting down the project altogether on January 6, 2017.

Cool tips and guides

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

How to Change Someone’s Eye Color in Photoshop - Have you ever wondered what you’d look like if your eyes were a different color? Sure, you could go and buy colored contacts, but it’s far simpler to just use Adobe Photoshop to change your eye color.

This is Why Sometimes You Hear Hissing Sounds from Your Devices - Have you ever heard a high pitched hiss or whine coming from one of your electronic devices? If you have there’s no need for you to be alarmed. You aren’t alone or going crazy, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Don’t Get Hooked: How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks (Infographic) - Digital Guardian created an infographic covering phishing attacks in their many forms and what users can do to protect themselves against this highly common online threat.