This week, we have learned that Microsoft is developing a new, more streamlined design language for Windows 10 and that it will bring the emulation of x86 (desktop apps) to Windows 10 Mobile smartphones and devices which means that, in the future, your smartphone could run PC apps, if it’s running Windows 10. For more details and other interesting news, read this week’s recap of 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:
Microsoft is working on a new design language for Windows 10 codenamed Project NEON - Microsoft has plans to begin using a much more streamlined design language with Redstone 3, codenamed Project NEON.
x86 emulation rumored to be coming to Windows for ARM in late 2017 - Microsoft is planning to enable x86 on ARM64 emulation in Windows 10 by Fall 2017 with its “Redstone 3” release, sources say. The project has the codename “Cobalt”.
Microsoft Edge is now the exclusive browser to support 4K streaming in Netflix - If you want to be able to stream Netflix in 4K through your browser, you're going to have to use Edge, as Microsoft announced. Unfortunately, the feature probably won't work with your PC, as you'll need a device that uses one of Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and of course, a 4K display.
Microsoft brings Solitaire to iOS and Android - Microsoft is bringing its popular version of Solitaire to iOS and Android. While the game h as existed on Windows for more than 25 years, the modern Solitaire Collection will now be available outside of Windows for the first time.
Integrated GPUs look like they’ll be good enough for Windows 10’s VR - Microsoft hasn't published the full Windows Holographic hardware requirements yet, but an application shipping in the latest preview builds, the Windows Holographic First Run app, gives some hints as to what they are.
Xbox One streaming comes to Oculus Rift on December 12 - Nearly 18 months after it was first announced as a feature, Oculus Rift owners will soon be able to stream Xbox One games directly to their virtual reality headsets. The feature arrives as a free update to the Oculus Rift PC app on December 12.
Microsoft uses HoloLens for the first mixed reality Mannequin Challenge - Microsoft is one of the first major brands to officially get involved in the Mannequin Challenge, but the software maker is providing its own unique twist. Microsoft is using the HoloLens to make virtual objects like butterflies and pancakes stand still alongside its employees and real-life props. The result is impressive, even if it totally fails to include the Black Beatles track that usually accompanies the Mannequin Challenge.
Xiaomi is pre-installing Cortana on its Mi MIX smartphone - Xiaomi, one of the biggest players in the Chinese tech market, also teamed up with Microsoft to pre-install its Android apps on their devices back in June. In return, Microsoft sold more than a thousand patents to the company.
Microsoft offers EU an Outlook deal to secure LinkedIn acquisition - Microsoft has offered to allow rivals to access Outlook add-ins to display profiles from social networking sites other than LinkedIn. Microsoft is also reportedly allowing PC makers like Dell and HP to disable a LinkedIn shortcut that’s packaged on the desktop of some machines.
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