Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 20 - 26 September 2015

The biggest news of ther week was the Office 2016 launch. We have many articles on this subject, including useful Q&As and a very thorough review. New leaked documents have offered more details about upcoming smartphones made by Microsoft and we have also learned new details about the Microsoft Band 2. To find out more about these events as well as other interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem, read this week's recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

Microsoft Office 2016 now available to download [Update] - To grab the bits, all you need to do is login to Office.com and then navigate to My account where you will be prompted to install the new Office, upon clicking install, a 2.75mb web installer will download and the rest is taken care of by the installer.

Office 2016 review: The same old Office, but now with more collaboration - This is a very solid review of Office 2016, by Ars Technica. Take the time to read it, you won't be sorry you did.

Want to use Office on your new iPad Pro? Then you'll need an Office 365 subscription - The Office apps on the current iPads offer both viewing and editing documents for free. Install those same apps on the iPad Pro once it arrives in November, however, and all those editing features will go away. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing. Learn why from this news article.

Microsoft blames configuration change for massive Skype outage - Microsoft attributed a 15-hour outage of its consumer Skype communications service to a 'larger-than- usual configuration change,' which disconnected users from the network. More details from Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft Misses Self-Imposed Deadline To Release Skype Messaging Apps - Back in early July, Microsoft amended a blog post to say that the new Skype messaging apps for Windows 10 desktop would enter the preview stage by the end of the Summer. Seeing as we are now in fall and the apps are not here, Microsoft has missed its own deadline for these apps.

More leaks on Microsoft's coming new Lumia line-up - New details have leaked about Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as about a new affordable smartphone - Lumia 550.

Windows 10 in China - Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Chinese web giant Baidu, as it continues its quest to push Windows 10 in the market. The deal will make Baidu.com the default homepage and search option for users of the Microsoft Edge browser in the country, will add an easy way for Baidu's 600 million-plus users to upgrade to Microsoft's new operating system, and will introduce universal Baidu search, video, cloud, and map apps to Windows 10.

The New Xbox One Experience Starts Rolling Out To Preview Today - A test version of Microsoft's redesigned Xbox One dashboard, powered by Windows 10, is rolling out to select members of the Xbox One preview program. Learn more about it in the video embedded below.

Microsoft Band 2 leaked renders reveal new curved design and metallic finish - The site MicrosoftInsider.es reportedly got their hands on some renders of the device codenamed 'Envoy'. The images – if accurate – reveal what was reported back in July including a new curved display and availability in a wider swath of markets (the current Surface ones).

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Microsoft Office 2016: Lots of upgrade questions and some answers - You've got Office 2016 upgrade questions and problems? Mary Jo Foley has got a few answers and links that might help.

What is the maximum length of password in Windows 10? - A very good question, answered by The Windows Club.

How to Use Your Mac Keyboard's Top Row as Regular Function Keys - Mac users may find this guide useful, especially if they want a keyboard that's more similar to that of a PC.