Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 23 - 29 August 2015

Microsoft has released Cortana for Android as a public beta version, Windows 10 has been installed on over 75 million devices and Windows 95 is now 20 years old. To learn more about these events, as well as other interesting news, don't hesitate to read this week's recap with the most important news about Microsoft and its consumer ecosystem.

The Best Tech Related News

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

Windows 10 installed on over 75 million devices, covering over 90,000 unique PC and tablet models - Microsoft has now revealed that Windows 10 is currently installed on over 75 million devices since its launch on July 29, and that those installs cover 90,000 unique PCs and tablet models.

No, Microsoft is not spying on you with Windows 10 - Ed Bott has published a very good editorial about Microsoft's privacy policy in Windows 10. He starts by saying: "The Windows 10 privacy agreement doesn't mean Microsoft is secretly stealing the data from your hard disk. Where do people come up with these crazy ideas?"

Windows 95 is 20 years old today - Twenty years ago, people were lining up at CompUSA or Best Buy at midnight. It wasn't a new Call of Duty game, Apple's latest iPod, or any type of hardware at all that shoppers were waiting for. It was software, and not just any software: Windows 95.

Cortana Now Available on Android in Public Beta - Microsoft is releasing a beta version of Cortana for Android for anyone to download and install. Microsoft has been gradually improving Cortana for Android since its release to a limited number of testers last month. One big addition is the ability for Cortana to replace Google Now when you press the Android home button on a handset.

Office 2016 Set for a September 22 Launch - According to leaked Microsoft documents, the software giant will launch the Office 2016 suite for Windows - including new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Visio, Access and Publisher - on September 22. And then it will follow that up with new releases of Office 365 with Skype for Business and on-premises versions of the Office servers.

Microsoft Snip finally brings a better way to screenshot on Windows - Microsoft Snip offers an easier way to take screenshots, annotate them and even add audio to them. Once installed, the app floats at the top of the screen so you can quickly take a screenshot of the whole screen or a particular region, a photo of your webcam or a drawing.

This could be the upcoming Microsoft flagship - New pictures have emerged with Microsoft's upcoming flagship smartphones: Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (Cityman).

Xbox boss dismisses rumors of an Xbox One Mini - Earlier this month, it was rumored that in addition to revealing new tablets, fitness bands, and smartphones, Microsoft would use its upcoming October launch event to show off a slimmer Xbox One. But Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, shot those rumors down last night, using Twitter to say that the rumored smaller version of the console is "not real."

Bing for Android just beat Google Now on Tap to the punch - Microsoft just beat Google at its own game: the company has updated Bing Search on Android with a new feature that analyzes what's on your screen to bring you useful, relevant information without the need to switch apps. More details in this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY? WE HAVE THE DATA. - Jawbone - a popular manufacturer of wearable devices, shares their data on how much we should sleep in order to improve our mood. It makes for a very interesting read.

Why You Shouldn't Jailbreak Your iPhone - The How-To Geek team has some strong arguments on why you should not jailbreak your iPhone.

Mozilla improves Firefox's full screen handling - Mozilla tweaked Firefox's full screen behavior in recent Nightly versions of the browser (that is version 43) to make it less annoying to users. More details can be found in this guide.