This past week was full of news about Microsoft and its products. We have learned that Windows 10 phones will play FLAC audio natively, new details about Office 2016 have emerged, we got to see Outlook for Android and iOS being launched and more. Read this week's recap for an in-depth look at what happened in Microsoft's ecosystem:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 Phones Will Have Native Support For FLAC Audio Format - Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the future Windows 10 smartphones and tablets will also include native support for FLAC media files. This is very good news for those of you who love quality sound and want to have the best experience possible on mobile devices.
Windows 10 devices with screens smaller than 8 inches to lack desktop - Joe Belfiore has also confirmed that the Desktop in Windows 10 will not exist on devices with smaller than 8 inch screens, such as smartphones or tablets. Learn more about this decision from Neowin.
Microsoft's HoloLens uses unreleased Intel Atom chip - We've already seen a glimpse of what HoloLens could be capable of at the Windows 10 event earlier this month. What we didn't know is that the holographic computer uses an Intel Atom chip unreleased yet by Intel, part of the upcoming Cherry Trail family. Microsoft and Intel haven't disclosed any details yet.
Surface Booked More Than $1 Billion For Microsoft Last Quarter — Up 24% - The Surface product line seems to be on a good ascending trend. The last quarter Microsoft made more than $1 billion dollars from Surface sales, growing their quarterly revenue by 24% compared to the previous year's fourth quarter.
Bill Gates working on mysterious 'Personal Agent' project at Microsoft - Bill Gates revealed during a Reddit AMA this week that he's working on a "Personal Agent" project at Microsoft. Apparently, the project is meant to help you find things more easily around your computer and ultimately become more productive.
Hardware surprisingly strong, Windows weak, as Microsoft posts solid Q2 - Although the Surface sales are growing, Microsoft is not having such a good time on the software front. The Windows market and their operating income declined in the second quarter of their financial year, mainly because of their recent reorganization and the integration of Nokia's Devices and Services team, which had an important financial impact.
Microsoft shows off new Office touch apps on video - A 7 minute video shows the new Office apps optimized for touch devices. We recommend taking a look at them to see if they're gonna help you work better on the move.
Office for Android tablets is here—just mind the system requirements - Microsoft has released the final version of Office for Android tablets. The apps have the same requirements as the preview versions. They are optimized for ARM processors, screens between 7 and 10.1 inches in size and they run on Android 4.4 or higher. Devices also need at least 1GB of RAM.
A few more Office 2016 features leak, digging deep into the details - Microsoft is working on their next Office suite called Office 2016. This week, a few more leaks have hit the web, and Neowin has published a detailed list of what they include. Read this article to learn more.
Sway feature updates—Internet embeds and more! - Microsoft's Sway application is getting some updates. You can now add content to your presentations from third-party sites by using embed codes, import content from other documents and separate grouped cards in an easier fashion. We're curious to see where this application is heading and whether companies will start to adopt it as an easier presentation method.
Microsoft Releases Outlook for Android and iOS - Microsoft purchased Acompli back in December and now they've rebranded the app as Outlook for iOS and Android. This is great news, since the Acompli app is great for managing emails and the two platforms have long been in need of a quality Outlook app.
Introducing an all new way to view, manage, and share your photos in OneDrive - The OneDrive team has made some good updates to the product. Starting in a month, OneDrive users will have the option to automatically import photos from their devices right into OneDrive. There's also a bunch of interface updates that will make photos in OneDrive look great and make them easier to manage.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Lifehacker Faceoff: The Best Password Managers, Compared - Lifehacker has published an interesting comparative article on password managers. If you're on the lookout for a way to stop forgetting your passwords, give this article a thorough read and decide on a solution.
Is there really a “USB communication protocol"? - An interesting technical discussion on Superuser on whether USB connections include a low-level communication protocol or not. We recommend this educational debate if you have any confusion on this matter.
5 Things You Must Check Before Buying a Used iPhone - Many people choose to buy used smartphones because they're cheaper. Doing this, however, holds some disadvantages, too, some of which could be quite annoying. GuidingTech has published a useful guide on what to keep in mind when buying a used iPhone, although most of the advice here applied to any kind of mobile device. Definitely a useful read.
The Best Of 7 Tutorials
We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on 7 Tutorials, in January 2015:
How To Use Command Prompt To Fix Issues With Your PC's Boot Records - This article has been extremely helpful to our readers, many of them finding the solution to fixing their boot records problems.
How To Log Your Food Intake With MyFitnessPal - Sharing The Basics - One of our most popular articles in January 2015 is also one of our most useful health-related articles so far. Our friend, Andrei teaches you how to log your food intake using the MyFitnessPal app.
Top 7 Free Games For Windows 8.1 That Are Found In The Store - In January, a lot of our readers wanted to play on their Windows devices and our recommendations of free Windows 8.1 games proved to be highly relevant for them. We're glad we could help you have some fun!