Best of the Web for Windows users - 25 - 31 October 2015

This week Microsoft has put on sale some of their latest devices like the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2. Learn where you can buy them and at what prices. Also, we have news about Windows 10 and its launch for Xbox One. To learn more details about these events and other interesting news, read this week’s recap:

The most important Microsoft related news

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

Windows 10 will be made an automatic “recommended” update early next year - Another controversial move by Microsoft: the Windows 10 upgrade will soon be posted as an "Optional Update" in Windows Update for previous versions of Windows, advertising it to anyone who examines this list of updates.

Three months on: Windows 10 surpasses 120 million installs - WinBeta has learned that Windows 10 has now been installed on over 120 million PCs worldwide. It’s quite an achievement for an operating system that is only 3 months old.

Microsoft finally confirms the Surface Mini tablet existed - Microsoft's Panos Panay is pumped about a lot of things, but the one gadget that got him out of bed in the middle of the night is the much-rumored, now-confirmed, Surface Mini tablet. In an interview, the company's corporate vice president in charge of devices said he used to keep an unreleased version of the 7-inch tablet near his bed so he could jot down notes and draft emails during sudden surges of inspiration.

The new Office—October feature update - The Office Online web apps are getting a little more social. Microsoft is planning to build Skype voice and video integration directly into Office Online. Any instant messaging history remains connected to the document you’re working on, so you can talk to a coworker or friend to make changes and pick up the conversation later on. Microsoft says the integration will go live worldwide to Microsoft accounts in November.

Cortana and Bing help get you in the Halloween spirit - Microsoft has announced some fun, new and spooky searches, and various Easter eggs available for Cortana and Bing.

Microsoft's new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 go on sale today - Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are now available in the US and Canada - but those in other parts of the world will have to keep waiting for now.

The Microsoft Band 2 is officially on sale online and in retail stores - The $249 fitness wearable is now officially on sale, both online and at retail stores in the US. More details in this news article.

Outlook for iOS and Android gains momentum, gets new look - Outlook for iOS and Android received a clean new look, as well as a couple of new features. More details in this week’s announcement by Microsoft.

Add fun filters to your Skype video messages in the latest Skype for Android, iPhone, and iPad - Microsoft has launched video message filters in Skype for Android, iPhone and iPad – video effects that let you add more fun to your Skype video messages. Details in this official announcement.

Xbox One's big Windows 10 update arrives on November 12th - Microsoft has a big update planned for the Xbox One next month. The software giant is planning to roll out Windows 10 to consoles on November 12th as part of a dashboard update that includes a number of new features.

Kinect For Xbox One And Xbox One Kinect Bundle Now Available For A Limited-Time Promotional Offer - Microsoft is slashing the cost of the 'Xbox One with Kinect Bundle' bundle by $100 in a limited-time promotional offer, available via the Microsoft Store and various other major retailers.

The best tech tips & guides

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

Android Has a Big Security Problem, But Antivirus Apps Can’t Do Much to Help - This is a very good editorial from the How-To Geek, that everyone should read.

Top 10 Evil Ways to Use Technology - Like other powerful tools, technology can be used for great good or for great evil. Learn how people use technology for wrongdoing so you can protect yourself - or use their tricks to actually do good. Here are the top 10 “evil” ways you can use technology.

How to Become Productive on an iPhone with a Single App - A useful tutorial from the Guiding Tech team, that is aimed at iPhone users.

The best of Digital Citizen

Here are the most read articles we published on Digital Citizen, this month:

Which browser will make your battery last longer in Windows 10? - We have worked for almost a month on this analysis and we have revealed some interesting results. If you haven’t read it yet, you should do so now.

6 Features That Make Microsoft Edge A Better Browser Than Others - An interesting article which showcases the best features of the Microsoft Edge browser.

The 3 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker - If you have used Windows DVD Maker to create personalized DVDs, you should read this article and discover new tools that are even better.