Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 26 April - 2 May 2015

During this quite busy week for Microsoft, we learned what the future holds for the Internet of Things(IoT) from Microsoft's point of view, we've seen a new Windows 10 preview build, learned the official name of Project Spartan and more! Read this full recap to get up to speed with the most important news from within Microsoft's ecosystem:

The Best Tech Related News

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

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074 now available - A new preview build of Windows 10 has been made available during Build 2015. The changelog includes Continuum improvements, new Windows sounds, Cortana upgrades and multiple user experience improvements. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Windows 10 Design: Getting the balance right - Albert Shum, the guy who leads the Operating Systems Group's Design Team at Microsoft has published a lengthy post describing the experience his team goes through while designing the new Windows experience. Read the full article to get a few insights on what it feels like to work on something this big.

This is Microsoft Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer - Project Spartan finally has a name: Microsoft Edge. The naming is inspired by the EdgeHTML rendering engine used by the new browser. Time will tell how many Windows users will adopt it.

Microsoft makes it easy for developers to port Chrome and Firefox extensions to Edge - Microsoft is addressing the biggest problem of Internet Explorer in their new browser. They announced that Edge will have support for Chrome and Firefox extensions. It remains to be seen how this support will be implemented, since there is no mention of a dedicated Store where you can download the future extensions.

Microsoft brings Windows 10 to Makers - Microsoft has announced the availability of the first preview version of Windows 10 IoT Core Insider. This enables the Maker community to use Windows 10 on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other Internet of Things platforms. Interesting news for developers!

Microsoft's Phone Hardware Business may be ailing worse than thought - Windows Phone's lack of success is a secret to nobody. Microsoft's smartphone business is constantly losing them money, since there's a huge lack of apps for this platform and also a lack of flagship devices that would get the users' attention. Read the full article for a more in-depth analysis of the not-so-bright future of Windows Phone.

Office Preview apps for Windows 10 updated - Microsoft has updated the Office Preview apps for Windows 10. No change log was published, so just give them a try if you're curious.

The holographic robot uprising: Microsoft shows off its IoT ambitions - New HoloLens capabilities have been showcased during Microsoft's Build conference this week. The IoT focus is definitely good on a long-term, but we're really curious to see how Microsoft will defend the many front lines they are fighting on, since at this point, they seem to be running after multiple rabbits and not doing such a great job at catching any of them. Again, time will tell.

Minecraft adds free female avatar to console versions - Minecraft's Xbox and PlayStation versions received an update this week: a set of female skins for the game's character. If you're a fan of the game, you might find them fun.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Extend Your iPad's Battery Life When You're Not Using it - Without any doubt, one of the things we pay the most attention to these days regarding the technology that we use, is our devices' battery life. Our friends at How-To Geek have published a useful guide on how you can extend your iPad's battery life when you're not using it. Give it a read and let us know what you think.

Why are newer generations of processors faster at the same clock speed? - Less technical users tend to believe that the higher the frequency of a processor is, the faster it will perform. However, that's not entirely true. An interesting discussion caught our attention over at SuperUser, so give it a read if you're curious why your 5 year old 2.0 GHz CPU is visibly slower than the one you just bought, even though they work at the same frequency.

How to turn off or disable Emoticons in Skype on Windows PC - If you're not a fan of Skype's emoticons, here's a tutorial on how to disable them.

The Best Of 7 Tutorials

We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on 7 Tutorials, in April 2015:

How To Remove Crapware With PC Decrapifier, SlimComputer Or Decrap - One of the most popular articles that we've published last month is related to cleaning your computer of crapware. If your system seems have slowed down a lot, give this article a read and learn what you can do about it.

How to Install A Color Profile For Your Monitor, In Windows - Computer monitors each have their own way of displaying colors, which makes them quite different when you compare them. What you need to do to make sure your display is correctly displaying colors, is installing the right color profile for it. Read the full article to learn how.

How To Provide Remote Support With Windows Remote Assistance - Windows includes a Remote Assistance utility that you can use to provide remote support to friends in need of technical help. Learn how to do that from this popular article.