Best of the Web for Windows users - 27 November - 3 December 2016

This week we have learned that Office 365 customers will be able to enjoy new collaboration capabilities and that Microsoft shareholders are more than worried about Microsoft’s lack of focus on their Windows 10 Mobile platform. To learn more about these events, as well as other interesting news, read this week’s recap:

Microsoft: the news of the week

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

New to Office 365 in November—new collaboration capabilities and more - Microsoft is making it easier to work with others on your next PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint app on Windows now supports collaborative editing, allowing two or more people to jump into a document at once and make edits and comments that are seen by the entire group.

Office 365 users seeing warnings that their OneDrive storage will be cut to 1TB on March 1 - Customers are now seeing a warning that their storage will be slashed to 1TB beginning on March 1st, 2017. More details in this article.

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will use AI to automatically write photo descriptions - Microsoft said that, starting in early 2017, its Word and PowerPoint applications will be able to automatically come up with descriptions of photos that users add into documents. Office 365 subscribers will see it first in Word and PowerPoint for PCs.

HP made a ridiculously tough laptop for schools - HP has made a laptop that it says stands up to military standards of toughness, a feat that it claims is necessary for another tough environment: schools.

Wielding their Windows Phones, Microsoft shareholders grill CEO Satya Nadella on device strategy - At its annual shareholder meeting this week, some Microsoft shareholders were more than a little concerned about the company's mobile strategy, or if it even had one. Here’s what they had to say to Microsoft’s CEO.

Microsoft Clip Layer Brings Better Copy and Share Functionality to Android - A new Microsoft Garage project called Clip Layer promises to make it easier for Android users to “snip and share” almost anything that appears on their screen.

Surface Studio teardown reveals hidden ARM chip and removable hard drive - iFixit has started tearing down Microsoft’s all-in-one PC . As this is a computer, there we ren’t too many surprises to be found, but the teardown does reveal a few things about Microsoft’s approach to this unusual PC.

Report: Smartphone Growth is Flat in 2016 - The market researchers at IDC now say that smartphone sales growth will be almost non-existent, at 0.6 percent, for calendar year 2016. Device makers will sell 1.445 billion smartphones this year, IDC states.

Cool tips and guides

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

What we’ll be looking for in laptops for 2017 - "Thin and light" is no longer enough. Systems have to do more than that to justify a premium price.

How to Easily Back Up and Migrate Your Browser Bookmarks - How to export bookmarks to an HTML file and import bookmarks from an HTML file in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Opera.

The Coolest Features You Can Unlock in Android's Developer Options - Android’s developer options menu is a secret treasure trove of tweaks that adventurous users can play with. If you want to install any app on your SD card, speed up window animations, or even save some battery life, here’s how to unlock and use this hidden menu.

Digital Citizen: The best articles of the month

We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on Digital Citizen, in November 2016:

6 Ways to find the MAC address of any network card, in Windows - Here are all the ways you can find the MAC address of your network card, on any computer with Windows.

Where to buy Windows 10? Which version should you buy? - Do you need a guide on how to purchase Windows 10 for your computers and devices? Do you need help to spot the best offers?

Security for everyone - Review Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2017 - Bitdefender is the most popular security product with our readers. In this review, you can learn what their 2017 edition of products has to offer.