Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 28 June - 4 July 2015

Microsoft has been very busy this week: they released not one, but three new builds for the Windows 10 Preview, and the latest is also available to download as ISO. They published some info on how they will roll-out Windows 10 starting on July 29th and they also brought new features for Office, Skype and Xbox. Read the headlines about all these, and more, in our week's news recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices - Terry Myerson offers some information on how Microsoft will roll-out Windows 10 to its users. As there are millions (or even billions) of devices waiting for the upgrade, the operating system will be released using a phased approach. Learn more from this official Windows blog post.

Welcome to the faster Fast ring - Gabe Aul announced the release of another Windows 10 preview build - Build 10162 - to the Fast ring. In just a week, Microsoft released three builds for Windows 10 preview.

Microsoft releases ISOs for Windows 10 desktop build 10162 - After releasing the third Windows 10 build in a week, Gabe Aul, the head of the Insiders program, announced that the build is also available as an ISO.

Windows 8's market share peaks at a little over 16% - The Windows 10 official release is coming fast and while Windows 7 is still the most used operating system today, Windows 8 is rapidly increasing its market share, and has finally surpassed Windows XP.

Update 2 for Office 2016 Preview Released - The update 2 for Office 2016 Preview brings new features: new charts in Excel, real-time typing in Word, Insights in Excel and PowerPoint, and others. Read this article to get more information.

Announcing preview of new Skype for Business services in Office 365 - Office 365 enterprise customers can now register for previewing Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN Conferencing and Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling. Read this blog post to find more details about these new features, and also find what are the eligibility requirements for participating in the preview.

Meet the Latest Members of the Emoticon Family - Skype gets a new set of emoticons. To see them in action, download the latest version of the popular app.

New Xbox Features in Preview on Windows 10 and Xbox One - Microsoft adds new features for the Xbox on Windows 10 app. Among others, you'll get a new My Games menu, Game hubs, achievements sharing options and a redesigned Xbox Avatars app.

Bing Pong is a wonderful, terrible distraction from your searches - Uhm… yes, you can now play Pong in Bing. All you have to do is open Bing and search for Pong. Obvious, right?

No, Microsoft Is Not Going To Kill Off Windows Phone, It Has A Much Better Plan - Forbes published a really interesting article about Microsoft's ability to do long term planning and what the future of Windows Mobile and Xbox One might be.

AOL takes over Microsoft's display ad business - Microsoft and AOL made a 10-year deal: Microsoft gives its ad display business to AOL, which in turn will start using Bing search. Find more about this really interesting partnership, in this article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Features Missing from Windows 10 (and the Possible Alternatives) - Windows 10 is coming on July 29. While we are all eagerly waiting for its new features, we might have skipped the fact that Microsoft also ditches some traditional features that we got used to. Find out more about them and some alternatives from this article.

Got a blue screen of death installing Windows 10 Mobile? Here's the fix! - If you're previewing Windows 10 Mobile on your smartphone, the upgrade process to the 10149 build might've ended in a blue screen of death. This quick guide will help you sort this problem.

How to Set Up Your Own Home VPN Server - Ever wondered if you could make your own VPN server? This guide will show you everything you need to have and do in order to create one.