This week we had the chance to see the first build of Microsoft's Project Spartan - the browser that will replace Internet Explorer. Then, Microsoft turned 40 and some interesting announcements were made regarding Kinect and the launch of a new Surface device. A new Microsoft app comes to iOS and Android and Windows 10 Technical Preview will come also to non-Lumia devices. Let's take a closer look at this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem.
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Read the letter Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company's 40th anniversary - Microsoft turned 40 on April 4th and Bill Gates sent an encouraging letter to all of the company's employees, revealing how he sees the future of Microsoft and its evolution to this day. See the full article if you want to read the letter.
Microsoft Launches Surface 3, It's A Serious iPad Rival - If the price point of the Surface Pro 3 makes it a bit too restrictive for you, Microsoft has just released the new Surface 3. The little brother of the Surface Pro 3 has a smaller screen and it's powered by Intel Atom CPUs. The price starts at $499.
Microsoft takes to Reddit for an AMA on the Surface 3, these are the highlights - After announcing the Surface 3, Microsoft held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit and offered answers to different customer questions about the new device. Read the full article to learn what the highlights are.
Introducing Project Spartan: The New Browser Built for Windows 10 - The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build introduced us to Microsoft's Project Spartan. Even though the new browser is far from ready for the public, it features a new rendering engine, plus Cortana and OneNote integration.
Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible' - Signs of a new Microsoft are even more obvious, as one of the company's top engineers says that an open source Windows operating system is definitely possible in the future. Microsoft seems to understand the benefits of cross-platform and open source software and they might go this route in their future development of the Windows platform.
An update on Microsoft's approach to Do Not Track - The Do Not Track default state will change in the future versions of Windows Express Settings, as it will no longer be enabled by default. Microsoft will provide customers with information on how to enable setting if they want to. This decision comes as a follow-up to new industry standards regarding tracking preferences.
Microsoft working on extending Windows 10 Technical Preview to non-Lumia Windows Phone - Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed that Windows 10 Tecnhical Preview will also be taken to non-Lumia devices. No details have been shared on this yet, but it does sound interesting.
Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android - Microsoft document scanning app comes to iOS and Android devices. The app is already available for free in Apple's App Store and a preview of the Android version is available through the Office Lens Android Preview Google+ community. Read the full article to learn how to get a hold of the new app.
Microsoft to consolidate the Kinect for Windows experience around a single sensor - Microsoft stopped producing the Kinect for Windows v2 sensors and announced the Kinect Adapter for Windows. The adapter allows every Kinect for Xbox One owner to connect the sensors to their Windows machines. Developers have nothing to worry about, since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 works exactly the same with any of the sensors.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
What Do Drones Mean to the Future of Personal Privacy? - Drones are slowly but surely becoming more widespread. Our friends at How-To Geek have analyzed what this might mean for personal privacy in the near future. Take your time and read the full article. It's quite insightful.
How to Choose the Best Firmware to Supercharge Your Wi-Fi Router - This is an interesting article on installing custom firmware for Wi-Fi routers. Even though this is not something most people do or even have heard of, it does have some hidden benefits, especially if you're a technical person and passionate about networking.
Top 8 Firefox Add-ons for Android - Even though Chrome has the biggest collection of extensions on Desktop, the same cannot be said about its mobile version, which doesn't support extensions at all. Firefox for Android, however, does. And Guiding Tech is here to suggest some of the most useful add-ons for this mobile web browser.
The Best Of 7 Tutorials
We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on 7 Tutorials in March 2015:
Nokia Lumia 635 Review - 4G plus Windows Phone 8.1 at a good price - Our review of the new Lumia 635. It is an affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device with 4G connectivity. Read this review to learn what it has to offer.
Simple Questions: What Are Windows Essentials & How To Install Them? - A tutorial describing the Windows Essentials app collection from Microsoft and why it is useful to you.
Microsoft Lumia 435 Review - Outrageously Affordable! - Our review of one of the most affordable Windows Phone devices on the market proved to be quite popular with our readers. If you haven't yet read it, do so now.