Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 4 - 10 October 2015

This week's most important news came from Microsoft's impressive press event they held on October 10, in New York. The Redmond giant presented some of the most exciting hardware devices we've seen in a long time: from their new Microsoft Surface Book, to their Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship smartphones and to their latest wearable - the Microsoft Band 2. Find more about all these, and other interesting news, in our week's recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

Watch the Windows 10 devices event - On October 10th, in New York, Microsoft held one of its largest press events in years. They showcased more than a few really exciting hardware devices, like the new Microsoft Book, the Surface Pro 4, their latest wearable - Microsoft Band 2, and their new Lumia flagship smartphones - 950 and 950XL. There's so much to say about all these new devices, and more, that we think the thing for you to do is to watch the press event. You can do that on Microsoft’s official web page, if you follow the link above, or you can watch it on YouTube, here:

A New Era of Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft - This blog post from Terry Myerson showcases all the novelties presented by Microsoft on scene, at their press event earlier this week.

The 10 most important things from Microsoft's Lumia event - The Verge also summarizes the most important announcements made by Microsoft on last week's press event. You should read it if you don't have the time to watch the full event.

Hands-on: The Surface Book is a laptop. But it's also a tablet. - Microsoft built its first ever laptop - the Microsoft Surface Book. It's quite something, even if a bit pricey, but if you're curious to see what it has to offer, then you should definitely check this "first impressions" article.

Hands-on: The Surface Pro 4 is a design that's settled down - Microsoft also announced a new Surface tablet iteration. The new version is better in all aspects, while keeping the basic look and feel of its predecessor - Surface Pro 3.

Flagship Windows Phones at last: The Lumia 950, 950XL, and 550 - Microsoft launched two new flagship Lumia smartphones - 950 and 950XL, but also the new low-end Lumia 550. Read this article to find which are these smartphones' hardware specifications, and also their availability details and retail prices.

The new Microsoft Band is a sleeker, curvier fitness tracker - The new Microsoft Band 2 can be preordered starting this week, and it will be available starting October 30. You can find a bit more details about it and its price, in this article.

Windows 10 is now running on 110 million devices - Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 110 million devices. Considering that only two months passed since it was officially launched, this is quite an achievement.

The Control Panel may soon disappear in future Windows 10 builds - Gabe Aul hinted that the traditional Control Panel might be removed from upcoming Windows 10 builds. However, that might still take a while, as all the settings from it must first be migrated to the new Settings app.

Windows 10 Mobile Coming To Existing Devices In December - According to a Microsoft Lumia Facebook post, the new Windows 10 Mobile will start to be rolling out in December this year. While many Windows Phone users expected it earlier, at least now we have a confirmed launch date.

Surface Pen support might be on the way for the Lumia 950 XL - While the Surface Pen support for Lumia 950 XL was expected to be announced at the Microsoft press event earlier this week, that didn't happen. However, according to a Microsoft Mobile employee, the Pen support might still be on its way to the Lumia 950 XL.

​Longer laptop battery life? This is Microsoft's answer to the age-old problem -

Phil Spencer is not sure if the Xbox One can catch the PS4 - Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, speaks about the past and the future of Xbox, in an interview for GeekWire. Apparently, Microsoft is working hard to catch up with their rival gaming console - Sony's PlayStation 4.

Windows Phone experience growth in some regions, reports Kantar - Windows Phone is gaining in terms of adoption rates in some countries, and the biggest rise in its market share is seen in Germany, France and Australia.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Make Your PC Use Less Power - Energy prices are rising all over the World, so saving power in every area you can is becoming more and more important. If you're searching for ways to make your computers use less power, than you should read this article published by How-To Geek.

How to Disable Autoplay Feature on Facebook Videos on Every Platform - Did you notice that all the videos on your Facebook wall automatically play? If you don't like this feature and you'd like to disable it, this article from GuidingTech will show you how.

Smartphone Battery Myths, Explained - Smartphone batteries improved a lot over the last couple of years, and most of the old tricks of squeezing more life from your battery simply don't apply anymore. However, these myths still roam free, so it's time to debunk them a bit.