This week we have learned that Microsoft will fire another 7800 people from its workforce, it has launched Office 2016 for Mac ahead of the Windows version and it has delayed the final build for Windows 10 by a week. To find the details about these events and more, read this week's recap:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd - Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac ahead of the Windows version. Here's what users will get from this new version.
Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10166 - One last test build of Windows 10 has been made available before the RTM version is compiled. This build brings many bug fixes and stability improvements and also features a new Microsoft Wi-Fi app.
Windows 10 will not RTM this week - Everyone was expecting Microsoft to finalize their development of Windows 10 this week. As Neowin confirms, they didn't and, most likely, the final RTM build will be compiled during the middle of next week.
New HoloLens video demos usage in medicine, is more honest about field of view - Microsoft has published a new video highlighting HoloLens and their partnership with Case Western Reserve University. One of the many interesting things about it is how the video portrays the holograms and the real field of view users will have on these devices.
Microsoft kills select MSN apps, Photosynth for iOS and Windows Phone - Microsoft is killing several apps for iOS and Windows Phone. Learn the complete list from this news article. It includes apps like Health & Fitness which are quite useful to their users.
Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs in phone division; $7.6bn write-down, changes to product range - Microsoft is cutting a further 7,800 jobs from its workforce, "primarily in the phone business". The company plans to complete these cuts by the end of its 2016 fiscal year, next June.
Analysis: Nadella threatens to consign Microsoft to a future of desktop obscurity - An interesting analysis by Ars Technica about Microsoft's future in the mobile space.
Firefox for Windows 10 planned as Mozilla ramps up browser's release pace - Mozilla will accelerate the release of new features for its Firefox browser, dumping its current 18-week development schedule for something nimbler. The firm will also deliver a browser for Windows 10, a reversal of a 2014 decision to stop working on a touch-based version of Firefox for Windows.
Microsoft dropped the Xbox Music name because it was confusing - Microsoft has decided to change the name of its Xbox Music app and service to… Groove. Learn more details about this surprising decision, from this news article.
Fitbit releases v1.8 for Windows Phone, adds sleep goals, Badge sharing and boosts Challenges - If you are using a Fitbit wearable device and a Windows Phone smartphone, you will be happy to learn that Fitbit has delivered an important upgrade to their Windows Phone app. Details about the changes involved, in this news article.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
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Are Beats Headphones Really Designed To Trick You? - A careful analysis of Beats headphones which proves that Beats treats its manufacturing as a kind of extension of its marketing: all luster and heft, no substance.
How to Set Up a Camera to Monitor Your Home When You're Away - A useful guide for securing your home when you are away.
How to Control and Manage Too Many Chrome Tabs Like a Pro - Here's how to deal with many tabs in Google Chrome and keep things under control.