Best of the Web for Windows users - 6 - 12 March 2016
The biggest news of this week is probably about Microsoft shutting down the Lionhead Studios game developer and stopping the development for the Fable Legend title. Not good news for gamers who were expecting the release of this game. Other worthy news stories from the Microsoft ecosystem this week are about new features being added to Skype and Skype Translator, changes brought by the Bing team to the way we search for images online and yet another ending - this time for the Skype for TVs apps. If you want to find more details about these events and more, read our week’s roundup:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Teens see Windows 95, react as innocently as you imagine - When Windows 95 was launched, Microsoft changed the entire desktop computing world. Today however, the good ol’ Windows 95 is nothing more than history. Here’s the funny way in which nowadays teens react to seeing it for the first time.
Microsoft looking to shut down Lionhead Studios, cancels Fable Legends - Microsoft announced that Lionhead Studios, best known for the Fable franchise, is being shut down. That means that we’ll probably never see Fable Legends ended. The Danish studio Press Play, which was behind Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, is being closed as well. You will find more details about these news stories in this article.
Bing Updates Image Search for Office and Edge - Microsoft brought some new upgrades to features for Office, Microsoft Edge and Bing that will make it easier for users to search for images, as well as explore more about the images they discover. You can find more details about the image -related novelties brought by the Bing team in this official blog post.
Microsoft testing app that unlocks Windows 10 PCs over Bluetooth - Microsoft is currently testing a new version of its Authenticator app for Windows 10. The updated app will allow users to unlock their computers over Bluetooth, by simply tapping the machine from a list to unlock it.
Source: Microsoft mulled an $8 billion bid for Slack, will focus on Skype instead - Last week, the enterprise messaging startup Slack announced that they will be releasing new voice and video services, thus entering a territory dominated by Microsoft’s Skype. Apparently, Microsoft eyed Slack as a potential acquisition target, but that idea didn’t go through as the company preferred to invest more in their own Skype. Techcrunch has more details on this story.
Salam , Skype Translator now speaks Arabic - Ever since its launch in December 2014, Skype Translator has been facilitating connections and relationships across languages. As of March 8, Skype Translator also speaks Arabic, which is the official language of 22 countries and it’s the native language of more than 200 million people. Skype Translator now provides eight spoken languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), and, of course, Arabic. Find more from this official blog post.
New Skype for Business features announced, some already available - Microsoft has made a number of announcements regarding Skype for Business and most of them revolve around conference calls and online meetings. You can find more details in this news article.
Microsoft is ending support for Skype on TVs - According to Microsoft, “users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device – including when in the living room”. As a direct consequence, the company decided to end supporting Skype for TVs. Starting in June this year, the app will be removed by manufacturers from most TV models.
Admins beware: Domain-attached PCs are sprouting Get Windows 10 ads - Admins all over the world are angry at Microsoft, because in the latest Windows 10 updates, the company has snuck a Get Windows 10 variant that uses a nasty scare tactic. The new Get Windows 10 tells users that their system administrator has blocked updates on their PCs. Not nice, Microsoft! You can find more details about this situation in this news article.
Make the move from Evernote to OneNote today - OneNote has become one of the most popular note-taking apps. It’s so popular that many Evernote users are considering making the switch, but are reluctant to do so because all their ideas and information reside in Evernote. The team behind OneNote recently brought good news to these users, in the form of a tool that will help them import Evernote notes into OneNote. Find out more about the OneNote Importer tool from this official blog post.
Microsoft joins the Eclipse foundation, open sources some of its plugins - Microsoft wants to bring its technology to wherever the developers are. On Tuesday, Microsoft made another step in this direction, as they announced that the company is joining the Eclipse Foundation. This is the organization that oversees the development of the Eclipse development environment. This means that Microsoft can more easily collaborate with the Eclipse community. Find more about this move from this news article.
Cool tips and guides
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Can using the wrong power supply slow my computer down? - Did you know that using an underpowered charger for your laptop can make it run extremely slow? That’s why most manufacturers recommend you use only some specific power chargers. If you want to find out how a wrong charger affects performance of your laptop, check this SuperUser thread.
Are flexible laptops gimmicks, or are they actually useful? - Convertible laptops have their upsides. To mention just two, they can fold into a tablet, which means you get a "tablet" and a laptop for the price of one, and they're ideal for frequent travelers. But there are a lot of great non-bending laptops out there as well, laptops that offer touch screens, minimal weight and long battery life. Which one is the right one for you? Find out from this debate.
The Coolest Features of Android N Google Didn't Announce - Earlier this week, Google unveiled Android N and all of its cool new features, like multi-window support and bundled notifications. The fellows at LifeHacker went on digging into the developer preview and they found even more exciting features coming in the new version. Find what they are in this article.