Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 6 - 12 September 2015
Windows 10 has been installed on more than 81 million devices, a new Windows 10 Mobile for Insiders build is coming next week, Office 2016 for Windows is scheduled to launch later this month and Microsoft is working with Cyanogen to integrate Cortana into Cyanogen OS. These are just a few of the headlines of this week. Read on to find even more:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 has Surpassed 81 Million Installs - The number of Windows 10 installs grows each day and, apparently, it's already on more than 81 million machines. With Windows 10 taking 5% of the market share for desktop operating systems, and with 1.5 million installs of its Enterprise SKU, Microsoft is clearly on a very good start when it comes to Windows 10's adoption rate.
Microsoft steering Windows 10 users away from non-Microsoft browsers - If you use Microsoft's new Edge browser to search for other web browsers, like Chrome or Firefox, Microsoft will suggest you to continue using Edge. It's a common tactic that many companies use in order to try convincing you to use their products. We've already seen that at Google, for instance, when it often suggests us to use Google Chrome when making Google searches.
Upcoming Builds of Windows 10 Feature New Icons, Other UI Updates - The next release of Windows 10 for Insiders brings a few design changes, amongst which we'll also get new sets of icons. You can get a glimpse of what they look like in this news article.
Admins—get ready for Office 2016, rollout begins September 22! - Microsoft announced that they will begin rolling out the final release version of Office 2016 for Windows on September 22. Among the suite's most exciting features are the real-time collaboration in Word and the ability to convert handwriting directly into equations in Excel. Find more from this blog post.
Next Windows 10 Mobile build won't arrive until next week - A few days ago, Microsoft's Gabe Aul announced that a new Windows 10 Mobile build - 10536 - was planned for release this week. However, due to an issue they found just hours before release, this build was cancelled, and a new one is scheduled to become available next week.
Microsoft says "Lumia with Windows 10 set to reinvent business productivity" - With the launch date for Windows 10 Mobile getting closer each day, Microsoft has been talking about the benefits that Windows 10 Mobile will bring to business customers who already own or plan on buying Lumia devices. Find more from this news.
Microsoft is working to 'deeply integrate' Cortana into Cyanogen OS - For now, Microsoft's virtual assistant - Cortana - is available on Windows 10, Windows Phone 8.1 and on Android. In the near future, she's also going to become available on iOS and, as we just found out, on Cyanogen too. This comes as no surprise, as Microsoft already partnered with Cyanogen earlier this year, when they announced that Bing services, Skype, OneDrive and Office will be bundled with Cyanogen's operating system.
A comic predicted Apple inventing Microsoft's Surface three years ago - When Microsoft released its first Surface tablet, Joel Watson, a comic cartoonist captured the moment in a drawing where people were mocking Microsoft's tablet, yet the same people will love it when released at an Apple's event in 2015. Even more, they will also claim that Apple invented this device. Great stuff! :)
Microsoft shutting down Lumia Beta apps on September 30 - Last week, Microsoft discontinued a few Lumia apps like Lumia Panorama, Lumia Storyteller and Refocus. This week, they announced that they will also take down the Lumia Beta apps channel, as of September 30th.
Microsoft quietly bought another popular Android app - Microsoft has bought Double Labs, the company that developes Echo Notification Lockscreen, an Android app designed to let you change what's displayed on your smartphone or tablet when in lock screen.
Rumor: Lumia flagships launch date set for October 10th - According to Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks on Twitter, the due date for the official release of Microsoft's new Lumia flagships is set to October 10 (10/10).
Microsoft Appoints General Counsel Brad Smith as President - Microsoft hasn’t had a companywide president since 2002. As of Friday, this changes, as CEO Satya Nadella appointed general counsel Brad Smith as President and Chief Legal Officer.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Why You Should Use a Password Manager and How to Get Started - There are lots of people who use weak passwords or even reuse the same passwords on different websites. That's understandable, as using complex and hard to break passwords is not something easy to remember. But it's also the worst choice you could make from a security point of view. The question is "how to use strong passwords, yet not have to remember all of them?". Our friends from How-To Geek published an article that explains all the advantages you get from starting to use a good password manager.
Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand - There are times when a simple app is all you need to do the job. Lifehacker made a list with 10 Windows programs that, if you don't already have on your computer, you should definitely consider getting them.
How to Choose a Wi-Fi Router That is Right for You - Getting the right wireless router for you can prove to be a daunting task, especially considering the number of products available on the market. Is newer always better? An expensive router is always better than a cheaper one? Do you need the newest "ac" standard? Find more on how to choose the right wireless router for you, from this article published by GuidingTech.