Best of the Web for Windows users - 7 - 13 February 2016
This week we have learned that Microsoft has started offering release notes for all Windows 10 updates - something that was lacking so far and for which they have been criticized. Also, they have announced some interesting trends about the use of the Windows Store. For example, we have learned that Windows 10 users are generating 4.5x the revenue per device when stacked against Windows 8. Also, Xbox One users seem to be making more in-game purchases than PS4 users. To learn more about these events, as well as other interesting news, read this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 updates finally get some release notes - This is very good news that comes after a lot of criticism. Microsoft is creating a Windows 10 update history site which is designed to include every update to Windows 10 so there's a historical record.
Windows 10 subscriptions aren't happening. Here's why - Is Microsoft going to start charging subscription fees? After a close look at the company's financials, Ed Bott is convinced that the answer is an emphatic no.
When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts - A very solid analysis made by Ed Bott in reply to a sensational report from Forbes that claimed that Windows 10 is "phoning home" thousands of times a day.
MICROSOFT’S CORTANA GETS SEXUALLY HARASSED, BUT SHE FIGHTS BACK - Deborah Harrison, an editorial writer in the Cortana division of Microsoft, told that even female virtual assistants can’t escape the dirty and sometimes disrespectful minds of their human users. And as AI systems become increasingly humanized, this virtual harassment is a disturbing trend.
Windows Store Trends – February 2016 - Microsoft has revealed various statistics about the Windows Store and its adoption across different versions of Windows. The blog post details that Windows 10 users are actually generating 4.5x the revenue per device when stacked against Windows 8.
Microsoft did buy Groove, after all - Seven months after Microsoft rebranded its music player 'Groove', the team behind the Groove music player app says Microsoft bought its technology.
An Xbox One player is worth more to Ubisoft than a PlayStation 4 owner - For every $1 that the average PlayStation 4 owner spent on Ubisoft games in the French publisher’s fiscal third quarter, the average Xbox One gamer spent $1.25 on the same products .
New Windows 10 update appears to fix Edge's private browsing problem - Two weeks ago, Microsoft's Edge browser got some bad news: the InPrivate feature was caching visited URLs, exposing the user's web history to anyone who got hold of their hard drive. While not totally unprecedented, it was still an embarrassing lapse for the newly minted browser, and one Microsoft was eager to fix. Now, that fix appears to be here.
Microsoft's new Garage app Fetch! identifies dog breeds, what type of dog you might be - Microsoft has released a new app, cleverly named Fetch!, which utilizes deep neural networks to identify dogs by breed, as well as characteristics unique to them. Learn more details in this news article.
Microsoft cuts 'dozens' more employees with its mobile unit: Report - Microsoft is continuing to put off employees connected with its mobile-phone business with a new round of cuts hitting employees in Finland, according to a new report.
Microsoft adds new option for Windows Insiders on PC and Mobile: the 'Release Preview ring' - While the Fast and Slow rings are already familiar to Insiders, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said that the company is now introducing a third option for both Mobile and PC users: the Release Preview ring. Read this article to learn how the three rings stack up.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
WANNA BE STARTIN' SOMETHIN': A HISTORY OF THE WINDOWS START MENU - The simple Start menu has existed for more than 20 years now. It started off as a way to make Windows easier to use, and now it’s the center of how we interact with Windows on a daily basis. The Verge has created a very interesting history piece about the evolution of the Start Menu in Windows.
You Should Upgrade to 64-bit Chrome. It’s More Secure, Stable, and Speedy - Using Chrome on Windows? There’s a good chance you’re still using the 32-bit version. You should upgrade to the 64-bit version. It’s more secure – not to mention faster and more stable.
Lower Your Bill: Learn to Negotiate with DishNetwork, DIRECTV, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast (and Save Hundreds) - A very useful guide for our US-based readers.