Best of the Web for Windows users - 8 - 14 May 2016
This week, Microsoft has announced the killing of apps, web properties and Windows 10 features. A Microsoft executive has also declared that Artificial Intelligence is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today. To learn more details 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’s Wi-Fi credential sharing is going away in the Anniversary Update - One notable change in the test build 14342 of Windows 10 isn't a feature that's been added but rather one that's been removed. Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 both included a contentious feature called Wi-Fi Sense that allowed Wi-Fi credentials to be shared with your Facebook and Skype contacts. Citing the lack of end-user uptake of this feature, it has been removed from build 14342.
Microsoft exec: 'AI is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today' - Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, told an audience of business leaders at an AI conference that AI is "the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today".
Microsoft starts tackling game developer complaints in Universal Windows apps - Due to a new update to Windows 10, gamers will be able to choose whether or not to have v-sync enabled. Those who want the highest possible framerates (and hence the most responsive games) will be able to disable v-sync; those who would prefer to never see tearing will be able to keep v-sync turned on. Moreover, gamers with suitable video cards and monitors will be able to use G-sync or Freesync to enjoy the best of both worlds.
WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Mac and Windows - After making its messaging service available on the web, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is coming to the desktop. The company said that its apps are now available for Windows 8 and above, and for Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and above.
Microsoft and Adobe warn of separate zero-day vulnerabilities under attack - Windows users woke up to something that doesn't happen every day: the disclosure of two zero-day vulnerabilities, one in the Microsoft operating system and the other in Adobe's Flash Player.
Fingerprint support coming to Windows 10 Mobile in the Anniversary Update - Fingerprint support will be coming to Windows 10 Mobile this summer, as part of the Anniversary Update. The mobile platform of Windows 10 will be using the same drivers and backend code that Windows Hello currently uses for PCs, where fingerprint readers are already supported.
Microsoft confirms FM Radio app removal from Windows 10 Mobile - Talk about weird decisions: Microsoft has quietly removed this app and it has not indicated the reason for its removal.
Microsoft will close MSN China to focus on selling other services - Microsoft announced that it will shut down MSN China, its web portal for China, early next month, to focus on products with more revenue potential.
Microsoft is killing its Sunrise calendar app on August 31st - Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning to merge its Outlook and Sunrise apps into a single app. After acquiring Sunrise more than a year ago, Microsoft is now planning to kill off the standalone app at the end of August.
Bing bans tech support ads—because they’re mostly scams - Any and all third-party tech support services are now prohibited from advertising on Bing because of the abundance of illegitimate offerings.
Cool tips and guides
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Use Facebook's Capture the Flag Platform to Test Your Hacking Skills and Learn Cybersecurity - Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions train participants in information security and technical skills, including things like encryption and reverse engineering. Facebook recently open-sourced its own CTF platform so you can test and develop your hacking skills.
WhatsApp Tips and Tricks you want to know - A useful guide for heavy WhatsApp mobile users.