Best of the Web for Windows users - February 28th - March 5th 2016
This week we have learned that Windows 10 RT is actually developed by Microsoft behind closed doors and that the Windows 10 Redstone project, which will bring many improvements to Windows 10, will have two waves: one coming in June 2016 and one in 2016. Also, it looks like many important updates are soon coming to the Xbox One: universal games that run on all Windows 10 hardware, upgradable hardware, new games and so on. To learn more about these events as well as other interesting news, read this week’s roundup:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Windows 10 RT Is Alive, Supported By Device Guard - While many thought that the Windows RT operating system was dead and Microsoft stopped developing it, that does not appear to be the case as Windows 10 RT was spotted as a supported operating system inside of Device Guard.
Windows 10 Redstone: Second wave of updates coming in 2017 - Microsoft is currently developing the next version of Windows 10, codenamed Redstone which will introduce a whole batch of new features, fixes and other operating system improvements. So far, Microsoft has released multiple pre-release builds of Redstone to Insiders for testing, but is yet to give any dates as to when Redstone will be ready for the public.
It’s 2016, so why is the world still falling for Office macro malware? - Over the past two years, Office Macros have made a dramatic comeback that has reached almost a fevered pitch in the past few months. Booby-trapped Excel macros, for instance, were one of the means by which Ukrainian power authorities were infected in the weeks or months leading up to December's hacker-caused outage that affected 225,000 people.
Sway announces new integration with the Photos app on Windows 10 - Sway allows for Microsoft users to publish their stories via their servers and connect it to their personal accounts. A new option in the Windows 10 Photos app, named “Tell your story with Sway” gives users the choice to include section headings, associated text, and captions to create a personal narrative around imported photos.
Cortana Will Soon Send Notification To Your PC When Your Phone Battery Is Low - In upcoming Windows 10 builds, Microsoft will allow you to have more notifications from your smartphone on the Windows 10 PC. Cortana can tell you when your smartphone battery is low or when you miss an app notification.
Microsoft to finally unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month - Microsoft is planning to unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the software giant will detail a number of apps and plans to open the platform to developers at the Build conference in San Francisco on March 30th.
An upgradable Xbox One? Think this one through, Microsoft - Recently, Microsoft has hinted that Xbox One's hardware will be upgraded. This is a great editorial on the dangers involved with this approach.
Microsoft’s cross-platform push begins with these Xbox One and PC games - Microsoft has spent the better part of the last three years rebuilding its brand as a gamer-centric, consumer-friendly company willing to do whatever it takes to win back its lost loyalty. Now the console’s future is tied to a bold vision that players should be able to play games wherever they please, whether that be on a couch in the living room or with a mouse and keyboard.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection uses cloud power to figure out you’ve been pwned - Microsoft is beefing up Windows Defender, the anti-malware program that ships with Windows 10, to give it the power to tell companies that they've been hacked after the fact.
Microsoft completes its acquisition of SwiftKey - Microsoft has completed the acquisition of SwiftKey. The terms of the purchase were not revealed, although the earlier report suggested that the deal was worth around $250 million.
Microsoft’s HoloLens developer kits available on March 30th for $3,000 - Microsoft is opening up pre-orders for HoloLens development edition. "Broad consumer availability is further down the line," says Microsoft's Alex Kipman, but developers can start to pre-order the device for $3,000.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Why Desktop Apps Aren’t Available in the Windows Store (Yet) - A very good editorial that explains many things about Microsoft’s strategy regarding the Windows Store.
Turn-by-Turn Navigation Showdown: Google Maps vs. Waze - You wouldn’t really think there could be that much difference between turn-by-turn navigation apps, but even just a glance at Google Maps and Waze shows how different they are. They might both be owned by the same company, but they work completely differently. This article explains how they are different.
3 Brilliant Alternatives to the Stock Android Camera App - Three good alternatives for improving the Camera experience on your Android smartphone or tablet.
Digital Citizen: The best articles of the month
We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on Digital Citizen, in the month of February:
6 Free apps that help you find your lost Windows product key - How to find the product key for your Windows installation. Some of the tools shared in this article will help you find the product key for other software too, including Microsoft Office.
How to change the location of User Folders like Documents, Downloads, etc - It is a very good practice to create more than one partition on your computer’s hard disk and move your user files from the “C:” drive. This guide show how to move your user folders and files.
Reviewing ASUS RT-AC1200G+ - One of the best affordable routers you can buy today - This is a very good router at a very affordable price. Learn what it has to offer from this detailed review.