This week has been filled with some really interesting news. We've learned that Outlook.com gets a new Skype experience and Office 2016 gets new features, just as Microsoft promised a month ago. However, the most exciting news has been Microsoft's announcement of the official release date for Windows 10. This summer we will all have access to Windows 10 and we're very excited about this event. Read more about all these events and other news, in this week's recap:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29 - This is the biggest news of this week: Microsoft just announced the official release date for Windows 10: July 29th. Until then, drop by their blog to learn more.
Releasing ISOs for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130 - Due to an error that caused the latest build to be unavailable to Windows Insiders via the "Fast Ring", Microsoft has decided to release ISO images for Windows 10 Build 10130. Read the full article to learn more.
Arrange your Windows in a Snap - Windows 7 was the first Windows operating system that allowed users to easily position windows to the sides of your Desktop, a feature called window snapping. Windows 10 will further enhance this feature. Find out more about all the upcoming improvements from this article.
Skype leveraged to distribute adware - Researchers at PhishMe identified a campaign in which Skype was used in order to distribute malware. Apparently, the attackers used Amazon Web Services. Both Amazon and Microsoft are now working to shut down the malicious Skype accounts used in this campaign.
The Music section is now live in the Windows 10 Store - Traditionally, the Music store was integrated in the Xbox Music app. However, in Windows 10, Microsoft chose to include it in the unified Store, thus offering a one-stop-shop for almost everything, from apps to games and music.
With over 1 million users of Office 2016 preview, Microsoft turns on a few more features - Microsoft has more than a million users for their latest productivity suite: Office 2016. As they promised last month, the Office team is working to provide new features on a regular basis. Read this article to see the latest features they added: Real Time Presence in Word, Simplified file sharing, Insights for Office and Version History improvements.
Skype and Outlook.com Get a Huge Overhaul – A Redesigned Skype for Outlook.com - Last week we saw Microsoft adding new features and improvements to Outlook.com. This week, we get a new Skype experience. While this is still in beta, Microsoft has already started rolling out the new Skype to every Outlook.com user.
Windows 10 with Bing shows up on Intel's roadmap - Microsoft currently offers OEMs a custom Windows 8.1 edition, called Windows 8.1 with Bing. This is just like a regular Windows 8.1, but with a twist: OEMs cannot change the default search engine: Bing. The good thing is that these licenses are free or they cost very little, depending on the deal signed by a vendor or another. Apparently, Microsoft intends to keep this marketing strategy in the future, and will offer a custom edition of Windows 10 with Bing to all OEMs.
These 8 characters crash Skype, and once they're in your chat history, the app can't start (Update: fixed) - Recently, users found a bug in Skype that caused it to crash whenever it sent the "http://:" string. Luckily, in less than 24 hours, Microsoft patched this flaw.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella named most influential tech exec, ahead of Jony Ive, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk - Juniper Research published a report with the most influential executives in the technology world. According to them, Satya Nadella - Microsoft's CEO - is on the top of the ranking ladder.
Microsoft Buys To-Do List App Maker - Microsoft recently acquired 6Wunderkinder GmbH, the company behind the popular Wunderlist to-do list app. According to Wall Street Journal, Microsoft made this step in order to further enhance its line of mobile apps. We're really curious to see how Wunderlist will evolve from now on.
Minecraft Pocket Edition scores a major update - lots of new content and features in tow - This popular game just received a major update. For now, it's rolling out only to iOS, but Android and Windows Phone users will also receive it in the near future. If you're a fan, make sure to read more about it.
Amazon lists $400, 1 TB Xbox One with the new controller - If you don't already own a Xbox One, this might be the perfect moment to get one. Amazon's generous bundle is too good to miss.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Water Resistant Gadgets Aren't Waterproof: What You Need to Know - Do you own a water resistant device? Have you ever wondered what all those water resistance specs actually mean? This article from our friends at How-To Geek explains everything there is to know about water resistant devices.
How to Migrate to SSD without Reinstalling Windows - Usually, if you buy a new SSD (or HDD) in order to upgrade your computer, you are prepared to do the full "format and install" procedure to get your operating system on it. However, this isn't always a must-do. This tutorial from Guiding Tech shows each step you should take in order to migrate your Windows operating system from your old drive to a new one.
10 Best Firefox themes to transform the default UI - Firefox is the browser which offers the best user experience when it comes to personalization. If this is your preferred browser and you love customizing it, then you will surely like at least one of these themes.