After just two weeks since it was launched, Windows 10 Creators Update is now on 10% of systems with Windows 10. It is an excellent upgrade rate if you ask us, that will only improve with this week’s release of the Creators Update for Windows 10 Mobile. Learn what this release has to offer mobile users, as well as other exciting news, in this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
10% of Windows 10 machines upgraded to Creators Update; 60% of phones eligible - Two weeks into its phased rollout, the Creators Update (version 1703) is installed on about ten percent of Windows 10 machines. More detailed stats in this news article.
Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update: A handful of new features, and some major omissions - While the list of features and improvements added to PCs in the Creators Update is pretty lengthy, there aren't nearly as many changes for Windows 10 Mobile devices, and most of the revisions that have been made for phones are less substantial.
Microsoft Announces Q3 FY 2017 Results - This week, Microsoft announced their earnings for the third quarter of their 2017 fiscal year. Despite missing some expectations in a few segments, Microsoft’s revenue was up 8% to $22.1 billion, and gross margin was up 10% to $14 billion, resulting in a gross margin of 64% for the quarter.
Yep, it's dead: Microsoft phone revenue fell to $5m last quarter, from $1.4bn two years ago - Some fans, and even some in the media, have consistently refused to acknowledge this, despite the clear signs in recent quarters. Now, Microsoft's figures, and its statements regarding its phone division should make it irrefutably clear that there is no life left in its Windows phone business.
Should Microsoft ditch Windows Mobile and embrace Android? - Given the state of Windows Mobile and Microsoft's cross-platform commitments, many Microsoft watchers believe that Microsoft should abandon its Windows-on-phone vision and use Android instead. Some would even argue that Microsoft is showing signs of doing just that. Are they right?
Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the next Nokia? - Microsoft is developing a worrying habit of neglecting its hardware products. Read more in this remarkable editorial from Ars Technica.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview lets you pin contacts to the taskbar - Microsoft was supposed to ship contact integration with its Windows 10 Creators Update, but the software maker mysteriously delayed the feature. While we’ve been waiting to see when it would appear, Microsoft is now testing it with its latest preview build of Windows 10 (16184).
New update options for Windows 10, version 1703 - Based on feedback from customers, Microsoft is making some adjustments to the updates that they are releasing for Windows 10, version 1703 (also known as the “Creators Update”). With these changes, Microsoft will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional update each month. These additional cumulative updates will contain only new non-security updates.
A Windows 10-powered smartwatch is on the way, but it’s probably not for you - The smartwatch will have a 1.54-inch display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It’ll also pack Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, along with “plenty” of storage space. The wearable will also sport the battery life and processing power to “perform its line-of-business functions.”
Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated - To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately competent hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. While Microsoft investigated, hackers found the flaw and manipulated the software to spy on unknown Russian speakers, possibly in Ukraine. And a group of thieves used it to bolster their efforts to steal from millions of online bank accounts in Australia and other countries.
Microsoft starts integrating Dynamics 365 with LinkedIn - Microsoft is rolling out a new talent management application, staking out space in human-capital management, in addition to starting to integrate Dynamics 365 with LinkedIn.
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 April 2017:
What is Windows 10 Creators Update and why should you install it? - Windows 10 Creators Update was the biggest event of the month, and our coverage of it was quite popular. This guide recaps all the main features of this release and why you should install it on your Windows 10 computers and devices.
8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools - One of our most popular guides has gotten even better.
How to enable Java in all the major web browsers - Even though Java is dying, some people still need to use it. Here’s how to use Java in all your favorite web browsers.