This week, there was a lot of news about the business products and services sold by Microsoft. However, on the consumer side, it seems that the latest version of Skype is downright hated by mobile users worldwide, and the app’s rating in stores has plummeted. On a more positive note, Microsoft has released many new exciting features for Xbox One. To learn more, read this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
People hate the new Skype, and Microsoft is listening - Ever since Microsoft radically redesigned Skype to look more like Snapchat, the video chatting app’s rating has plummeted to an average of just 1 star in some regions. The company is aware of this overwhelmingly negative reaction from users and has decided to bring back some old but beloved features with the latest update.
Microsoft 365 bundles Office and Windows together for businesses - Microsoft is announcing Microsoft 365, a new way for companies to purchase Office and Windows together. While the software giant has sold Office 365 and Windows 10 to businesses in many different ways, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility and Security features into a single subscription.
Microsoft delivers 'AI-powered' Presentation Translator add-in for PowerPoint - Microsoft is making the free Presentation Translator add-in for PowerPoint available for download. The add-in allows users to add subtitles to their presentations in a variety of languages and to allow audience members to get subtitles in their desired languages by using the Microsoft Translator app in a browser. Users also have the option to translate slides while preserving their formatting.
Ubuntu now available from the Windows Store! - Microsoft announced that Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux Distro is now available in the Windows Store and can be downloaded and installed on any new Windows 10 Insider build.
First insider build of Windows Server arrives with new virtualization features - Back in May, Microsoft announced that Windows Server would be joining the Windows Insider Program. This week, the first preview release of Windows Server was published. The biggest areas of improvement in the new build are around virtualization and containers.
This may be Microsoft’s USB-C compatible Surface connector (but it’s not all good) - It appears that Microsoft does have a solution in the wings ready for the next generation of Surface tablets, which will marry the advantage of the Surface connector with compatibility with the growing USB-C standard.
Windows Phone ‘Died’ Today, Windows 10 Mobile Charitably on Life Support - This week, Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1. The company will no longer provide updates, including security ones, and the operating system joins its predecessors in the Great Bit Bucket in the sky.
Microsoft's Paint 3D app shows up on Windows 10 Mobile (but you still can't have it) - It is far from clear if Microsoft still intends to release Paint 3D for Windows 10 Mobile. Given that nine months have now passed since the app was in alpha, it's odd that it hasn't even been released as a preview to Windows Insiders yet.
Game gifting is coming to the Xbox One store - Gamers will soon be able to buy games as gifts for their friends through the Xbox One store according to Xbox Vice President, Mike Ybarra.
Xbox One update adds custom Gamerpics, co-streaming and more - Xbox One is receiving an update adding a host of new features. One of the most exciting for many is the long teased ability to upload custom Gamerpics, Club profile pics, and Club backgrounds. You will be able to upload your photos via the console, a Windows 10 PC, or through the Xbox App on smartphones. Such pics will be subject to the Xbox Live Code of Conduct to prevent inappropriate imagery from popping up.
Microsoft to close Surface Hub manufacturing facility; cut 124 jobs - Microsoft officials said they remain committed to the company's large-screen Surface Hub conferencing systems in spite of the closure of an Oregon manufacturing plant for the devices.
Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband - Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.
A Microsoft font may have exposed corruption in Pakistan - The Microsoft font Calibri is now a key piece of evidence in a corruption investigation surrounding Pakistan’s prime minister. Investigators noticed that documents handed over by the prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, were typed up in the font Calibri. But the documents were dated from 2006 — and Calibri wasn’t widely available at that point, making a good case that they were forged.