The feature set for the Windows 10 Creators Update has been finalized. Anyone who is a member of the Windows Insider program can download and test the latest build and get access to all the upcoming features. From now until April, Microsoft will focus on fixing bugs and improving the quality of this update. To see more details, 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:
The Windows 10 Creators Update is now feature complete - The Windows 10 Creators Update, which has been in development since before the Anniversary Update launched back in 2016, is now feature complete.
Windows 10 is getting picture-in-picture support - Microsoft is calling its picture-in-picture feature “Compact Overlay,” and it will be available for all app developers creating Universal Windows apps. Built-in apps like Movies & TV or Skype will support picture-in-picture, allowing you to watch a TV show or watch a Skype video call in a window while navigating away to another app.
Cortana reminds you of the important stuff – even when you forget to ask - Microsoft announced another new addition to Cortana's repertoire, making it easier to keep track of promises you've made in your e-mail messages and then forgotten about.
Microsoft hosts the Windows source in a monstrous 300GB Git repository - Git, the open source distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to handle Linux's decentralized development model, is being used for a rather surprising project: Windows.
55 countries with Real Time Traffic in Bing Maps - The Bing Maps team is happy to announce the real-time traffic flow data is now available in 55 countries. Bing Maps uses traffic flow data in two ways. The first is to provide real-time and predictive route calculations. The second method is a traffic overlay of color coded roads on the map to indicate the real-time flow of traffic.
Microsoft outs new roadmap site for Office 365 - Keeping up with what's coming down the line for Office 365 just got a little easier. Microsoft has launched a brand-new Office 365 Roadmap site, overhauling the previous roadmap that it launched more than 2 years ago.
Microsoft previews Office support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar - Starting this week, Office Insiders on the slow ring for Mac will be able to test the new Touch Bar support across Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook for Mac.
Microsoft Brings Windows 10 Mobile’s File Explorer on Xbox One - Microsoft’s Xbox One Insider Preview program is advancing, and the recently-released build 1703 comes with a change that provides us with a glimpse into how Redmond plans to improve content management in future updates of its gaming console. The latest build brings Windows 10 Mobile’s File Explorer app on the Xbox One, though it doesn’t work exactly as you’d expect.
Microsoft to make more Cognitive Services tools available to developers - Microsoft is making more of its Cognitive Services programming interfaces available to developers, starting with its Custom Speech Service public preview. What does this mean? Learn from this news article.
Judge sides with Microsoft in court battle against gag orders - The Department of Justice asked the court to shut the lawsuit down, but Seattle District Judge James Robart -- the same judge who temporarily blocked the enforcement of the president's travel ban -- has sided with the tech titan and allowed it to go forward.
Apple, Facebook, Google, and 94 others file opposition to Trump's immigration ban - A host of big-name tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft have filed an amicus brief in a Washington state court opposing Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Microsoft opens up Windows bug tracker as it calls for devs to build UWP apps - Microsoft wants developers to build apps for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the set of APIs and frameworks that allow developers to build applications that are substantially compatible with desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, Xbox One, HoloLens, and soon, a range of affordable virtual reality headsets.
WhatsApp for Windows Phone updated with UI tweaks to the pivot menu and more - WhatsApp users are in for a slightly more modernized experience after the app's latest update (emphasis on slightly). Included in the latest version of the app is a small tweak to the main pivot menu, transitioning it from its Windows Phone 8.1 roots to more of a Windows 10 Mobile aesthetic.
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