This week Microsoft has continued its preparation for the Windows 10 Creators Update spring launch with new test builds that fix important bugs and improve existing features. The company has also released significant updates to their Windows 10 Mail app, which now includes a Focused Inbox feature. To learn 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:
As Windows 10 Creators Update nears completion, new build focuses on fixes - The new test builds bring a barrage of bug fixes, but little in the way of new features. The Windows SDK has been feature complete for a couple of weeks now; combine that with the focus on fixing known issues, and we can assume that the software is being prepared for its final release. This doesn't mean that Microsoft isn't still making modifications in response to user feedback.
Windows 10’s mail app gets Focused Inbox, Mentions, and more - Ahead of the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is releasing a handful of new features to the Mail and Calendar app in Windows 10.
Microsoft confirms another 2017 update after Windows 10 Creators Update - Windows 10 Creators Update is due to arrive in the spring and, at Microsoft Ignite in Australia, the company confirmed that a second major update is on its way, later in the year. We don’t know a great deal about this update, but it's likely to incorporate Project NEON design elements.
EU privacy watchdogs say Windows 10 settings still raise concerns - European Union data protection watchdogs said they are still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system despite the company announcing changes to the installation process.
Google and Microsoft agree crackdown on illegal downloads - The agreement follows years of campaigning by record labels and film studios, which have accused Google and Microsoft of turning a blind eye to piracy and dragging their feet over measures to protect copyright online.
Samsung Galaxy Book might be an unannounced Windows 10 tablet - An application has popped up in the Windows Store which suggests Samsung is working on a Windows 10 PC called the Samsung Galaxy Book.
Microsoft Accelerates HoloLens V3 Development, Sidesteps V2 - Last week, several sources said Microsoft was shuffling its roadmap for Hololens which resulted in the second iteration of the device being canceled. Considering how much Microsoft has championed the device and how many believe that this is the future of computing, this didn’t sound quite right. Here’s what’s actually happening with HoloLens.
Microsoft invests in real-time maps for drones, and someday, flying cars - AirMap announced a $26 million round of funding, an investment led by Microsoft Ventures. For a software company that makes the majority of its money by selling to large enterprise companies, the logic here is simple. Big firms in agriculture, energy, construction, and security, many of which already rely on Microsoft for software and services, will soon be looking for reliable data to power fleets of autonomous vehicles.
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Microsoft hasn't turned a phone into a PC just yet - A very interesting editorial about Windows 10 Mobile and the Continuum feature. Is Microsoft truly able to turn your smartphone into a PC?
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