This week, Microsoft has announced many exciting changes that are coming to Windows 10 Creators Update. First, it is killing forced reboots in Windows 10 and it is also lowering the size of updates. Not only that, but it is changing the default wallpaper that’s shipped with Windows 10. For 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:
Microsoft Is Finally Killing Off Forced Reboots in Windows 10 - One of the changes that Microsoft is making in Windows 10 with the upcoming Creators Update is giving users more control over the updates they install, finally killing off forced reboots once and for all.
Future Windows 10 Insider updates could be as small as 1GB - Windows 10 users may bear witness to the end of large update packages as Microsoft knuckles down and shares more information regarding the Unified Update Platform (UUP).
Microsoft just added the best way of preventing installation of bloatware in Windows 10 - With the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is adding a brand new feature that will help avoid the installation of bloatware.
Microsoft revamps Windows 10 "hero wallpaper" for the Creators Update - It looks like Microsoft may be introducing a new default Hero wallpaper for Windows 10 Cloud, as the latest Cloud builds seem to include a slightly revamped wallpaper, updated from the one first introduced back in 2015.
Microsoft is ready to deliver its promised Cortana Skills Kit preview - Microsoft is ready to open up the preview of its Cortana Skills Kit. Meanwhile, Amazon developers already have published 10,000 Alexa skills.
Xbox One and Project Scorpio will support mixed reality headsets next year - While Microsoft originally revealed that Project Scorpio was VR-ready, it appears we’ll have to wait until next year to experience Microsoft’s mixed reality vision for its upcoming console. That's an unusual delay and means Project Scorpio will launch later this year without support for these new headsets. Sony launched its own PlayStation VR back in October.
Microsoft Garage updates Arrow Launcher with lots of new features - If you’re currently using the Arrow Launcher app on your Android device, you might want to head to the Google Play Store and check for an update. The folks over at Microsoft have just unleashed its biggest update yet, and it’s jam-packed with lots of new features.
Skype is killing off its WiFi service March 31 to focus on ‘core’ features - Skype is killing off one of the features that it added in later years to try to make the service more ubiquitous, especially among roaming users.
Microsoft renames Windows Holographic to Windows Mixed Reality - Microsoft has renamed “Windows Holographic” to “Windows Mixed Reality” to be more encompassing of the company’s broader vision for the platform.
Microsoft now lets anyone create and publish Xbox games - Microsoft announced a new initiative to let any game developer create and sell games on its Xbox platform without having to go through any of the company’s preexisting channels.
PSA: OneDrive storage limits get cut down today - here's what you need to know - Once the changes take effect, you'll have three months to get enough of your files out so that you only have 1TB.
Visio Online Preview now supports VSD file format and adds new cloud storage options - Previously, Visio Online Preview was available only for diagrams that are stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. But now, it is supported on Exchange Online and Outlook.com as well. Users can now view attached Visio files directly in the browser.
Skype for Linux Beta version 5.0 is now available for download - Beyond the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, some of the top user requests have made the cut.
Apple Losing Out to Microsoft and Google in U.S. Classrooms - PC sales in the US K-12 sector went from 10.7 million units in 2015 to 12.6 million in 2016. Year-over-year, Windows maintained its 22% market share while Chromebooks rose from 50% to 58% in the same period. Apple has lost market share during the same time period.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How “Game Mode” will make games run better on Windows - At the Game Developers Conference this week, Eric Walston from the Xbox Advanced Technology Group explained how Game Mode will "focus the existing hardware on providing the best possible gaming experience."
6 Amazing Keyboard Facts You Probably Didn’t Know - Here are a few cool facts about keyboards.
Top 10 Services Google Killed Off - Let’s take a tour of some services Google has killed off over the years.
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 February 2017:
How to use the Resource Monitor in Windows - Resource Monitor is capable of showing everything you need to see about system resources and how they are used. Read this tutorial to learn how it works.
Reviewing the Acer Aspire VX 15 - Redefining the price per performance ratio - A detailed review of what will become one of this year’s most popular gaming laptops.
Top 11 best free screensavers for Windows - Do you need to freshen up your collection of screensavers? Check this collection with some of the best looking screensavers that you can find online.