The big news of the week was Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox One X console. This new device stands out in many ways: it is the first 4K gaming console, it is the most powerful console ever made and also the most expensive, at £450/$500. For those of you who criticise its pricing, Xbox One X presents an interesting challenge: sure, if you want raw power, nothing beats the PC, but can you put together an Xbox One X equivalent for $500? 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:
Xbox One X: Everything you need to know - Microsoft kicked off E3 2017 with the Xbox One X, the console formerly known as Project Scorpio. Sporting six teraflops of processing power—two more than Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro—the Xbox One X (X1X?) pushes 4K gaming to the living room for a hefty £450/$500.
Original Xbox Games Are Coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility - In yet another nod to the fans, Microsoft announced that it will bring original generation Xbox game titles to Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
Xbox One X PC Build: Can you do it for $500? - Microsoft’s Xbox One X presents an interesting challenge for PC builders. Sure, if you want raw power, nothing beats the PC. But can you put together an Xbox One X equivalent for $500?
Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown - According to teardown specialists at iFixit, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is impossible to repair. You can learn more in the article we linked to or in the video below.
Windows 10 Mobile will remain on Feature2 indefinitely, no Night Light planned - In the Windows Insider’s monthly webcast, Microsoft addressed the question of Windows 10 and feature2. While feature2 was initially thought to be a temporary branch for Windows Mobile, it is turning out to be its final resting place. What does this mean?
OneDrive done right is back, and now it works properly - OneDrive placeholders are back. A new OneDrive client is available for the latest Windows 10 Insider build, and it brings back seamless integration with OneDrive cloud storage under the name "OneDrive Files On Demand."
Microsoft is really scared of Chromebooks in businesses and schools - While Chromebooks haven’t become best-sellers for consumers just yet, they have started to become popular with students in the US and slowly with some businesses. Microsoft is now revealing it's worried about this threat with two new videos on its Windows YouTube channel.
Microsoft Office now available in Windows Store (for Windows 10S) - On the heels of releasing the Microsoft Surface laptop and Surface Pro tablet, Microsoft has made Office available in the Windows Store for the first time. It's currently only available for machines running the new Windows 10S operating system, a version of Windows that can only run and install apps from Microsoft's official software storefront.
New Logo for Skype - This isn’t so much a redesign, but more of a farewell to the full wordmark-in-bubbles. While it was far from being good it was remarkably recognizable.
Microsoft's Pix adds a feature that transforms images into psychedelic masterpieces - It was almost a year ago when Microsoft launched Pix, an iOS app that helps users take better pictures through the use of artificial intelligence. A year later, the team has updated the app's feature set, bringing some fun into the mix.
Windows Server to copy Windows 10, get twice-yearly feature updates - The way Microsoft updates Windows Server 2016 is going to get a bit of a shake-up as Microsoft continues to unify its Windows development and deliver new features on a regular basis.
Microsoft warns of 'destructive cyberattacks,' issues new Windows XP patches - Last month's devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak was just a warning shot. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft released critical security updates to block another wave of similar attacks, making those patches available on unsupported versions like Windows XP and Server 2003.