Best of the Web for Windows users - 11 - 17 September 2016

This week Microsoft has notified some Windows 10 users that the Anniversary Update may take three months to roll out to everyone. You can see the details of why it will take them this long in this week’s recap. Also, you will see details about Microsoft’s latest battery tests in which they compare Edge to Chrome and other browsers and that many Xbox 360 games are coming soon to Xbox One through Microsoft’ backwards compatibility feature.

Microsoft: the news of the week

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout may not be done until early November - Microsoft is notifying Windows 10 users that the Anniversary Update may take three months to roll out. See why, in this news article.

Desktop apps make their way into the Windows Store - Traditional desktop Windows applications can now be distributed and sold through the Windows Store, with note-taking application Evernote being one of the first to use this new capability.

Microsoft Edge now gets even more out of your battery - Microsoft has tested Edge and Chrome battery life. Using the same Netflix test, Microsoft claims Edge lasted 8 hours and 47 mins, compared to 6 hours and 3 mins for Chrome. That's 45 percent longer than Chrome, and 69 percent longer than Firefox. The only browser that comes close is Opera with 7 hours and 8 minutes of battery life, but Edge still lasts 23 percent longer.

Sharing made simple— adds support for Google Drive and Facebook photos - Microsoft is making three changes to, with Google Drive support being the big addition .

Microsoft brings Office Lens to Windows 10 PCs, phones and HoloLens; adds Office 365 support - Today, Microsoft has expanded availability of Office Lens, bringing the handy app to Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and even its HoloLens headset. The new Universal Windows Platform app also works on Windows 10 Mobile phones.

Introducing Outlook’s new and improved calendar on iOS and Android - When it acquired calendar app Sunrise, Microsoft promised that its features would eventually come to Outlook. That moment arrives this week, with a big update to Outlook on Android and iOS that delivers several of Sunrise's best features to the Outlook calendar.

Don't expect a new Microsoft Band device this year (or maybe ever) - Band 2 looks to be the end of the line for Microsoft's Band fitness devices - at least for the short term, and possibly for good. But the Microsoft Health service backing the Band will live on.

Microsoft just edged out Facebook and proved that it's changed in an important way - If you didn't believe the love is real, GitHub — the so-called “Facebook for programmers,” and the hub of the open source world — released new stats today about which companies have the most people contributing code to their open source projects. And Microsoft weighs in at #1, with 16,419 contributors, edging out Facebook with 15,682.

Microsoft reveals details of plans for SMS support in Windows 10 Skype Preview app - Referred to as 'SMS relay', Microsoft says that it allows Skype Preview users to send and receive both text messages (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS) from a Windows 10 PC, when Skype is set as the default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. New messages will appear in the Skype Preview app on your PC, and you can respond to them directly from there too.

New update to Skype for Linux Alpha brings unread messages-related fix - Microsoft has pushed out a new update to the Skype for Linux Alpha app that was released back in July this year. The update bumps the app to version 1.7, and brings along a couple of fixes, including one related to unread messages.

If you owned an Xbox 360, ‘free’ games may be waiting on the Xbox One - Here’s how backwards compatibility will only make Xbox better.

Cool tips and guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

The Best New Features in iOS 10 (and How to Use Them) - iOS 10 is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has made to their mobile operating system. If you’re overwhelmed by all the new and upgraded features in iOS 10, you’re certainly not alone.

How to Get More out of Your GoPro - The GoPro is your favorite action camera, and it’s easy to understand why: it’s versatile, powerful, and sturdy. However, you’ll probably get over the novelty of taking it on a bike ride or an underwater snorkeling session fairly quickly. Don’t waste that $500 - there are plenty of other creative ways to get even more out of your GoPro.

How to create a personal URL for PayPal payments using - PayPal has launched several useful features for the users to get more out of the service. If you often receive money from third-party people or company, here is a solution that will let you get the payment through PayPal without sharing your email ID. You can set up a fancy URL for PayPal to receive money and this service is also free.