Best of the Web for Windows users - 12 - 18 June 2016

This week there was lots of buzz about the new Xbox One S console and Microsoft’s plans for gaming on the PC and the console. Also, the first cross-platform games were released, games which can be purchased once and then played both on the PC and the Xbox One console. Another big event was Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn and there was lots of debate about Microsoft’s strategy with the popular social network. To see more details about these events, 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 announces the Xbox One S price and release date - The console will be 40% smaller, have an integrated power supply and support for 4K Blu-Ray and HDR gaming. It also has a built-in IR Blaster.

Xbox Play Anywhere could be the biggest news of E3 - Buy an Xbox game, get it for Windows 10 -- or vice versa. Play multiplayer across console and PC. But some conditions apply.

Xbox Boss Confirms More Steam Releases Coming, Discusses PC Struggles - Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about Microsoft's efforts in the PC gaming space. He started off by discussing one of PC gaming's biggest players, Steam, and how Microsoft will release more of its games on it.

The future of gaming with Windows: an interview with Phil Spencer - Head of Xbox Phil Spencer sat down with PCGamesN to explain the finer details of Microsoft's plan for PC gaming, and how it fits into the company's wider gaming ecosystem after announcements such as Play Anywhere, and the 4K gaming console project, codenamed Scorpio.

This USB adapter is Microsoft’s final admission that Kinect failed - Hardware planning takes years, and it's clear Microsoft quickly realized that bundling Kinect was a mistake. The new Xbox One S doesn't even include a Kinect port, and Microsoft has created a USB adapter that you'll need to use if you want Kinect support.

Microsoft rolls out revamped Xbox app for iOS and Android - Microsoft has released a new Xbox app for iOS and Android, after making it exclusively available for the Windows platform. The app serves as a successor to the current Xbox 360/One Smartglass app, which is already available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

XBOX: START TO CONTINUE - An exclusive look inside Microsoft’s plan to turn your Xbox into a PC, published by The Verge.

Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion - Microsoft snapped up LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in the largest acquisition in its history, betting the professional social network can rev up the tech titan’s software offerings despite recent struggles by both companies.

Why is Microsoft buying LinkedIn? - As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first major acquisition, the success or failure of LinkedIn will define him as the leader of Microsoft's increasingly service-driven future. While many are surprised at the cash figure, the question on everyone's lips is, why does Microsoft want LinkedIn?

Microsoft tests new tool to remove OEM crapware - Currently available only for Windows Insiders, the new tool fetches a copy of Windows online and performs a clean installation. The only option is whether or not you want to preserve your personal data. Any other software that's installed will be blown away, including the various applications and utilities that OEMs continue to bundle with their systems.

Apple and Microsoft lobbied to remove the rifle emoji from Unicode 9.0 - New emoji are typically proposed by the Unicode Consortium and approved for the next version of the spec without much fuss, but a rifle emoji proposed for Unicode 9.0 apparently ran into opposition from two major members of the consortium: Apple and Microsoft.

The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft. - As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it.

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Microsoft's Office Plans Are a Confusing Mess - Microsoft’s Office licenses are infuriatingly complex, making it nearly impossible for anyone to get what they need without overspending. Here’s what you can do to make sure that you avoid overspending.

Take a Time-Restricted Browsing Break with “Take a Five” - It’s easy to lose track of time on the internet. You keep clicking links and opening new tabs and before you know it, you wonder how you got so far off track and ended up on a Reddit page about what bad movies are worth remaking. Take a Five is a website that allows you automatically remind yourself to get back to work after a set amount of time that you specify.

Best Web Browsers That Conserve Battery Life on a Mac - We know that some of our readers also use a Mac. This comparison is for them, so that they can see how to browse the web in a way that saves as much battery as possible.