Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 14 - 20 June 2015
This week in Microsoft news, Skype Translator gets two more spoken languages, Xbox One gets a new controller and Xbox 360 streaming is coming to Windows 10! However, this week's headlines are all about Microsoft's engineering teams reorganization, with Stephen Elop leaving the Redmond giant. Read about all these and more, in our latest news recap:
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Microsoft's Stephen Elop will leave the company in an engineering reorganization - Microsoft reorganizes its engineering teams, in order to align them with the company's strategy. While Stephen Elop is leaving, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President Terry Myerson will lead a new team called Windows and Devices Group.
Nokia CEO says to get back into phones: Manager Magazin - Nokia sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014. However, the company plans to start developing smartphones again, once an agreement with Microsoft allows it in 2016.
Satya Nadella email to employees on aligning engineering to strategy - Satya Nadella wrote an email explaining Microsoft's new engineering structure. If you'd like to read it fully, check this article.
Microsoft puts the final nail in Nokia's coffin - Microsoft recently dismissed Stephen Elop and Jo Harlow, the last members of Nokia's leadership team, meaning we just witnessed the end of Nokia's memorable legacy. Read the article to learn more.
Toshiba shows off new Windows 10 notebooks with dedicated Cortana button - Toshiba recently introduced a wide range of new notebooks. Their new devices feature a dedicated Cortana button that takes over the F1 key on the keyboard. In Windows, F1 is usually associated with Help, so if you take into consideration that all technical support in Windows 10 is now integrated into Cortana, this makes sense.
Microsoft's transition from traditional software to the cloud is picking up steam - Microsoft's business model has traditionally been based on selling software licenses. However, in the last few years, Microsoft has slowly but steadily transformed itself. The company is trying to move away from software licensing and toward cloud based services. While we can already see Microsoft's revenue trends, we'll have to wait until the end of the fiscal year in late July to see the real numbers.
Gartner says sales of hybrid devices will soar in 2015 - The PC market is down worldwide, but a new Gartner report says sales for two-in-one notebooks and convertible tablets are rising by 77 percent in 2015, compared to last year.
Skype Translator Preview App Brings Our World a Little Closer by Introducing French and German - As of this week, the Skype Translator preview app offers two more spoken languages. The available spoken languages now include English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.
Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller could be the ultimate console gamepad - Microsoft announced a new wireless controller for the Xbox One. It features interchangeable paddles on its back, remappable buttons and swappable components. All these, and more, will naturally come at a steep price.
Xbox 360 game-streaming is coming to Windows 10 - Microsoft revealed that Xbox One will let you play older games, developed for Xbox 360. Now, the company announced that you will also be able to stream those games to Windows 10 PCs, from your console.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
My Smartphone Gave Me a Painful Neurological Condition - We are depending more and more on technology, and smartphones hold a prime position in our lives. But we're also paying less attention to how we're using technology and that's not a good thing, as it can lead to unexpected health problems. An interesting piece from Gizmodo on how smartphones can affect our health.
Control 2 computers each with 2 monitors with 1 Keyboard/Mouse? - Yes, you can use multiple computers, each with multiple monitors, with only one keyboard and one mouse. Learn the methods from this Super User question.
Top 6 Practical (and Really Cool) Ways to Use NFC Tags - If you have a NFC enabled Android smartphone, you can use NFC tags/stickers to make your smartphone do pre-programmed actions whenever you tap them. This guide will show you some really useful ideas on how to use NFC.