Best of the Web for Windows users - 15 - 21 May 2016
This week Microsoft has sold their feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 and many websites are speculating that the company will also drop the manufacturing of Lumia smartphones. We also learned that a new OneDrive app arrived for Windows 10 and that we now have a Windows 7 Service Pack 2. To learn 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:
OneCore to rule them all: How Windows Everywhere finally happened - This is a very fascinating read which I highly recommend to all our readers. It is the story of how Microsoft has managed to develop one unified platform for all devices. Microsoft has arguably achieved something that its competitors have not. Rumors that Google will somehow merge ChromeOS and Android have been circulating for some time, but it hasn't happened just yet. Apple's iOS, tvOS, and OS X all have many points in common, but they don't yet offer the kind of uniform platform and developer experience that Windows 10 does. It took more than two decades to get there, but Microsoft still somehow got there first.
Microsoft working on a new tool to make clean installing Windows 10 a lot easier - The company is working on a new tool which will provide a simple and easy way to clean install Windows 10. The new tool is currently under testing and it should be coming to Windows Insiders sometime very soon.
New OneDrive app arrives for Windows 10 desktop, but some features still missing - Microsoft released its long awaited OneDrive app for Windows 10 desktop PCs this week. The new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app is available now as a free download in the Windows Store.
First Click: Microsoft needs to fix Skype - Microsoft had a real chance to make Skype into the single service you need for communications, but it has failed so far. The Windows Phone integration has been abysmal, and the service as a whole unreliable. 300 million people still actively use Skype each month, so nobody should underestimate its influence on our day-to-day communications. It's time Microsoft fixed Skype before those 300 million people discover something new and reliable.
Firefox trundles past Microsoft browsers for first time—Chrome remains king - Mozilla Firefox has gingerly pulled ahead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers for the first time across the globe.
Microsoft Wants Feedback from All Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile Users - The Feedback Hub is becoming available to absolutely all Windows 10 users, on both PC and mobile, no matter if they’re running a preview build of the operating system or not.
Microsoft explains how Edge web notifications will work in Windows 10 Anniversary Update - While this feature is already supported by third-party browsers on Windows devices, a new blog post on the Microsoft Edge Dev Blog is revealing more details about how Microsoft Edge notifications will work on Windows 10 PCs and tablets.
Windows 7 now has a Service Pack 2 (but don’t call it that) - Microsoft has published a "convenience rollup" for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (and Windows Server 2008 R2), which in a single package contains all the updates, both security and non-security, released since the Service Pack, up through April 2016. Installing the rollup will perform five years of patching in one shot.
Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M - Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Taiwan-headquartered manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.
No More Lumias? - In a recent announcement, the software giant just suggested that it will no longer produce new Lumia smartphones. How do you feel about this decision?
Recycled Xbox Gamertags Releasing May 18th - Plenty of people have stuck with the same Xbox Gamertag for years, but others have swapped old names for new ones, or abandoned Gamertags all together. This Wednesday, nearly a million previously used Gamertags were "re-released."
Someone got Windows 95 running on Xbox One - here is the ultimate in backwards compatibility for consoles. :)
Xbox One backward compatibility supports multi-disc games - Xbox has rolled out backward compatibility support for games that span multiple discs, starting with Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut. This means players can look forward to even more classic Xbox 360 games hitting the Xbox One via backward compatibility (Mass Effect 2 and 3, anyone?).
Microsoft’s Ringtone Maker comes out of beta, now available in the Windows Store - Microsoft has been beta testing a new app called Ringtone Maker for Windows 10 Mobile in the past few months. Now the company’s new app came out of beta and it’s available from the Windows Store.
Panorama feature to be added to Camera app for Windows 10 Mobile - Leaked screenshots show that Microsoft plans to add a panorama photo feature in the Camera app for Windows 10 Mobile.
Cortana for Android adds Windows 10 notification syncing - The ability to display and interact with Windows 10 notifications on an Android-powered device was teased a few months ago during a presentation at Build 2016 and it appears to have begun rolling out to some users already.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Reduce the Size of Microsoft Office Documents That Contain Images - If you have Office documents that include images, you might be able to significantly reduce the size of those files, by following these tips.
Unplug laptop while it is running - An interesting discussion about whether unplugging your laptop from the power outlet while it is running, is hurting the battery or not.
All the Important Stuff Google Announced at I/O 2016 Today - Google dropped a news cluster bomb, launching Android VR, a new Google Assistant, and an Amazon Echo-like Google Home hub. Here’s all the coolest stuff from their keynote.