Best of the Web for Windows users - 15 - 21 November 2015

This week, Windows celebrated 30 years of existence and pre-orders were made available for the Lumia 950 in the US. We’ve also learned that Windows 3.1 is still alive in Paris and it has put a French airport out of commission. To learn more details about these events, as well as other interesting news, read this week’s recap:

The best tech related news

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

30 years of Windows: 10 milestones that changed the face of computing - The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. Here’s a tour of Windows in its 30 years of history.

WINDOWS 3.1 CRASH PUTS FRENCH AIRPORT OUT OF COMMISSION - Windows 10 was just released, but ancient versions of the operating system are still used across the globe. We’re not just talking about Windows XP, either. In a bizarre turn of events, it appears Windows 3.1 forced the temporary closure of a French airport in Paris last Saturday.

Microsoft introduces PowerPoint Designer and Morph to take presentations to the next level - Microsoft has introduced new "game changing tools", namely PowerPoint Designer and Morph to make multimedia presentations even more interesting. Here’s what these tools have to offer.

10 Days of 10 Cent Deals in the Windows Store Starts Today - For the next 10 days, you can enjoy over 1,000 of the latest Hollywood movies, blockbuster music, must-have apps, and addictive games – for only 10 cents each, if you buy them from the Windows Store. More details in this announcement from Microsoft.

Lumia 950 XL now available for pre-order in the US for $649 - The Lumia 950 XL is finally available for pre-order in the United States. The device is available for $649, and it will ship by November 25 in the US. More details in this news article.

Microsoft investigating Win32 app support for Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile - With Continuum, capable Windows 10 Mobile devices will be able to act like PCs, hooking up to keyboards, mice, and monitors for a full Windows desktop experience, and Microsoft is looking into ways of expanding these capabilities. Apparently, that involves investigating the possibility of running Win32 apps from phones.

Gartner: Windows Phone Market Share Falls Below 2 Percent - The market researchers at Gartner say that Windows Phone sales have hit a new low relative to the rest of the smartphone market: The system now accounts for less than 2 percent of sales in the most recent quarter.

Microsoft's Project Astoria and Android app emulation not happening anytime soon - Further bad news about Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft and Volvo's new HoloLens showroom is fascinating and frustrating - Volvo is bringing Microsoft’s HoloLens headset to the auto industry. The quality of its images is nearly unprecedented; you can almost suspend disbelief and imagine the objects it projects are real. That’s what makes this latest partnership so potentially exciting — and, at the same time, so frustrating.

Our holographic future: a Q&A with HoloLens head Scott Erickson - The Verge got a few minutes with Scott Erickson, senior director of the HoloLens program. They spoke about where he stands on the HoloLens development kit's $3,000 price tag, the difference between mixed and augmented reality, and why HoloLens beats both virtual reality and Google Glass. It’s a very good read!

Xbox One update brings back Xbox 360's universal controller settings - Good news for Xbox One users. More details in this news article.

The best tech tips & guides

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

iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4: a closer look at the future of tablets - This is a very good comparison you should definitely take a look at.

Will a USB 2.0 device charge faster plugged into a USB 3.0 port? - This is a very good discussion that you should read carefully.

How to Create an Animated GIF from a Screen Recording on Mac & Windows - A useful guide from our friends over at Guiding Tech.