Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 16 - 22 August 2015

This week, Microsoft has launched its first Windows 10 test version after the official release of the operating system. Development continues and Microsoft is working on improving color options for Windows 10. Also, the adoption of Windows 10 continues at an amazing pace, with a 2000% increase since the market share it had in its launch week. For more details and 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:

Windows 10 upgrades continue at a torrid pace - StatCounter reported that worldwide web traffic from devices running Windows 10 was roughly 0.3 percent of the total in the week leading up to the July 29 launch. Two weeks after the launch, for the week ending August 16, the share of traffic from Windows 10 devices had soared to nearly 20 times that level.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10525 - Windows Insiders can now access a new preview build of Windows 10 with some minor changes to provide feedback on. Microsoft says it has received a lot of feedback over the color options for Windows 10, and the company is testing a new default color with this new 10525 build.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Band 2, and new Lumias set for October launch event - Microsoft is planning to hold a massive hardware launch event in October. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the software giant will use the event to unveil two new Lumia handsets, the Surface Pro 4, and a Microsoft Band 2.

These Magic Words Will Wake Your Next Intel-Powered Computer - The new Intel Skylake processors will always be listening for the "Cortana, wake up" command, thanks to a low-power digital signal processor (DSP) built right into the chip. More details in this news article.

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates - In a statement sent by a spokesperson, Microsoft said: "As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we'll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them."

Parallels 11 brings Microsoft's Cortana to your Mac - With Parallels 11, you get full Windows 10 support, improved speed on launch and shut down and some new features like Travel Mode. Cortana appears to work seamlessly on Mac. You can summon the virtual assistant by saying "Hey Cortana" and if you're not using it, Cortana hides away out of sight.

XBOX ONE Backwards Compatibility Could Extend To Original XBOX - While far from a concrete promise, it seems that Microsoft is keen to see such a feature implemented at some stage in the future. With Backwards Compatibility for Xbox 360 titles due to launch to every Xbox One in November, hopefully we'll have news to share on this before too long.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Zombie Crapware: How the Windows Platform Binary Table Works - Microsoft added a feature to Windows 8 that allows manufacturers to infect the UEFI firmware with crapware. Windows will continue installing and resurrecting this junk software even after you perform a clean-install. This feature continues to be present on Windows 10, and it's absolutely mystifying why Microsoft would give PC manufacturers so much power. More details in this awesome editorial.

Top 10 DIY Projects That Cost Less Than $3 - Here's a list with awesome do-it-yourself projects that can prove quite useful.

Better Organize your Photos on Android with Focus - Guiding Tech covers a free app that helps you better organize your pictures on Android smartphones.