Best of the Web for Windows users - 17 - 23 April 2016

Microsoft has announced their latest financial results, which are slightly disappointing. Also, we have learned that they stopped manufacturing Xbox 360 consoles. To make things more interesting, new rumors have surfaced about a possible hardware upgrade to Xbox One. If you would like to learn more details about these events, as well as other interesting news about Microsoft’s consumer ecosystem, 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 Q3 FY 2016 Results: Lower Revenue But Strong Cloud Growth - Microsoft announced their earnings for the third quarter of their 2016 fiscal year. Revenue, income and earnings were all down compared to Q3 2015, with revenue for the quarter of $20.5 billion, which is down 6%. Operating income was $5.3 billion, down 20%, and net income was $3.8 billion, which is down 25%. Earnings per share were $0.47, down 23% compared to a year ago.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Google’s WebM and VP9 codecs coming to Edge - The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, due this summer, will expand the range of video and audio codecs that are supported by the Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft is adding the VP9 video codec, the Opus audio codec, and the WebM container format.

VLC Media Player goes Universal with Windows 10 app for PC, Mobile, IoT, HoloLens - The very popular VLC Media Player is finally going fully Universal with a new version for Windows 10 being in closed beta. The player will also show up on Windows 10 Mobile as well as Xbox and IoT, likely after the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update later this summer.

Microsoft Xbox 360: The end of an era - A decade after the launch of the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft announced that the company will end the manufacturing of Xbox 360 hardware units. Last November, the Xbox 360 console turned 10 years old.

Is Microsoft about to launch an upgraded Xbox One? - Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed to The Verge that the company has been testing a variety of prototype Xbox devices. Some of the prototypes have been tested with upgraded components you'd use to improve the performance of a PC gaming rig.

HBO Now comes to the Xbox One - HBO Now was underrepresented in the console market. Now, however, that's set to change after the Game of Thrones maker announced that its on-demand platform has come to the Xbox One.

Microsoft Fixes One Of Skype’s Annoying Bugs, Continuous Ringing - Microsoft have released an update that addresses the issue where a web-instance of Skype would ring continuously even if a call was answered on another device. In addition to stopping the ringing, this should also help address the issue where messages would show up out of order as well; although it may not totally eradicate the problem.

Microsoft's mobile hardware mess: Android isn't the answer - Microsoft's smartphone business is in disarray, and a couple of journalists think the answer is for Redmond to go full Android. Ed Bott explorers this hypothesis and asks: Where's the business justification?

Dropbox Announces End of Support for Windows XP - After Google, who officially abandoned Windows XP with the latest version of Chrome browser, Dropbox is doing the same and announces that, starting June 26, its desktop application will no longer work on the 15-year-old operating system.

Cool tips and guides

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

Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map - Today’s essential skills include navigating the Web, writing software and engaging with others online. This web literacy map from Mozilla presents activities that cover these 21st-century skills.

How to Use Your Smartphone as a Home Security Camera - Setting up a simple home security camera is a great way to keep tabs on your house while you’re away. A dedicated system is great, but in a pinch, you can use an old, spare smartphone that you have lying around.

Teamviewer for Android Adds Wake-on-LAN, SD Card Support, and More - Teamviewer’s Android Remote Control app now lets you wake up a sleeping computer, an important feature for connecting to a remote PC.