Best of the Web for Windows users - 18 - 24 September 2016

This week, the discussion regarding 4K resolutions on consoles got very heated, with arguments being shared both by Microsoft and Sony. In a surprising move, Microsoft has released a new feature phone using the Nokia brand, even if it has plans for selling its feature phone business, and we also found that the Redmond giant has vowed t o “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade, by using ground-breaking computer science. To learn more details, 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:

Microsoft takes its 4K console power argument directly to Sony - Microsoft will be using the next Xbox’s claimed power advantage as a marketing cudgel to convince potential PS4 Pro buyers to wait for a better experience. To quote a Microsoft executive: "The guys who want to do this mid-generation upgrade, you're going to get something significantly more powerful next year."

Windows 10 software condemned by Which? - Microsoft has been criticised over its Windows 10 software by consumer rights group Which?. The body said it had received hundreds of complaints about the upgrade, including lost files, emails no longer syncing and broken wi-fi and printing.

Minecraft: Education Edition will launch November 1 - This week, Microsoft announced that Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to buy on November 1. Its launch will be accompanied by new capabilities.

Microsoft just unveiled a new Nokia phone - Microsoft is still making Nokia phones. In a surprise announcement, the software giant unveiled its latest Nokia 216 feature phone. Despite announcing plans to sell its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million earlier this year, Microsoft is still launching new Nokia phones.

Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells - Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state.

Microsoft researcher behind TB treatment-monitoring program wins ‘genius’ grant - Bill Thies, a Microsoft computer scientist who is creating communication and digital technologies to improve the lives of people in the developing world, has been selected as one of the 23 annual MacArthur Foundation fellows. In a statement, the foundation, which awards the grants sometimes referred to as the "genius" awards, praised Thies' work on the 99DOTS program.

Microsoft lays off hundreds of employees this week, largely in Redmond, London - Microsoft cut about 220 jobs in London and an additional 300 largely in the Redmond area over the past week, as part of the latest 2,850 job cuts Microsoft announced in July.

TypeScript, Microsoft’s JavaScript for big applications, reaches version 2.0 - TypeScript, the JavaScript-based language that Microsoft devised to make developing large Web applications easier, reached its version 2.0 milestone this week. Read this article to learn what’s new and why it matters.

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500 Million Yahoo Accounts Hacked, Change Your Passwords Now - Yahoo has confirmed that information from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen in 2014. While the information was leaked earlier this week, it’s worse than we initially thought. If you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to change your password.

Apple Watch Series 1 vs. Series 2: Which Should You Buy? - Guiding Tech was perplexed over which Apple Watch to splurge on and they considered it was time to weigh the benefits of each series.

Best YouTube extensions for Google Chrome to improve viewing experience - here’s how some extensions for Google Chrome can improve your YouTube viewing experience.