Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 2 - 8 August 2015

This week was slower in terms of big launches for Microsoft. We have learned news about the Windows 10 adoption rate in its first week, the Sway app has reached General Availability and new Microsoft apps for smartwatches have been released. Also, we have learned that Windows 10 for Xbox One will be released to testers in September. To learn more about what has happened in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem, read this week's recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

How fast can Windows 10 grow? - A good analysis of the adoption rate of Windows 10 and how fast this operating system can grow its market share.

Windows 10 Has Been Installed More than 25 Million Times Since Launch - There are new reports out there claiming that the operating system has already been installed more than 25 million times. That's quite a good adoption rate if you ask us.

Microsoft will refresh hardware ahead of the holidays - Neowin has compiled a list with the devices that will be launched by Microsoft by the end of the year. The company is expected to release the 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' flagship Windows Phones, a new Band, HoloLens, and of course, the Surface Pro 4.

VLC for Windows 10 gets a new name, hundreds of bugfixes, and cool new features - VLC for Windows has been updated for Windows 10, now featuring a new name. Having previously been called VLC for Windows 8, the app is now referred to as VLC for Windows Store.

Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app and more! - Microsoft's new digital storytelling app, Sway, is moving from Preview to General Availability. It also receives an updated Windows 10 app. Learn more details from the official announcement.

Microsoft updates, drops the beta tag - Microsoft has updated the site with a new header and also dropped the beta tag from the name. Learn more about what has changed, from this news article.

Windows 10 preview for Xbox One set to arrive in September for testers - Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering at Xbox, has revealed on Twitter that the Windows 10 update for Xbox One is planned for preview in September for testers.

Wearable Productivity—new apps for you to wear - Microsoft has released several new apps for smartwatches (Apple Watch and Android Wear): Outlook, Wunderlist, Yammer, OneDrive, OneNote and Microsoft Translator. Details are found in the official announcement.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to protect your wireless network from Wi-Fi Sense - A very thorough and useful guide about the Wi-Fi Sense feature in Windows 10. It's a highly recommended read.

Why does 1366x768 resolution exist? - A very interesting discussion about the 1366x768 screen resolution and why it is used on so many Windows devices.

How to Send Self Destructing Email, Tweets and Messages - A very useful guide sharing how to send autodestructing messages via several channels and tools.