Best of the Web for Windows users - 2 - 9 July 2016
This week we have learned about Microsoft’s final push with the free “Get Windows 10” upgrade offer. It’s going to be a full-screen nag which will be easier to disable than previous approaches. Also, we have learned about Microsoft’s ambitions in the Artificial Intelligence space and about exciting changes coming to Xbox One. To learn more about these events as well as other interesting news in Microsoft’s 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:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update nears RTM with bugfixes galore - A steady stream of new builds for Windows Insiders on the fast track has been released over the past few weeks. The latest build, 14383, includes a wide range of fixes. As with many of its predecessors, this build has been made available simultaneously for Windows 10 on the desktop and Windows 10 Mobile; Microsoft is intending to ship the Anniversary Update simultaneously for PC, phone, and Xbox One when that release date arrives.
Microsoft prepares one final, full-screen Get Windows 10 nag - It's the last call for the year-long free Windows 10 upgrade offer. As the clock counts down, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops with a full-screen notification. Here's what you'll see.
Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI - Microsoft argues that it has the best "brain," built on nearly two decades of advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, for delivering a future powered by artificial intelligence. It has a head start in building bots that resonate with users emotionally, thanks to an early experiment in China. And among the giants, Microsoft was the first to release a true platform for text-based chat interfaces — a point of pride at a company that was mostly sidelined during the rise of smartphones.
You can now help make AI better with 'Minecraft' - Minecraft has a ton of useful applications, many of which involve teaching players. It can also be used to aid in making the very computers we play the game on more intelligent, too. That's what Microsoft's Project Malmo, formerly known as Project AIX, is doing right now.
Xbox Play Anywhere launches Sept. 13 - Xbox Play Anywhere, which delivers certain games to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with a single purchase, goes live on September 13, Microsoft confirmed to Polygon this week.
Microsoft planning to bring wheelchairs to Xbox avatars - For many players, an avatar is how they represent themselves to others. Making the most minor of changes to include a wider player base is the very core of Microsoft’s Gaming for Everyone initiative. Gamers have to wonder what else will roll out with the wheelchairs, but even if this is a singular addition, it is a major step in the right direction for a more inclusive design for Xbox and Microsoft.
The first UWP app for Xbox One is the new Blu-ray Player app - Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console has had the capability to run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for a few months now ever since it upgraded to a version of the Windows 10 operating system. Since the upgrade though, no UWP app has debuted on the platform. That changed recently with the gradual rollout of the new Xbox One Blu-ray Player app.
Microsoft’s attempt to recruit interns is a barrel of cringe - It's always unpleasant when olds try to emulate the style of the kids, which makes this attempt by Microsoft to attract interns particularly toe-curling. Twitter user Patrick Burtchaell says that his roommate received a youth lingo-infused e-mail from a Microsoft recruiter. See how the story unfolded from this news article.
New firmware is rolling out for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL - enables double tap to wake - It's happening. Microsoft is finally broadly rolling out a firmware update to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that will enable double tap to wake.
Microsoft previews 64-bit Office for Mac - It's been years coming, but Microsoft is finally preparing to release a 64-bit version of Office for Mac.
Introducing free Skype Meetings - Microsoft announced a free browser version of Skype aimed at small businesses. The service is called Skype Meetings, and it's the company's first web-based product after the beta release of Skype for Web last year.
Microsoft's new app store for business users, AppSource is now live... again - Earlier this month a new Microsoft website was uncovered. The website, called AppSource, seemed to be a new digital store where Microsoft’s partners could sell their line-of-business apps and add-ons. The website was quickly pulled when it became public, but it’s now back in full force.
Microsoft COO Kevin Turner leaving for CEO job at Citadel Securities - Considered by a number of current and former Microsoft employees as one of the most polarizing figures at Microsoft, chief operating officer Kevin Turner is leaving Microsoft to become CEO of Citadel Securities, a division of Citadel LLC.
Microsoft stored an OK Go music video in strings of DNA - Hundreds of years from now, today’s DVDs, web servers, and flash drives will all be long dead. But one copy of a music video — for alternative rock band OK Go’s song "This Too Shall Pass" — could still be playing. The Rube Goldberg-inspired video is part of a 202-megabyte cache of data that Microsoft and the University of Washington say they’ve written to DNA storage — the largest known DNA storage trove created to date.
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The Top Three Programming Languages for Electronics Tinkering - If you’re planning on tinkering around with electronics, whether it’s on a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or anything else, you’ll need to know at least a little bit of programming.
Android’s Confusing “Do Not Disturb” Settings, Explained - Android’s “Do Not Disturb” seems like a simple, self-explanatory setting. But when Google dramatically overhauled Android’s phone silencing with Do Not Disturb in Lollipop, then redesigned it again in Marshmallow, things got a little confusing.