Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 24 - 30 May 2015

This week Microsoft has released a new test build for Windows 10 and new rumors were published about the RTM date for this operating system. We have also learned that Cortana will soon come to Android and iOS and that a Microsoft Band 2 device is being tested internally at Microsoft. To learn more details about these events, as well as 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:

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130 for PCs - Microsoft has released to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring the new test Build 10130. Here's what's new in this version.

Windows 10 on track to launch in July - Rumors say that July 29th is a likely date for the Windows 10 launch and that the company is trying to finalize the code (release to manufacturing) by the end of June.

Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS and Android - Microsoft is officially confirming that it's bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows. The Cortana companion will be available for Android in late June and iOS later this year.

The Xbox One controller is getting a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack - It looks like Microsoft is about to make a welcome change to the Xbox One controller, with the updated version — which includes all controllers made after June 2015 — coming with a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack.

Microsoft Band 2 reportedly already being widely tested internally - Microsoft released its first wearable fitness device just over half a year ago, but it's reportedly gearing up to release its successor this year, with the device already being widely tested internally.

Announcing Dolby Audio for high performance audio in Microsoft Edge - Microsoft has announced that it is adding Dolby Audio support to the Microsoft Edge browser which will complement H.264 video with multi-channel audio support. Edge is the first browser to include support for Dolby Digital Plus and websites will now be able to use the new audio support with HTML5.

Microsoft signs Office app, service bundling deals with 20 more Android device makers - Upcoming Android tablets from a list of 20 vendors will now include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype out of the box.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Messy Photo Collection - A very useful guide for anyone taking lots of pictures with their smartphones and digital cameras.

Choosing Your Next Gaming PC: Should You Build, Buy, or Get a Laptop? - A very interesting and useful debate about gaming desktop PCs and gaming laptops.

Top 6 Places to Find Royalty-Free Music For Your Videos - Many people create YouTube videos nowadays. If you want to use music that's royalty-free and avoid legal troubles, read this guide.

The Best Of 7 Tutorials

We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on 7 Tutorials, in May 2015:

Which Are The Best Free File Recovery Tools? Comparing 5 Of The Most Popular Programs - Have you deleted some files by accident and now you want them recovered? Check this roundup of free programs that will help you solve this problem.

Reviewing Microsoft Lumia 640 XL - A Good Smartphone For Business Users - Microsoft has launched an affordable phablet for business users. It is quite a good deal and we were happy to review it.

How To Test The Health Of Your HDD Drive - Do you have an old HDD or SSD drive? Here's how to check whether it has any issues or not and whether it is going to die on you soon.