Best of the Web for Windows users - 3 - 9 April 2016
This week, we have found new details about what’s inside Microsoft HoloLens and how this device works. Also, Microsoft has released the first Windows 10 Insider Preview build that includes support for native Linux bash. We’ve got details about all that’s new in this test build. Another interesting report is that a number of new Microsoft apps and new features are coming to Android and iOS. There’s plenty of good stuff for you to read, so don’t hesitate to read this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Inside Microsoft's HoloLens - The Verge got the chance to look at exactly what goes inside Microsoft’s HoloLens, and the company supplied them with all of the HoloLens parts on a table — even the screws that hold it all together. Here’s a close look at all the tiny HoloLens components that make Star Wars-like holograms possible in your own living room.
Satya Nadella on why you'll love Cortana, how cars are like data centers, and what's spurring all these global startups - A very good interview with Microsoft’s CEO about what’s coming in the near future from Microsoft.
First Windows 10 preview with bash support is out now - The first Windows 10 Insider Preview build that includes support for native Linux bash on Windows is now out. This was some of the biggest news to come out of Build last week, as Microsoft works to make Windows even more attractive to developers.
Introducing Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote in Outlook on iOS and Android - Microsoft's Sunrise acquisition is starting to pay off for users of the Outlook email app on Android and iOS. The company has announced a new feature called Calendar Apps, which lets you integrate calendars and to-dos from other apps — Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist to start — and puts it all in one place, next to your everyday calendar.
Putting Users in Control of Flash - With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will intelligently auto-pause content that is not central to the webpage. Windows Insiders can preview this feature starting with Windows 10 build 14316.
Why Microsoft needed to make Windows run Linux software - Supporting Linux apps in Windows is a significant move for a company that has spent decades promoting its own APIs and application platform, and it's unlikely that the company would make such a move just to provide a few creature comforts to developers. The need goes deeper than that.
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8.1 handsets will be able to downgrade indefinitely - Microsoft may have released Windows 10 Mobile to eligible Windows Phones in March, but both users and Microsoft alike know that the update isn’t as solid as previous iterations. You can find a guide on how to revert back to Windows Phone 8.1, here: How to roll back your smartphone from Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1.
Daimler confirms HERE in talks with Amazon, Microsoft - Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks about taking a minority stake in HERE, a digital mapping business controlled by Germany's luxury carmakers to help develop self-driving cars, Daimler said on Wednesday.
Microsoft Garage’s Hub Keyboard now available for the iPhone - Microsoft Garage released its Hub Keyboard app for the iPhone. The company launched the keyboard app almost a month ago on Android, and iOS users can now try it out.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Enable Parental Controls on Your PlayStation 4 - This is a very useful guide for parents and children who are using a Sony PS4 console.
À La Carte Streaming Is Here, and It’s Just As Expensive As Cable - Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Sling TV, newcomer Starz, and a ton of others, you can ditch cable and pay for just the content you like. It won’t save you much money, though, as Lifehacker has discovered.
Extensions to customize your Chrome browser Home and New Tab page - Here are some Google Chrome extensions which you can use to transform your browser’s new tab page into an absolute delight.