Best of the Web for Windows users - 3 - 9 January 2016

The year has started with good news for Microsoft: windows 10 has reached 200 million users and it continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever. CES 2016 also took place and we’ve learned of new and interesting devices, especially gaming laptops with Windows. Last but not least, it seems that new Windows 10 Mobile devices are getting launched very soon. To learn more about these events, 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:

Windows 10 Now Active on over 200 Million Devices - Good news for Microsoft: As of January 2016, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10. Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever – outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%.

Tip claims January 12 may bring Lumia 850 & Windows 10 Mobile roll-out - Microsoft is preparing to make some Mobile related announcements on January 12. It seems that Microsoft Lumia 850 may be launched on January 12. Microsoft may also plan to reveal plans or roll-out Windows 10 Mobile update to first batch of Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

Microsoft is building its own SIM card for Windows - it seems that Microsoft is planning to build its own SIM card to create its own mobile virtual networks to allow Windows 10 users to connect to partner carriers.

Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday - Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

New Windows 10 Redstone Insider builds most likely to start flighting next week - We may see either or both a PC and Mobile build drop next week for the next major update to Windows 10.

Oh No, Harman Is Putting Microsoft Office in Your Car - Harman is working with Microsoft to bringing parts of Microsoft’s Office suite to your car’s infotainment system. Here’s more information about this idea.

All of AOL Search is now powered by Bing - Last summer Microsoft and AOL signed a significant deal where the former was effectively selling off its advertising sales business, while the latter was adopting Bing for all of its search needs. Now the Bing team has confirmed that the migration is finished.

Microsoft shows how the Internet of Things can actually be interesting - Here’s what Microsoft can do with Cortana, Windows and the Internet of Things. This 3 minute demo is actually worth watching.

Archos Cesium 50 Windows 10 Mobile handset now on sale - Windows 10 Mobile handsets are hitting the market, including the Cesium 50, which is now on sale at Achos’ website.

Photos of Nokia’s cancelled Metro-themed smart watch leaks - New photos have emerged that appear to show the smartwatch developed by Nokia under the codename 'Moonraker', following on from renders of the device that made an appearance last summer.

True gaming laptops are finally becoming a reality - The Verge reports from CES 2016 that true gaming laptops are becoming a reality. Here’s why they say that and what’s new in this niche, in 2016.

Cool tips and guides

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

HTG Explains: How Do Movies Leak Before They Premiere? - an interesting debate about movie piracy and its sources.

How to Stop Auto-Loading of Images and Videos in Chrome and Firefox - a useful guide for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users alike.

WHAT IS THE BEST PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR ME? - it’s a quiz that has a small handful of questions and it does a good job of leading you to a logical conclusion for what programming language is best suited for what you want to do.

Digital Citizen: The best articles of the month

We would like to end with the most popular articles that were published on Digital Citizen, in December 2015:

Simple questions: What is PowerShell & What can you do with it? - this guide explains what PowerShell is and what you can do with it in Windows.

Microsoft Lumia 950 Review - The first smartphone that works like a PC - this is Microsoft’s first high-end smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile. We tested for a couple of weeks and we shared our opinion of it in this detailed review.

How to share a printer with the network in Windows - many people want to learn how to share their printer on the network. This guide teaches them how.