Best of the Web for Windows users - 31 January - 6 February 2016
This week, Microsoft has confirmed the purchase of SwiftKey - one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android - and it has announced that it will soon be starting the work on developing extensions for Microsoft Edge. On another positive note, the WhatsApp web app now works with Microsoft Edge. To learn more about these events, as well as other interesting news about Microsoft and its consumer 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 usage share continues to grow, but enterprise stays on sidelines - The latest analytics data confirms that Windows 10 has moved into a strong second place in terms of usage. Meanwhile, new data suggests that Windows 7 is going to be the enterprise standard for a long time.
Microsoft starts pushing Windows 10 as a 'recommended' update - Microsoft is stepping up its Windows 10 push by making the operating system a 'recommended' -- though not required -- update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, beginning February 1.
Microsoft confirms acquisition of SwiftKey - Microsoft has announced that it has acquired SwiftKey - one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android. Microsoft already has its own Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone that it's also bringing to iOS soon, but the company is now planning to integrate SwiftKey into its Word Flow keyboard for Windows.
WhatsApp Web now works with Microsoft Edge - If you're a heavy WhatsApp user, you'll be happy to know that the WhatsApp web now appears to work with Microsoft Edge. Previously, WhatsApp's web extension, which allows users to send and receive messages from their browser, only worked with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.
Microsoft: 'Early examples' of Edge extensions are coming soon to Windows Insiders - Microsoft revealed that the first examples of its new extensions support will soon be available, as it announced a range of improvements on the way to Edge, along with other priorities for its development this year.
This is VAIO's Windows phone - This is the first Windows phone to carry the VAIO name: meet the VAIO Phone Biz. It looks great.
Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14257 is now available for PCs on the Fast ring - A new preview build for Windows 10 is rolling out for PCs on the Fast ring, as the company continues the accelerated cadence that it promised in December. Read this article to learn what it has to offer.
New firmware update for dual-sim Lumia 950 and 950 XL rolling out now - Microsoft is pushing out a brand new firmware update for dual-sim Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets right now.
Bing iPhone and Android apps get major updates, new money saving tools - The Bing mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones have received major updates geared towards saving money .
Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with better voice interactions and 3D Touch support - Cortana for iOS has received several improvements. Learn what they are, from this news article.
DailyMotion now a Universal Windows App - French-owned video streaming company DailyMotion ha s upgraded their Windows Phone app to a Universal Windows App for Windows 10 and 10 Mobile.
Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center - Microsoft unveiled Project Natick — an ongoing research project into subsea data centers that could be both cost effective and environmentally friendly.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Windows 95 running natively in your browser is a sight to behold - That Windows 95 startup sound always gives me nostalgia, but how about taking it for a whirl without setting anything up whatsoever?
Everything You Can Do on Your Apple Watch Without Your iPhone - Your Apple Watch relies on your iPhone to get notifications, view data, and even send messages and make calls. However, your Apple Watch is not completely useless without your iPhone. Here are some things you can do on your watch when your phone is out of range.
Here's how to unlock (and play) Facebook Messenger's secret game - In addition to chatting with your friends you can now challenge them to play a game of chess, but only if you know the secret phrase to launch it, and the hotkeys used to play the game.