Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 5 - 11 April 2015

This week new rumors were launched about Windows 10 having two releases this year and then two others next year. Office Online is now fully integrated with Dropbox and Skype Translator has been further improved with support for new languages. Read this week’s recap to learn about what happened in Microsoft’s ecosystem:

The Best Tech Related News

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Microsoft's 'Redstone': An update to Windows 10 due in 2016 - Windows 10, which was codenamed "Threshold," will be released this summer. There will also be a minor update to Threshold some time this fall (which still will be known as "Threshold,"), in addition to the other, smaller regularly released fixes and updates that Microsoft will continue to provide before and after Windows 10 is released to manufacturing. Microsoft's current plan calls for a similar summer/fall release schedule for Windows next year. "Redstone" is the codename for those releases due in 2016.

Microsoft registers a new company known as Microsoft Payments, Apple Pay competitor inbound? - Mobile payments are becoming popular with major key players who have their own smart payment solutions for their devices. Apple has Apple Play, Google has just updated Wallets, and Samsung introduced Samsung Pay. Now it looks like Microsoft is also working on a smart payment solution, which may see the light of day in the coming months.

Delivering a single unified Store experience in Windows 10 - Microsoft is finally bringing apps, movies, TV shows, and music into a single location for Windows 10. The software giant is testing out a new section of the Windows 10 store today that includes movies and TV shows, and the company plans to add music in the coming weeks.

Office Online and Dropbox web integration now available - Microsoft has announced that the Dropbox and Office integration is now extending to non-business users. When using Office Online, you can now open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents stored on your Dropbox account directly from your browser, without leaving the web apps.

Microsoft moves to phase two of Skype Translator preview; adds new features - Skype’s Translator just got even better as Microsoft has added support for more languages including Mandarin and Italian.

Be inspired, learn more and do more through image search - Bing's image search feature has received some layout improvements, but also some very useful features that further enhance the quality of search results. Read this announcement to learn more.

HTC committed to OS updates for the HTC One for Windows - If you use the HTC One (M8) for Windows, the question if the company behind it will give you Windows 10 may be heavy on your mind. When it comes to the flagship HTC One for Windows, the company is stating on Twitter that users can expect software updates for 2 years after its launch. Since the One was released last August of 2014, a Windows 10 update certainly seems reasonable.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 is coming to some - but not all - existing handsets - Microsoft explained that Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 will come to select devices - including the Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 - but only in certain markets and on certain carriers.

Xbox One April System Update: Game Hub Links, What’s On and More Now Available - The Xbox One April update is now rolling out to all users and with it come some useful fixes and improvements. Learn what’s new from this announcement.

Microsoft will release a new expansion for Age of Empires II: HD Edition in 2015 - Microsoft has announced plans to release a new expansion pack for Age of Empires II: HD Edition on Steam sometime in 2015. This news comes the day before the two-year anniversary of the game's release on Steam.

Latest Microsoft layoffs hit hundreds, some here - The fourth and possibly final round of layoffs have come about, leading to the release of hundreds of Microsoft employees.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Edward Snowden on Passwords - Good advice from Edward Snowden on what it really means to create and use secure passwords.

How to Go Digital and Get Your Old Physical Media Onto Your PC - A very useful guide from our friends over at the How-To Geek.

10 Ways To Make Your Favorite Games Feel New Again - A very fun guide from Kotaku. If you are a gamer, you should read it.