Best of the Web for Windows users - 5 - 11 June 2016
This week, the Windows 10 upgrade saga continues with articles criticising Microsoft for their aggressive behavior towards Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Also, we have learned further good news about goodies coming to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, as well as great new apps being launched for this operating system, both on the desktop and on mobile devices. 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 usage continues to rise, but users say no to the Edge browser - The latest figures from multiple analytics firms show that usage of Windows 10 has doubled in the past six months, with as many as one in four Windows PCs running Microsoft's latest operating system. But the default Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge, is struggling.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 push is effective, damaging, desirable, and deceptive - Peter Bright’s editorial about Microsoft’s recent strategy of pushing Windows 10 down users throats is true when it says that Microsoft’s strategy is borderline malicious. This is the kind of stunt that you would expect of a spyware installer, not an operating system from a company that should know better.
LastPass is now officially available as a Microsoft Edge extension for Windows 10 Insiders - Popular password manager LastPass has announced the official launch of its extension for Microsoft's Edge browser. The extension was briefly available to install from the Windows Store a couple of weeks ago, but access was quickly restricted, as it apparently went live a bit sooner than intended.
Sorry, the Xbox One isn’t going to be a DVR after all - Last August, Microsoft finally confirmed earlier rumors by announcing that the Xbox One would be usable as a digital video recorder sometime in 2016. Now, it seems Microsoft is giving up those plans.
Surface Membership Lets You Buy Microsoft Devices on a Payment Plan - Microsoft is now offering a Surface Membership plan for its Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface 3, allowing small business customers to buy the devices on a monthly payment plan.
With build 14361, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update inches closer to release day - Another week, another preview release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Today's Fast Ring release includes a big change in Hyper-V, support for the LastPass extension in Microsoft Edge, and a new version number.
Disqus Windows 10 app will be available for PC and Mobile - open beta coming soon - Developer Ryan Valentin tweeted that the Disqus Windows 10 app is "coming together quickly" and should be available as an open beta soon.
The Microsoft Authenticator app is now available, but only for those on Windows 10 Mobile 'Redstone' - It looks like Microsoft is letting free its brand-new two-factor authentication (2FA) app for Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft Authenticator has been listed in the Store for a while but only as a private beta for internal testing. Now, it looks like anybody can download and start using with the one caveat that you need to be on Windows 10 Mobile 'Redstone' and not Production or Release Preview Insider rings.
Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries - Microsoft scientists have demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries they may in some cases be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.
Microsoft updated Outlook for Android Wear to include a very useful watch face - the Outlook team detailed their plans for wearables and how they focused on the idea of providing "relevant, timely information at a glance." This was emphasized in the watch face itself, which allows for heavy integration of a user's calendar and bringing it to the forefront. This includes showing the day's schedule with a swipe to the left, and showing the next event in the calendar along with a countdown and description in the middle of the watch face
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Review and Approve What Appears On Your Facebook Timeline - If you’d like to maintain tighter control over what appears in your Facebook timeline (and thus to everyone you’re Facebook friends with), there’s a simple, but underused, mechanism built right into Facebook to give you approval rights over everything people tag you in.
How to Get Windows Like Recycle Bin on Android to Restore Accidently Deleted Files - This guide introduces an app for Android that will give you the freedom to commit mistakes. Dumpster for Android is a free app which brings in the recycle bin feature, just like one you have on Windows and Mac, right on your Android device.
Reduce Inbox Clutter With "Process-Centric" Email - Inbox zero may be a pipe dream for most of us, but the less clutter in your email, the better. In the spirit of this, author and professor Cal Newport makes the case for writing longer, more detailed emails.