Best of the Web for Windows users - 6 - 12 November 2016
This week we have many news and updates from Microsoft that include the new Skype Insider and Xbox Insider programs, as well as a detailed review about the updated Microsoft Surface Book. However, we start with an interesting analysis of where Trump stands on the issues like broadband, net neutrality, cybersecurity, space exploration, intellectual property and more. Here are this week’s top reads for Windows users:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
What the Trump win means for tech, science, and beyond - Here is where Trump stands on the issues like broadband, net neutrality, cybersecurity, space exploration, intellectual property and so on.
Windows 10's virtual trackpad turns tablets into mice - Microsoft has begun testing out a new virtual trackpad feature in Windows 10, allowing users to turn their tablets into mice while using external displays.
MICROSOFT’S UPDATED SURFACE BOOK IS A BIG, POWERFUL BRUTE OF A LAPTOP - The Verge was one of the first few publishers to get their hands on the updated Microsoft Surface Book. Here’s what they had to say about the real-life performance of this new product.
A closer look at Microsoft’s crazy Surface Dial puck - Microsoft is selling the Surface Dial separately from the Surface Studio, so you can use it with any Windows 10 PC. The Verge got a chance to try one out for a few days, to see whether you'd want to use a Surface Dial on a PC. Read this article to see what they discovered.
Launching the Skype Insiders Program - Microsoft is launching a new program to allow Skype users to test new features before they're rolled out to everyone. More details in Microsoft’s official announcement.
Why are Skype accounts getting hacked so easily? - If you've received a weird message on Skype with a link to Baidu or LinkedIn recently, you're not alone. Many users were surprised to see their accounts breached, and some believed they were protected by Microsoft's two-factor authentication. That wasn't the case, though. This article explains why.
What happened to the rumored Xbox 'streaming stick'? [Exclusive] - Initially leaked by Microsoft blogger Brad Sams, Microsoft was expected to debut a streaming dongle, similar to Chromecast, at this year's E3. Instead, we got Project Scorpio, with no streaming device in sight. So, what happened?
The Xbox Insider Program Is The Next Step In Providing Feedback On Xbox - Microsoft is expanding its Xbox Preview Program to all Xbox owners in the next few weeks. The software maker is rebranding the Preview Program as the "Xbox Insider Program," to better align with Microsoft's Windows Insider Program. The changes will start rolling out over the next few weeks, and they'll mean that any Xbox owner will be able to provide feedback.
Microsoft fixes Windows security flaw under attack by hackers - Microsoft has fixed a security flaw in Windows that was being actively exploited by hackers. The software and services giant released the patch as part of its monthly round of security patches, known as Patch Tuesday.
Kaspersky accuses Microsoft of anticompetitive bundling of antivirus software - Billionaire Russian anti-virus developer Eugene Kaspersky has penned an angry blog post titled "That's It. I've Had Enough!" to complain about Microsoft and Windows 10. Specifically, Kaspersky argues that the way Microsoft bundled Defender with Windows 10 is anti-competitive: he says that Microsoft has created obstacles to third-party products and is acting against the interests of the developers of third-party security software.
Microsoft Office for Android will be supported on Chrome OS after all, but you may need a subscription… - Microsoft will allow Chrome OS owners to use the Office suite for Android on their machines. Right now some users are seeing support blocked because Microsoft is working with Google to improve the experience while the Play Store is still in beta.
Microsoft says it's fixed the latest Surface Pro 3 battery issues with new firmware update - A new system firmware update, dated November 7, is now available for the Surface Pro 3. On its Surface Update History page, the company says that the update "corrects the firmware component that functions as a 'fuel gauge' so that the battery capacity is accurately reported".
Microsoft Authenticator for Windows 10 Mobile finally comes out of beta - Four months ago, Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Authenticator experience for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile. The company already released the new Android and iOS apps a while ago, but the Windows 10 Mobile app has been in beta for the past 5 months, and it is finally coming out of beta.
New image of the canceled Microsoft Lumia 750 shows what could have been - Reputable leakster Evan Blass tweeted an image of the device showing off a red polycarbonate body of this smartphone.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
The complete guide to living a newfangled USB-C (and Thunderbolt 3) lifestyle - More and more laptops and phones are either including a USB Type-C port or switching to it entirely and, going forward, this standard is going to get even harder to avoid.
Windows 10 tip: How to enable the built-in Administrator account (and why you shouldn't) - In Windows 10, the built-in Administrator account is disabled. You can open a Command Prompt window and enable it with two commands, but think twice before you go down that road.
How to Control Your Raspberry Pi from Any Computer Using VNC - At $35, the Raspberry Pi is a fantastic little computer, but when you add in the cost of a display, mouse, and keyboard, things get a little more expensive. Good thing you don’t really need them. With VNC, you can access your Pi from a laptop or desktop computer using the same mouse, keyboard, and display that you always do, no rewiring required.