Best of the Web for Windows users - August 28 - September 3 2016
This week we have learned that Windows 10 will get a “night mode” in its next major update, a feature which will make it easier for your eyes when you use your computer at night. Also, it seems that the Windows 10 adoption is going great in North America and Europe, getting very close to dethroning Windows 7 as the king of operating systems for desktop computers. To see more details 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:
Next Windows 10 looks like it’ll get a night mode that cuts down the blue - With suggestions that bluish lights disrupt our sleep, software that shifts screen white balance towards the red end of the spectrum in the evening—cutting back that potentially sleep-disrupting light—has gained quite a following. It seems that Windows 10 might be getting a night mode in its major update.
Windows 7 Close to Losing Top Desktop OS Place to Windows 10 in Europe and NA - Even though the free upgrade campaign came to an end on July 29, Windows 10 continues to increase its share across the world and it’s still doing it at a pretty good pace, which gets it even closer to leader Windows 7.
Chrome for Windows gets Material Design and big battery improvements - Chrome 53 has been released to the stable channel this week, and it brings CPU and GPU power consumption enhancements for video playback, alongside "big" performance and power improvements overall.
Microsoft rolls out awaited battery fix for Surface Pro 3 - Microsoft is rolling out a promised software fix for Surface Pro 3 users running Windows 10 who've experienced battery-drain issues over the past several months.
OneNote update includes handwritten equation solver - An update to OneNote has just introduced a feature some users have been craving for some time: the ability to solve handwritten equations at the tap of a button. Known as the "ink math assistant", all you have to do is write an equation using a stylus, highlight it using the Lasso feature, and click the math button to solve.
Microsoft looks unlikely to hit its end of summer Outlook.com migration deadline - Microsoft's migration of Outlook.com to a new underlying experience looks to be running behind the company's self-imposed schedule, and now may not be done until the first half of 2017.
Sunrise Calendar is gone, and Microsoft Outlook can't replace it - Contrary to Microsoft's word, Outlook has not yet adopted Sunrise's more popular features. Here’s what happened and what Microsoft had to say about it.
Microsoft updates Office for Android with new collaboration and sharing features - Microsoft announced the general availability of its Office for Android apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new version is 16.0.7301.1013, and the changelog includes some interesting new features.
LG put Windows 10 on a fridge - While Samsung opted for Tizen in its own fridge, LG has gone for Windows 10. That means you can launch all kinds of Windows apps on the fridge, and even classics like MS Paint and Regedit if you desire .
Microsoft starts testing five more Garage incubator apps - Microsoft's Garage incubator has added five new invitation-only apps to its roster of experimental projects.
UWP developers can now submit their apps for Xbox One to the Windows Store - Developers can now submit their UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps for the Xbox One. Learn more details in this news article.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Readability Is Shutting Down, Here's How to Export Your Bookmarks to Instapaper or Pocket - Bookmarking site Readability, one of the first read-it-later services, will shut down on September 30th. After that, you won’t be able to access the articles you’ve saved. Here’s how to export your articles to Instapaper or Pocket.
How to Convert PDF Files and Images into Google Docs Documents - You probably know you can create and edit documents with Google Docs, but you can edit more than just.doc files. Google Drive can also convert PDF files and images of text to editable files through Google Docs. Here’s how.
How To Stop Whatsapp Sharing Data With Facebook - Whatsapp will now start sharing your data with Facebook to serve better ads. Before you hurry to uninstall the app though, you should know there’s a very simple way to disable this. The news that Whatsapp will be sharing data has been publicized so much, the fact you can opt out of it has more or less been lost. Here’s how to opt out.
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 August 2016:
15 Reasons why you should get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update today - If you haven’t yet installed the Anniversary Update on your Windows 10 devices, here are some good reasons why you should do that as soon as possible.
5 Issues that make Microsoft Edge a worse web browser than others - In this article we explore the weaknesses of the Microsoft Edge web browser. Check them out and let us know whether you agree with us or not.
How to get the Anniversary Update today with the Windows 10 Update Assistant - If we managed to convince you to install the Anniversary Update, here’s how to do it right now, without having to wait for Microsoft’s Windows Update servers to deliver it to you.