This week on Microsoft: Microsoft finally tells us what data it collects in Windows 10
With Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has made important steps in explaining the kinds of data it collects through its telemetry and how it is used. We also learned new details about the upcoming Surface Pro 5 tablets and some of the changes that they will bring. 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:
Microsoft opens up on Windows telemetry, tells us most of what data it collects - Microsoft has published the full range of data that Windows 10 version 1703, the Creators Update, will collect in its default "basic" telemetry setting. The company has also provided details on the kinds of information that can be captured in the optional "full" telemetry setting.
First details emerge about Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 - This week was revealed that the Surface Pro 5 will not change the proprietary Surface power connector, and that Microsoft's next hybrid will switch to Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors.
Microsoft Officially Bans Emulators From Windows Store - Microsoft has revised Windows Store policy to remove emulators. The new rules bar any applications that emulate pre existing game systems, resulting in the removal of a popular program that supported games from Nintendo and Sega consoles.
Netflix is rolling out offline playback for its Windows 10 Store PC app - Netflix is rolling out an update to its Windows 10 PC app bringing a hugely requested feature. For the first time, Windows 10 users will be able to download Netflix shows and movies for offline viewing, saving them to local storage.
Only a subset of Windows Phones will get Windows 10 Creators Update - A handful of existing Windows Phone devices from Microsoft and other manufacturers will get the Windows 10 Creators Update before the end of April. Here's what's on the current list.
Microsoft opens up its Windows Insider preview for Business - Microsoft has opened up the Windows Insider for Business program, so people can sign in with an Azure Active Directory account (the used for stuff like Office 365).
WikiLeaks just dropped the CIA's secret how-to for infecting Windows - The leak includes 27 documents related to "Grasshopper," the codename for a set of software tools used to build customized malware for Windows-based computers.
Inside the next Xbox: Project Scorpio tech revealed - Scorpio is seemingly running ahead of schedule, to the point where we're likely six months away from release at least, and we've already seen impressive software running beautifully on production silicon.
The brains behind Microsoft's stunning IllumiRoom concept are bringing it to life - The researchers behind Microsoft's mind-blowing IllumiRoom concept and the Box projection art performance are teaming up to try and make projection mapping a reality inside homes.
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