Best of the Web for Windows users - 19 - 25 June 2016
This week Microsoft has released new details about improvements that are coming to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including the fact that the Microsoft Edge browser will save you a lot more battery than Google Chrome. We also learned that the company has improved their Maps app in meaningful ways and that the production of Surface Pro 3 tablets will soon end. To see more details 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:
Microsoft tweaks activation rules for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update nearly ready, Microsoft this week announced a seemingly minor change to its activation process. Under the new rules, it should be easier to reactivate Windows on a PC after major hardware changes. But is there more to the story?
Get more out of your battery with Microsoft Edge - Microsoft has created two tests to measure the power consumption by browsers: the first is a test in a lab-controlled environment measuring typical browsing behavior on popular sites, while the second experiment times how long streaming HD video lasts. Google Chrome lasts just 4 hours and 19 minutes on the streaming video test, compared to 7 hours and 22 minutes for Microsoft's Edge browser.
Opera says it crushes Microsoft in browser battery wars - The browser battery wars are heating up. Microsoft made a bold claim earlier this week that its new Edge browser in Windows 10 is better for your laptop's battery life than Opera or Chrome. While everyone who uses Chrome is aware of the bad effect on battery life, Opera introduced a battery saving feature last month to improve things on its own Chromium-based (Blink) browser. Naturally, Opera saw the Edge claims and the company has a bone to pick with Microsoft.
Having problems with Xbox One Backward Compatibility? There's a fix coming - Members of the Xbox One Preview Program noted having problems with backward compatible Xbox 360 games. Microsoft later confirmed the issue and promised a fix.
Microsoft confirms production of Surface 3 tablets will end in late 2016 - After a couple of sites noted that stock of both Microsoft's Surface 3 and Band 2 devices are seemingly in short supply in some places here in the U.S., Microsoft is confirming that production of the Surface 3 will end in December 2016.
Azure Information Protection makes warding off data leaks easier - Microsoft announced Azure Information Protection (AIP), a new system to help protect sensitive data even as it moves between applications and organizations. AIP builds on the existing Azure Rights Management (RMS) system to add data labelling and classification to ensure that the right protection policies are applied to sensitive data at the time it is created to help restrict data leaks.
Crunchyroll, Roku and SiriusXM apps available for Windows 10 - Microsoft welcomes Roku and SiriusXM for Windows 10 PCs and tablets to the Windows Store, as well as Crunchyroll for all of your Windows 10 devices!
Steam may be working on a Steam Authenticator app for Windows phones - It appears that the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator app will become a first party solution to Windows Phone users.
Microsoft updates Windows 10 Maps app, including migration tool for users of HERE apps - Microsoft has announced the release of a significant update for its Maps app on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones, delivering new features, and introducing a migration tool to help users of the HERE suite of mapping and location apps, which will end support for Windows 10 at the end of this month.
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