This week on Microsoft: Hardware partners conviced to standardize mixed reality headsets
Microsoft has convinced hardware makers to build standardized mixed reality headsets that work with Windows 10 as the platform of choice. They will offer a single and consistent user interface, as well as standardized inputs. This should increase the adoption of virtual reality and develop this niche market. To learn more, 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:
Here are the mixed reality headsets coming to Windows 10 - Microsoft is making a hard push into the mixed reality segment with Windows 10 as the platform of choice. It has managed to convince several hardware partners to build specialized headsets around set criteria for Windows 10 so that users will have a single and consistent user interface and standardized inputs. Read this news article to see what's coming.
The Eve V is the USB-C Surface Pro that Microsoft won't make - Microsoft is impressed with this device and it is going to be showing it off in its booth and at its keynote at Computex Taipei.
Asus, HP, and Lenovo will all build ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs - Asus, HP, and Lenovo will be the first PC makers to develop what are described as "mobile PCs" powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor.
Windows 10's improved Cortana search UI brings stronger Bing integration - The new user interface opens a side panel in Cortana that shows expanded search results. For instance, when you search for the lyrics of a song, clicking on the expand icon in the search result will open up the side panel where you can find the lyrics of that song from Bing.
Skype goes all Snapchat with Highlights, its own riff on Stories - In a bid to make Skype more social, Microsoft is launching a whole new generation of Skype clients. What is the big new feature?
Ookla's Speedtest app now available on Windows 10 Mobile store - Ookla has updated their SpeedTest UWP app and is now also available on Windows 10 Mobile. The app is a connection speed app that allows you to accurately test your Internet speed.
Google Chrome Can Launch on Windows 10 Even If Google Doesn't Want It To - While Google's decision to stay away from Windows 10 might be related to the restrictions impacting browsers published in the Windows Store, it looks like Google Chrome might arrive as an app in the Windows Store without any help from the search company.
Microsoft rolls out not one but two bad builds to the Windows Insider program - Microsoft's Windows Insider program suffered an awkward setback last night as the company released two different builds—one for desktop users, another for mobile—without apparently meaning to.
Microsoft expands its Bing Rewards loyalty program to the UK - The program has long been available to Bing's US users, and now anyone in the UK logged into their Microsoft account will earn points while searching on Bing. Points can be redeemed toward music, films, games, apps and device purchases from the Microsoft Store. Reward points can also be turned into charity donations.
Browser market share remains almost unchanged as Chrome continues to dominate - According to NetMarketShare, Google Chrome's market share has increased from 59% last month to 59.36% today.
SoundCloud beats Spotify to Xbox One music streaming - SoundCloud is fully integrated into Xbox One, letting players listen to tunes in the background while playing games or navigating the console's dashboard.
Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry - Windows XP isn't as vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware as many assumed, according to a new report from Kryptos research. The company's researchers found that XP computers hit with the most common WannaCry attack tended to simply crash without successfully installing or spreading the ransomware.
Steve Ballmer: We should have turned Microsoft into a "world-class hardware company" - Talking at Recode's oddly named Code Conference, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed one big regret from his time at the company: that it didn't get into hardware soon enough.
Digital Citizen: The best articles of the month
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The 5 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker - Do you miss the old Windows DVD Maker from Windows 7? Do you want a free alternative that works on any version of Windows, including Windows 10? Then, read this comparison.
Reviewing ASUS ROG GR8 II - The mini gaming PC that will conquer your home - This mini PC looks great, comes in several hardware configurations, is VR Ready and fits anywhere in your home. since it is designed for gamers, it also features some interesting lighting effects. To find out more, read this review.
How to use the Camera app in Windows 10 with your webcam - How to start the Camera app in Windows 10, how to take pictures and record videos, how to set the brightness and other parameters.