This week on Microsoft: Here's what's new about the Surface Pro!
This week was important for Microsoft as it launched their new Surface Pro device alongside some cool accessories like a new Surface Pen which Microsoft claims it is the fastest digital pen on the planet. Also, they released a new Windows 10 China Government Edition that makes some concessions to keep Chinese officials happy. To learn more details, as well as other exciting news from Microsoft's ecosystem, 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's Surface Pro Laptop Returns With Bigger Brains - At long last, Microsoft's launching a new Surface Pro. There's no numeral at the end this time: It's just Surface Pro, now and probably forever.
Microsoft's new Surface Pen is the "fastest digital pen on the planet" - But among the news is an all-new Surface Pen, which Surface chief Panos Panay said is the "fastest digital pen on the planet."
Microsoft has created a Surface USB-C dongle for 'people who love dongles' - While Panay isn't ready to add USB-C to Surface devices just yet, he thinks he has the answer: a dongle. "If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles," jokes Panay. "We're giving a dongle to people who love dongles."
Making sense of Microsoft's Surface lineup - The point of Surface is to build devices that define the premium PC market, where the profits are to be found for the entire Windows ecosystem. Microsoft has packed its Surface devices with features that it expects and even encourages its OEM partners to copy. In this case, imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery; it is a desired outcome.
Microsoft publishes video of its Surface Pro launch...in English - the company has published the launch on YouTube (in English), where you can catch Surface chief Panos Panay unveiling the new device, along with new Alcantara Type Covers and Surface Pens. You can watch the video below.
This is Microsoft's original vision for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL (exclusive) - Never before seen concept footage of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL finally showcase pen support, improved software features and more.
The Samsung S8 Dex Dock Works With Old Microsoft Lumia Phones - It turns out that the DeX Dock works for more than the Galaxy S8, with the Windows 10 powered Lumia 950 being able to use this dock to launch itself into Continuum.
Microsoft starts rolling out collaborative inking Whiteboard app - The app offers collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion and automatic table shading, as well as exclusive capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.
Windows switch to Git almost complete: 8,500 commits and 1,760 builds each day - Back in February, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that the Windows development team was going to move to using the open source Git version control system for Windows development. A little over three months after that first revelation and about 90 percent of the Windows engineering team has made the switch.
Holographic Cortana Appliance: Working Concept - This is a concept Cortana appliance built by a passionate developer. He imagined what Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic AI sidekick from the Halo franchise.
Introducing "Mixer" - Formerly known as Beam, the service has now been rebranded Mixer. You can see what features this "new" service brings, in the video below.
Microsoft accuses Chinese 'gaming' website of hacking Xbox accounts - Microsoft has accused a Chinese gaming website of hacking Xbox accounts and illegally gaining virtual gaming currencies.
4K Streaming Comes to Amazon Video Xbox App - Many of Amazon's original shows — Sneaky Pete, Bosch, and The Grand Tour among them — are now available to stream in 4K. Netflix, Vudu, and Hulu also offer some shows in 4K, on Xbox One S.
Windows 10 China Government Edition allows China to control encryption and telemetry - The new version is called Windows 10 China Government Edition, and it makes some concessions to keep Chinese officials happy.
In a throwback to the '90s, NTFS bug lets anyone hang or crash Windows 7, 8.1 - Malicious users could use this to attack other people's machines by using one of the special filenames as an image source; the browser would try to access the bad file, and Windows would promptly fall over.