This week on Microsoft: Windows 10 Cloud is about Chromebook competition
New details have surfaced which say that the upcoming Windows 10 Cloud release won't be about the cloud, as the name suggests, but about providing competition to the Chromebook. Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of Windows 10 that will be able to run only Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store Think of it as being similar to the version of Windows 10 formerly known as Windows RT or the Windows 8.1 with Bing. More details, as well as other interesting news, can be found in 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 coming Windows 10 Cloud release may have nothing to do with the cloud - A new edition of Windows 10, known currently as "Windows 10 Cloud" may have little (if anything) to do with the cloud, but more to do with Chromebook competition.
Microsoft unveils final browser improvements to Windows 10 Creators Update - Microsoft is currently finalizing its feature set for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. While the update contains many new changes and features, Microsoft is announcing its final improvements to its Edge browser for the Creators Update.
Op-ed: Windows 10 0day exploit goes wild, and so do Microsoft marketers - There's a zero-day exploit in the wild that exploits a key file-sharing protocol in all supported versions of Windows. That includes Windows 10, the latest and most secure version of the Microsoft operating system. The exploit is probably not worth worrying about, but you'd never know that based on the statement Microsoft officials issued on Thursday when asked what kind of threat the exploit poses:
Microsoft asks White House for US business exception to travel ban - Microsoft has asked the Trump administration to set up a formal exemption process for its recent immigration ban.
Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile now lets you save pictures from your feed - Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile received a notable update, bringing along the ability to save any pictures on your feed to your own personal collection
Microsoft delays new Windows 10 Mobile Insider build to investigate blocking bug - Microsoft may have released new Windows 10 Insider builds for PCs in the last week, but fans of Windows 10 Mobile will have noticed that the latter has been left behind. There's a good reason for that.
The future of Microsoft's languages: C# to be powerful, Visual Basic friendly - An interesting editorial about the future of Microsoft's programming languages.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS now supports add-ins like Giphy and Trello - Microsoft is bringing apps and add-ins to its Outlook for iOS email application. The software giant has partnered with Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello, and Smartsheet to bring the first third-party add-ins directly into its iOS email experience. Office 365 customers will be able to start using the add-ins immediately, and Microsoft plans to roll them out to Outlook.com users soon.
Microsoft Authenticator now supports phone sign-in on iOS and Android - Almost three weeks ago, Microsoft updated the beta versions of its Authenticator apps for iOS and Android to include a new phone sign-in feature. This week, the iOS app was updated to make the feature generally available on the platform, and the Android version was updated a week ago.
Cool tips and guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Build the Ultimate Movie and Music Server - Wouldn't it be great if all of your media could live in one place and be able to be easily accessed by your computers and smart devices? With the right apps and a network attached storage device, you can do just that.
How to Block Someone on Snapchat - If someone is harassing you on Snapchat, here's how to block them.
How to view SSL Certificate details on Chrome? - Here's how to learn more about the SSL Certificate of a website, in Google Chrome.
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 January 2017:
Fix problems that keep Windows from loading, with Startup Repair - Is your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 computer or device unable to load the operating system successfully? Is Windows reporting missing or damaged system files? If that's the case, you should try to boot from a recovery drive and use the Startup Repair tool.
Comparison: Is the Windows ribbon interface more efficient than the old-school menus? - Do you agree with our comparison?
Security for everyone - Review AVG Internet Security Unlimited - AVG builds very popular antivirus products. But, are they any good?