This week on Microsoft: Windows 10 Creators is getting ready for an April 11 launch

Windows 10 Creators Update is very close to being signed-off. In the next couple of days, Microsoft will finish its development process, and the company is planning to launch it on April 11. To learn more details, as well as other exciting news about OneDrive, Surface Book, OneNote and more, 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 to begin Windows 10 Creators Update sign-off process this week - After several months of development, the Windows 10 Creators Update is just about ready for prime-time. This coming week, Microsoft is expected to begin its internal sign-off process, in which the company will compile RTM (Release To Manufacturing) candidates and then select a release candidate for Insiders to test before deeming it good enough for the public.

Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads - We've sat back and witnessed the development of Windows 10 and appreciated the speed of new feature releases, but it seems there's a price to pay for this new "Windows as a service" world.

Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production - Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly began mass production recently, and shipments are expected to rise each month, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain. The sources believe Microsoft is likely to announce the new notebook at the end of March or April.

Metered Connections in Windows 10 Creators Update Will Not Block All Windows Update Downloads - It seems that Windows 10 Creators Update will download some updates even on metered connections. More details in this news article.

Microsoft adds in-game chat transcription for Windows 10 and Xbox One - Microsoft wants to make it easier for gamers to understand each other's inappropriate ramblings during intense multiplayer sessions. The company recently announced a public beta release of a new game chat transcription feature for Xbox One and Window 10 PCs.

OneDrive for Windows 10 arrives on the Xbox One - Microsoft has brought its Windows 10 OneDrive app to the Xbox platform for Xbox One users. This means that Xbox users can now access their OneDrive files on their console – not just limited to photos and videos like the previous app.

Microsoft's silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn't smell right - Even if the cancellation was for the banalest of reasons, Microsoft's silence is just wrong. If protecting customers truly is Microsoft's top priority, company officials should explain exactly why they delayed critical bug fixes for four weeks. Canceling Patch Tuesday at the last minute is a major event that warrants an explanation. Microsoft needs more than hollow platitudes to restore trust.

OneNote for Windows 10 will now graph math equations for you - Microsoft today is updating its OneNote app for Windows 10, adding the ability to graph math equations. The feature is part of the Ink math assistant, which helps to solve equations, and rolled out last summer.

Microsoft Suspends Win 7/8.1 Updates For Intel Kaby Lake, AMD Ryzen CPUs - Microsoft suspended updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with Intel's 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processors, AMD's 7th generation (Bristol Ridge) processors, and Qualcomm's 8996 processors or newer. The company said before that it wouldn't release new drivers for older Windows versions to support new hardware, but now it's stopped Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with these new processors from scanning or downloading from Windows Update.

Microsoft's Teams is almost an excellent Slack-killer, and it's now live for O365 - After being in beta since November, Microsoft Teams is now available to anyone with a suitable Office 365 subscription. Teams is a group messaging application organized around chatrooms.

How Microsoft built its Slack competitor - Microsoft Teams started off on a fruit farm in Hawaii and a hotel room in Las Vegas. These unconventional work locations formed the foundations for the Microsoft Teams chat app that thousands of businesses will start using this week.

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher gets another big update, bringing tablet support and more - The main feature in this release is tablet support; previously, the launcher, which was developed by Microsoft's experimental Garage unit, only worked on phones. Here's the full changelog.

Cool tips and guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

Windows 10 Tip: Turn Off File Explorer Advertising - While the Creators Update will include some important improvements to Windows 10, the escalation of File Explorer advertising isn't one of them. Here's how to turn it off.

Microsoft, Please Stop Breaking My PC With Windows 10's Automatic Updates - Don't get us wrong: automatic updates are critical for security reasons, and we believe they are a good thing. The problem is that Microsoft isn't just releasing security updates. They're making significant changes to Windows, and not testing the updates properly. They need to do better.

How to Buy Your Personal Domain Name Before Some Dumb Troll Does - Buying the domain that reflects your name isn't just something journalists should do. Everybody should own, if only to lock it down in case you need it in the future.