This week on Microsoft: The world's first Cortana-powered thermostat!
This week, Microsoft has announced the world's first thermostat that is powered by Cortana. It is a beautiful device that's built in partnership with Johnson Controls. Another positive news item is that OneDrive will soon offer version history for all files stored in this storage service, not only for Microsoft Office documents. To see more, as well as other interesting news, read this week's news recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Microsoft unveils a beautiful Cortana-powered thermostat - Microsoft is partnering with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat. The software giant unveiled the new GLAS thermostat in a YouTube video. It is built by Johnson Controls, makers of the first electric room thermostat. It appears that GLAS will include a translucent touchscreen display that will allow owners to alter room temperatures, check energy usage and air quality, and see calendar information.
Expanding OneDrive version history support to all file types - Previously, version history only supported Office files. Now, version history is compatible with all file types, so you no longer need to worry about your PDFs, CAD files or even your photos and videos getting accidentally edited—you will always be able to restore or download a previous version. OneDrive will keep an older version of your files for 30 days. Expanded version history support has started rolling out and will be available to everyone this summer.
Microsoft 4Q17: Office 365 revenue surpasses traditional licenses - In the fourth quarter of its 2017 financial year, Microsoft posted revenue of $23.3 billion (£17.9 billion), up 13 percent from a year ago, with an operating income of $5.3 billion (up 73 percent), a net income of $6.5 billion (up 109 percent), and earnings per share of $0.83 (up 112 percent on the same quarter last year).
Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs - An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. But Microsoft has created an exception for those devices, allowing them to continue receiving security updates for five additional years.
Putin's Hackers Now Under Attack—From Microsoft - Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies.
"Autumn Creators Update" was "mistranslation"—it's "Fall Creators Update" for all - The tech press wrote that Microsoft was branding the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as the "Autumn Creators Update" in countries such as the UK and India, where the season between summer and winter isn't called "fall." Microsoft was using this British English branding on its English-language sites where British English prevails over American English.
Microsoft makes it easier to find Surface Dial compatible apps on the Windows Store - Ever since the Surface Dial went on sale, browsing through the Windows Store for apps compatible with the radial haptic input accessory has proved to be a daunting task. Well, the problem is no more. Microsoft recently published a new Windows Store app collection, making it easier to find applications which work with the Surface Dial.
Blizzard: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and more will stop running under Windows XP and Vista - Blizzard has announced that it is dropping support for Windows Vista and Windows XP in a number of its games. The list includes names such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III. The change is coming later this year.
First wave of self-published titles hit Xbox One via the Xbox Live Creators Program - It appears that the first wave of Creators Program titles has hit the Xbox One, via the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program. Accessible through a subsection of the Xbox Store called "The Creators Collection," players can now get hands-on with six independently published games from early adopters of the program.
Microsoft to partners: Here's how to sell Windows 10 Pro and 10 S - Last week at Microsoft's Inspire worldwide partner conference, company executives gave resellers and OEMs updated guidance about how best to sell Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 S devices.
Skype for Linux Beta gets group video calling - Skype for Linux received an update to version 5.4 earlier this week. While the release is still in beta, it comes with quite a big update. Microsoft announced that the update brings group video calling, but that support for the feature is still experimental, and that they would like feedback on the new feature.