A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
Windows 10 saw its share of the PC market rocket up by three percentage points in May over the month before. The OS now owns 17.43% of the market compared to 14.35% in April, putting it in second place behind Windows 7, which still dominates at 48.57%.
And the latest numbers from Steam show that more gamers now use Windows 10 than Windows 7.
Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 PC build 10586.338 for Insiders in the Release Preview ring this week, which includes a long list of fixes and improvements to Cortana, Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Groove Music, and more. This update was for PC and Mobile phones.
The functionality is already built into Cortana and will only expand with the Windows Hello Companion Device Framework, which will allow third-party companies to connect their devices to Microsoft's platform.
Other notable items:
- Windows 10 Insider build 14342 ISO files now available for download
- Microsoft teases Porsche Design's upcoming 2-in-1 with pen support
- How to combine multiple hard drives into one volume on Windows 10
- Microsoft Edge adds Speech Synthesis APIs to Windows 10 Insider builds
- 1Password 6 coming to Windows in August with Teams and Families support
We saw some personnel changes over at Microsoft this week. The head of their Indian mobile division left to join HMD Global, the company who recently partnered with Nokia and Foxconn to begin manufacturing phones under the Nokia brand name.
Also, Gabriel Aul, beloved chief of the Windows Insider Program, stepped down so he could focus more on his primary role with the Engineering Systems team. Aul is passing the torch to Dona Sarkar, who has been around since the days of Windows Vista and recently worked on HoloLens.
The HoloLens Development Edition received its first major update, which brought a slew of changes and improvements to the augmented reality headset. Windows Central went hands-on to give you the skinny on the update.
Microsoft also started sending out invites to preview the next Xbox One update. Current Preview members who submitted the most feedback were the first to get invites for the update, which will likely prepare the console for the big Anniversary Update that is planned for later this year. We'll have more on that update likely next week, so stay tuned.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft's latest Work & Play bundle is more expensive and not as much of a bargain
- Satya Nadella wants Microsoft to be a platform for innovation in India
- Microsoft revamps its start-up investment division to help fund more tech companies
- Microsoft holding HoloLens-focused WinHec event this fall
- Satya Nadella visits China to reportedly discuss anti-trust probe
- Microsoft and Xiaomi sign patent cross-licensing, app pre-install deal
- Microsoft opens up its Windows Holographic platform to VR — including the HTC Vive
- Here is Bing's prediction for which team will win in the 2016 NBA Finals
- Skype introduces new 'Power Women' Mojis and emoticons
- New Intel driver for Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 helps Windows Hello for Redstone builds
- Bing offers improved warnings for possible malware and phishing sites
- You were not alone if you got lots of spam emails in your Outlook.com account
One of the largest tech shows took place this week in Taipei, Taiwan: Computex 2016. We have a team on the ground and you can see all of our hands-on coverage of new PCs, laptops, and accessories on our main Computex 2016 page.
Samsung announced that they have begun production on their new PM971-NVMe solid state drive, which is only about the size of a coin and weighs in at one gram. The drive will go on sale later this month and will come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.
Intel unveiled their Broadwell-E processor, their first 10-core desktop CPU. The cream of the Broadwell-E crop is the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, which will retail for $1723.
The company also introduced their 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, due out later this year. The chips will be featured in ASUS' upcoming Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3, as well as the Project Pyramid Flipper, the 2-in-1 tablet being developed by Finnish startup Eve.
A Delaware court ruled that the 2013 buyout of Dell by founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners was underpriced by 22%. As a result, the company may have to pay out $36 million on top of the original $24.9 billion, unless they appeal the decision.
We here at Windows Central kicked off our "Windows 10 Gems " series this week, starting with the Misfit fitness tracker and apps, followed by organizer app Todoist, and the world-building game Roblox.
And finally, please welcome our newest sibling site VRHeads.com, a place for all things related to virtual reality. Here you'll find the latest news, informational guides, and a burgeoning community of enthusiasts in the forums.
Other notable items:
- ASUS' ZenBook 3 is lighter, thinner, and faster than the MacBook
- ASUS' latest Transformers take on the Surface Pro 4
- Hands-on: ASUS ZenBook 3 brings the fight to Apple with less bulk, more power
- ASUS unveils the ROG GX800 laptop with two NVIDIA GPUs for maximum performance
- ASUS slots two NVIDIA GTX 1080s in the ROG G31 desktop
- Transformer 3 Pro hands-on: Meet ASUS's answer to the Surface Pro 4
- ASUS' ROG Avalon is a modular gaming PC from the future
- ASUS Transformer 3 hands-on: iPad-class thinness, running Windows
- Best computer speakers for under $100
- BBC's £13 Micro:bit computer is now available for everyone
- Everything you need to know about Corning Gorilla Glass
- Dell's new Inspiron 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptops start from just $249
- The new Dell Inspiron 7000 series sports the world's first 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop
- Digital Storm's latest all-in-one puts your gaming PC to shame
- Best Accessories for Dell XPS 13
- T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data plan
- Minecraft worlds can't be used by companies to sell their products
- Jawbone says it has no plans to exit the fitness wearables business
- AMD's Radeon RX 480 is a VR-ready video card that costs $199
- AMD offers a first look at its upcoming high-end Zen CPU
- AMD's 7th generation CPUs take the fight to Intel
- SanDisk announces faster, higher-capacity USB-C Dual Drive flash drive
- First look video: ASUS's Zenbo robot reads recipes, meows like a cat and tells you bedtime stories
- Facebook reportedly mulling end-to-end encryption for Messenger
- T-Mobile's Un-carrier 11 announcements will be made on Monday, June 6
- AT&T's new rewards program offers free movie tickets and more
- Björk partners with HTC to bring the world's first VR album to the Vive
- Here's the custom ASUS GTX 1070 Strix Gaming video card
- Instagram rolls out its new feed algorithm for all users to put best posts on top
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