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).
It was announced this week that official support Windows Vista will end in a year. Vista only runs on a relatively small slice of the world's PCs, so the effect should be minimal.
Microsoft is working on a Windows 10 security feature that will let you unlock your PC "companion devices." This means that you will be able to tap your phone to an NFC reader, initiate an unlock from your Bluetooth-paired smartphone, or clap your hands while wearing an approved fitness band to gain access to your computer.
Future builds of Windows 10 may also add troubleshooting information to the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death." Microsoft is testing including QR codes on the BSOD that will bring the user to a specific troubleshooting page.
And Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 build 10586.218 for PC in the form of a cumulative update. The update includes a host of fixes, stability improvements, and security patches.
Other notable items:
- How Samsung Flow already uses Windows Hello to unlock the Galaxy TabPro S
- Ninja Cat emojis are coming to Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- Microsoft shows how to convert an iOS app to Windows 10 with its bridge tool
- Microsoft talks more about putting in Windows Hello support in Edge browser
- How to create a Windows 10 ISO file using an Install.ESD image
- Cortana in Windows 10 offers instant translations in French, German, Italian, and Spanish
- New video shows Messaging Everywhere support coming to Windows 10
- Microsoft details progress in bringing Real Time Communications to Edge
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update to include new features for students and teachers
- Skype voice and video calling now supported inside Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
- The U.S. Department of Defense thinks its employees should use Windows 10 at home
- How to shutdown, restart, or sign-out of Windows 10 hands-free using Cortana
Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 received three Intel updates to help fix previous power management issues that have plagued device owners since their release.
The highly-anticipated Anniversary Update preview for the Xbox One may roll out in late May or early June, bringing the timing in line with the same update for the console's PC and smartphone counterparts.
Two recent FCC filings revealed what could be two new Xbox models. One filing using the current Xbox One's user manual hints at slim version of the console, while another with a different manual may be a successor to the current Xbox One.
The timing of the filings hints that the Xbox One Slim may debut at E3 2016. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the COO at GameStop, Tony Bartel, said that the launch of new consoles "seems imminent."
In legal news, Microsoft filed a suit against the U.S. federal government over the right to reveal data requests. The company feels that the government has overstepped their boundaries and are now breaking the First and Fourth Amendments by forcing Microsoft to keep those data requests secret.
And after pledging to improve pay equality back in 2014, Microsoft revealed that their efforts have started to pay off:
"Today, for every $1 earned by men, our female employees in the U.S. earn 99.8 cents at the same job title and level. Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. combined earn $1.004 for every $1 earned by their Caucasian counterparts. Breaking it down even further, African American/black employees are at $1.003; Hispanic/Latino(a) employees are at 99.9 cents; and Asian employees are at $1.006 for every $1 earned by Caucasian employees at the same job title and level, respectively."
Other notable items:
- First trailer for Gears of War 4 gets released and it's pretty awesome
- Microsoft Band 2 is on sale again for just $175
- Microsoft endorses EU-U.S. Privacy Shield pact to help keep customer data secure
- You can totally stream Xbox One games to the HoloLens and play them
- Surface Pro 4 gets new Signature Type Cover with Alcantara fabric
- Office apps for Windows 10 Mobile add Intelligent Search and more
- Microsoft confirms its E3 2016 press conference plans for June 13
- Microsoft launches public preview of Project 'Madeira' business management service
- Outlook.com will soon let you clear your calendar when you go on vacation
- Microsoft's new CaptionBot site tries to describe what's in a photo
- Former Microsoft HoloLens creative director launches holographic software studio Loook
- Microsoft thinks Google's self-driving car should have Kinect installed
The latest numbers by Gartner and IDC are not pretty for PC sales. The groups show that shipments are down 9.6%-11.5% in Q1 2016 worldwide, especially in emerging markets. However, the numbers do not include transformable tablets, like the Microsoft Surface. It is also expected that most businesses will not begin to refresh their computers to Windows 10 until later in the year.
USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced a new protocol that would essentially authenticate Type-C cables and prevent non-compliant ones from causing harm to devices.
InFocus introduced their latest tiny PC, The Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro. The newest iteration of the Kangaroo, which retails for $199, offers a multitude of connection options, including an app that lets you use it on an iPhone or iPad.
Trend Micro revealed two critical security vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows, although there have been no known attempts to exploit them. Apple, the makers of QuickTime, have no plans to address the flaws, so both Trend Micro and the U.S. government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team are recommending current users uninstall the software.
Electronics giant Logitech has agreed to purchase wireless earbud maker Jaybird for $50 million. According to Logitech, the company plans to continue to "feed the Jaybird brand," so expect to see more Jaybird products in the future.
Meanwhile, chipmaker Intel is rumored to be cutting thousands of jobs by the end of 2016. There's no official word yet, but the cuts could be due to lackluster PC sales as well as future projections.
Other notable items:
- An evening at the BAFTA Games Awards
- The weBoost eqo hopes to blanket your home in great cellular coverage
- Some first-day Oculus Rift pre-orders won't ship until May or June
- Customers band together to track HTC Vive shipments
- Skype, WhatsApp and Telegram sharing buttons can now be added to WordPress sites
- Oculus Rift exclusives are being unofficially ported to the HTC Vive
- Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio may not merge their PC divisions after all
- Sprint rolls out LTE Plus in New York City to bring you supercharged speeds
- Cricket Wireless launches $70 unlimited plan, offers $100 bill credit to T-Mobile customers
- Best over-ear headphones: As chosen by Mobile Nations editors
- ASUS Cerberus keyboard review: Spill all you want, it doesn't care
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