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 a very quiet week for Windows. Microsoft rolled out an update for Mail and Calendar on Windows 10, but it wasn't a huge one. Mainly it added the ability to disable Conversation view in an email and made it so more options and settings get saved during app updates. Aside from that, it addressed many of the bigger bugs that were still floating around.
Microsoft also announced their Windows 10 IoT Core Starter Pack, an all-in-one beginner's guide to developing for the "Internet of Things."
"This kit is available now at http://www.adafruit.com/windows10iotpi2 and includes a compatible set of sensors, electronic parts, wires, and cables that have been verified to work with Windows 10 IoT Core. It also has an SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT Core meaning you can start right away. The kit comes with getting started instructions and sample code for projects that you can make."
Microsoft also paired their Starter Pack with a new version of Windows 10 IoT Core.
Among the updates that were pushed out to Windows 7, 8 and Vista was one that stop them from running games with SafeDisc or SecuROM. The update was a security measure that had been announced a while back.
Sure, it was a slow Windows news cycle, but fear not. Windows 10 build 10550 could be hitting the Fast ring very soon. Gabriel Aul said that the build is currently making its way around Microsoft's internal ring, so we expect it to debut once it is deemed stable enough for public consumption.
Other notable items:
Skype users experienced an outage earlier in the week. Microsoft was on the case. They identified the root of the outage as a larger-then-normal configuration change that was rolled out, causing higher traffic that prevented users from logging in. The problem was resolved, and Microsoft offered up a mea culpa.
Ahead of what is expected to be the official announcement on October 6, renders of the Microsoft Band 2 were leaked, revealing a new curved design and metallic finish.
A couple of days later, an official support link briefly appeared on for the Microsoft Band 2 appeared on the "How to Connect your Microsoft Band" support page, with a link to "features and functions." The link was pulled shortly after.
The big official news out of Redmond was the release of Microsoft Office 2016. This latest iteration comes with a focus on collaboration, with real-time document co-authoring, integrated Skype for Business, and companion apps like Outlook for Groups, which bring people together.
Windows Central got cracking and showed you how to get started using some of Microsoft Office 2016's newest features.
If you're an Office 365 user looking to dive right in, it's easy to get Office 2016 right now.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft launches season two of the Halo 5 fictional podcast 'HUNT the TRUTH'
- Bing performed horribly with its NFL Week 2 predictions
- The release date for Windows 10's Skype apps is still up in the air
- Xbox leader Phil Spencer talks about Halo's future, HoloLens and more
- Minecraft for Oculus Rift VR headset coming to Windows Store in spring 2016
- Microsoft puts the founder of Acompli in charge of its Outlook engineering efforts
- New Microsoft Stores to open in November in Tampa and King of Prussia
PC gamers have reason to be excited after NVIDIA said that they are now able to offer their GeForce GTX 980 graphics processors to laptop makers. Thanks to newer, more efficient cooling systems, the full-powered GPU can be fit in a laptop chassis with little to no impact on performance. There have already been six laptops announced that will include the desktop-sized graphics chip.
Frequent flyers in Europe should be psyched as well. A joint venture between UK-based Inmarsat and German operator Deutsche Telekom seeks to bring high-speed Wi-Fi internet to European flights from a combination of LTE and satellite networks. German airline Lufthansa will be the first to test it out.
Facebook's Internet.org, an initiative to bring Internet connectivity and basic services for free to those who need it, has been rebranded as Free Basics. The service came under fire last year over concerns about net neutrality and unfair competition but has since been revamped to address those criticisms.
And finally, game streaming service Twitch has decided to do away with support for Flash, in favor of HTML5. At its first annual TwitchCon event, the company also announced that it will launch a video upload feature to compete with the likes of YouTube, plus new apps, the ability to create playlists, and more.
Other notable items:
- HP plans to launch the Envy 8 Note, a Windows 10 tablet rocking LTE
- Kurio Smart is a $199 Windows 2-in-1 tablet aimed at kids
- ASUS to launch two new Transformer Windows 10 2-in-1 devices later in September
- US pre-orders for VAIO Z Canvas 2-in-1 with Windows 10 begin for $2,199
- Chinese president discusses cybersecurity with Satya Nadella, other tech executives
- Sling TV revamps its Xbox One app with a new interface and more
- Dell announces new Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro Windows 10 tablets with USB Type-C
- Dell's new XPS 15 may launch in October with 4K display, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics
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