All the important Microsoft news stories for June 11, 2016

All the important Microsoft news stories for June 11, 2016

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).


All the important Microsoft news stories for June 11, 2016

In what was a relatively quiet week in Windows news, Insiders in the Fast ring were able to update to Windows 10 preview build 14361 for PC and Mobile.

In addition to the usual fixes, this build adds a new feature called Hyper-V Container for running virtual instances of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 Nano Server. Build 14361 also contains a handful of improvements to Windows Ink and more.

Users running this version will also have access to the new LastPass extension for Microsoft Edge.

The LastPass extension enables quick access to the LastPass password vault within Microsoft Edge. As you browse, LastPass will autofill passwords saved in your vault, and new accounts can promptly be added to the vault without navigating away from the current page. The extension and the LastPass field icons appear as you're browsing to manage logins, fill passwords, and view and secure your data. The LastPass extension also provides built-in security features, such as alerts that let the user know when there are duplicate passwords in the vault and presents the option to generate random passwords.

Be sure to check out our full list of the ins and outs of Windows 10 build 14361 for PC.

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The Microsoft Band 2 got a firmware upgrade and the Health app got an accompanying update as well. The update brings Heart Rate Zones to the app, along with some squashed bugs.

Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 owners who live life in the Fast Ring saw some new Intel camera drivers for their devices, which help to improve Windows Hello.

Way back in August Microsoft generated some excitement amongst Xbox One owners when they announced an upcoming TV DVR feature for the game console. By March, the company was testing it internally, and now, just a few short months later, they have decided to postpone the feature indefinitely:

After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10.

It's great that Microsoft has been so good about engaging the community and listening to feedback, but scrapping a feature that could have made Xbox One and even better multimedia hub for more gaming additions doesn't exactly excite everyone.

Speaking of Xbox One, some lucky gamers scored what they thought was a great deal the other day, picking up the Fallout 4 Digital Deluxe Edtion for next to nothing. It appears, however, that this was a glitch, and anyone who downloaded the game in this way will soon see it disappear from their list Xbox One library.

And people using Cortana notification sync between Windows 10 and their Android smartphones now have a button to request apps when a notification comes from an Android device. The button takes them to a UserVoice page where they can make the request.

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We continued our Windows 10 Gems series this week by highlighting Bank of America's brand new Windows 10 universal app and getting the latest in sports with Univision Deportes.

Facebook introduced a brand new feature that allows users to reply to comments by adding or recording videos. Video replies can be posted using the camera icon that previously only let you add photos.

Twitter confirmed that reports of a major leak of usernames and passwords are indeed correct, but that none of the information obtained by hackers was a result of their systems being breached:

We've investigated claims of Twitter @names and passwords available on the "dark web," and we're confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter's servers. The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we're acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.

Twitter has since locked all of the accounts that are affected, requiring users to reset their passwords.

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said that the group will unveil the future of Bluetooth on June 16. Not only will Bluetooth 5 "double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions," but the latest iteration will enable new functionality, such as location-based and navigation information.

Whatever the news is, you can be sure that Windows Central will have it covered.

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Seth Brodeur