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).
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.
Be sure to check out our full list of the ins and outs of Windows 10 build 14361 for PC.
Other notable items:
- What does RAID mean and why do I want one?
- Delve for Windows 10 app listing pops up on the Windows Store
- Best Twitch apps for Windows 10
- Microsoft's Plumbago notebook app for Windows 10 adds portrait support and more
- Automatically free up hard drive space with the Disk Cleanup tool on Windows 10
- Microsoft open sources part of its Edge WebGL renderer
- How to change the system language across your whole Windows 10 PC
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:
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.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft Ventures helps to fund two startups, Helpshift and CrowdFlower
- Microsoft's Bing News PubHub is designed to help news sites get noticed
- Five reasons Office 365 is an incredible value
- Microsoft HoloLens brings an Orc to life at Warcraft movie premiere
- Microsoft now offers Surface Memberships to help businesses finance its PC range
- A personal Surface retrospective: past, present and future
- Third wave of Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition invites are going out
- Best media remotes for Xbox One
- New videos showcase the abilities of Microsoft's huge Surface Hub PC
- Free multiplayer weekend kicks off on Xbox One and 360 starting June 9
- This Week in HoloLens: HoloTube, HoloBlocks, and a new helper app
- Microsoft: Gaming hours on Xbox One doubled in May 2016 compared to last year
- University of Washington students were part of the world's first Microsoft HoloLens class
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:
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.
Other notable items:
- Gigabyte's custom GeForce GTX 1080 card takes gaming to the extreme
- 5 great gaming mouse pads
- Razer has something 'coming soon' that it will reveal at E3 2016
- Best PC Compute Sticks
- HTC Vive shipments down to 2-3 business days, more demo locations added
- Affinity Designer beta for Windows expected to launch by end of June
- Opera can now help save you some battery life on laptops
- Verizon to discontinue its paid Visual Voice Mail service on select phones
- Belkin's new USB-C car charger will intelligently charge your phones and tablets
- Rii i8+ Mini Wireless review: a tiny keyboard for Continuum or Compute Sticks?
- Looking to buy the GTX 1080 and 1070 for 3-Way or 4-Way SLI? Well, you can't
- This popular gaming mouse can be yours for just $50
- Why you should buy a NAS
- Dell just chopped the price of this awesome desktop by a third
- Intel 360 Replay gives you a whole new view on your favorite sports
Share your thoughts on this past week of news! And we'll be back again next week to do it all over again.
I have a 640 phone,any idea when it will go over to windows 10 ???
what about LUMIA 1020 ?
welcome to the outsiders club. No 10 for you! release preview is as close as your going to get...and they are clamping that down after anniversary update....good luck...
Just install windows insider: Release preview, and you can have it right now.
What has happened windows phone up north here in Canada.no major carrier (rogers /bell) is even carrying any Windows phone OS device anymore....no support either...Cortana still don't work...Windows phone is dead here in Canada...with no Carrier support..no new phones coming ( last was the Lumia 920 under Rogers)...such a shame...i love the windows phone (have unlocked 930) but with no more support and no new phones coming under any of the major carriers up here...Windows 10 mobile is dead up here in Canada.....R.I.P.
Why not just buy a Windows phone from an independent shop, and then get a sim only contract, or pay as you go.
What has happened to us in canada is that the carriers came to a realization that MS has no plans to see anything through to the finish....I am betting they have been bombarded with angry customers time and time again when microsoft says one thing and does the complete opposite. So why carry a phone, go through all the expense to sell 20 of them to fan boys. This is the reason telus, bell or rogers does not carry any W10M phones. not worth the headaches of dealing with microsofts/fanboys ****. simple. By 10. It has been a slice....waiting, and waiting and waiting and waiting.....coming soon to a dream near you! Your better off buying an IOS or Android device and not be left in the dust with a crappy windows device.
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