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).
Microsoft has published some of their Classic Windows Apps in the Store. The apps, such as WordPad and XPS Viewer, were converted for Windows 10 using the company's Project Centennial tool. Though they can be found in the Store, they are not yet available for download.
At the moment, these apps cannot run on Windows 10 Mobile, but who knows what the future will bring.
We also saw some Edge browser extensions pop up in the Windows Store for Insiders.
Pinterest's Pin It Button, AdBlock, Adblock Plus, and others are all available for some Insiders to download, though only some of them can be installed. Full support for Edge extensions is expected to arrive for all Windows 10 users as part of the upcoming Anniversary Update.
Windows 10 adoption continues to grow at a steady rate. Microsoft reports that more than 300 million active devices running Windows 10, which is 30 million more than just over a month before.
Gaming platform Steam's latest survey indicates that Windows 10 and Windows 7 are almost equally represented on their users' hardware. Windows 7 is hands-down the most popular operating system out there, so it's encouraging to see Windows 10 making gains.
Other notable items:
- Windows Device Recovery Tool nabs minor update
- How to dual-boot Windows 10 alongside an Insider Preview build
- Microsoft Edge will speed up page loading with support for WOFF 2.0 fonts
- Microsoft may launch version of Paint as a Windows 10 app
- Microsoft no longer lets company admins block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro
- Microsoft's Bryan Roper tells us why we should upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29
- No new Windows 10 PC or Mobile preview builds expected this week for Fast ring Insiders
- 'Get Windows 10' app will stop asking you to upgrade on July 29
- Windows Store for Business now supports bulk app sales
- How to configure Active Hours to avoid Windows 10 sudden restarts during updates
- Which Windows Insider Ring is best? All you need to know about Slow, Fast, and Release Preview rings
- Windows 10 upgrade will continue to be free beyond July 29 for users of assistive technologies
- Windows 10 Insider build 14332 ISO files now available for download
Despite, or perhaps because of, the gains made by Windows 10, Microsoft finally lost the honor of being the creator of the most popular web browser. Google Chrome has finally overtaken Internet Explorer as the most-used browser in the world.
Microsoft announced they acquired Solair, an Italian company that provides Internet of Things (IoT) services. Their technology will be rolled into Microsoft's IoT suite:
"Solair shares our ambition for helping customers harness their untapped data and create new intelligence with IoT, and this acquisition supports our strategy to deliver the most complete IoT offering for enterprises. We're excited about their technology and talent – and delighted to welcome them to the Microsoft team."
Millions of Microsoft accounts may be part of an immense email data breach that a Russian hacker is claiming to have pulled off. The haul of information consists mostly of Mail.ru accounts, but also includes credentials from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, and some other smaller companies from around the globe.
And on a lighter note, E3 2016 is just over a month away. We know that Microsoft will be showing off some of their newest games, but we also put together a list of other highly anticipated announcements that we expect from the conference.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft will officially launch SQL Server 2016 on June 1
- Epic sold Gears of War franchise to Microsoft because it was getting too expensive
- Microsoft will promote ID@Xbox games during May with special discounts
- Microsoft now taking developer submissions for upcoming Bot Directory
- Grab a year's subscription of Office 365 Home for $76 at Amazon
- Microsoft HoloLens - Here are the full processor, storage and RAM specs](/microsoft-hololens-processor-storage-and-ram)
- Microsoft Band 2 gets discounted to just $174.99
- Microsoft will end Surface donations to schools through Bing Rewards on June 30
- Microsoft's E3 2016 plans include inviting 500 people to attend Xbox FanFest
- Microsoft launches new documentation portal for developers
- Microsoft is experimenting with ways to prevent nausea while using VR headsets
- Microsoft launches new Insider Program to gather feedback on Bing
- Hey Microsoft, can you turn GroupMe into a Slack competitor, please?
- Microsoft's latest security report includes info on protecting its cloud services
- Windows Live Mail 2012 will no longer work with Outlook.com accounts after June 30
- Place your bets: Bing is predicting the winning horse of the Kentucky Derby
- Oculus Rift listing goes live on Microsoft Store, but it's already sold out
The Wall Street Journal reported that Hulu may soon offer a cable-like streaming service to take on the likes of Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the reports, adding that the service is expected to launch sometime in 2017:
"This means our viewers will be able to enjoy live sports, news and events all in real-time without a traditional cable or satellite subscription," said Hopkins. "We're going to fuse the best of linear television and on-demand in a deeply personalized experience optimized for the contemporary, always-connected television fan."
HP unveiled a several new additions to their computer portfolio this week, including new All-in-One Pavilions. The manufacturer also introduced us to the brightly-colored and budget-friendly Thin & Light Pavilion line of laptops, as well as the Pavilion x360, which deliver many of the perks of the Spectre at a fraction of the cost.
Other notable items:
- Oculus Rift sales kick off at Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store this week
- Everything you need to know about 4G LTE in Canada
- Minecraft's official website gets a long-awaited makeover
- Latest NVIDIA GeForce drivers prep for Battleborn, Overwatch and more
- Amazon's one-hour Prime Now delivery service gets a dedicated website
- Aukey Bluetooth Sports Neckband, go sweat-proof and hands-free with your Windows Phone
- Best gaming laptops of 2016
- You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free
- Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro review: Can a $199 pocket PC be fun?
- Five must-have games for your Oculus Rift
- NVIDIA's Ansel will let gamers take incredible in-game screenshots
Share your thoughts on this past week of news! And we'll be back again next week to do it all over again.