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 rolled out a cumulative update for Windows 10 PC Insider build 14295 (Slow Ring). The patch contains all of the past security and stability fixes from other updates but doesn't add any new features.
Windows Insiders received a new version of the Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10. With it come the ability to open in their own window, support for .eml files, and printable day, week, and month calendar views.
And Windows 10 build 14328 for PC and Mobile landed in the Fast Ring with a ton of new features, like an updated Start menu, Action Center, and Notification improvements, and Windows Ink (hands-on video).
Other notable items:
- Travelling with Continuum: How easy is it to get set up in a hotel room?
- VLC app for Windows 10 teased on Twitter, launch news coming April 19
- How to defragment your PC's hard drive on Windows 10
- Microsoft Edge will soon support the WebM video format
- Skype Windows 10 UWP preview for Insiders adds group calls and messages support
- Insiders can join the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Bug Bash next week
- 10 tips and tricks to make you a Cortana pro on Windows 10
- Cumulative update brings batch of fixes to Windows 10 Slow ring users
It's official, OneDrive users with free accounts will see their storage limit drop to 5GB on July 27. Microsoft is trying to make nice with some of those affected by offering them a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
In Xbox news, Microsoft has decided to stop manufacturing Xbox 360 consoles. The good news is that the company will continue to support current hardware and Xbox Live.
Case in point, not only were Xbox One owners treated to the new HBO Now app this week, but Xbox 360 got it as well.
Meanwhile, the future of Xbox may be on the horizon as Microsoft is rumored to be testing "a variety" of Xbox prototypes.
Firmware updates rolled out to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, with graphics and camera drivers, along with improvements to Windows Hello. Some users reported issues with installing the updates, and although there isn't a fix yet, there is a workaround.
Microsoft released their FY16 Q3 results, totaling $20.5 billion in revenue, which was slightly down from last year. The good news is that the Surface line of products generated positive revenue. As for their mobile division, the company sold 2.3 million Lumia phones in FY16 Q3, which falls in line with a "retrenched" strategy for 2016.
Other notable items:
- Skype offers free phone calls to Japan and Ecuador following earthquakes
- Microsoft shows off the power of Windows 10 gaming PC rigs in new video
- Microsoft files patent application for notebook trackpoint with fingerprint ID
- Skype bots can now chat with you on the web
- Japan Airlines shows Microsoft HoloLens demos for virtual cockpit and engine training
- Watch HoloLens bring a map to life in mixed reality
- Microsoft finally fixes continuous ringing bug in Skype
- Bill Gates supports Microsoft's lawsuit against U.S. government on data requests
- Office 2016 Insider update brings AutoCAD support to Visio
- Microsoft now has 22.2 million consumers subscribed to Office 365
- Android's low-end dominance a factor in Microsoft's patent revenue slide
- Watch the UFC's Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson show off his HoloLens
- Microsoft tops list of America's 100 'Best Corporate Citizens' of 2016
- Microsoft and Google hug it out, agree to withdraw regulatory complaints
Four large technology coalitions wrote an open letter to Senators expressing "deep concerns" about an encryption bill that is being considered. The letter, signed by Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and the Entertainment Software Association, is in response to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to provide a way to decrypt devices for law enforcement organizations.
After reports last week of imminent restructuring, chipmaker Intel confirmed that they will lay off 12,000 employees by mid-2017.
Retail store chain GameStop is throwing their hat into the gaming arena and will begin publishing indie games under the name GameTrust.
Sony is allegedly working on a PlayStation 4.5 console. Codenamed "Neo," the console will sport beefier hardware than the current PlayStation, but will not get its own exclusive games.
And Facebook will begin adjusting your News Feed based on how long you look at articles. So just in case you forgot that your browsing habits are being monitored, here's a reminder.
Other notable items:
- ZTE executive casually mentions Windows 10 during an Android product demo
- The PiPO KB2 packs a Windows 10 PC inside a tiny foldable keyboard
- Ola and Uber suspend surge pricing in Delhi after government warning
- 24 hours in the Oculus Rift
- Razer Turret mouse and keyboard offer true PC gaming on the couch
- Verizon reports $32.2 billion in revenue, nets 640,000 postpaid additions in Q1 2016
- Opera's browser now comes with a free VPN service
- Dropbox to end support for Windows XP PC users on August 29
- Evernote revamps its Windows desktop app with improved UI, smarter search and more
- Five things you need to know about the Oculus Rift
- Five things you need to know about the HTC Vive
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