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).
Cortana on Windows 10 picked up an interesting update that improves proactive calendar reminders. The personal assistant will identify wording in emails that suggests a time commitment and offer to set a reminder. It will also help find better time slots for entries based on your daily routine and bring potentially urgent meeting requests to your attention.
Windows 10 cumulative update 10586.71 rolled out this week for users who are not enrolled in the Insider Program. Although Microsoft posted a KB article for the update, it does not contain any substantial information.
Fast Ring Insiders were able to get Windows 10 PC preview build 14251 for their computers and tablets. Though the new build contains some fixes for crash-causing bugs and some known issues, perhaps the most notable tidbit about the update was the huge jump in build number from the previous release. Microsoft explained that the big bump was simply to get both the PC and Mobile platforms on the same build number.
Microsoft's Edge browser has come under fire by researcher Ashish Singh, who claims that its InPrivate sessions aren't quite private. Singh says that his findings show that it is possible to see InPrivate browsing history by examining the WebCache file.
And with the slew of new laptops out there running Windows 10, Windows Central put together a list of our favorites.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft rolls out updates for the MSN suite of apps on Windows 10
- Building biometric authentication into your Windows 10 app is easy with Windows Hello
- Microsoft's Power BI app is now available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets
- How to use hibernation on your Windows 10 PC to improve stand-by battery life
- Movies & TV update for Windows 10 desktop brings interface tweaks and more
- Tweeten gives aging TweetDeck a modern facelift for Windows desktop
- How to manage wireless networks using Command Prompt in Windows 10
Microsoft released details on the updates for the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, which amounted to driver and firmware updates for several components. Some users reported getting the dreaded Blue Screen of Death post-update, and it turns out that rolling back the Surface Pen Settings driver on the Surface Pro 3 was the remedy.
The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book also got firmware updates, though sadly, they didn't include a fix for the power management issues on both devices. Hang tight, because Microsoft has confirmed that power management fixes are still in the works.
The most high-profile Surface news of the week, though, had to be the commentators of the Patriots-Broncos game blaming the tablets for a technical issue on the Patriots' sideline. As it happens, network issues were the real culprit. Microsoft responded to mishap, explaining the situation, but it didn't get nearly as much coverage as the initial allegations.
However, the Surface line pulled in a whopping $1.35 billion in revenue and their gaming division was carried to higher gains thanks to 9 million new Xbox Live members and healthy video game sales.
Other notable items:
- Microsoft's iPhone keyboard reportedly includes a one-handed interface
- Microsoft adds Dynamics CRM support to Cortana through Connected Accounts
- Microsoft reaches patent agreement with smartwatch maker Olio Devices
- Microsoft Research will push to get more products out into the marketplace faster
- Bing's 2016 Election Center picking up state primary and caucus vote predictions
- Gift cards can now be sent between select Xbox 360 owners
- Microsoft's Chris Pratley, Mike Tholfsen and Chris Yu dish on Redmond's culture shift
- Bing now offers quick access to lottery results with a single search
- Skydiving app uses the Microsoft Band 2's barometric sensor as a smart altimeter
- Microsoft may be close to releasing the first HoloLens development kits
- Microsoft's result tabulation apps for the Iowa Caucus called into question by Sanders campaign
- Microsoft supports President Obama's new Computer Science for All education proposal
Two of the biggest names in online storage made some Microsoft-friendly changes to their services. Dropbox implemented collaborative editing of Office Online files, so users can work simultaneous on shared documents. Not to be outdone, Box enabled the same functionality.
Telecom giant BT made it through the approval process and was able to complete its acquisition of EE, the U.K.'s largest cellular carrier. Meanwhile VMWare laid off two teams of workers in the U.S. The teams that work on both their Fusion and Workstation virtualization products were released as part of a restructuring, with development reportedly continuing in China.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has filed a new proposal that could eliminate the need for cable boxes. If approved, the measure would allow other companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple to design ways for consumers to watch the channels they pay for using devices like game consoles, computers, and more.
Finally, on a happy, sad, angry, loving, and surprising note, social media site Facebook will be adding five new emoji icon next to the "Like" button on peoples' posts. Now users will be able to choose from "Love", "Sad", "Angry", "Happy" and "Wow," in addition to the already existing "thumbs up."
Other notable items:
- 'Dragon Age' lead writer David Gaider has left his post at Bioware
- Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (17-inch) review: A monster gaming laptop on a budget
- The $299 Chuwi Hi12 Windows 10 tablet packs serious hardware
- NVIDIA preps PC gamers for Rise of the Tomb Raider with game-ready drivers
- Microsoft and Acer work together on a new Windows 10 laptop for schools
- Skylake-powered Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 grab BIOS and driver updates
- MSI introduces five VR-ready gaming laptops
- Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A
- Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 review: A Windows 10 PC smaller than your phone
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