ICYMI: July 4, 2015

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).



Hallelujah, it's raining Windows 10 Preview updates! That was the case this week when Microsoft released three different builds in the four days.

A leaked build 10151 made very little splash, as Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 PC build 10158 to Fast Ring members the same day.

The new build contained many changes, among them, an appearance by Microsoft Wi-Fi, Cortana integration with Office 365, some new features in the Xbox, and a bunch of additions to Microsoft.

Like we do with every new build, we put together a list of everything you need to know about build 10158.

Then, just like that, Windows 10 PC preview build 10159 rolled out. Despite a new login screen and a flashy new Win10 wallpaper, the bulk of changes in 10159 were under the hood; over 300 bug fixes.

Just a couple of days later, a third build appeared on the scene. Microsoft surprised us again with Windows 10 PC build 10162, a build they say has "better reliability, performance, battery life, and compatibility than any Windows 10 Insider Preview build so far." They have since released ISO files for 10162. In the meantime, release notes for build 10163 have already leaked, complete with lots of bug fixes listed.

Microsoft also revealed this week that not every PC with a Windows 10 upgrade reservation will get it on its July 29 release date. Like many past Windows Phone updates, the Windows 10 rollout will occur in waves. The good news for those of the 5 million folks enrolled in the Windows Insider Program is that they will be among the first to receive the upgrade.

Windows RT users scored a small victory. As it turns out, even though RT devices will not be upgraded to Windows 10, they will get updated around the time of the Windows 10 release. Microsoft was scarce with details on the exact contents and timing of the update, but it looks like there are some improvements on the horizon

There was also a bit of positive news for Windows 8.1. It finally overtook Windows XP as the second most used desktop PC operating system.

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Microsoft is reportedly moving out of the display ad business, shifting ad operations over to AOL and AppNexus. Approximately 1,200 jobs will be affected. Some of those workers will be offered positions within the company while most look like they will be cut.

A hundred or so of Microsoft's Bing employees are about to start working for Uber under new deal. The staffing changes come as Microsoft sold a part of Bing's image and data collection assets to the car-sharing company.

Despite the downsizing, a report came out that Microsoft may be interested in buying struggling chip vendor AMD. An acquisition would give Redmond a huge upper hand in the game console sector, as both Microsoft's Xbox One and competitor Sony Playstation use AMD's chips.

There were also some rumblings that one of the "tough decisions" CEO Satya Nadella was referring to in his email to employees last week was possibly pulling the plug on Windows Phone.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Rubino, took the time to address that notion, and others.

And finally, we said goodbye to two brave HoloLens who gave their lives aboard the unmanned SpaceX rocket that exploded on Sunday. The headsets were going to be used by astronauts on the International Space Station to test a program called Sidekick, but sadly, they never made it past the 2-minute, 14-second mark of the launch.

We salute their sacrifice for the cause of science.

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It was an exciting week here at Windows Central. We took a look back on our "Hidden Gems: A Week in the Life" series.

We also introduced a new feature on the site "Follow" lets you choose the Windows Central content you care about the most and get receive instant notifications when new stuff crops up.

AdDuplex announced their HERO APPS campaign, a new initiative to help developers promote their apps. Windows Central is a proud partner in this endeavor.

And we debuted #AskDanWindows, a new video series where Daniel answers your questions about all things Microsoft.

Streaming service Plex was dealt a big blow when its forums were hacked. User data was compromised and is being held ransom by the perpetrator.

In happy news, the European Union has decided to do away with roaming charges across the continent by 2017. Also, they implemented net neutrality rules, requiring telecom companies to treat all data equally across networks.

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Share your thoughts on this past week of news! And we'll be back again next week to do it all again.

Seth Brodeur