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).
A minor uproar occurred this week when a Microsoft support site stated that Bitcoin would no longer be accepted as payment by Windows 10 PC and Mobile accounts. When asked about it, the company responded that was not in fact true and that "inaccurate information" had mistakenly been posted on the site.
Affinity announced that their popular photo and design apps for Mac will be heading to Windows. Sign-ups have been opened for beta testing the applications, which should arrive in the next 2-3 months.
Microsoft said that Windows 10 UWP apps will be available for Xbox One this summer, when the Xbox and Windows stores get merged into one. More information is expected in a couple of weeks during the Build 2016 conference on March 30.
Third-party Twitter app Tweeten has already released an extension for Microsoft Edge, while other extensions, like AdBlock, Amazon and others are due out later this year. Microsoft said that they intend to offer a tool for porting Chrome extensions over to Edge.
Other notable items:
- Opera browser gets better support for Windows 10
- How to set up and manage Windows 10 HomeGroup on a local network
- How to use the SFC command utility to fix system files on Windows 10
- Tablet maker BAK USA switches from Android to Windows 10
- Windows 10 gets integrated into Telstra's Discovery Stores in Melbourne and Sydney
- How to set up and manage a Network Bridge connection on Windows 10
- Windows 7 and 8.1 Intel Skylake support extended until July 2018
The week was riddled with lots of cool Xbox news as well. Microsoft is reportedly testing an Xbox One DVR](/microsoft-reportedly-testing-xbox-one-over-air-tv-dvr-feature) for over-the-air channels. Originally announced in August 2015, the DVR will work whether you are watching TV, playing a game, or even when the console is in sleep mode. It is expected to officially launch in the U.S., U.K., and Canada later this year.
The overall number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One worldwide nearly doubled in February, increasing by 93 percent. Also, sales of Xbox-exclusive games in the U.S. also rose 49 percent.
Microsoft plans to offer developers the ability to add cross-platform and cross-network gameplay to their Xbox One games, meaning that players could interact with users on computers, as well as other gaming consoles. The creators of the hit game Rocket League have announced that they will be one of the first to support the venture, and even rival console maker Sony has expressed interest in the idea.
And on a scientific note, Microsoft Research's "Project AIX" is using Minecraft to develop artificial intelligence by creating AI characters that can interact with the huge, ever-changing environment.
"The Minecraft platform was especially appealing because it allows players to make really complex decisions that have consequences, and to add more and more difficult elements as they get better. It also lets users work together, which could help researchers experiment with how humans and artificially intelligent agents could work together."
Other notable items:
- Microsoft discounts the Intel i5-powered Surface Pro 4 by $100
- Surface 3 approved for use by ExpressJet pilots as their Electronic Flight Bag
- Microsoft shows off augmented Actiongram videos captured with HoloLens
- Skype on the web adds support for calling mobile phones and landlines
- OneDrive rolls out revamped and simpler interface for sharing files
- Microsoft adds interactive math features to Bing for Pi Day
- Bing announces new search features to add more zing to the T20 cricket season
- Microsoft re-invites cloud startup Okta to sponsor Ignite conference
- The Microsoft HoloLens Galaxy Explorer team tries to fix bugs in latest video
- Microsoft: Cortana for Xbox One is 'coming along great' but no word on release
- The Microsoft Band 2 will get dirty thanks to new Tough Mudder partnership
- Microsoft HoloLens will help some Lowe's customers improve their kitchen
- Microsoft completes acquisition of Xamarin
Instagram is working on a new feature that will "optimize" your photo feed. According to the social media giant:
"The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we're focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order."
After leaving Microsoft as the head of the hardware division, Stephen Elop has been hired by Telstra, the Australian telecom, in the role of Group Executive Technology, Innovation and Strategy.
But, virtual and altered reality are all really where it's at. Sulon offered a peek at their Q headset, a self-contained system that is capable of both immersive VR and interactive altered-reality, all without an external PC.
HTC teamed up with special effects pioneers Industrial Light and Magic to create Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, an incredible cinematic experience that takes users inside the Star Wars universe.
The Oculus Rift is set to go on sale for $599 on March 28 and the company announced that gamers will have 30 titles to choose from at launch time, with over 100 more by the end of the year.
Sony said that their PlayStation VR will be launching in October for $399.
Not sure which one might be right for you? Check out our comparison of some of the top contenders.
Other notable items:
- Qualcomm plans to release dev kit to help improve the VR experience on mobile
- Build murderous robots in Fallout 4's 'Automatron' DLC, coming on March 22nd
- Our first look at the amazing new Razer Blade gaming laptop
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 review: a flexible business laptop
- Panasonic supplies the AA with 3,000 new Toughpad tablets for the road
- Battleborn goes gold; Season Pass will add five post-release DLC packs
- The AMD Radeon Pro Duo is an insane dual-GPU graphics card, yours for $1,500
- Ring introduces Video Doorbell Pro with 1080p video and more for $249
- Lenovo Ideapad 100S review: Cheap and worth the attention
- MSI begins taking orders for the Vortex, its tiny Windows 10 gaming desktop
- Razer Core launch details, desktop graphics from your laptop
- T-Mobile adds new BingeOn partners, including YouTube, Discovery Go, Redbull TV and others
- The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 goes on sale on March 18 for $900
- Verizon to retire FiOS TV Xbox apps on March 31
- Twitter CEO says its 140-character limit for posts is 'staying'
- Sony 'PlayStation 4.5' rumored with upgraded graphics; will Microsoft follow suit?
- Lenovo shakes up its PC division, renames it to PC & Smart Device Business Group
- The perfect Smart Home: What our editors are using!
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