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).
February proved to be another successful month for Windows 10. Net Applications' latest figures indicate that the OS continues to gain market share around the world, residing on 12.82% of the world's PCs. That is up nearly a full percentage point over last month.
Microsoft announced a new enterprise-level security service this week. Dubbed Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, the new service will help detect, identify, and remedy breaches on company networks.
Windows 10 got a cumulative update, bringing the build number to 10586.122. The update contains some power fixes, improved support for more devices, like wearables, and some performance boosts.
Rumor has it that the first part of the highly-anticipated "Redstone" Update for Windows 10 will roll out in June, with the follow-up patch coming the following Spring. A leaked screenshot shows that the Cortana may pick up some smarter app and text alerts as part of the updates.
Other notable items:
- 5 tips to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC
- Windows Store listing for upcoming universal OneDrive app for Windows 10 spotted
- You can perform an offline scan with Windows Defender in Windows 10 build 14271
- Global Windows device shipments for K-12 schools went up 20% in 2015
- Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview updated to support Raspberry Pi 3
- Now you can make your own big red Windows 10 Insider Preview update button
- Windows 10 PC gets updated to build 10586.122 along with servicing stack update
- How to create a System Restore Point in Windows 10 with a simple double-click
- Windows 10 RT rears its head again in Device Guard reference
- Windows Store developers have a new analytics API to check on their apps
- Oculus CEO says why only a Windows PC will do for the Rift
It looks like Microsoft is testing versions of Office ported using "Project Centennial", the bridge they created to convert Win32-based applications into Windows 10 Store apps. A Store listing for a "Centennial Office Test1" app cropped up, and could even be downloaded, although the app itself doesn't work.
Pre-orders for the HoloLens Development Edition have begun. Invites to purchase the augmented-reality kit for $3000 went out to those who registered, and the HoloLens itself will ship on March 30.
Microsoft also released a HoloLens emulator for those developers who can't swing the $3000, but still want to create and test apps for it.
With the pre-orders now open, we also got a look at the hardware specifications of the HoloLens. The rig will have 2GB RAM, 64 GB of storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, MicroUSB 2.0, and is expected to get 2 to 3 hours of active battery life. It can take 2MP photos, record HD video, and might even be able to see through walls.
In a piece for The Guardian, Epic Games co-founder, Tim Sweeney, put out a call to arms to "fight Microsoft'" on their Universal Windows Platform, saying that Redmond "wants to monopolize games development on PC." Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, responded via Twitter to address the comments:
"Windows has always been an open ecosystem welcoming the contributions of hardware and software partners, and will always continue to be. UWP is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, and can be supported by any store. Broad range of tools. We will discuss our next steps with the Universal Windows Platform at //build later this month."
Other notable items:
- Microsoft Band 2 on sale for just $175 from Microsoft Store and Best Buy
- Xbox head pledges to improve gaming on the Windows Store with fixes for Vsync and more
- Microsoft's latest adverts show how you can do more with Windows 10
- Microsoft HoloLens tutorial videos show developers how to make apps for the headset
- Bing breaks down searches for U.S. presidential candidates with Search Wave
- You can now buy a Surface in India on EMI and get a Gift Card too
- Upcoming features for Xbox One and Windows 10 Xbox app detailed ahead of release
- Microsoft: Xbox Live active user numbers are a better guide to the health of the Xbox system
- Word Mobile receives an update with new annotation tools
- Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID now available for pre-order in 26 new markets
- Microsoft Band 2 tear down shows all the sensors, chips and more
- Microsoft's Xbox head hints Xbox One could get hardware upgrades like a PC
- Microsoft CEO reportedly nixed proposal to acquire Slack for $8 billion
On their official blog, Sony said that PlayStation 4's next update introduce Remote Play to Windows and OSX computers. Update 3.50 (codenamed "Musashi") is already in closed beta testing, minus the Remote Play feature. 3.50 will also bring friend/online notifications, the ability to appear offline, scheduled events, and Dailymotion to the game console.
VESA announced the specs for the upcoming DisplayPort 1.4 standard. Not only will DisplayPort 1.4 embrace the USB-C connector, but it will also support for 8K and HDR video up to 60Hz, and 4K HDR up to 120Hz.
Qualcomm has been ordered to pay $7.5 million for ethical violations alleged by the SEC. According to the regulatory group, the chipmaker "gave employees of state-owned entities or government agencies in China event tickets and gifts or paid for travel, and on certain occasions hired children or friends of employees of state-owned entities or ministries in China."
And in other legal news, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and other companies filed a joint amicus brief supporting Apple in their legal battle with the FBI over their iPhone encryption. Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, also released a statement explaining the move:
"We've reached a critical moment in which a new generation of mobile and cloud-based technologies have far outrun the laws that protect our safety and preserve our timeless and fundamental rights. By standing with Apple, we're standing up for customers who depend on us to keep their most private information safe and secure."
Other notable items:
- Raspberry Pi 3 offers a 64-bit CPU, built-in Wi-Fi for just $35
- You can now pre-order the HTC Vive
- Slack planning voice and video chat, upping threat to Hangouts, Skype
- Best Fitbit to buy: Here's what our editors are using!
- Steam will offer discounts on bundles when you already own some of the games
- Three more major game publishers are skipping the E3 2016 exhibit floor
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