We are back after skipping last weekend due to the avalanche of Xbox One S, Windows 10 Anniversary and Xbox One Summer Update content hitting the wires this week. Moving forward, you can rely on this weekly column to stay up to date with all the latest happenings from across the Microsoft ecosystem!
Let's get started.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update dropped this week, bringing tons of new features and polish to the operating system. There's far too many to list here, but make sure you check out Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden's detailed and comprehensive review of the update.
The transition to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update appears to have been mostly a smooth one, with very few reported issues and problems. If you are having any issues, check out the links below for some of Mauro's excellent support articles.
As we look beyond the Anniversary Update, Zac Bowden reported that Microsoft is planning two sizable updates for the next year in the form of Redstone 2 and Redstone 3.
On the app front, Twitter picked up the ability to quote yourself, Groove Music for Windows Insiders gained the capacity to edit metadata directly from inside the app and MyTube! Beta picked up a massive update to include background audio.
Microsoft is also providing a tool to help developers bring Chrome extensions to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version of Microsoft Edge.
Windows 10 continues to be an increasingly exciting platform for Microsoft, stay tuned to Windows Central for all the latest.
- Microsoft confirms two major updates planned for Windows 10 in 2017
- Twitter for Windows 10 PC and Mobile lets you quote and retweet your own posts
- New MyTube! Beta picks up background audio
- Microsoft is making it easy to convert Chrome extensions for Edge
- Groove Music for Fast Ring grabs ability to edit metadata locally and much more
- ASUS ROG GL552VX review: Proof that cheap gaming laptops are worth it
- This is how the Ninjacat came to life
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update common problems and how to fix them
Windows 10 Mobile
While Windows 10 PC owners were enjoying the Anniversary Update this week, until yesterday, we hadn't heard a great deal about when it would hit Windows 10 Mobile. Thanks to Daniel Rubino, we now know that Windows 10 Mobile will roll out to carrier-branded phones on August 16th, and on August 9th for unlocked handsets.
While the Windows 10 Anniversary Update doesn't bring any major changes for phones, it enables notification and SMS syncing between Windows 10 devices and brings piles of much-needed polish to the operating system. The most notable improvements I can describe as a Lumia 950 XL user are battery life and general stability, which seems vastly improved on the Windows 10 Mobile Fast Ring when compared to the builds available to the public.
Beyond the Lumia camp, the beastly HP Elite x3 is anticipated to begin taking orders on September 5th. The HP Elite x3 features some of the most impressive specs of a Windows mobile device to date. It will also launch with a Continuum dock and keyboard and screen combo.
On the app front, Telegram for Windows 10 Mobile got updated with new features, MyTube! Beta and Twitter received updates for the Universal versions, and Tweet It! got support for Vine and Instagram videos. Facebook Beta now supports calendar and contact syncing, and Readit began supporting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update's synchronization features. The biggest app news of the week came from Starbucks, who finally bought their promised wallet app to Windows 10 Mobile.
Stay tuned to Windows Central for more on the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update for mobile devices.
- HP Elite x3 orders in the U.S. are anticipated to begin September 5th
- Microsoft and the duo user Part V: The 13 companies building Windows 10 phones
- Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update rolling out August 16th for carriers, 9th for open market
- NuAns Neo Q&A
- Telegram for Windows 10 Mobile updated with group previews and more
- Tweet It! adds support for Instagram and Vine videos, now on sale for 50% off
- The official Starbucks app is now available on Windows 10 Mobile
- Readit now syncs your redditing between your Windows 10 Anniversary Update devices
The Xbox One S rocks slightly faster RAM and processing to power HDR gaming, 4K video playback and we learned this week that it even sees a slight performance increase on the dashboard and in games. It also sports a front-facing IR blaster, an internal PSU, and a 40% size reduction. Join Daniel Rubino for a full review of the console below.
The Xbox One dashboard had to be updated to support HDR gaming and 4K video playback, and that took the form of the Xbox One Summer Update. The Xbox One Summer Update brings Cortana, Universal Windows Platform apps, the beginnings of a unified Xbox and Windows 10 Store, an all-new Games & Apps section, and background music.
We reviewed the Xbox One Summer Update below. While the update isn't perfect, it's a huge step towards the full ecosystem convergence Microsoft has been chasing for some time. See our walkthrough of the new features below.
On the gaming front, QuakeCon is in full swing, giving us a fresh look at Bethesda's Prey re-imagining, and we got some new information on content heading to DOOM. Rocket League revealed all-new power ups in its upcoming Rumble mode, and Sea of Thieves received a new trailer.
Phil Spencer informed Twitter that the Halo TV series is still in development, and we learned that Cortana reminders are coming to Xbox One. Also, did you know that there's a tiny Master Chief inside every Xbox One S?
The Summer months are often quiet on the gaming front, but it's simply the calm before the storm. Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Gears of War 4, ReCore, Deus Ex Mankind Divided and tons of other games are just on the horizon.
- Xbox One release roundup for the week of August 1, 2016
- Cortana reminders are in development for Xbox One
- Estimates suggest the Xbox One S manufacturing costs are around $324 per unit
- How to use Cortana on Xbox One: command list, tips and more
- How to sell your Xbox One so you can buy an Xbox One S
- 5 Reasons why you should buy the Xbox One S (and a few why you shouldn't)
- New Battlefield 1 trailer showcases its wide variety of weapons
- How to play music from a USB drive on Xbox One using Simple Background Music Player
- Windows Maps is now live on Xbox One Preview, here's how it works!
- Groove UWP is now live in the Xbox One Preview, here's some first impressions
- MyTube is on its way to Xbox One with background audio, here's an early look
There hasn't been lots of news on the corporate front this week. Sadly, Juha Alakarhu of Nokia imaging fame has returned home, leaving Microsoft's shrinking phone division to work on virtual reality at Nokia. As head of Windows phone imaging, Alakarhu held the following responsibilities:
It remains to be seen if Alakarhu's departure impacts camera quality on the long-rumored Surface Phone, we'll just have to wait and see.
For other former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft and were then later laid off, it was revealed that the company is working to help get some of them back on track. Microsoft is funding tech startups created by their former employees. The grants on offer amount to around €60,000 ($67,000) per person or €240,000 ($26,900) per company, and so far, Microsoft has provided employment for around 250 workers, with that number expected to double in the coming months.
Even though the amount of individuals employed through these grants is minuscule compared to the 20,000+ laid off in the Nokia transition, hopefully with some extra publicity more companies might seek the grants, advice and equipment Microsoft is offering through this program.
Satya Nadella also spoke to Bloomberg this week, to discuss HoloLens, LinkedIn and more:
Stay tuned to Windows Central for all the latest and greatest from around the Microsoft ecosystem!
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Wallpaper link. Where. Are. Yoooouuuuuuu!!!
The link to wallpapers for PC, Phone, and Band was given to all Windows Insiders via email.
Serious? I never got the email
https://winblogs.azureedge.net/win/2016/07/Windows_Insider_Anniversary-N... via Microsoft :)
Is anyone else frustrated with the new keyboard overlay layout? I much prefer the old design where it pushes up the content instead of overlaying on top of it! It's hell on social media apps.... and even simple texting.
Depends on the app maker, which app are you having this problem with?
It's really bad that there are only 477 backers of the NeoAns NEO handset with a total of $137439 pledged out of $725000.
It doesn't look like this campaign will be successful and all those 477 backers will be disappointed :(
only 31 hours left!
Kickstarter changed its rules to state that campaigns no longer need to be 100% successful to receive funds, there's a chance those phones might still make it to those who want them, hopefully.
well good news nonetheless
Having recently savaged my new Xbox one S here for several reasons (after 10 years with a 360), -my biggest gripe was the insanely long load times.- I thought it appropriate to now re post an ......"EDIT."
I have since leant that as you install a disc it updates via the net at the same time, so my slow internet then choked the install down to 5mbs per second, meaning some games were taking a day to install.
I've since leant to disconnect the S from the net, install the disc offline in about 20 mins, then reconnect to the internet and install the updates. This often still take several hours but at least I know my S isn't a dud.
Seems a ridiculous scenario none the less but at least I have a satisfactory work around now and I'm not returning what I though was a broken S.
Wish this info had been freely available previously , would have saved me and I'm guessing many others lots of heartache.
Yeah that was MSFT at fault because their DRM controversy thing back then just disconnect wifi and bam faster install time. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (LG V10 or Nexus 5x)
OK, DRM, that explains everything
So when will users of nokia lumia 735 recieve the anniversary update?
I hate that introduction sound effects! Very distracting and usually louder than any typical videos. I usually jump when I press play! Please change it!
Will we get Anniversary update on our lumias tomorrow ?
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