This week on 10Alert: Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has reached and surpassed over 300 million active devices making the operating system the best version yet. Alongside the announcement, the software giant also warned users who are still in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that the free upgrade offer will end on July 29th, then users will have to pay full price.
However, soon after the announcements the company clarified that the free upgrade to Windows 10 offer won’t end for everyone. Microsoft also confirmed this week that it will stop nagging users to upgrade to Windows 10 on qualifying devices after July 29, 2016.
Twitter’s Vine app has officially been released for Windows 10 PCs and tablets. You can download the app immediately and start enjoying your favorite features on the desktop.
Corel is another company launching a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app of the old-time popular file compression software. The app is called WinZip Universal and you can download it from the Windows Store now. The only catch is that it’s a subscription-based application.
Microsoft has been working on Project Centennial to allow developers to easily convert their desktop apps into Windows Store apps. However, it seems that Microsoft is also using Project Centennial to convert its own apps, instead of building new ones, as desktop version of WordPad, Character Map, XPS Viewer, and other app now appear on the Store.
This week HP unveiled its new line of Pavilion computers running Windows 10, including an All-in-One featuring a new micro edge display. The lineup also features the new HP Pavilion x360 and Pavilion Desktop.
If you’re in the market for new gadgets, this week there are great offers to a Microsoft Band 2 for only $175, you can also get up to $600 discounts on Dell PCs at the Microsoft Store with the Mother’s Day Sale, and Amazon is currently offering an Xbox One 1TB with 3 games, plus a $50 Amazon Gift Card, plus Halo 5 Limited Edition, and Forza Horizon 2 for only $399. These deals are available for a limited time, as such you must hurry to take advantage of these deals.
Google updated its Android keyboard app adding one-handed texting mode on phones, but it’s as elegant as the curved keyboard version on the Microsoft Word Flow for Windows Phone and iPhone.
On How-to guides, this week you learned how to enable the new Material Design UI on Google Chrome and YouTube on the web with a simple trick so you can try this new designs before anyone else.
Finally, this week I published a great guide to help you create a VPN server on Windows 10 without the need of extra software.
Also, don’t forget to check the Mini Fast Forward extension for Chrome to skim through Netflix, Facebook, and YouTube videos in seconds.
If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.