This week on 10Alert: Microsoft gears up to release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2nd, and to get you ready, this week I added a huge guide that goes in details on the best 25 hidden features on the new version of Windows 10.
If you can’t wait until the official release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update next Tuesday, you can check out the guide on how to get the update now, before anyone else.
The new version of Windows 10 is available on a number of devices, including desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, and yes even Xbox One. In fact, the Xbox One Summer Update is rolling out the update starting July 30th. The company even published a walk through video highlighting all the new features for the Xbox One Summer Update.
Alongside the new summer update, Microsoft also unveiled the new free game titles Xbox Live Gold members are getting on August. If you’re in the market for a game console, then the time is now, as Microsoft has now dropped the price of Xbox One to $249.
This week Windows 10 turned one-year-old and to celebrate Microsoft released yet another NinjaCat wallpaper for anyone to download and set as a background on PC, phone, and Microsoft Band 2.
On July 29th, Microsoft finally ended the free upgrade to Windows 10, now moving forward everyone has to pay big money to get it.
Recently, users have been reporting significant battery drain problems on Surface Pro 3. Microsoft quickly acknowledge the concern, and now we know that it’s a software related issue and not a problem with Simplo battery as many users believed, and a fix is coming soon.
Xiaomi unveiled its new MacBook clone, the Mi Notebook Air, and it’s a beautiful laptop that mirrors Apple’s design, but running Windows 10 with a fair price.
Finally, this week the Windows 10 Anniversary Update received a new cumulative update KB3176927 to address some issues in preparation to the August release.
If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.
Short takes around the web
Here are a few other things that happened this week around the web.
Microsoft adds new edition of Windows 10
Microsoft is now adding the Windows 10 Pro Education edition to its lineup of editions with the Anniversary Update, which disables Cortana and adds other related education features, such as options to set up a PC for school and take a test.
Microsoft is giving away an Xbox One S
During the Summer Spotlight Giveaway, which lasts six weeks, Microsoft will be giving away over 25 games, and you can also participate to get and Xbox One S on September 6th. For more information, visit majornelson.com.
Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83 billion
Perhaps the biggest news on tech this week was Verizon agreeing to pay $4.83 billion for Yahoo. This means that the days of being an independent company for Yahoo is over. This is actually a good deal for Verizon, as the company will be able to expand its online presences — remember that Verizon also owns AOL.
Office 365 gets July 2016 update with new features
This week Microsoft begun the rollout of a significant update for Office 365 customers. The new update brings a new Researcher feature to Word, which helps to make it easier for users to write research papers using Microsoft’s Bing Knowledge Graph to query content and paste into Word.
There is also a new advanced proofing, which uses Microsoft machine learning to correct grammar and provide suggestions. The update also brings minor improvements to Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Check the Office blog to see all the details.
Android phones can now detect spam callers
If you use an Android phone, this week Google began rolling out a new update to the Google Phone app that will automatically detect and alert users of potential spam callers. However, the update is currently available for Nexus and Android One users.
Microsoft Pix camera app for iPhone make taking pictures a better experience
The Microsoft Pix is a new camera app for iPhone that promises to make your photos look better than using the default camera app. Microsoft Pix accomplishes this by automatically adjusting settings, enhancing pictures, and choosing the best photo out of a burst shot. You can download the Microsoft Pix from the Apple Store.