Microsoft news recap: Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows 8.1, Mobile operators for Microsoft’s Always Connected PCs announced
Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!
Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows 8.1
Remember Windows 8.1? Microsoft is finally ending support. While patches will continue to come out for the operating system for security purposes until January 1th, 2023, Microsoft has officially stopped releasing any considerable fixes or improvements for the now-obsolete operating system. With Windows 10 having copied over quite a few of 8.1’s defining features, this likely isn’t going to be too much of a problem for most users.
Mobile operators announced for Microsoft’s always-connected PC’s
Microsoft has been looking for chances to release an always-connected PC, and this week, they’ve lifted the veil on how they’re going about that. In conjunction with Qualcomm, the Redmond giant announced which operators will be supporting these PC’s on their LTE networks. China Telecom will be handling things in China, in Italy TIM (Telecom Italia) will be supplying their network, EE will be the company of choice in the U.K., and both Sprint and Verizon will be options available to customers in the United States.
Microsoft Launcher 4.5 arrives for testers
Are you one of the Android users that wants some extra features to spruce up your UI? You may already be a Microsoft Launcher user. Beta testers for the Android app have just gotten access to version 4.5, which brought along a considerable suite of new features and tweaks. Things like adjusting icon size, setting wallpapers on the home and lock screen, and recurring reminders are on the menu this time around. Enjoy!
New update for those using the #MicrosoftLauncher beta! Version 4.5, headed your way 😊
— Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) January 12, 2018
Bing gets considerable improvements, including flight status and improved sports results
Bing has been one of Microsoft’s premiere services since it came out, offering one of the few viable alternatives to Google. Microsoft continues to iterate on the search engine, adding in supplementary features like sports results, predictions, and more. The latest changes to come to Microsoft’s browser include some flight status tracking, and improvements to movie listings and sports results. Highlights include the ability to check on a flight without needing to know your flight number, and the addition of a “What’s popular on Amazon” section for movies.
That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.
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