This week has been quite interesting in the world of Microsoft. We’ve covered a lot over the past week and chances are you most likely missed an important piece of news. Let’s take a look back in a feature we call “Weekend Recap,” highlighting the popular stories from the past week.
Microsoft’s recent moves and drastic changes, which have resulted in strong quarterly earnings, has earned it the rank of second most valuable company, right behind Apple. The company saw its market value increase and reach $410 billion this past week, which was enough to surpass Exxon Mobil, the previous holder of the second-most valuable company.
At the start of the week, Microsoft released the Microsoft Lumia 535, branding it as their ‘5x5x5’ smartphone. Their branding makes more sense when you see the specs: a 5 inch screen, 5 megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera, and 5 megapixel rear camera.
The HP Stream 7 is a 7-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 with Bing, meaning it can run full desktop applications. The device retails for $99/£99 directly from HP or the Microsoft Store and comes with 1 year of Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive Storage. We’ve got a review of the device coming soon, but you can check out our unboxing and hands-on video right now.
For those of you who are enrolled in the Preview for Developers program for Windows Phone, a new update (build 14203) was released this past week. This new update adds a new real-time Live Tile for the Battery Saver app, as well as the ability to schedule phone updates during a specific time.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Movie Creator Beta app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, touting this app as the perfect app to quickly edit and share your own home movies to friends or family members.
Although Microsoft has yet to talk about what’s coming for the phone side of Windows 10, it appears the company knows who will and who won’t receive the update to Windows 10 when it’s released. On Twitter, the official Microsoft Lumia account confirmed that all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 will indeed get an upgrade to Windows 10 at some point.
Those of you on Verizon itching for the Lumia Cyan update, keep on waiting. Lumia Cyan has rolled out to a majority of handsets in the US on AT&T and other major carriers — excluding Verizon. The Big Red even discontinued the Lumia Icon announced earlier this year, but it seems that there’s more bad news for customers who are using the Lumia 822, 928 or the Icon. If you take a closer look at the Microsoft software update page, you’ll see the status of the Lumia Cyan update has changed to “under development.”
Microsoft also rolled out an updated Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone this past week, adding support for Azure RemoteApp, and various other improvements. The Remote Desktop app allows you to connect to a remote PC and experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client that helps you get work done no matter where you are.
On November 13th, Microsoft revealed that Windows is used by 1.5 billion people and Office is used by 1.2 billion people. On top of that, there are more than 525,000 apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores combined.
Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled Visual Studio 2015 along with .NET 2015 for developers. Visual Studio 2015 is available to download now in preview form, which allows developers to submit feedback to Microsoft and begin building applications with the new software. On top of that, Microsoft unveiled a new fully featured and FREE version of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Online, as well as an Android emulator.
Microsoft’s new ‘virtual developer event’ that focuses on cloud-first, mobile-first, and code-first took place this past week. The event, called Connect, was a two day event for developers giving them al sorts of insights. Take a look at the event embedded below.
Microsoft recently announced that they have sold almost 10 million Xbox One consoles to retailers since its launch almost a year ago. Most of the progress is attributed to the price reduction for the console, the unbundling of the Kinect, as well as exclusive new games and bundles which were introduced in the past few weeks.
It’s widely known now that Microsoft is currently conducting a private Technical Preview for the next version of Office, currently codenamed Office 16. The company recently issued out a new build of Office 16 to the preview participants, being build 16.0.3327.1012 which includes a number of small changes, including Tell Me in PowerPoint and improvements to the black theme.
Microsoft also announced Clutter for Office 365, which aims to clean up your inbox using the Office Graph. In case you don’t recall, Microsoft introduced this feature back in May, but didn’t give out any exact availability date. It’s now rolling out, but at the moment, only business users can make use of this feature.
Stay tuned for next week’s Weekend Recap!