Tech Recap Weekly: Facebook apps on Windows 10, Cortana blocks Google, short takes around the web

Facebook apps now on Windows 10; build 14332 rolls out the Fast ring, Cortana now blocks Google searches; someone installs Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, learn how to get fast and free VPN access on your browser, and much more.

Facebook apps for Windows 10 on this Tech Recap

This week on Pureinfotech: Facebook announced that the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps are now available for Windows 10. These apps are brand new and designed specifically to take advantage of the new Microsoft operating system features. In addition, the social network giant also released the official Instagram app, but it’s only available for Windows 10 Mobile.

Only days after dropping one of the biggest build for Windows 10 to testers, the software giant released Windows 10 build 14332 to the Fast ring of updates. However, the new preview part of the upcoming Anniversary Update only contains bugs fixes and a few improvements — nothing more.

Windows 10 build 14328 also reveals that the software giant has already begun integrating Project Rome into the operating system to offer OS X Handoff-like experience to allow users to start a task on a phone and pick up where they left off on the PC and vice versa.

If you haven’t got hands on the new features, you should check the latest hands-on video highlighting all the new features and changes of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Speaking about the upcoming version of the operating system, this week we heard from sources that Microsoft is targeting July as the release date for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Windows 10 version 1511 gets a new cumulative update with a few improvements and fixes, but no new features.

Microsoft announced this week that is now prohibiting users from changing Cortana behaviors to use Google as the default search engine. Moving forward Cortana will only use Bing as the search engine and Microsoft Edge as the default web browser.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, this week you can get a free Lumia 950 when you purchase a new Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft releases its Word Flow Keyboard on iOS, and if you own an iPhone you can download the app now from the App Store.

Xbox Games with Gold got announced this week, and for the month of May, you will be able to download four new titles for free — two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360.

This week you learned how to use the Opera web browser to protect your online privacy using the new VPN feature, and how to secure the connection even more by preventing the leak of your local and public IP address information into the internet. And we also looked at 4 extensions you can install on Chrome to get fast and free VPN access through Google web browser.

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

Windows 95 on an Apple Watch

Developer Nick Lee managed to install a full version of Windows 95 on the Apple Watch. The operating system works perfectly, but of course, it’s not a hack that would make the watch more usable. (Although, many people will argue that the Apple Watch is now more productive running Windows 95.)

Microsoft launches Flow

Microsoft challenges the popular online service IFTTT (If Then Then That) with a new service called Flow. The new service connects to over 35 services, including Twitter, Slack, Trello, Github, Dropbox, and more integrations are coming in the future.

Similar to the IFTTT, you can create conditional statements to trigger different actions. For example, you can add a new card to Trello when you get a specific email on your Gmail or Outlook account that has a specific subject.

Microsoft’s Flow is free, but it’s limited to work and school accounts.

New Xbox hardware expected at E3

As E3 2016 fast approaches rumors begin to circulate about Microsoft gearing up to introduce new hardware during its press event. According to sources, the company is planning to introduce a new standard controller for Xbox One that will look very similar to the current model, but the new controller may come in a different color.

We’re also expecting the software giant to talk about future plans that may include a new PC and Xbox One experience, as Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 a big part of gaming.

In addition, the software maker is also rumored to make a big hardware related announcement. While we still don’t know exactly what it might be, Sony is rumor to introduced a more powerful version of its PlaySation 4, which suggest that Microsoft may be ready to unveil something similar for Xbox.

Free Forza Motorsport 6 on Windows 10

If you’re into racing games, until May 5th, you can play the beta version of Forza Motorsport 6 on your Windows 10 PC. The title will include 63 different cars, and 20 different track configurations, alongside the series unique “drivatar” system.

Windows 10 on mobile isn’t dead

New email from Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, confirms that the company won’t give up on Windows 10 for mobile devices and it’ll remain committed for many more years to deliver new advances in the platform.

Terry Myerson email reads:

I understand that you are hearing concerns from certain partners about Microsoft’s commitment to the mobile space.

Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors.

We are currently in development of our next generation products and I wanted to reconfirm our commitment to Windows 10 Mobile. We believe in this product’s value to business customers and it is our intention to support the Windows 10 Mobile platform for many years. We have a device roadmap to support that from Microsoft as well as our OEM partners who will also be selling an expanded lineup of phone devices based on this platform.

On the statement the company also mentions that it’s working on the next generation of products, which it could be referring to recent rumors of Microsoft working on the Surface Phone that could be arriving sometime in 2017.

Cortana on iOS get a new update

Microsoft releases a new update for Cortana on iOS that allows you to launch the assistant using voice commands. You can download the latest version of Cortana from the App Store.

Dropbox did what Microsoft couldn’t with placeholders

Dropbox brings placeholders to files with a feature called Project Infinite, which allows users to access hundreds of gigabyte of data in their computers only using a few megabytes of local storage. Microsoft implemented the same feature with OneDrive, but despite it was a very useful feature, the company removed it from Windows 10, and ever since it has remained one of the highest requested features on Windows.

Gmail on Android now speaks Exchange

Gmail on Android now include supports for Microsoft Exchange accounts on all devices. The update is available immediately, so just hit the update button on your Android device to get it.

Try upcoming redesign of Chrome

Major UI update is coming to the Chrome web browser. The new update will bring Google’s Material Design to Windows and Mac. If you want to see it now, you can download the Canary version of the software. Then go to about:flags and turn on “Material design in the browser’s top chrome.”

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