While the News app on Windows 10 didn’t look terrible, it was looking dated. A newer version has rolled out to Windows Insiders which brings it more in line with Windows 10’s Fluent Design.
This comes shortly after the rebranding and refresh of Microsoft News on iOS and Android, which is a great sign that Microsoft is keeping the app up-to-date across all platforms. The app is only available to Windows Insiders, but I was able to get the latest version by electing to receive app updates without having to upgrade my PC to a new build.
As I usually do with preview software, I won’t be reviewing it but will break down the changes that have already happened and list what I’d like to see changed before the app’s public release.
The core feature set of Microsoft News hasn’t changed. You can personalize your feed by entering your interests, browse content by category, or view specific sources. Microsoft uses a combination of AI and hundreds of editors to curate the news that populates your feed.
News has always earned high marks from us because of its clean layout and ability to view news from multiple sources. You can also get breaking news alerts to keep you in the loop.
First look at the new Microsoft News app for Windows 10
A more visual change that comes with the new version is the introduction of Fluent Design and a name change to Microsoft News. While there isn’t much of a difference between News, MSN News, and Microsoft News in my eyes, it keeps the branding in line with the app’s iOS and Android counterparts.
The Fluent Design makes a visual change for the better and moves it further away from the metro designs of the past. That being said, the transformation isn’t complete. While transparency is nice, it takes more than that to make a Fluent Designed application. These requests might come off as nit-picks, but Microsoft is the one pushing the design language so they should be fully committed.
The app currently lacks reveal effects that change depending on where your mouse is over an icon. It also has a back button in a location that goes directly against Microsoft guidelines.
As somebody who grew up with computer games, sliding upon Los Angeles for the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo felt like a transitional experience. Albeit numerous real distributers have settled on their own show, there is as yet an air of fervor to see the most recent contributions from the absolute most powerful computer game creators on the planet. And keeping in mind that E3’s observably programming substantial declarations affirmed we are in an equipment revive limbo, there was one bit of tech that was inquisitively absent from the show floor spotlight – virtual reality.
In fact, the two chief champions speaking to the best advantages of Virtual Reality – Sony PlayStation and Oculus VR – with the previous ordering the charge. Oculus, then again, was ousted to a couple of little cubbies appended to the back of the Facebook corner. Microsoft and Nintendo are seemingly Sony’s greatest rivals, and neither had any plans on making VR a staple of their consoles going ahead.
Presently to clear up, each of the three of the significant comfort producers have dallied, contributed, and generally engaged adding VR to their contributions. In any case, it appears that they all are floating to Augmented Reality, the more pragmatic cousin of VR. Contending the pragmatic utilize cases and advantages of AR is quite straightforward, however VR doesn’t have those advantages, abandoning it in an exceptionally extreme position.
It appears that the business is getting bearish with VR, and its last bastion of substance in computer games is currently relinquishing the generally DOA innovation.
E3 Proves Video Games Can’t Save Virtual Reality
The issue appeared to spin around content for the most part. What would you be able to do with VR that conventional mediums don’t offer? The inquiry is difficult to answer and for the most part gives a larger number of issues than benefits. Truth be told, the fundamental issue with VR computer games includes weariness and high passage boundaries.
The purpose of VR is to utilize your body and be, to some degree, dynamic. A 15-minute demo of the new boxing title Creed on the PlayStation VR left me sweat-soaked, and somewhat winded. I’m absolutely not sufficiently fit to run a couple of rounds with even the most beginner of boxers, however my involvement with the computer game showed this was not a title I could play for a considerable length of time.
Adobe and Microsoft each discharged basic fixes for their items today, a.k.a “Fix Tuesday,” the second Tuesday of consistently. Adobe refreshed its Flash Player program to determine about six basic security openings. Microsoft issued updates to amend no less than 65 security vulnerabilities in Windows and related programming.
The Microsoft refreshes affect numerous center Windows segments, incorporating the inherent programs Internet Explorer and Edge, and in addition Office, the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure.
The Malware Protection Engine defect is one that was openly unveiled not long ago, and one for which Redmond issued an out-of-band (outside of Patch Tuesday) refresh one week back.
That defect, found and revealed by Google’s Project Zero program, is purportedly very simple to endeavor and effects the malware filtering capacities for an assortment of Microsoft hostile to malware items, including Windows Defender, Microsoft Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials.
Microsoft truly needs clients to introduce these updates as qucikly as could be allowed, however it won’t not be the most exceedingly awful plan to hold up a couple of days before doing as such: Quite regularly, issues with patches that may make frameworks wind up in a perpetual reboot circle are accounted for and settled with ensuing updates inside a couple of days after their discharge. Be that as it may, contingent upon which form of Windows you’re utilizing it might be hard to put off introducing these patches.
Microsoft says as a matter of course, Windows 10 gets refreshes consequently, “and for clients running past forms, we suggest they turn on programmed refreshes as a best practice.” Microsoft doesn’t make it simple for Windows 10 clients to change this setting, however it is conceivable. For every single other Window OS clients, in the event that you’d rather be alarmed to new updates when they’re accessible so you can pick when to introduce them, there’s a setting for that in Windows Update. Regardless, don’t put off introducing these updates too long.
Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes
Adobe’s Flash Player refresh settles no less than two basic bugs in the program. Adobe said it doesn’t know about any dynamic adventures in the wild against either blemish, however in the event that you’re not utilizing Flash routinely for some locales, you presumably need to incapacitate or expel this surrey program.
Google ‘s inbuilt promotion blocker will go live on February 15, 2018. The take off will occur crosswise over both versatile and desktop stages. This declaration was done on the Google’s engineer’s page.
The component will be taken off to all perfect OS. Apparently, this inbuilt advertisement blocker highlight can be exchanged on as a matter of course inside Chrome. Google in June this year reported its organization with Coalition for Better Ads, an industry bunch devoted to enhancing on the web promotions. It additionally revealed a few instruments for distributers like an element called Ad Experience Report-an apparatus utilized for taking screenshots and recordings of the irritating promotions on the web to get it settled.
- Google’s inbuilt promotion blocker will sift through advertisements, however just those that don’t conform to models set by the Coalition for Better Ads.
- Fly up advertisements, auto-play video promotions with sound, prestitial advertisements with commencement and vast sticky promotions are a portion of the irritating advertisements distinguished by the Coalition for the desktop organize.
- For the portable stage, advertisements with more than 30 for every penny streak liveliness, full-screen scroll over promotions, expansive sticky promotions and auto-play advertisements are a portion of the promotions distinguished as the awful encounters on the web.
- “In June, we reported Chrome’s intends to help the Better Ads Standards in mid 2018. Infringement of the Standards are accounted for to destinations by means of the Ad Experience Report, and site proprietors can present their site for re-audit once the infringement have been settled.
- Beginning on February 15, in accordance with the Coalition’s rules, Chrome will expel all promotions from destinations that have a “coming up short” status in the Ad Experience Report for over 30 days,” Google notes in its blog entry.
Google Chrome browser to start blocking ads
Google’s inbuilt promotion blocker will sift through advertisements, however just those that don’t consent to gauges set by the Coalition for Better Ads. Fly up advertisements, auto-play video promotions with sound, prestitial promotions with commencement and extensive sticky promotions are a portion of the irritating promotions recognized by the Coalition for the desktop design. For the versatile stage, promotions with more than 30 for each penny streak liveliness, full-screen scrollover advertisements, extensive sticky advertisements and auto-play promotions are a portion of the advertisements distinguished as the awful encounters on the web.
It is the begin of another year, and looks like Microsoft has arrangements to begin it on a positive note. The Redmond organization is supposedly wanting to discharge the Surface Pro 5 in the primary quarter of 2017.
As indicated by a report in DigiTimes, some assembling accomplices have implied at a March dispatch for the Surface Pro 5. As indicated by the report, the Surface Pro 5 will accompany a 4K Ultra HD show, attractive charging stylus. It is required to house an Intel Kaby Lake processor inside. As far as capacity, hypotheses indicate a 512GB+ SSD alongside USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 bolster too.
Pegatron Technology, has been entrusted with the obligation to assemble the Surface Pro 5. It is likewise the organization who Microsoft has outsourced the working of the Surface Studio and in addition the more established Surface Pros. The Digitimes report additionally indicates Quanta Computer as a most likely maker. There is no affirmation on this.
The Stylus will no longer have a replaceable battery however will be rechargable once it is docked attractively on the Surface Pro 5.
There are still near three months for this and things may change meanwhile. Microsoft has not affirmed anything with respect to the Surface Pro 5, so there might be changes in specific parts of the Pro 5 when it in the end dispatches.