If you're still running the original version of Windows 10 that was introduced back in July 2015 (version 1507) and for some reason still ignoring all of the offered major updates for it, Microsoft is giving you two extra months to decide if you want to get future patches and security updates. The updated end-of-life date now states 'May 2017' compared to the previous March 26 schedule. All machines running Windows 10 1507 (build 10240) will continue to get updates during that period.
Microsoft's Build event for developers has been the main conference for the company for quite a few years now and 2017 won't be an exception. Build 2017 is happening in May and this time, it will be held in Seattle.
Microsoft has recently had another round of its planned staff layoffs in their still ongoing process of reorganizing the company. These changes involve some of the still employed people moving to other positions in the company. As of February 1, 2017, Microsoft seems to have given new titles to two of the most important people in the Xbox division, Mike Ybarra and Kareem Choudhry.
Back in 2015, Microsoft halted the support and development of some of its photo apps, including Lumia photo apps and mobile clients for the Photosynth service, allowing users to create interactive panoramas and upload them to the web. By the time of that announcement, the service itself was still accessible via a web interface, but in late 2016 Microsoft decided to shut it down too. And as of February 7, 2017, Microsoft Photosynth is no longer available.
Microsoft has recently revamped the Xbox One Insider Program, introducing new flighting rings and making it available only to invited or select Xbox One users. There's a new build rolling out in the Alpha ring that introduces more bug fixes to the issues present in previous builds. So if you have enrolled your console into the Insider Program and you are a member of the Alpha ring, build 15023.1002 should now be available for you to try out.
Microsoft has released another major update for its lightweight IDE, Visual Studio Code. This update brings a set of new features, previously available only in the Insiders version, including a new welcome page to help you get started with working in VS Code and find all the information you may need. The update also has lots of bug fixes and performance improvements as well as some new formatting options. The update is available as an offline downloadable installer and also via the built-in auto update feature.
HP in collaboration with Microsoft has started to roll out another firmware update for HP Elite x3. The new update, version 0002.0000.0023.0113, brings minor improvements to device stability and performance. There are some other changes inside the new firmware.
Despite our previous reports, Microsoft has managed to release a new Windows 10 Mobile build this week. Build 15025 is now rolling out in the Fast ring and should be already available for all Windows Insider Program members enrolled in it. The company has managed to fix the previously mentioned blocking bug that was preventing people from downloading and installing new OS builds properly which could potentially have caused some damage to the software running on these mobile devices. The change log is almost identical to what was introduced with the desktop version of this build and there are still known issues present.
Microsoft has pushed out the January 2017 update for Office 2016 on desktop (version 7766.2039) for Office Insiders on the Slow ring. New builds bring some interesting features, including real-time email collaboration for Office 365 users. You'll also be able to use your pen to manipulate objects in documents, which is an additional improvement to the list of what you can do with your pen in Office applications.