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.
The final release of Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) is out for Windows, Android, macOS and iOS. Kodi is a full-featured media center app for playing, recording and streaming videos, music, pictures, games, and more. It is a free and open source application with lots of features.
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.
Instagram seems to be trying to appeal to Windows 10 Mobile users by releasing updates more frequently compared to the old Windows Phone 8.1 version. Not so long ago, Instagram introduced a Save for Later feature in its apps for Android and iOS and now this feature is available to Windows 10 Mobile users too. This feature allows you to bookmark interesting photos and have access to them later without having to Like them first. These photos will have a special bookmark icon on them and you'll be able to open them any time.
I am happy to announce a new version of my freeware app, Context Menu Tuner. I believe you'll find it useful. Here are all the changes made since version 2.1.
Microsoft kept their promise and terminated support for Windows Essentials 2012 today. This is not a surprise because their plan to discontinue the popular desktop app suite was announced several months ago. Microsoft thinks the built-in apps in Windows are a good enough replacement.
Even if Microsoft is already quietly working on a new hardware revision for its augmented reality headset, HoloLens, there is still place for improvements to be done to the current platform. That said, Microsoft is trying to attract even more developers by supporting more tools and technologies on its platforms. Almost a week ago, Microsoft quietly released the HoloJS framework on its GitHub page.
Microsoft acquired the live streaming service, Beam back in August and it hasn't made any major changes to the platform so far. Last week, the company announced the first set of improvements coming in a few weeks to all of its users and available right now to Beam Pro subscribers. The service also introduced new branding assets and a new logo which you can see below.