Microsoft has released a fresh update for the Edge browser in the Canary channel. The biggest visible change in this release is the ability to resize the vertical tabs pane. In its current form available in Stable, Beta, and Canary channels, the sidebar has a fixed width, making it a bit harder to read long tab headers. Now, you can resize this bar according to your needs. This change is especially welcomed on computers with ultra-wide monitors with tons of free horizontal space. It is also worth mentioning that you can change the panel's width whether it is pinned or not.
Collaborative work is an essential part of any productivity-based app, especially task managers. So Microsoft To Do allows sharing yours lists with other people. Still, this feature was initially limited with sharing between personal accounts, or work or school accounts related to a specifc organization. After receiving countless user feedback about this feature, Microsoft finally allows users to collaborate regardless of the account type and location.
Updating and maintaining such a complex product as Windows 10 is not a simple thing. To make this process more agile and flexible, reduce updates size and installation time, Microsoft is trying to untie different components from the operating system core and deliver separate updates for them. Windows Web Experience Pack is a new component of such software type.
In its latest report for February 2021, Adduplex informs that the most recent version of Windows 10 has reached 20% of market share with a 3.8 points increase compared to January 2021. Because there is no official statistic from Microsoft, developers need to rely on less accurate reports from similar to Adduplex agencies. The latter gathers its data from around 80,000 PCs with apps that include Adduplex SDK. In other words, this data is not that accurate.
With the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft added a bunch of useful folders to the main page of File Explorer. With this change, you can quickly access the Desktop, Downloads, Pictures, Music, and Documents folder. In 2017, when Microsoft announced the Creators Update for Windows 10, the list of quick access folders expanded with an additional 3D Objects folder. It is the default location for all your creations in the Paint 3D app.
Microsoft has been actively adding new features to its Office Online web apps in recent days, and the flood of new capabilities does not stop. Now, users can transform existing Word documents into fully-fledged PowerPoint presentations. A new "Transform" command is available to those using Word for Web.
The first and the second generation of Surface Pro X received a unified firmware update. A bunch of fresh updates did not bring significant changes, but they improve overall system stability, Wi-Fi reliability, and address various causes for bugchecks. Interestingly, Microsoft uses a single update for both Surface Pro X generations, likely due to the little difference between the two.
According to recent rumors, Microsoft attempted to buy image-sharing social network Pinterest, but the negotiations hit the wall with no further progress. Nevertheless, two companies appear to strengthen their partnership with new Pinterest integrations into Microsoft’s products. On the Tech Community Forum, Microsoft today announced that users can now embed interactive Pinterest Pins into OneNote and Word for Web.
Microsoft has announced an update to the built-in dictation mechanism in Office for Windows. With the upcoming update to Office, users will have the ability to enter text using voice in seven new languages. These include Hindi, Russian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Korean, Thai, and Chinese (Taiwan). In the future, Microsoft promises to add more languages to this list.
Start Menu is probably the most iconic part of Windows. Users love Start Menu, and they are the most sensitive to changes in this UI element. With Windows 8, Microsoft made a bold move to modernize Start Menu and adapt it to new device form-factors. Unfortunately, this change found no favor in the eyes of users. After severe backlash, Microsoft backtracked and brought back the classic Start Menu with Windows 10. After six years after the release, the company prepares another Start Menu redesign for Windows 10.