Microsoft was expected to hold a Surface-centered event this April: originally, rumors suggested that we may see the mysterious Surface Phone for the first time, but later that plan was abandoned; the event should've been a place where Microsoft was going to announce new Surface tablets and notebooks. But it seems like this plan has changed too. Microsoft still hasn't said anything about it to the press, but thanks to the new report from ZDnet we now know, that the company will hold a different event about Windows 10 Cloud a few days before Build 2017 starts in early May. New Surface devices may still appear though.
As you may already know, you can type extra characters from the Unicode standard which are not present on the keyboard. Almost all apps today support special characters which can be entered with the ALT key and some special combination of digits. Using the proper ALT key sequence, you can type the trademark symbol, the degree symbol, the copyright sign, various currency icons and so on. Here is the list of the most commonly required characters and their ALT codes.
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.
Last week, Microsoft announced the schedule for its conferences for 2017, including Build 2017 and Microsoft Ignite. However, while the mentioned two are for developers and businesses, there was always one more conference for the company's partners — Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference or WPC for short. The company will hold the conference in 2017 too, but it's now known as Microsoft Inspire.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a change in Windows servicing that introduces a rollup model for updates. It will reduce the number of updates available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and combine them into a single monthly rollup. Each month's rollup will be cumulative but they will release express packages on Windows Update to keep the download size small for those who have already installed the previous month's rollup. With a single rollup they aim to eliminate update fragmentation.
The July 2016 update rollup package for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is out. It comes with a huge number of fixes including some notable performance and reliability patches.
In Windows 7 and Windows 8, the Alt + Tab window switcher has a number of secret hidden options. Using these options, you can change the appearance of Alt + Tab and make the thumbnails bigger so they're easier to see. You can adjust the margins and spacing too. Here is how it can be done.
Facebook as a social network has tremendous value today because of their elusive News Feed which is constructed by a complex algorithm based on the pages you like, your communications with friends and family, what pages you interact with and so on. Now Facebook has surprisingly provided some details about its "core values" for the first time. The social network claims that they use these rules over the long term to re-arrange and show feed content to the end user.
Here you can read a collection of nice April Fool's Day jokes posted by various sites on the Internet. Maybe you will find them interesting or can share some other nice jokes you found.
The Start button is one of the hardest UI elements to use in the user interface of Windows. Invented in Windows 95, it is still the same for many years and has remained in the same position for eternity. Everyone familiar with Windows desperately wants to know how to use that button. In Windows 8, Microsoft tried to remove the Start button to eliminate the confusion, but users got upset and demanded its return. So the Start button returned in Windows 8.1. Today, we will learn how to click the Start button properly.