Open HEIF or HEIC images on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

HEIF is the next-generation image container format to succeed and hopefully replace JPEG. It leverages HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding compression) to encode image data. While over the years, many superior or modernized image formats have appeared to replace JPEG, none have succeeded because of lack of ubiquitous support in various software. HEIF is from the Motion Picture Experts Group and its use is subject to licensing of patents. MPEG has standardized several audio and video compression formats over the last many decades - some popular examples being MPEG-2, MP3, H.264 and HEVC (H.265) among several others. In this article, we will see how to get Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 to view HEIF images.

Microsoft has introduced a new MSIX packaging format

Today, during the Windows Developer Day event, Microsoft has announced a new app format. The format is called "MSIX file". It combines the features of Store apps and the classic MSI file packaging format. The new MSIX format will support all types of Windows apps including Desktop apps (Win32), .NET apps and Store (UWP) apps.

Feedback Hub is Updated for Fast ring Insiders

Microsoft is constantly working on improving the way their Insider Program members are sharing feedback about any of their products. Making the Feedback Hub on Windows 10 even better is clearly a part of this effort. Today, the company has started rolling out a new Feedback Hub app update for its Windows Insider Fast ring users.

Telegram Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys)

The Telegram Messenger app is very popular on both Desktop and mobile. If you installed and used it, you might be interested in learning its keyboard shortcuts. These hotkeys can help you save time and increase productivity. Here we go.

.NET Core 2.0 is out with major improvements

Microsoft has released a new major version of its .NET Core runtime. For those of you who do not know, .NET Core is a cross-platform development platform maintained by Microsoft and the .NET community. Version 2.0 brings a lot of performance improvements, support for more platforms and a few new features for users of the latest Visual Studio IDE versions.

ShareX screen capturing tool is now available in the Windows Store

Windows 10 has more than enough options for making a screenshot with built-in features: from the recently introduced Win+Shift+S keyboard shortcut and Screen sketch in Windows Ink to the more traditional ones like Snipping tool and PrtScreen, Alt+PrtScreen and Win+PrtScreen hotkeys. However, some people prefer an integrated solution that handles everything from capturing, editing to sharing. There are, of course, dozens of third party Win32 apps and UWP apps for making screenshots on the web, but ShareX is one of the most popular options right now.

Bing Maps to support custom map styles and more

Microsoft's Bing Maps is certainly not the most popular maps service worldwide, but for Universal Windows Platform developers, it's a good mapping solution to use in their apps. Microsoft continues to improve it on both fronts — for regular users and developers at the same time. The latest update to the service, named Bing Maps V8 Summer Update, bring some features that were long requested by both kinds of users.

OneDrive History is Finally Available For All Files

OneDrive has a really useful feature called "Version History". It allows the user to restore previous (older) versions of files you store in Microsoft's cloud storage. Earlier, this feature was available only for Microsoft Office documents, but now it is going to be unlocked for all files.

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