Weekend Reading: Microsoft Weekly 57 (Apr 10 - April 16)

Thursday, 20 Apr, 2017

It turns out that all of it might be just about one major device launch, a Chromebook-killer tentatively monikered the "Cloudbook" (although we doubt this is a real name, as Cloudbook is already a series of Acer devices). And last fall the company made a convincing play for creators with its impressive-and expensive-Surface Studio all-in-one PC. With an embarrassing low market share, what else can Microsoft do? This has led to another rumor that Microsoft might hold a second event in May to unveil the new Surface Book 2.

Today, we are going to explain some of the functionalities of Windows Cloud, its goal, and how it performs against the competition based on some of the existing details we reported in the past. For instance, machines running Windows 10 Cloud will likely not be able to run apps such as Steam or others that are not available on the Windows Store.

If this is starting to sound familiar, you're not insane. However, later it was realized that the device could only run apps which had been specifically coded for Windows RT. Older Windows apps wouldn't work on the thing.

People are starting to doubt the release of the Microsoft "Surface Phone", considering that the company has yet to make an official announcement about it. Microsoft has a lot to deal with if it wants to enter the smartphone arena, starting with its Windows mobile OS.

That doesn't necessarily mean you won't be able to use the classic desktops apps.

Fortunately, this mechanic will apply to regular Win32 apps and also UWP apps from the Windows Store. It is company's next move to take on the Google's Chrome OS. Add to that the report that the Windows Insider app no longer offers new builds of Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and well, Windows Phone's goose is seemingly cooked. That should be a relief to users, though it may not bode well for cost.

Programs like QTTabBar or Clover introduced tabs in Windows Explorer years ago, and full blown Windows Explorer replacements such as Total Commander did so too.

Microsoft recently opened up its cloud-based Teams application to Office 365 Education plans, which is another piece of the puzzle.

Three remaining exploit tools in the bundle, however, may potentially still be a hazard for those who have not yet upgraded to Microsoft's latest and greatest operating systems. That's where Windows 10 Cloud comes in and saves the day for Microsoft and that's one reason we strongly believe Windows 10 Cloud will power all future Surface devices.