windows10 story

Microsoft has revealed various statistics about Windows Store and its adoption across different versions of Windows on the official 'Building Apps' blog.

Aside from the biggest revelation that the store has since clocked over 3 billion visits since the release of Windows 10, we learn things such as Windows 8 still taking the lion's share of Windows Store downloads.

WhatsApp Web

One of the main issues faced by people who love Microsoft’s Edge or Internet Explorer was that WhatsApp did not support the browsers, up to this date. There was a trick to make it possible back then, but now users can use this feature on Microsoft’s browsers without any further work – because WhatsApp is now officially supporting them.

microsoft edge tab preview

Microsoft today shared some exciting news about its Edge browser which will be coming in 2016. Microsoft Edge will be getting support some much-awaited APIs, including Beacon API, and Web Notifications.

The software giant is planning to release Extensions support for Edge to Windows Insiders “soon”. The company announced that Edge extensions will be available via the Windows Store, which will allow developers to submit and update their extensions for Edge very easily. Additionally, Microsoft’s main focus will be on improving Edge’s accessibility.

 

swiftkey

Just two weeks after Microsoft announced that it had purchased MinecraftEdu, a company specializing in using Minecraft as an educational tool, the Redmond-based company looks set to make another acquisition.

The Financial Times reports that Microsoft is in the process of finalizing a £250 million deal to acquire British software firm SwiftKey, the developers of predictive keyboards in use on over 300 million Android and iOS devices.

The keyboard uses artificial intelligence to assess a user's inputs to help it to continuously improve the quality of its next-word predictions. A more advanced 'experimental' version has already been released, using deep-learning techniques and 'neural networks' to improve its analysis further.

samsung android browser

Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Lollipop or newer starting today, will let users install helper apps that block ads from websites they visit, similar to how content and ad blocking works in Apple's Safari browser in iOS 9. An ad or content blocker could reduce loading times and mobile data usage, as web pages loaded without ads are much smaller than those with advertising enabled.