Microsoft chose this week to disclose the editions that its upcoming Windows 10 operating system will come in, while a jumbo-sized collection of Patch Tuesday updates also grabbed the headlines.
Elsewhere, the software giant revealed it is investing in undersea cables to boost the global bandwidth needed as cloud service adoption grows, and was one of the companies backing the US Freedom Act to curb the over-zealous snooping powers of the country's security services.
Microsoft details Windows 10 editions for business, IoT and mobile
Microsoft has finally detailed the editions of Windows 10 it will deliver to customers, splitting it chiefly into business, home and mobile versions, plus embedded editions for appliances and the Internet of Things.
Windows 10 for phones will not come until later in 2015
Microsoft has released a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, and disclosed that the shipping code will not be delivered at the same time as Windows 10 for the PC.
Microsoft releases critical Internet Explorer and Windows fixes in May's Patch Tuesday
Microsoft has released a jumbo-sized set of Patch Tuesday updates, including critical fixes for Windows and Internet Explorer (IE).
Microsoft opens up Skype translation features to all
Microsoft has widened the availability of its Skype Translator preview, making the application's ability to make sense of 50 written languages easily accessible to all.
Microsoft invests in undersea cables to support cloud services growth
Microsoft has begun investing in undersea and terrestrial dark fibre infrastructure to meet a predicted rise in network traffic as adoption of cloud services grows, starting with a transatlantic cable to connect Europe and North America.
Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Twitter stand firm on less US surveillance
A collection of technology firms and industry groups have joined together to press the US government into adopting the US Freedom Act, which is currently making its way through the Senate.
Will Windows 10 be the last version of Windows?
The web has been rife with speculation that Windows 10 may be the last version of Windows that Microsoft delivers. As usual, the truth is somewhat different.
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