Much of the news in the world of Microsoft this week has centred on the continuing build-up to the forthcoming next major update of Windows 10, known as the Anniversary Update.
Microsoft finally disclosed a release date this week, which falls just a few days after the year-long period to accept a free Windows 10 upgrade comes to a close.
The news came as Microsoft continued to push out preview releases of the Windows 10 code to testers, and a woman in the US won a legal case for damages over the installation of Windows 10 on her PC without her permission.
In other news, Microsoft released a cross-platform open source version of the .Net Framework that supports OS X and Linux as well as Windows.
Microsoft announces 2 August for Windows 10 Anniversary Update as Build 14376 is shipped
Microsoft revealed that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release will be available from 2 August, at the same time delivering new preview builds for the PC and Mobile branches of the operating system.
Windows 10 Build 14379 delivers more fixes for 2 August Anniversary Update release
Microsoft continues to issue updates to Windows 10 as the firm prepares to deliver the Anniversary Update to over 350 million devices worldwide.
Microsoft adds Evernote Edge extension in Windows 10 Build 14372
Microsoft has delivered yet another preview build for the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update release, this time adding support for the Evernote note-taking application with an extension for the Edge browser, along with the now routine collection of fixes.
Microsoft aims to 'light up' Windows for developers in Anniversary Update
Microsoft is to focus on developers again with the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update release, adding a host of new features and APIs to encourage developers to build on the updated application platform introduced with Windows 10.
Microsoft further embraces open source with cross-platform version of .Net Framework
Microsoft has finally delivered on the promise to make its server-side .Net stack available as open source and expand it to other platforms, notably OS X and Linux. The firm also released Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, which allows developers to build .Net Core apps in the Visual Studio environment.
Microsoft pays $10,000 to woman for forced Windows 10 installation
Microsoft has been ordered to pay a woman $10,000 for damage to her machine caused by the installation of Windows 10 without her permission.
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