How to get Windows 10 Creators Update: The release date and more

From PC World: Windows 10 Creators Update has an official release date of April 11, but in reality it will roll out in waves. Here's how it will work.

Excel for Windows finally gets real-time collaboration

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has brought live, collaborative editing to its Excel app for Windows through a beta update it launched on Tuesday. The new feature lets testers collaborate with one another on the same file from inside the app.

HTC is reportedly releasing a new U phone that makes better use of its bezels

From PC World: Even before the U Ultra was available for purchase, HTC was already teasing a better phone, with a Snapdragon 835 processor. Now it looks like it might be coming on the heels of the Galaxy S8, and it could be one of the most interesting handsets of the year.

Microsoft expands Surface availability to new regions

From CNET: While Microsoft's big announcement Wednesday was the availability of its Windows 10 Creators Update, it also took the opportunity to announce the arrival of its Surface products in more parts of the world.

Amazon, looking to grow overseas, snags

From CNET: Amazon said Tuesday it agreed to purchase, one of the biggest e-commerce players in the Arab World

Souq, which means marketplace in Arabic, started in 2005 and now sells over 400,000 products including electronics, clothes and household goods. The deal had been rumored to reach $650 million, which would make the purchase Amazon's largest since 2014, according to Crunchbase. The Seattle company didn't disclose a purchase price.

Skype for Business admins get tool to diagnose call problems

From InfoWorld: IT administrators who manage a fleet of Skype for Business users will have an easier time of diagnosing and fixing problems that may arise for them. Microsoft unveiled the beta of a new Call Analytics Dashboard on Monday, which is supposed to provide admins with a diagnosis of issues that users are having on a call.

Micron's Intel Optane competitor will ship later this year

From PC World: Intel’s spanking new high-capacity Optane SSD is cool, but drives from other storage vendors based on the 3D Xpoint technology could be coming later this year.

Micron will start shipping its 3D Xpoint memory technology—branded QuantX — later this year, which will go into SSDs offered by storage makers. The company made that announcement during an earnings call on Friday.

Intel and Micron co-developed 3D Xpoint. Intel says Optane is significantly faster and could replace conventional SSDs and DRAM in the coming years.

Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.

StarCraft Remastered brings 4K graphics, modern audio, and more to the legendary RTS

From PC World: Nearly 20 years after its release and StarCraft is still one of the best real-time strategy games ever made. So good, in fact, that it’s retained a dedicated fan base even with a modern sequel—three modern sequels, really—released and ready to play. And so maybe it’s time for a remaster.

Blizzard thinks so. Late last night Blizzard unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, arriving sometime this summer. Here’s the brief, straight from Blizzard’s official site:

Apple beats Chinese company's copycat claim in Chinese court

From CNET: A Beijing court has overturned a previous ruling that Apple infringed a design patent of Chinese company Shenzhen Baili and has declared Baili's claims to be unfounded, reports the AFP.

Apple didn't have an easy time in China last year. In 2016 the Chinese government shut down Apple's Movies and iBook services on iTunes. Apple lost its exclusive right to the "iPhone" brand when a Beijing court ruled that a leather goods maker could also sell its products as "iPhone" last May. And the company saw its sales dip by 23 percent.


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