Just last week Microsoft managed to piss off a lot of people by secretly downloading the Windows 10 installation files to their computers without permission. The comments from BetaNews readers were plentiful, but divided. Some didn't see the problem, while others thought it to be invasive and presumptive.
Cortana may currently "only" be an app, rather than an integrated component of the operating system, on Android, but that may soon change -- at least on the coming Cyanogen Android distribution.
Microsoft and Android operating system vendor Cyanogen announced a partnership back in April which called for Cyanogen to distribute some of Microsoft's consumer apps and services with its Open OS platform. At the time, the list of services that Microsoft officials said they'd customize and provide to Cyanogen included Office, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote and "Bing services."
Windows' network activity continues to be scrutinized amid privacy concerns. Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. With its Cortana digital personal assistant, Windows 10 represents a new breed of operating system that incorporates extensive online services as an integral part of the platform. But its older predecessors haven't escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8's online connectivity.
Now that Windows 10 has shipped and is reportedly running on 50 million devices, attention will no doubt turn to the successor to Windows 10, dubbed Redstone; but before that, Threshold Wave 2 is expected to arrive by October.
We know that Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Server 2016 has already moved to the Threshold 2 (TH2) branch, and the next builds of Windows 10 will also make that jump as it prepares to enter the Insider channels for testing.
Mozilla has released Firefox 40 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 40.0 due to follow by the end of the week.
Version 40 provides added protection against potentially malicious downloads on both platforms, while desktop users enjoy a raft of new features, including a new Suggested Tiles feature and add-on management dialog.