This week turned out to be another fairly uneventful one for Microsoft, but the firm created a stir by announcing that it plans to start upgrading PC users to Windows 10 by pushing it out via the Windows Update service.
Microsoft also released a new preview of the forthcoming SQL Server 2016 platform, plus an updated preview for Azure Data Lake.
Elsewhere the news broke that Microsoft is planning to update its Outlook apps for the iOS and Android platform, merging the Sunrise calendar tool into them at the same time.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is pushing ahead with some unusual new projects: an application launcher for the Android platform; and products and services for Ethereum, a blockchain platform that is a rival to bitcoin.
Microsoft to force Windows 10 on users with automatic updates from 2016
Microsoft is shifting up a gear in its plans to get PC owners onto Windows 10 by making the operating system a download that will be delivered automatically via Windows Update, sparking fears that people may not realise what is happening.
Microsoft unveils new betas for SQL Server 2016 and Azure Data Lake services
Microsoft has announced Community Technology Preview 3.0 of SQL Server 2016 and a preview of Azure Data Lake, which offers analytic processing power and an exabyte-scale big data store as a fully managed service.
Microsoft is revamping its Outlook mobile apps for iOS and Android
Microsoft is preparing to integrate the Sunrise calendar technology acquired earlier this year into a redesigned version of its Outlook mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Microsoft fires Arrow, its first official Android Launcher
Microsoft has unveiled a project called Arrow, a personal launcher for Android designed to offer a radical simplification of the Android experience and make it easier to find often used apps and files.
Microsoft to offer Ethereum-based services on Azure
Microsoft is looking to use tools for bitcoin alternative Ethereum available on Azure to drive development of services that can digitise and automate operations, from securities trading to cross-border payments and corporate accounting.