Microsoft news recap: Mixer tries to engage users, Sticky Notes comes to the web, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft starts upgrading more users to Skype 8 after dropping support for classic app

With the Skype classic app no longer being supported as of this week, Microsoft has begun pushing more users to upgrade to Skype 8, which is its cross-platform, modern Skype client.

Users brand OneNote’s move away from the desktop a “stupid waste”

Alongside Office 2019 becoming available, it has been found that the OneNote desktop application will no longer be supported. It instead asks users to use the UWP alternative from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, which is making some users unhappy about OneNote’s move away from the desktop.

OneNote for Windows 10 UI

Mixer announces “Season 2” update with new features to drive user engagement

To increase engagement on Mixer, Microsoft is introducing Skills and Sparks Patronage. Skills allow viewers to use items such as GIFs and expressions, which spends Sparks. Using Skills and spending Sparks on partner channels will support that channel financially.

Microsoft’s Sticky Notes app is now live on the web

The Sticky Notes app by Microsoft appears to be getting a lot of attention lately. The company has now launched a web version of the app, which will also allow notes to sync between different devices.

Microsoft Sticky Notes on the web

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.