The best of the news and reviews on What Hi-Fi? this week – including the latest products and services from Microsoft, Sky and Sony.

This week on What Hi-Fi?, we reported on Microsoft's plans for a cross-platform operating system.

In other news, Sky Sports has decided to rebrand its news channel and Google denied reports that it was looking at launching its high-speed internet service in the UK.

In terms of reviews, we had not one, but two TVs from Sony; also making the list was the FiiO X5 high-res music player, the gorgeous-looking Eclipse TD-M1 speakers and the impressivley large Tangent Classic wireless speaker. Oh, and new TVs from Philips and Toshiba too.

News

Microsoft to create cross-platform Windows OS

After it emerged last week that Microsoft was consolidating its work force, it looks as if there'll be a shake-up with regards to the next Window's OS.

Reports suggest that it could be a single, cross-platform effort with Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox merging into one ecosystem.

MORE: Microsoft to create single cross-platform Windows operating system

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Sky Sports News gets rebranded

With the new football season just weeks away, Sky is preparing for it with a rebrand of its Sky Sports News channel.

Set to launch on August 12th, Sky Sports claims that the rebrand will offer "even more breaking news across a streamlined TV, digital and mobile service", with integrated social media options set to be an important facet too.

MORE: Sky to usher in new football season with Sports News rebrand

MORE: Sky and TalkTalk extend sports and movies distribution agreement

MORE: Sky launches Sky Service app and reveals Ryder Cup plans

MORE: BSkyB agrees deal to acquire Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland

Google not looking to introduce super-fast Fiber internet in the UK

Despite reportedly entering into talks with with British firm CityFibre about high-speed broadband networks, Google has denied that it is looking at launching super-fast networks in the UK.

Google Fiber is an initiative the company launched in Kansas City, Austin and Provo that offers customers high-speed internet. A UK launch would mark the first time it has been provided outside of the US.

MORE: Google: No plans to launch super-fast Fiber internet in the UK

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Reviews

Sony KDL-40W605B

Samsung has been taking the plaudits when it comes to TVs, but Sony has fired back with an effort that's sure to offer competition in the £500 range.

We were most impressed by the picture quality and while the sound – like other flat screen TVs – is something of a disappointment, it's not a problem a soundbar couldn't remedy.

A very impressive effort for under £500. Recommended.

MORE: Sony KDL-40W605B review

 

Sony KDL-55X8505B

The second Sony TV in our weekly round-up but this one is a 4K affair.

It's the entry-level version in the 4K line that shares a few design traits with its bigger brother. Unfortunately, some of the performance issues we found on that set have turned up in this one too.

Strong competition means the 55X8505B has to settle for being a very good 4K TV but not quite an excellent one.

MORE: Sony KDL-55X8505B review

FiiO X5

After Sony's NWZ-F886 music player last week, it's the turn of FiiO's X5 and despite its rather chunky looks, it's a strong music player.

But it does have a few problems, notably its size and the lack of any onboard memory. Regardless, when it comes to high-res music playback, this music player sounds great.

MORE: FiiO X5 review