Best of the Web for Windows Users – 1 - 7 June 2014
This past week has been a really busy one for Microsoft. The Surface Pro 3 has finally reached Microsoft Stores and Xbox One received new and important updates. Also, there was some interesting news on the mobile front of the Redmond giant. So, what are you waiting for? Read this week's recap!
The Best Tech Related News
Get your hands on a Surface Pro 3 starting today at any Microsoft store - The moment many of you have been waiting for: starting June 6th, the new device is available in Microsoft Stores across US and Canada. Go ahead and pay a visit to the Microsoft Store in your area.
Touch-first Microsoft Office for Android to beat Windows 8 version to market - Rumors say that Microsoft is going forward on their mobile-first approach and the touch version of Microsoft Office is said to be launched on Android sooner than on Windows 8.1. However, Microsoft has not made any official comment on this subject yet.
Microsoft lets Xbox One devs turn off Kinect for a power boost - This month's update to Xbox One allows developers to access up to 10 percent additional GPU performance by disabling the Kinect sensor.
Available Starting Today - External Storage, Real Names, Gold Benefits and More - The Xbox team has launched an update for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox One received an important feature, namely the capability to work with external storage, while the Xbox 360 owners will be happy to learn that they can use their real names on Xbox Live now. Some other interesting things have been added so make sure to read this news article.
Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential - Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for Kinect for Windows v2. This is the same sensor as the one used in Xbox One and it can be used to interact with your Windows PC.
Microsoft Releases PC Drivers for the Xbox One Controller - Good news for gamers! The Xbox One controllers are now PC compatible, thanks to the drivers that Microsoft has launched this week. The controller will work with any game that has support for the old Xbox 360 controller and it is very easy to install.
Microsoft stock price hits 52-week high, suggests market approves of Nadella - After launching a lower priced Xbox, lowering the licensing costs for small devices and phones using Windows and pushing forward the adoption of Windows Phone, Microsoft's stock has now reached $41.66, a 52-week high until now. Might this be an indicator of the new CEO's strategy health level?
Microsoft: Windows Mobile Device Prices to Dip Below $200 - Microsoft is obviously pursuing a market share increase on the mobile sector by announcing prices to drop below $200 for 7, 8 and 10 inch devices on certain markets.
64-bit Chrome is faster, more stable, and more secure - A smart move on behalf of Google. In an attempt to catch up with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and other browsers, Google has officially announced a 64-bit version of Google Chrome. About time, I'd say.
ASUS Transformer Book V is a Windows hybrid laptop with a detachable Android phone - During Computex, ASUS announced their new Transformer Book V (the "V" is pronounced "five"). The device features a 12.5 inch Windows 8.1 laptop/tablet hybrid with a detachable 5 inch Android smartphone running on an Intel architecture. Read the full article for in-depth details and specifications.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Lesson 10: General Security Tips for Windows Users - This is the final lesson written by our chief-editor - Ciprian Rusen, for How-To Geek readers, in a school class about securing your Windows network.
How to Hack Someone's "Private" Friends List on Facebook to See All of Their Friends - Facebook users will surely love this tutorial. It's awesome! :)
How to remember the media position when using VLC Media Player - We know many of our readers use the VLC Media Player. For them, this tutorial might be useful.
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