Best of the Web for Windows Users - 11 - 17 January 2015

In this week's roundup we share news about Windows 10 and the consumer preview event that is going to take place next week. Also, Microsoft has announced new smartphones with Windows Phone at prices that are lower than ever and Samsung has declared its interest in building new smartphones with this operating system. Learn more about these events as well as other interesting news, from our recap.

The Best Tech Related News

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

This is Windows 10's new browser and dark theme - Microsoft is preparing to unveil a new browser in Windows 10, codenamed Spartan, and leaked images are providing an early glimpse at the Internet Explorer successor. Here are some new screenshots to look at.

All New: Microsoft launches the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 smartphones - Microsoft has announced the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, both measuring 4 inches in size and costing less than $100 before the usual taxes and subsidies. Learn more about this smartphones from the official announcement.

Microsoft's new Lumia Camera app features some impressive tricks - The Verge is sharing details about the features that are coming with the new Lumia Denim update that is currently rolling out worldwide. The biggest star of this update is the Lumia Camera app.

Samsung contemplates making more Windows Phone devices in 2015 - Good news for Windows Phone coming from Samsung. It seems that the company is interested in making Windows Phones, and they are looking to make low-to-mid range smartphones.

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here introduce new solution for small business retailers - PayPal has updated its credit card reader to support Surface tablets and Lumia smartphones. Microsoft wants to market the Surface Pro 3 as a complete point-of-sale solution that gives small businesses everything they need in order to manage and track their finances, as well as process payments.

Live webcast details for our Windows 10 media briefing next week - The event designed to showcase the consumer features of Windows 10 is just a couple of days away and Microsoft has revealed a dedicated section on its site for a live broadcast of the proceedings.

Microsoft Band updated with new Guided Workouts - Microsoft has released its first major firmware update to the Band fitness tracker, adding a dozen new guided workouts to the device. More details in this news article.

Xbox One price cut again to $349, outsells PS4 for Christmas in US - Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox One to $349 for the holiday season, and with Christmas now a dim and distant memory, the company has announced that it's doing it again, after just 12 days back at the "regular" $399 price.

Get together on a free group video call – from the comfort of your sofa - Microsoft has announced a new version of Skype for TVs. This update is focused mostly Samsung Smart TVs with built-in cameras.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Before we go, we would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

Top 10 Gmail Labs and Features You Should Enable - A very useful guide for Gmail fans and users.

How to Play DOS, Arcade, and Console Games from the 80's and 90's in Your Browser - the Internet Archive has done it again, bringing back thousands of DOS, Arcade and Console games from the 80's and 90's, right in your browser window. More details in this article.

When Will Virtual Reality Headsets Be a Consumer Product? - An interesting discussion about Virtual Reality headsets and when they are going to become a consumer product.