Best of the Web for Windows Users – 11 - 17 November 2013

This week, Microsoft decided to kill its controversial employee ranking system in hopes of ushering in an era of collaborative rather than competitive efforts. The official app for Vine was launched for Windows Phone as well as the Flipboard app for Windows 8.1. It's been revealed that the Xbox One will feature a SkyDrive app. The Verge reviewed the PlayStation 4 and found it has a very different strategy from Microsoft's upcoming console. Nokia's first tablet will be available in US stores starting next week and rumors have it that Nokia's first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will include a ‘3D Touch' feature. For links to these stories and more, check out this week's round-up.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news of the week about Microsoft and its products:

Microsoft axes its controversial employee-ranking system - In an effort to create a more collaborative Microsoft, the company killed its internal ranking system that encouraged employees to compete against each other.

Say hello to Vine for Windows Phone - The Vine app for Windows Phone has been officially launched.

"Xbox: Go to SkyDrive" - Xbox One will feature a SkyDrive app which will allow users to access their photos and videos on their TVs.

Sony PlayStation 4 review - The Verge reviewed Sony's much anticipated PlayStation 4 in detail and noted that unlike the Xbox One that tries to take over your living room, its focus is on games and an ideal gaming experience. We need to wait and see if this is enough to win gamers’ hearts and the console wars.

US: Nokia 2520 Arriving Next Week - Nokia's first tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520, will be available in US stores starting next week. Learn more about this launch and the device itself from this blog post.

Flipboard Goes Live on Windows 8.1 - Flipboard released its official app for Windows 8.1 which features a custom experience with unique touches made just for the Microsoft platform.

Nokia's first Windows Phone 8.1 handset includes ‘3D Touch' features - Nokia's upcoming 6-inch Lumia 1520 flagship handset is rumored to include a so-called ‘3D touch' feature that would allow users to interact with their phones off-the-glass.

Ballmer on Ballmer: His Exit From Microsoft - In this exclusive interview, Steve Ballmer reveals more about the reasons behind his decisition to resign from the CEO role at Microsoft. It's really worth reading.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

What Google Reader's Shutdown Teaches Us About Web Apps - If you've had to suffer in the aftermath of Google Reader's discontinuation, How-To Geek listed a number of safety measures to look out for in the future, when using web services.

How to Enable and Use Handwriting Text in Gmail and Google Docs - For those that prefer to handwrite rather than type on their mobiles, Guiding Tech showed users how they can use this feature in Gmail and Google Docs.

Free PDF Compressor: Reduce PDF file size - A useful free app that allows you to reduce the size of your PDFs to email attachable ones.

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