Best of the Web for Windows Users – 14 - 20 October 2013

This week saw the much anticipated launch of Windows 8.1. But this was not the only significant release of this week - Windows Phone 8 Update 3 is now available for early download for developers, while the official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 made a well timed debut along with Microsoft's Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 seemed to have saved AMD from extinction and Super User computer enthusiasts reminisced about floppy drives and disks. 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:

Windows 8.1: What a difference a year makes - Ars Technica reviewed the freshly released Windows 8.1 and found it a great improvement over its predecessor.

Windows Phone 8 Update 3 now available for developers (hands-on) - Windows Phone 8 Update 3 got an early release for developers, and it's now available for download.

What comes next after Windows 8.1? - With Windows 8.1 becoming commercially available, Mary Jo Foley discusses what's next for the operating system.

Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 now available - The official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 makes its debut together with Windows 8.1.

Download a 90-Day Trial of Windows 8.1 - For those not running Windows 8 on their computers, you now have the opportunity to try Windows 8.1 Entreprise for free.

Android and iOS meet Windows: Microsoft launches official remote desktop apps - The rumored Microsoft Remote Desktop app is now available for free, on both Android and iOS devices.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 make AMD profitable once more - Thanks to the two upcoming game consoles, AMD has managed to bounce back after years of losses.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Export a Contact to and Import a Contact from a vCard (.vcf) File in Outlook 2013 - How-To Geek showed users this week how to import their virtual business cards from personal information management programs into Outlook 2013.

What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for? - Super User programming enthusiasts took a nostalgic walk down memory lane and answered this question regarding old floppy drives.

Add beautiful wave effects and animation to your photos with Reflet - Reflet helps users add a reflection effect to their images and save the result as an animated GIF, JPG sequence or AVI video clip.

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