Best of the Web for Windows Users – 17 - 30 August 2014

Last weekend we did not publish a Best of the Web roundup because we took a small vacation break. Now we are back, sharing a summary of the most important news in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem for the last two weeks. Let's get started! There's plenty of good stuff for you to read.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start with the most important news of the week about Microsoft and its consumer ecosystem:

Munich, Germany realizes that deploying Linux was a disaster, going back to Windows - A couple of years ago, the city of Munich switched to Linux, citing lower costs and increased reliability. It turns that their productivity was suffering because of Linux and their real costs were not exactly lower. Now the city will switch back to Windows.

Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th - Microsoft plans to unveil its successor to Windows 8 next month, during a special press event. More details are shared in this news article.

Windows 'Threshold' and cadence: How fast is too fast? - Mary Jo Foley has some very interesting details about the upcoming public technical preview of Windows Threshold (Windows 9). You must read this article!

Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows - Microsoft has launched a tablet version of OneNote for Android and new features in their touch version for Windows. Learn more details from this news article.

Skype Chat notifications rebuilt around you - Skype has received several welcome improvements to the way it displays notifications on multiple devices. More details in this announcement.

OneDrive gets smarter on your phone: Access your work documents, new photo view, and search enhancements - All the mobile OneDrive apps have received updates and new features. A detailed log of all the improvements can be found in this official announcement.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 in September - Microsoft has revealed a new game in their long running Age of Empires franchise. It is being made for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 touchscreen devices. Learn more from this news article.

Spotify opens up free streaming on Windows Phone - Great news for Windows Phone users - they can now use Spotify to stream music for free, just like on Android and iOS.

How we're addressing misleading apps in Windows Store - Several blogs have complained that the Windows Store is filled with misleading apps. As a result, Microsoft is now taking action, cleaning up their store and removing some of those dodgy apps.

Starting Today, New Media Player App, New SmartGlass Features, and More Included in Xbox One Update - The latest update for Xbox One includes new features like a new Media Player app, new features for SmartGlass, a boot to TV option and more.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

Hybrid Hard Drives Explained: Why You Might Want One Instead of an SSD - A very good article, explaining the differences between hybrid hard drives, normal hard disks and SSDs.

How to Share Files Up to 10 GB on the Web, iOS and Android with WeTransfer - We're big fans of WeTransfer and highly recommend this transfer service to anyone who is willing to give it a try.

GraphiTabs Shows Windows & Tabs In A Tree Layout For Better Management [Chrome] - A very interesting tab management extension for Google Chrome. Try it out!

The Best of 7 Tutorials in August 2014

We would like to end this episode with a recap of the most popular articles that we published in August 2014:

Reviewing Linksys WRT1900AC - Is this the best router in the world? - Linksys WRT1900AC is a very powerful and expensive router. We're happy to see our review being so popular with our readers. It took us quite of bit of time to make it.

5 Fun & Geeky Things You Can Do With the Telnet Client - This article shares several fun and unexpected uses for Telnet - an outdated protocol that can still be today. At least for having fun, if not for doing real work.

Security for Everyone - Reviewing Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 - This month Kaspersky has launched their 2015 version of security products. We were one of the first websites in the world to review this new generation and we're happy it made it on our list with this month's most popular articles.