Best of the Web for Windows Users – 18 - 24 November 2013

This week saw the much anticipated launch of the Xbox One and the top tech websites were quick to review it and pit it against the PlayStation 4. Meanwhile Windows Phone Central turned its head in a different direction and reviewed the Nokia's first tablet, the Lumia 2520. Winamp will shelved by AOL, but might find new life with Microsoft. The Redmond giant is also rumored to be courting French media web based music streaming service, Deezer. 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:

Xbox One review: A game console with much bigger aspirations - The Verge reviewed the Xbox One and found that Microsoft is playing the long game with some of the console's features, still new and underdeveloped, leaving room for expansion in the future, much in the vein of its predecessor, the Xbox 360, only in a whole new direction. The video review can be viewed below.

Head-to-head: Everything you need to know in the PS4 vs. Xbox One battle - Now that both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 have been launched, Ars Technica wrote a comprehensive comparison between the two rival consoles, but ultimately recommended players wait for further releases before upgrading.

Winamp to Be Discontinued on December 20, 2013 - Marking the end of an era, Winamp, once one of the most popular media players on the market, will end its 15 year old life in December. There is a glimmer of hope though: Microsoft is in talks to buy Winamp!

Source: Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL - After the announcement that AOL is shutting down Winamp, Microsoft seems to want to save the once popular music player from an early retirement.

Rumor #2: Microsoft May Acquire Deezer Music Service - Deezer, a French web based music streaming service, looking to expand to the US, has been rumored to be courted by Microsoft, as a potential purchase.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Review - Windows Phone Central reviewed Nokia's first foray into the tablet market, the Lumia 2520.

YouTube is on Xbox One - YouTube has announced its official app for Xbox one.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Adblock Plus and (a little) more - Adblock Plus, the number one adblocking extension now offers a way to customize your YouTube experience by removing not just unwanted ads, but also comments, featured videos and more.

8 Reasons Why The Windows Desktop is Awesome - How-To Geek listed some of the best reasons why the Windows Desktop is great.

Easily Password-Protect & Hide Folders Without Installing An App - Addictive Tips showed users how to easily password protect and hide folders using only a small executable file of an program named Anvide Lock Folder.

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