Best of the Web for Windows Users – 2 - 8 December 2013

This week was not as exciting as the previous two weeks but we've found some good stuff nonetheless. In this episode we share some great editorials published by The Verge and Ars Technica, rumors about Microsoft's plans to update its Windows-based platforms and good news regarding the Nokia purchase. For all this and much more, read this week's episode.

The Best Tech Related News

As usual, let's start with the most interesting news of the week:

Microsoft codename 'Threshold': The next major Windows wave takes shape - Mary Jo Foley has information about Microsoft's plans to update their Windows-based platforms, including Xbox One.

Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks? - A very good editorial from The Verge regarding Microsoft's recent campaign against Chromebooks. Why are they doing this?

European Union Clears Microsoft's Purchase of Nokia - Good news regarding Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia - the EU has given their OK for the transaction to go ahead. Microsoft is expected to close the Nokia devices and services deal in early 2014.

Microsoft disrupts botnet that generated $2.7M per month for operators - Details about Microsoft's effort to disrupt a network of infected computers and servers that were part of a large click-fraud network.

Microsoft labels US government a 'persistent threat' in plan to cut off NSA spying - A very good article describing Microsoft's efforts to cut off NSA spying from its network and provide more protection to its customers.

Amazon has Xbox One consoles back in stock - Microsoft's availability of Xbox One consoles is improving across their stores and online.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

13 Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013 - A great list of add-ons for Firefox, put together by Mozilla. I've found some great picks in this list.

Beginner Geek: How to Host Your Own Website on Windows (WAMP) - Do you want to experiment with hosting your own website on your Windows computer? Here's how it is done.

2 Useful OneNote Integration Extensions For Better Productivity - Guiding Tech put together a list of extensions that will make you more productive when using Microsoft's OneNote.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.