Best of the Web for Windows Users – 2 - 8 November 2014

This was another busy week for Microsoft. They have announced a partnership with Dropbox, the Skype Translator Early Preview and the fact that they will soon release their first Microsoft Lumia smartphone. To learn more about these events, as well as other interesting things, read this week's roundup:

The Best Tech Related News

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Apple, Microsoft And Google Are World's Most Valuable Brands - Microsoft has been rated as the world's second most valuable brand, after Apple. Learn more details in this news article.

More Office. Everywhere you need it - Microsoft has released their Office for Android Tablet Preview program. Learn more details about it from this official announcement.

Dropbox and Microsoft form surprise partnership for Office integration - Microsoft has partnered with Dropbox and now offers Office integration with Dropbox. Also, Dropbox will soon offer an official Dropbox app for Windows Phone. More details in this news article.

Unlimited OneDrive storage starts rolling out for Office 365 users - If you have a subscription to the Office 365 service, you should be receiving an email very soon-- if you have not already-- informing you that you now have additional storage.

Skype Translator Early Preview – Sign-Up Opens Today - Remember Microsoft's breakthrough in real-time speech translation that was demonstrated a couple of months ago? Now you can try it out yourself by registering to the Skype Translator Early Preview program.

Microsoft's first Lumia is coming on Tuesday - Microsoft is planning to launch its first Lumia smartphone on Tuesday next week. The Verge has some details about what to expect from this device.

VLC for Windows Phone will be here really soon, shown off on video - If you are a Windows Phone user and have been waiting for an official VLC app, the wait is nearly over. Neowin has revealed that the VLC team is building the Windows Phone version and the release could happen before the end of the month.

Cortana is reportedly starting to speak Spanish and Italian - Microsoft may have made more updates to its Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 that apparently expand its language support to include Spanish and Italian. Windows Phone Central has more details.

It really is a new Microsoft - Satya Nadella faced plenty of skepticism when he took the job of being Microsoft's CEO earlier this year. But even skeptics have to admit that things have changed in Redmond. Here are four things the old Microsoft would never have done.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

6 Popular Operating Systems Offering Encryption by Default - Popular operating systems are increasingly using encryption by default, giving everyone the benefit of encryption without the hassle. Here are 6 operating systems that allow you to encrypt your device without installing third-party apps and programs.

The Best Hidden Features of VLC - We know that many of our readers are fans of the VLC player. Here are some hidden features that you might enjoy using.

Suppress Ask Toolbar, McAfee Security Scan and other Java offers - If you have to install Java on your computer and you want to get rid of its bundled crapware, then read this tutorial, follow its instructions and install it crapware free.