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

This week, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division has dominated the news. Statistics company Net Applications has changed its formula for measuring the usage of operating systems worldwide which lead to some eyebrow raising results. The eagerly awaited Surface Pro 2 and its accessories have been confirmed by Neowin, while pictures of a Lumia 920 with the new Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update allegedly installed, have surfaced on the internet. 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:

What exactly did Microsoft just buy from Nokia? A visual guide - A useful infographic about what Microsoft got from its deal with Nokia and what it didn't.

The Nokia purchase: Microsoft starts turning in to Microhard - Ars Technica analyzed the reasons, both official and speculative, behind Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division.

For Microsoft and Nokia, fewer secrets - CNet tried to answer a few questions concerning Microsoft's surprise acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division and what Microsoft can now do with Nokia in-house that it couldn't do before.

New stats show Windows 8 usage up sharply as XP usage plummets - The dramatic change in numbers has however a reasonable explanation: Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage.

Microsoft Prepping a Surface Docking Station - Official sources have revealed that Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 will get a desktop docking solution. Also, you can learn more about the Surface Pro 2 and what's expected to be new about this device.

Sony offers a magnetic solution to the Windows 8 hybrid problem - Sony has now entered the flipping laptop game! The company introduced their new VAIO multi-flip PC at IFA in Berlin this week.

Screenshots of Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and Nokia's Bittersweet Shimmer surface - Pictures of a Lumia 920 supposedly sporting the new Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update, were leaked earlier this week and Windows Phone Central's inside sources have confirmed their authenticity.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

3 Command Prompt Alternatives That Are Better than the Default - Guiding Tech presented its readers with 3 modern and customizable alternatives to the classic Command Prompt.

Benchmarked: Will a "Game Booster" Improve Your PC Gaming Performance? How-To Geek had a look at software claiming to boost the gaming experience by putting computers into ‘game mode'. Do they really work? HTG seems doubtful!

What is the function of the four pins on my SSD? - The Super User got technical this week, trying to find the use of four mysterious pins present on SSD drives.

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