Best of the Web for Windows Users – 20 - 26 July 2014

This week Microsoft has announced their latest financial results which, unfortunately, were negatively impacted by the Nokia acquisition. It also announced a new Vice President for its Consumer Channels Group, a move which will hopefully have a positive impact on their sales and marketing activities with OEMs, operators and retail partners. New Microsoft stores will be opened across US and Canada and Windows Phone will enjoy new smartphones being launched as well as exciting new apps like the VLC Player. For all this and more, read this week's roundup of news about Microsoft's consumer ecosystem.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start with this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Microsoft Posts Strong Deferred Revenue, But Dinged by Troubled Nokia Sales - Microsoft has posted its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014. In this article you will learn more about where the company did great and were it did not so great, and how the Nokia acquisition has impacted both revenues and profits.

These are the thirteen new Microsoft Stores set to open in US and Canada over the next few months - In the next couple of months, Microsoft will open new stores across US and Canada. Learn their location from this news article.

Microsoft appoints former Best Buy exec to head its Consumer Channels Group - Microsoft has appointed Jude Buckley as its new Corporate Vice President of its Consumer Channels Group. He was most recently Chief Commercial Officer of Best Buy. His job will be to help Microsoft hone its sales and marketing activities with OEMs, operators and retail partners.

Microsoft is looking to patent Google Glass like headset - Microsoft has filed a patent for a device that appears to be a Google Gass competitor. You can learn more details about it from this news article.

IE was the most vulnerable web browser in the first half of 2014 - According to a new security report, Internet Explorer was the most vulnerable web browser in the first half of 2014. It seems that Internet Explorer was the most patched and most exploited product in the first half of the year, surpassing both Java and Flash. Is this because Microsoft has ended their support for Windows XP and malware creators are trying to take advantage of this? We can only speculate.

The Xbox One will get better every month for the foreseeable future - Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the content of the feature-rich updates has been planned through October, while monthly boosts will continue thereafter. In this article you can also learn what to expect from the next update, due in August.

Skype 5.0 for Android: find your friends automatically - Microsoft have launched Skype 5.0 for Android smartphones and tablets. Learn what to expect from this new version, from this official announcement.

Microsoft's Lumia 530 takes on Android at the low end - Starting next month Lumia 530 will be made available globally, including in the US. The only exciting thing about this new device is the price - 85 Euros or 114 USD. Its specs are not that impressive.

Microsoft's Live Lock Screen app now available for Windows Phone 8.1 - Microsoft has finally launched the Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone. You can learn more about what it does and how to download it, from this news article.

VLC for WP8 to hit beta soon - Good news for Windows Phone users: VLC will soon launch a beta version of their player for this operating system.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to analyze a program's Internet connections in a minute - A very useful tutorial featuring a free tool that anyone can use.

How to Self-Publish a Book - We know that some of our readers are interested in writing their own books. This guide details the steps involved in self-publishing your books.

How to Change "Search with Bing" in MS Word to Use Google Instead - A useful tip for Microsoft Word users that are not so keen on using Bing as their search engine in this application.