Best of the Web for Windows Users – 21 - 27 October 2013

Stephen Elop opened the Nokia World 2013 event in Adu Dhabi on Tuesday and introduced six new products, among them Nokia's first tablet as well as its line of 6-inch Lumias. Reviews for the second generation of Microsoft Surface tablets have been published by several leading IT news sites. A complete official changelog for the upcoming Windows Phone Update 3 was published. Office 365 Home Premium hit the 2 million subscriber mark and Microsoft ended the 4th financial quarter with strong results. 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:

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 - The second generation of Microsoft's Surface tablets was released and Wired found that, much like the Windows 8.1 update, it brought great improvements to their predecessors.

Microsoft publishes Update 3 changelog on Windows Phone site - Microsoft has now published the full changelog for the upcoming Update 3 for the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Nokia brings its biggest Lumias yet, including a Windows RT tablet - Nokia's first tablet alongside several new handsets, among them the Lumia 1520 and 1320 with 6-inch displays, were unveiled in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review - A detailed hands-on review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, by the great folks at AnandTech.

Microsoft posts strong Q4 earnings, enterprise growth offsets PC slowdown - Despite declining PC sales, Microsoft has wrapped up the 4th quarter strongly due to their growing devices and services division.

Microsoft hits 2 million-plus Office 365 Home Premium subscriber mark - Office 365 Home Premium subscribers have doubled in the last five months, reaching 2 million this week.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Apply a Business Card Template to a Contact and Customize it in Outlook 2013 - If you like to keep your contacts in the business card format, you can easily adjust them in Outlook 2013, with this handy tutorial from How-To Geek.

How to Use the Google+ Image Editor to Adjust and Add Effects to Images - Google Plus lets you edit and add effects to the images you upload, Guiding Tech shows you how to use it.

Microsoft releases 10 new Themes to celebrate Windows 8.1 release - 10 new stunning official themes for Windows 8.1 are now available for free download.

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