Best of the Web for Windows Users – 21 - 27 September 2014

This week has been rather quiet, with a smaller amout of exciting news. The most important news doesn’t even come from Microsoft directly but from Samsung: they have decided to discontinue their laptop sales in Europe. Also, some new apps and updates are now available for Windows Phone users. To learn what happened this week in Microsoft’s consumer ecosystem, don’t hesitate to read our recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

A First Look at the Windows Technical Preview - Paul Thurrott got his hands on some exclusive information about the upcoming Windows Technical Preview. Read this article to learn more about what’s new in this version.

Cortana: How Microsoft will bring Windows 9, Windows Phone and Bing closer together - A very good editorial published by the team at Neowin, which is very much worth reading.

Announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter - Microsoft has announced a new peripheral: the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. The device is a lot like the Chromecast and allows you to turn nearly any display into a second screen. More details can be found in the official announcement and the video below.

Samsung laptops to be pulled from sale in Europe - Samsung has announced that it will stop selling laptops and Chromebooks in Europe, because of their disappointing sales.

Thinking About Tech Pluralism - A good editorial from Paul Thurrott and his view on how tech ecosystems should evolve in the future.

Xbox One’s Japanese sales go from bad to worse - Xbox One was recently launched in Japan and it seems that its sales are very anemic. Even the old Xbox 360 enjoyed better sales when it was launched.

Microsoft unleashes Lumia Cyan for 100 more Windows Phone and operator combos - Microsoft has confirmed that "100 more Windows Phone device/operator combos" are now getting the Lumia Cyan update. Expect this update to become available on many Lumias as soon as possible.

Nokia: "We're winding down Windows Phone app development" of HERE Maps - A Nokia executive has confirmed that the company is planning to significantly scale back its efforts on the Windows Phone front, as it moves to focus its resources instead on the much larger iOS and Android platforms. This news has stirred quite a lot of controversy and, as a result, Nokia came back with further clarification. You’ll find all the details in this news article.

Flipboard arrives on Windows Phone a year late by mistake without flipping feature - Unfortunately, Flipboard for Windows Phone was made available by mistake in the Store. It was an incomplete build without the flipping feature that’s the norm on Android and iOS.

Microsoft resurrects its WinHEC conference for hardware companies - Microsoft reimphasizes its newly found focus on hardware by ressurecting their old WinHEC events, standing for Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. Learn more from this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
Eight questions to ask before you buy your next smartphone - The end of the year is quickly coming our way and one of the things we will surely do is to buy lots of things, maybe even a new smartphone. But, before you purchase one, read Ed Bott’s guide.

How to Create a Windows To Go USB Drive Without the Enterprise Edition - A very useful tutorial for those of you who want to have Windows available on the go, on a simple USB memory stick.

GT Explains: DDR4 RAM and What It Means for Your Desktop - A new generation of RAM memory will make its way into tech shops and our computers. Here’s a description of its characteristics and what makes it better than existing DDR3 RAM.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s reading recommendations.