Best of the Web for Windows Users – 26 August - 1 September 2013

This week, Windows 8.1 was finalized and sent to manufacturers, but Microsoft made a controversial call by holding it back from developers until the general release date. However that didn't stop this version from being leaked online. Ed Bott analyzed the possible reasons behind this decision. The Xbox Live Marketplace got a makeover and will be known from now on as the Xbox Games Store. Microsoft is taking part in a bid for an equity stake in Foursquare Labs. And speaking of Foursquare, its first official app for large-screen devices is now available exclusively for Windows 8. 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:

Windows 8.1 RTMs -- but developers won't get it until October - Microsoft has sent the final Windows 8.1 version to hardware manufacturers but, for the first time in its history, will be holding it back from developers and other partners that are using the MSDN/Technet channels.

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64 has leaked - The English version of Windows 8.1 RTM has been leaked. However, for those of you too eager to wait until October, proceed with caution, this is after all a non-official release!

Why is Microsoft keeping the final release of Windows 8.1 secret? - ZDNet's Ed Bott looked at Microsoft's decision to hold back the final release of Windows 8.1 from developers and the potential reasons behind it.

Xbox Live Marketplace rebranded as Xbox Games Store - Xbox 360's online marketplace was rebranded this week as the Xbox Games Store, ahead of the Xbox One's launch in November.

Microsoft, AmEx Said to Compete for Foursquare Stake - Inside sources have told Bloomberg that Microsoft and American Express are competing for a share in Foursquare Labs.

Foursquare for Windows 8 now available in the Windows Store - The first official Foursquare app for large-screen devices is now available exclusively for Windows 8.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Why You Should Worry Whenever a Service's Password Database is Leaked - How-To Geek analyzed password safety claims by services that suffered leaks and shared the best password practices with their users.

GT Explains: What is an FTP Server and How Do I Set It Up? - For all those unfamiliar with FTP servers, Guiding Tech provides a detailed explanation of what they are and how to set them up.

How To Buffer Full YouTube Videos Before Playing - If you hate your videos on YouTube stopping midway, Addictive Tips offers a solution through the YouTube Center browser extension, that helps your videos buffer fully before playing them.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in August 2013

Before you go, don't forget to read the top three articles we published in August 2013:

How to Install Windows 8.1 RTM On Your Computer - With Windows 8.1 being finalized by Microsoft a few days ago, it is no surprise that the interest is high and that our installation guide is the most popular tutorial we published in August 2013.

How to Pin Special Items to the Taskbar in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - Do you want to learn how to pin to the taskbar special items like: categories in Windows/File explorer, Favorites, Administrative tools and Control Panel items? Then, this guide is for you.

How to View a List with All Shared Network Folders in Windows - A brief but very useful tutorial. We loved writing it and we love it that you enjoyed it in such high numbers.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.