Best of the Web for Windows Users – 27 May – 2 June 2013

This week saw the official release of details concerning the upcoming Windows 8.1 update and many of the lead IT sites have debated its improvements and what they will mean for Windows users. Opera previewed its Next 15 browser inspired by its Android version, Razer launched the world's slimmest gaming notebook and Windows Phone Central took a look at the upcoming Nokia EOS 41MP PureView Windows Phone and the features that might make it stand out in the mobile market. 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:

Linux Guru: Microsoft Is Doing the Right Thing with Windows 8 - Canonical's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, had good things to say concerning the direction Microsoft has been taking with Windows 8.1 and pointed out that being the underdog for once, has given Microsoft the necessary drive for improvement.

Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1 - The official release straight from the horse's mouth, the Windows Blog listed the changes that will accompany the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

Windows 8.1 unveiled: will it change your mind about Windows 8? - ZDNet listed the many improvements that will accompany the release of Windows 8.1 and warns readers that, while the fact it's free might make people skeptical about it, it is in fact a major update.

One platform: how the Xbox One could change everything at Microsoft - The Verge took another look at the Xbox One now that spirits have cooled and found it promising, but also a big gamble for Microsoft to be taking.

Opera 15 provides a mish-mash of Opera features and the Chrome interface - Opera Software has released the preview of Opera 15, the first version of its desktop browser using the WebKit-derived Blink engine, sharing features with the recently released Android version.

Razer Announces Haswell-based Blade, Blade Pro Gaming Notebooks - Razer launched its third generation of gaming notebooks with two new models, one of which is a 0.66" thick notebook that boasts of being the slimmest in its category in the world. For the complete details, check out this very comprehensive article from AnandTech.

Report: Nokia EOS 41MP PureView Windows Phone in early trials at AT&T - Windows Phone Central took a closer look at the anticipated Nokia EOS 41MP and its specs and why this could be a game changer for Windows Phones.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Quickly Jump to a Date in Outlook 2013 - How-To Geek showed users this week how they can easily jump to a specific date, in Outlook 2013. A useful trick!

Fix: Your Purchase Couldn't Be Completed error while downloading Windows Store Apps - The Windows Club helped users fix the "Your Purchase Couldn't Be Completed" error or error codes like 0×80070422 in the Windows App Store.

Get A Clean Yet Complete YouTube Experience On Windows 8 With Hyper - Addictive Tips offered an alternative to the official YouTube app with Hyper. It has a slick design focused on viewing experience and allows users to access their YouTube accounts.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in May 2013

We published very different articles and guides this month but it seems that the ones related to networking were the most popular. Here are the top three articles we published in May 2013:

How to Share a Printer with the Network in Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Sharing printers is not the easiest thing in the world and many people are looking for guides to help them out. If you are having difficulties in sharing your printer, don't hesitate to read this tutorial.

How to Install a Windows 7 or 8 Network Shared Printer in Mac OS X - This guide is focused on installing a network shared printer in Mac OS X and one of the very few Mac OS X specific guides published on our website.

How to Determine What Version of Windows You Have Installed - I bet you won't know all the methods detailed in this article. Read it and find out if I won or lost this bet. :)

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