Best of the Web for Windows Users – 28 October - 3 November 2013

This week, the Microsoft Remote Desktop app reached 1 million downloads after only 10 days of availability and Nokia managed to grab the number 4 spot in the US smartphone market. Also, Outlook 2013 RT is now available for download in the Windows Store. Paul Thurrott had a look at Microsoft's upcoming marketing campaign for the holidays, while Ars Technica dismissed gamer's concerns over the differences between the two leading next generation game consoles - the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 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 Remote Desktop app reaches 1 Million downloads - Just ten days after its official launch, the Microsoft Remote Desktop app has reached 1 million downloads making it the fastest growing Android app ever developed by Microsoft.

Nokia Becomes the Fourth Largest Smartphone Brand in USA in Q3 2013 - Nokia managed to snatch 4% of the US smartphone market this last financial quarter, making it the 4th most popular brand in the country.

Outlook 2013 RT Final for Windows RT 8.1 Released for Download - The full version of Outlook 2013 RT is now available for download in the Windows Store.

Microsoft's Plan to Sell Windows This Holiday Season - Paul Thurrott revealed Microsoft's marketing campaign for this coming holiday season, complete with its aims and reasons.

Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen - In an effort to further expand the scope of its user data collection, Facebook is now testing software that might track minute user interactions.

Op-ed: Why I'm not too worked up about the next-gen console resolution wars - A closer look at the differences between the next two generation consoles - the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - and the reasons why they are not worth all the arguments they have sparked.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Add the Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2013 - For those that need to do calculations while using Excel, How-To Geek showed its users how to add the Calculator to its quick access toolbar.

10 Best Websites to Download Free Audiobooks - For all you audiobook enthusiasts, Guiding Tech rounded up the best places on the web you can get them for free.

Cometdocs For Desktop Adds A PDF Converter To Windows Context Menu - Addictive Tips recommended this very handy tool that can be added to your Windows context menu. You can use it to transform all kinds of files into PDFs as well as convert PDFs into other formats.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in October 2013

Last but not least, we would like to share the best articles we have published this month:

Introducing Windows 8.1: What's New About Libraries? - Windows 8.1 changes many things about the Libraries feature. Learn the complete list of changes from this guide.

How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1 - Another area where many surprising changes have been made in Windows 8.1 is the management of wireless network connections. This guide will come in handy to all Windows 8.1 users.

Download the Desktop Shortcut to PC Settings, for Windows 8 & 8.1 - A useful download, created by us, for everyone that wants to have a PC Settings shortcut on their Desktop.

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.