Best of the Web for Windows Users – 3 - 9 March 2014

This week has been full of leaks about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Due to these leaks we have learned a lot about what's coming from Microsoft and most of it is very exciting stuff. Learn more about these leaks plus other news, from this week's roundup.

The Best Tech Related News

We will start with a recap of this week's more interesting news:

You can download Windows 8.1 update 1 right now with a simple registry tweak [Update] - Microsoft has accidentely leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 through the official Windows Update service. Unfortunately the update is no longer available but you can still get it through unofficial channels.

Windows 8.1 ADK leaks, details Bing edition & MORE!! - This leak provides more information about the official naming of the upcoming update for Windows 8.1 and details about a new edition of Windows 8.1 that will be powered by Bing. This new edition will help OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive.

Skype Brings the World Closer Together, One Inbox at a Time - Skype for Outlook.com has been made available worldwide and it has received several improvements. Now you can download a plugin and link your Skype account to find your friends and do HD video calls. Learn more from this announcement published by Microsoft.

First dual-booting Windows Phone and Android handsets due this year - Official announcements are starting to show up about smartphone manufacturers planning to release dual-boot smartphones with Android and Windows Phone. We are looking forward to seeing more devices with this feature, including from big names like HTC or Samsung.

Facebook Messenger arrives in the Windows Phone Store - Great news for Windows Phone users: the Facebook Messenger app is now available worldwide. We tried it out and it works great. Also, feature wise, it seems to be on par with the iOS and Android versions.

Action Center in Windows Phone 8.1 will allow an app to display 20 notifications - New details have leaked about the upcoming notifications system in Windows Phone 8.1. We are very much looking forward for this update.

Microsoft hints DirectX 12 will also be supported by Xbox One - DirectX 12 will be revealed on March 20 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft has teased on Twitter that DirectX 12 will work on Xbox One and it seems that smartphones too will be included in the mix. We are looking forward to this event.

Prepare for Titanfall: Marc Whitten Provides Details on Xbox One March Update - Xbox One's March update has been released and here you can learn the final specs for this update.

That's it for this week's news about Microsoft and its ecosystem.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Next, we will share several articles and guides that are worth reading, from our friends in the tech blogosphere:

How to Stream a PC Game Online With Twitch TV - If you are a gamer and you want to stream your games online with Twitch TV, here's a guide on how this is done.

3 Power Tips To Get The Most Out Of GOM Media Player - GOM Player is one of our favorite media players. If you use it too, you will enjoy this mini-collection of tips about using it to its full potential.

Hands-On With Facebook Messenger For Windows Phone 8 - A detailed walkthrough of the new Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone 8 and how it works.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week's episode. If you have any comments, don't hesitate to use the comments form below.