Best of the Web for Windows Users – 30 September - 6 October

Microsoft is preparing for its Windows 8.1 launch and it is starting to communicate many changes that will take place with this launch. Also, there are many discussions and speculations about possible strategies with Windows Phone and what will the Xbox One be capable of doing, in comparison with the Sony PlayStation 4. For all this and more, read this week's roundup.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's recap the most interesting news of the week about Microsoft and its ecosystem:

Microsoft Raises Limits on Windows 8.1/RT App Installs - If you are like me, you will love this change. I actually had issues in Windows 8 because of this limitation.

Everything you need to know about your Windows 8.1 upgrade options - Microsoft is preparing for its upcoming Windows 8.1 product launch and Ed Bott summarizes your upgrade options, their cost and other useful details.

Rumor: Microsoft offering to drop Windows Phone license fee for HTC - A very interesting rumor for a strategy that has the potential to make good things happen.

Hands-on: Dell ups its game with new Android and Windows 8.1 tablets - Dell is launching new tablets and devices. Here you can learn more about their specs and how they look.

Google is building Chrome OS straight into Windows 8 - News of a very interesting approach from Google - offering their Chrome operating system as a Windows 8 app, in the Windows Store.

Microsoft to unlock more GPU power for Xbox One developers - This discussion reveals very interesting technical details about Xbox One. One such detail is that "Xbox One reserves 10 per cent of graphics resources for Kinect and apps functionality". For this and much more, read this article.

One month after Nokia deal, what is Microsoft's plan? - The Verge has published a very grounded article on Microsoft's strategy and immediate challenges. A great read.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We will close this week's roundup with a couple of tutorials that are worth reading:

SkyDrive introduces smart files in Windows 8.1 - This is a very good discussion about what's new with SkyDrive in Windows 8.1. We will also share more about it but until then, don't hesitate to watch the videos shared by Microsoft.

10 Useful Features Hidden in VLC, The Swiss Army Knife of Media Players - If you use VLC, you should read this geeky guide from How-To Geek.

How to Use Outlook.com As a Free Mail Server for Your Domain - A very detailed tutorial for those who love Microsoft's Outlook.com email service.

I hope you enjoyed this week's roundup. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.