Best of the Web for Windows Users – 31 August - September 6 2014

This week there was lots of good news about Windows Phone. We have both new devices (including the Selfie smartphone) and new accessories being announced. Also, new information and rumors have surfaced about Windows 9. It was a very interesting week and we highly recommend that you read our recap.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start with the most important news of the week about Microsoft and its consumer ecosystem:

Windows as a service: What's Threshold got to do with it? - Mary Jo Foley has some interesting details about how Microsoft intends to go about building and offering Windows as a Service, with the upcoming version of Windows. It is definitely worth reading.

I think the Windows Phone brand is on the way out - Many journalists and industry analysts have observed that Microsoft is slightly turning away from the Windows Phone brand. The are calling it Windows. With the upcoming release of Windows 9 - the first unified operating system for all platforms, we believe that this move makes sense. Most probably we will have only Windows. Goodbye Windows RT and Windows Phone! What do you think about this possible move on Microsoft's part? Do you think it is a good idea?

Lumia 830 announced by Microsoft at IFA 2014, high-end features in an affordable package - Microsoft have revealed what they call "the affordable flagship." Here's what this smartphone will offer to users in terms of specifications.

Nokia Lumia 730 and 735 'selfie' phones announced by Microsoft at IFA 2014 - The Selfie smartphone has been revealed. It features an impressive 5 megapixel front-facing camera and other goodies. Learn more about its specifications from this news article.

MORE ACCESSORIES FOR #MORELUMIA - Microsoft also revealed some new accessories to compliment its new smartphone range. They will launch a screen sharing device, some new wireless charging plates and a few charging shells. More details in this article.

Opera Mini browser taking sign ups to beta test Windows Phone version - This is really good news for Windows Phone users - it seems that we are going to also get an Opera Mini browser. We are very excited and we can't wait to see it launched for this platform.

Microsoft stock hits highest price since 1999 - It looks like Microsoft's stock has hit yet another record high. The launch of the new Lumia models and the upcoming reveal of Windows 9 have raised the market's confidence in Microsoft.

Skype 1.8 for Xbox One now has photo viewing and enhanced Snap experience - The Skype app for Xbox One has receive an update which brings several new features to its users. Learn more from this announcement.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

How to Properly Clean All Your Gadgets Without Ruining Them - This is a very good and useful guide from Lifehacker. You should read it.

Does every OS need RAM? - A very interesting discussion on Super User from which you will learn a lot.

How To Sync Ebook Read Positions Between Devices - If you are using a Kindle or an Android tablet to read digital books, then you will be interested in reading this guide.

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