Best of the Web for Windows Users – 31 March - 5 April 2014

This was one busy week for Microsoft. Their BUILD conference in San Francisco has definitely made the headlines on all tech blogs and for good reason: Microsoft and Nokia have made lots and lots of exciting announcements. If you want to get a good idea on what’s coming from Microsoft, you must read this week’s roundup.

The Best Tech Related News

As always, we will start by sharing this week's most interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem:

One week before its end of life, 28 percent of Web users are still on Windows XP - Even though Windows XP will receive its last-ever security update on April 8 next week, its usage worldwide is still high.

Watch this: Microsoft's three-hour Build keynote in seven minutes - The most important event of the week is Microsoft’s BUILD conference in San Francisco. During the event they have revealed many important products, updates, strategies and features. If you want a quick summary of the most important announcements, watch this video from The Verge.

Universal Apps to Bind Windows, Phone and Xbox One - Paul Thurrott comments on what is the most interesting news shared by Microsoft this week: a new universal apps infrastructure for Windows and Windows Phone and, soon, Xbox One.

Windows to be free on 9” and smaller tablets, also on IoT devices - Another great news from Microsoft: any Windows operating system to be free on small tablets and smartphones.

Microsoft to bring back Start menu, windowed apps to Windows - Microsoft has revealed only a sneak peak into future updates to Windows 8.1.

Office "Touch" for Windows to Outclass Version for iPad - Microsoft has shown bits and pieces of their upcoming touch version of Office for Windows. Paul Thurrott makes a brief comparison between what was shown and what Microsoft offers for the iPad.

Shocker: Office for iPad is a Smash Hit - As soon as Microsoft launched the Office for iPad, some commentators rushed to say that Microsoft is doing too little too late. Guess what? Office for iPad dominates the Apple Store.

Xbox password flaw exposed by five-year-old boy - A very nice story about a boy who has discovered a security issue on the Xbox One. Microsoft has fixed the issue, acknowledged his contribution and rewarded him for disclosing the issue.

The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer - A great presentation of Microsoft’s upcoming Cortana digital assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 and other platforms. You can also view the video below and get a good summary.

Nokia Lumia 930: simply the best of Microsoft and Lumia - Nokia has announced the upcoming launch of their Lumia 930. Here they have posted quite a bit of details about this smartphone.

Nokia announces the Lumia 630, dual-SIM and LTE Lumia 635 - Nokia has announced also two affordable smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1. You can find more details about this in this announcement.

Hands-on with Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia smartphones - Here are some early first impressions from Ars Technica, regarding Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phones.

Free HERE Drive+ for everyone with Windows Phone 8.1 - Great news for Windows Phone users without Nokia Lumia smartphones. The great HERE Drive+ app will be available for all Windows Phone users.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Before ending this week's episode, we would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

How to Move On After Windows XP Without Giving Up Your PC - A very complete guide on how to move off Windows XP, now that its official suport will be over.

How to Fix (and Adjust) Automatic Updating in Google Chrome - Many of our readers use Google Chrome as their browser. This in-depth guide from How-To Geek will surely be useful to them.

How to Access Apps and Sites Not Available in Your Country With Hola - An interesting browser add-on and mobile app presented by Guiding Tech.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in March 2014

We would like to end this episode with a recap of the most popular articles that were published in March 2014:

6 Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 8 & 8.1, Using Built-in Tools - This is an older tutorial that was updated last month to include even more ways of taking screenshots in Windows 8.1, without using any third-party tools.

Does ReadyBoost Work? Does It Improve Performance for Slower PCs? - A very in-depth analysis of the performance boost provided by ReadyBoost on computers with weak hardware configurations.

35 Keyboard Shortcuts That Increase Your Productivity in Windows 8.1 - A very good collections of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 users.

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