Best of the Web for Windows Users – 4th Week of April 2013

The last week of April has been a busy one in tech news. Microsoft announced plans to expand the availability of Surface devices to different countries in Europe and Asia. Ed Bott took an in-depth look at Microsoft and Apple's quarterly results and came up with some interesting conclusions. Soluto's report for most reliable Windows PCs, surprisingly enough, put rival Apple's Macbook Pro at the top of the chart. Meanwhile, WP Central wonders why, despite their growth, the Windows tablets are not taking a bigger chunk of the market and The Verge rounded up the next generation Xbox rumors in anticipation of its grand unveiling next month. For links to these stories and more, just scroll down.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news this week:

Apple versus Microsoft: the ticker tape tells the tale - Ed Bott took a closer look at the quarterly results of old rivals Microsoft and Apple to see where they stand. He concluded that Apple may have reached its zenith and Microsoft is smartly enough not putting all its eggs in one basket. Microsoft is betting on its less exciting Business Division and Server and Tools to keep it in the game and it's working.

Expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT Availability - Availability of Surface Pro and Surface RT is finally expanding to the rest of the world in May and June 2013! The Windows 8 tablets will become available in Western and Northern Europe as well as Australia and a few countries in Asia.

Microsoft grabs 7.5 percent of the tablet market, leaves room for improvement - While figures for the Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets have gone up considerably since last year, they have still failed to grab a bigger portion of the market. WPcentral tries to look at their performance and see what's holding them back.

Want the most reliable Windows PC? Buy a Mac (or maybe a Dell) - Looking at Soluto's report on most reliable portable Windows computers, ZDNet came up with some surprising discoveries: PC giants HP and Samsung failed to make it on the list and the number one place was earned by the competition, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The rise and fall of AMD: How an underdog stuck it to Intel - In the first of a two part series, Ars Technica chronicles the rise of Jerry Sanders' AMD from a second-source supplier for companies using Intel processors in the 70s to the height of its success in 2000.

The new Xbox: what do we know about Microsoft's next console? - The Verge rounded up the rumors concerning the Xbox 720 console prior to its unveiling next month, on May 21st.

Nokia Plans May 14 London Event to Talk About Its Next Windows Phones - Nokia promised to share details about the future of its Lumia line up, at a press conference in London on May 14th.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

Why is an.ISO called an.ISO? - The Super User community took a crack at defining .ISO disc images with some interesting answers, including where the abbreviation comes from. Do you think it's from the International Organization for Standardization which instated it? Well, think again!

HTG Explains: Why a Windows Password Doesn't Protect Your Data - How-To Geek explains the finer details of computer data protection and why, while it can protect you from casual snoopers, a Windows password will not keep your data safe from people with the right knowledge and direct access to your laptop.

Top 10 Free Archivers For Windows, Mac and Linux - GuidingTech has shared a good list of archiving tools, that work on multiple platforms. Read it and pick the archiver that is most useful to you.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in April 2013

Before we end the month, we would like to recap the most popular articles we published in April. If you haven't read them yet, don't hesitate to do so now:

How to Share Folders from Mac OS X with Windows 7 & Windows 8 PCs - Not many websites have up-to-date tutorials about how to network Mac OS X devices with Windows PCs. We started updating our series of networking articles, so that it works with the latest version of OS X. If you own a Mac, you should check it out.

How to Change the Workgroup in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - This is a simpe networking tip that will solve many issues when trying to share files, folders and devices between multiple computers.

How To Improve Windows & File Explorer Using Folder Options - A very useful guide, sharing how to improve the way Windows Explorer and File Explorer works in Windows 7 and Windows 8. It shares some useful settings you should consider changing.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week! Please don't hesitate to recommend news items for next week's article in the comments section below.