Best of the Web for Windows Users – 5 - 11 October 2014

This week as quieter than the previous one. Now that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for anyone who wants to give it a try, most people commented about what's new and what will be different in the Windows ecosystem, after Windows 10 is launched. In addition to this interesting commentary there were some news about updates for Skype, OneDrive and future accessory support for Surface Pro 3. Learn more from this week's recap:

The Best Tech Related News

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Windows 10 doesn't fix the desktop—it fixes Windows 8's reputation - A very good opinion article from Ars Technica, about Windows 10. It is very much worth reading.

Windows 10's very different way of updating - With Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is giving us a sneak peek into its future model of updating Windows.

Microsoft says it's fully committed to Surface as it reveals future accessory support - Microsoft is trying to tempt more businesses by revealing that existing Surface Pro 3 Type Covers, power adapters, and docking stations, will be compatible with the "next generation" of the Surface Pro line.

Surface Pro 3 pen control app now available for download - Microsoft has released Surface Pro 3 pen pressure control panel app in the Windows Store under the vague name Surface Hub. If you are a Surface Pro 3 user, you should check it out.

Improved Skype desktop clients for a dynamic new chat experience - Microsoft has released new versions of Skype for Windows and Mac. Learn what's new from this announcement.

Improved Adobe relationship shows Microsoft's commitment to software partners - At its annual MAX conference, Adobe revealed a close partnership with Microsoft. The bigger news, however, was how closely the companies are working on the next versions of Adobe's Creative Cloud applications.

Phil Spencer confirms custom backgrounds, screenshots for Xbox One - A Microsoft representative has confirmed that Xbox One will be receiving custom backgrounds, themes and screenshot functionality in the future.

Updates for iOS: PIN code support and new features for iOS8 - The OneDrive app for iOS8 is getting new features and updates. Learn more from the official announcement.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software - A very useful guide on the best alternatives for Adobe's great but expensive Creative Suite.

It's Time to Criticize Windows 10 While We Still Have a Chance - This is an editorial we very much agreee with. If you have the time and energy to test the Windows 10 Technical Preview, don't hesitate to provide as much feedback as possible, as publicly as possible.

Evernote new features include Scannable, Moleskine, Presentation Mode, etc. - Evernote has released new features for its note-taking product. You can learn more about them from this overview presentation.