Best of the Web for Windows Users – 6 - 12 April 2014

This week was all about major security problems on the Internet and products such as Windows XP and Office 2003 being retired by Microsoft. Not as exciting as last week but interesting nonetheless. For a good overview of what has happened in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem, read this week's episode:

The Best Tech Related News

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

Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements - Microsoft has made the Windows 8.1 Update available for free, to all Windows 8.1 users. Here's a good summary of what's new. We highly recommend that you install it via Windows Update.

The XPocalypse is upon us: Windows XP support has ended - Official support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 has ended this week. Ars Technica takes a look at the security implications of using this operating system, especially for businesses.

Why Heartbleed is the most dangerous security flaw on the web - The week has started with some really bad news about security on the Internet. This ‘catastrophically bad' bug has left Yahoo, Imgur, and countless other services vulnerable to all kinds of security issues.

Looking at the Web with Internet Explorer 6, one last time - Together with Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 will also go away. This is a good visual tour of what it means to browse the modern web using Internet Explorer 6. The horror!

Microsoft experiments with making Windows Live Tiles interactive - Great news coming from Microsoft researchers: they are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles. Learn more from Mary Jo Foley.

GoPro Launching on Xbox 360; YouTube on Xbox One Adding Enhanced Video Sharing - Microsoft has rolled out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube, making it easier to capture and share game clips on YouTube.

Microsoft OS chief Myerson on the future of 'One Windows' - The head of Microsoft's unified operating system group, Terry Myerson, shares more details on Microsoft's one Windows vision in an interview with Mary Jo Foley. A very good read.

Surface mini: A few more details about the upcoming device - New details have surfaced about the upcoming Surface Mini.

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:

Lesson 1: User Accounts, Groups, Permissions & Their Role in Sharing - I have start my first important collaboration with How-To Geek. Together we have published my first How-To Geek School series about Windows Networking. Read the first lesson in this series.

What the "Heartbleed" Security Bug Means For You - A brief overview of what the recent "Heartbleed" security bug means for Internet users and what they can do to protect themselves.

10 Places To Visit in Google Street View For A Breathtaking Experience - A very nice collection of locations you may want to visit using Google Street View.

That's it for this week's roundup. I hope that you have enjoyed our recommendations.