Best of the Web for Windows Users – 6 - 12 May 2013

This week in Windows 8 news, SkyDrive reached the 250 million users milestone and the YouTube app for Windows Phone has received a big update. Ars Technica took a look at Microsoft's development of the touch-centric Internet Explorer 10 from their research into iPad users to their "Magic Fingers Robot" tests. Adobe's killing off its Creative Suite retail version in favor of its cloud service and Microsoft and Klout are teaming up to bring expert answers to Bing searches. CIO Kevin Pashuk tested Microsoft's Surface Pro and ditched his iPad as a result. For all this and more, don't hesitate to read this week's episode.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news of the week:

CIO Road Test: Microsoft Surface Pro Beats Apple iPad - Kevin Pashuk, chief information officer at Appleby College in Canada, took the Surface Pro for a test drive and found it more than a match for the iPad. For a thorough analysis of the pros and cons he identified, and why exactly he has placed the Surface Pro above the iPad, we recommend reading this piece.

How Internet Explorer 10 was inspired by iPad users - Ars Technica takes a look at how Microsoft came to develop the "touch-centric" Internet Explorer 10 version. They share the gesture-enabled browser's journey from market research to development and testing via magic fingers robots.

Microsoft Mulling Nook Media LLC Purchase For $1 Billion - TechCrunch claims that it has obtained internal documents stating Microsoft's interest in taking over Nook's digital assets, for the lump sum of 1 billion dollars. Could there be any truth in it? There's no comment yet from Microsoft.

Under the influence: Bing lifts Klout to the top of search results - Microsoft partners up with Klout to provide answers at the top of Bing searches from the social ranking company's so-called ‘experts'. The Verge ponders at the possible success or failure of this latest attempt to grab a slice of Google's pie.

Adobe kills Creative Suite, goes subscription-only - A year after launching its $50-per-month plan, Adobe has made its Creative Cloud the only way to get new versions of its software suite. Apparently, most of their users prefer it that way.

Over 250M people using SkyDrive - Microsoft's SkyDrive has reached 250 million users and its creators celebrated the occasion with an interesting infographic.

The world of YouTube, designed for Windows Phone 8 - The Windows Phone 8 YouTube app received a big update, making it the best YouTube app of all. If you haven't grabbed it yet, just follow the link.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

Use Windows 7 but want the Windows 8 task manager? Here is your download - If you've been dreaming of using Windows 8's superior Task Manager but don't want to upgrade to Windows 8, here's a program that copies it faithfully. While there's still some bugs in it, don't worry, it won't replace your Windows 7 Task Manager and you can use it as a great alternative.

Add Comments to Formulas and Cells in Excel 2013 - How-To Geek shares a very useful tip for Excel 2013 users. It will come handy, especially when creating spreadsheets used by many users.

Watch 4 Idle - Set Your PC To Auto-Shutdown Or Run A Certain Program When It Is Idle - Watch 4 Idle is a useful desktop application that will turn off your computer for you when it's idle. If you want to learn more about how it works, don't hesitate to read also this tutorial: Set Your PC To Auto-Shutdown Or Run A Certain Program When It Is Idle.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week. If you have any comments or feedback, don't hesitate to use the form below.