Best of the Web for Windows Users – 8 - 14 June 2014

This week there was a lot of talk about Windows Phone and new and important apps being made available for this platform. Also, we have learned what is coming to Xbox One in terms of future updates and Microsoft has released new firmware updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 users. To learn about this and more, read this week's recap.

The Best Tech Related News

As always, let's start with a recap of this week's most interesting news in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem:

Alienware Steam Machine now a Windows PC for the living room - Alienware plans to take the PC into the living room with a new PC called the Alpha. It will have Windows 8.1, an Xbox 360 controller and Steam.

Microsoft updates Surface 2 and Pro 2 with new firmware - Good news for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 users: Microsoft has released new firmware that solves problems with sleep state transitions.

Xbox One July Update Preview - Microsoft has shared details about next month's update for Xbox One. The novelties are not that exciting, at least not in our view. The most interesting feature seems to be the choice of spoken language as users will get more options.

Skype's new Windows Phone-style iPhone app is available now - Microsoft has released version 5.0 of the Skype app for iOS, which includes a completely new user interface design that mirrors the design of its Windows Phone platform.

Goodbye, Pure: near-term, post-transition guidance for ex-Nokians regarding their branded future - Leaked documentation has made its way onto the Internet. It offers some insight regarding how branding will be handled as Microsoft integrates the Nokia acquisition.

Cortana questions answered about India, the recent update, new features and more - New details have emerged regarding Cortana, its future updates, features and availability in different markets.

Digital Summit: Microsoft Aims for Smartphones That Run for a Week - Microsoft is working on tweaking the software or design of mobile devices so they use available battery life more efficiently. Learn more from this article.

Official Pinterest App Now Available For Windows Phone Devices - Pinterest now has an official app in the Windows Phone Store. It was launched as a beta version so expect bug fixes and new features coming soon.

Fitbit confirms Windows Phone 8.1 app in development - Fitbit - a popular manufacturer of wearable devices has announced that it is developing a Windows Phone 8.1 app for its fitness smartbands.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

At the end of this roundup, we would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

How to Turn an Old PC Into a Home File Server - A geeky and useful guide from our friends at How-To Geek.

All the Awesome Stuff You Can Do with Google+ Photos - Do you remember Google+? It turns out that you can do some cool stuff with it, when it comes to photos and editing them.

New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android - Firefox 30 is out now. Learn what's new in this version from this presentation.