Best of the Web for Windows Users – 9 - 15 November 2014

This was another busy week for Microsoft: they have released their first Microsoft Lumia smartphone, a new test build for Windows 10, they have rebranded Lync into Skype for Business and more. Learn more details about these events as well as others, from this week's recap:

The Best Tech Related News

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

What's new in Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 - This week Microsoft unveiled a third Windows 10 Technical Preview, now at build 9879. Neowin shares what's new in this test build.

Office apps jump to top of iOS App Store lists following free announcement - Microsoft's Office apps have jumped to the top of Apple's App Store charts. Word is currently in the top spot under the free category, Excel is holding the sixth spot and PowerPoint is at number nine.

Skype for Web brings voice and video calls to your browser - Microsoft is unveiling a beta version of Skype for Web, a new version of its audio and video calling service designed for browsers. The beta will work across modern versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari without the need to use Outlook.com.

Introducing Skype for Business - We were expecting this rebranding since Microsoft bought Skype. They have finally announced that the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365.

Bing Predicts beats industry pundits, gets it right in >95% of mid-terms - Overall, the Bing prediction engine gets a score of 95% accuracy. That is impressive and shows that the Bing prediction engine is versatile in the types of events it can aggregate and in which it can correctly select the winner.

Microsoft claims Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phones - The Lumia team says on Twitter that all Lumia Windows Phones with version 8.1 will get the Windows 10 upgrade next year, when it is relased.

The Lumia 535 is the first Microsoft-branded smartphone - Microsoft has released its first Lumia device without the Nokia brand. Learn more about what it has to offer, from this announcement.

New Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203 due soon, brings real-time Live Tile for Battery Saver - A new update is coming soon for Windows Phone users. Here's what's included in terms of new features.

Microsoft Finally Speaks Up on Xbox One Sales - Microsoft announced that it is about to pass a significant milestone, as sales of the Xbox One just keep increasing. It will shortly "have sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles." But what does this mean?

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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HTG Explains: Why Do So Many Geeks Hate Internet Explorer? - A very good read from our friends over at How-To Geek.

Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for Windows - Bitdefender has released a new free tool for Windows which helps you remove adware. Here's how it works and what you can do with it,.