Best of the Web for Windows Users – 10 - 16 February 2014

This was yet another busy week, with lots of announcements, both positive and negative. To give you some examples: Microsoft delivered several improvements to Skype and SkyDrive while recent sales numbers for Windows 8 and Xbox One were not as impressive as expected. To learn more details, don't hesitate to read this week's episode.

The Best Tech Related News

Here's the news summary for this week:

Microsoft Updates Desktop SkyDrive on Windows 8.1 - Recent Windows Updates bring welcome changes and improvements to the SkyDrive experience on the Desktop, in Windows 8.1. Learn more from this news article.

Exclusive: OneDrive to offer bonus free storage for friends referral and camera roll backup - This is a rumor and a very positive one: with the upcoming SkyDrive rebranding, users will enjoy more storage space and better offers.

Skype's Enhanced Chat Experience - The chat experience on Skype has been improved. Your conversations are now synchronized across devices and you will be able to continue the conversations started on your PC from your smartphone or tablet, exactly from where you left off.

New Screenshot Leak Shows Windows Phone 8.1 "Action Center" - Windows Phone 8.1 looks like a very promising update. Here is further news about what it will include.

Nokia to release an Android phone this month - This seems too weird to be true: Nokia releasing an Android phone just before their aquisition is finalized? I hope these rumors will not be proven true.

Microsoft: More than 200 million Windows 8 licenses sold - This number of licenses doesn't include those volume license sales to enterprise. Unfortunately this means that Windows 8 has less traction than Windows 7 did when it was launched.

Sony: PS4 "nearly doubles" Xbox One's US sales in January - This is yet more not-so-positive news for Microsoft. To put things into a better perspective, it would be great to compare global sales numbers, but they are not available at this time.

Microsoft building an 'Xbox Reading' app for Windows 8 - A recent discovery by a Chinese blog notes that Microsoft is looking to hire a software design engineer to build "a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics." Does this mean a new Xbox Reading app for Windows 8?

Multiplayer and Party Updates for Xbox One Coming in March - Microsoft has revealed more about the improvements that will come in the first major update for Xbox One.

Xbox One Media Remote leaked by Amazon Canada, coming early March - It seems that, in March, Microsoft will launch an Xbox One Media remote that will aim to improve your TV experience on the Xbox One.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Next, we would like to recommend some useful guides from the tech blogosphere:

Mouse DPI and Polling Rates Explained: Do They Matter for Gaming? - A great guide from How-To Geek, explaining everything you need to know about the Dots per inch (DPI) specification in gaming mice and its real impact when gaming.

Top 6 Add-ons For Using the Firefox Sidebar Like a Pro - A good guide for Firefox users and how they can use the sidebar to be more productive.

Facebook Album Downloader: Download an entire Facebook Album easily - This is an interesting app that allows you to quickly download your Facebook Albums.

I hope you have enjoyed this month's episode. If you have any comments you would like to make, don't hesitate to use the form below.