Best of the Web for Windows Users – 12 - 18 October 2014

This week Microsoft has revealed that it already has 1 million people testing the Windows 10 Technical Preview and the top 10 most requested features so far. Also, they have released a new version of Skype for iPhone and a new app that's based on the Skype backbone - Skype Qik. Learn about this news and more from this week's recap of the most important news in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem.

The Best Tech Related News

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

1 million people are helping Microsoft test Windows 10 - Microsoft has revealed that 1 million people are helping test the upcoming operating system through the Windows Insider Program. It has received more than 200,000 pieces of feedback on the early version of Windows 10, with top requests that include options to remove the new search and task view buttons, as well as requests for a Start Menu animation or transition.

Windows 10: the top 10 most requested features - If you are curious to learn what people are requesting in terms of features for Windows 10, check out this list from The Verge.

Microsoft commits to another Surface Pro 3 Wi-Fi update 'in the coming weeks' - The Surface Pro 3 will be getting yet another update aimed at improviding Wi-Fi connectivity, plus some other unspecified fixes. More details in this article from Mary Jo Foley.

Skype 5.6 for iPhone: Skype optimized for every iPhone screen size - Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for iPhone which is optimized for all iPhones starting with iPhone 4.

Microsoft launches Skype Qik video chat app for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone - Microsoft has built a new communications app that uses the Skype backbone, and is launching the first version of it on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices. The new app is called Skype Qik and it is available worldwide in 21 languages for all three platforms. All three versions of the app are free and ad-free. Try it out!

Xbox One October update goes live with UI changes and MKV support - the October update for Xbox One brings several new and exciting features, including but not limited to significant user interface improvements and support for the MKV format in the Media Player app.

Watch All the Vines You Could Ever Want Starting Today on Xbox One - Vine for Xbox One has been launched. It will allow users to view six-second videos uploaded to Vine, though they won't be able to record and upload clips themselves. Users can sort through channels on Vine with either a control or Kinect voice and gesture navigation, and they can also snap the app to the side of the screen.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech scene:

What's the Difference Between the "System Builder" and "Full Version" Editions of Windows? - How-To Geek does a great job at explaining the fine print behind the licenses for the System Builder and Full Version of Windows.

How to Sync Files and Folders in Real-Time between Android and Windows - This tutorial shares a way to syncrhonize your files between your computer and your Android smartphones in real-time.

How do you tell if your computer has a virus - A very useful guide, especially for those users who are less technical.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week's recap.