Best of the Web for Windows Users – 13 - 19 January 2014

This week, rumors have surfaced concerning a possible $2 billion investment by Microsoft in Windows Phone makers. Microsoft has announced that antimalware support for Windows XP will be extended to 14 July 2015. The Syrian Electronic Army continues its attack on Microsoft, this time the group hacked into several employee email accounts and posted internal emails of the company on their website. Xbox sold 908000 units in December 2013, making it the best sold console of the holiday season in the US. For links to these stories and more, check out this week's round-up.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news of the week about Microsoft and its products:

Microsoft allegedly investing over $2 billion on Windows Phone makers in 2014 - Rumors claiming Microsoft is ready to invest over $2 billion on Windows Phone makers, Samsung chiefly among them, have surfaced on a Russian mobile news site.

Analysis: Why SteamOS probably won't cause a PC gaming revolution - Ars Technica doubts that Valve's Steam Machine will provide enough incentives for Windows gamers to make the switch to the new SteamOS.

Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP - Microsoft will continue to provide updates to their antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

"Threshold" to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 - After confirmation that "Threshold" (the codename for Windows 9) will be discussed during the April 2014 BUILD Conference, Paul Thurrott listed all the bits of information that have become available about the future operating system.

Google's latest Chrome release tries to replace the Windows 8 desktop - Ed Bott looked at Google's latest Chrome release and suspects its main objective is not to improve itself, but to make the Windows interface disappear completely.

Microsoft confirms Syrian Electronic Army hacked into employee email accounts - Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that a small number of employee email accounts were accessed during the latest round of attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army.

Xbox One is top-selling home console in US for December – NPD - Xbox One was the top-selling US console for December, in the US, selling 908,000 units.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How To Make The Start Screen Transparent In Windows 8.1 - Into Windows offers a solution for changing the default opacity level of the Start screen and its tiles.

Winamp Review: Still Surprisingly Rad - Given its recent near brush with death, Gizmondo decided to give Winamp another try, with surprising results.

How to Force Your PC to Keep Its Private IP Address - How-To Geek showed users this week how to use the recommended method for forcing your computer to use and reuse the same local IP address.

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