Best of the Web for Windows Users – 17 - 23 February 2014
This week Microsoft was very busy: they have rebranded Skydrive and Office Web Apps, launched new versions of these products with new names and new features. Their new CEO gave his first interview to the press and Nokia has shared some good news about upcoming product launches. To learn about these stories and more, don't hesitate to read this week's summary.
The Best Tech Related News
So much has happened this week that we had to trim the list of stories we share with you:
OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices - Microsoft has renamed SkyDrive into OneDrive and they have launched a new set of plans plus options for extending your storage space. If you want to join their new service, do so using this link. You will receive an extra 0.5 GB of free storage.
Introducing Office Online at Office.com - Microsoft have renamed the former Office Web Apps into Office Online. Office Online has a separate portal that's easily accessible, it is very well integrated with Outlook.com and other Microsoft services, it's free and it has a lot more to offer than Google Docs. They should have done this rebranding years ago. But I guess it is better late than never.
Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role - The New York Times has published the first interview with Satya Nadella in his new role as Microsoft's CEO.
Nokia Treasure Tag: never lose your valuables again - Nokia have announced the upcoming launch of an accessory that will help you to never lose your keys or your wallet. It's an interesting gadget and I can't wait to get my hands on it, test it and see how well it works.
HERE Maps arriving soon for all Windows 8.1 devices - Further good news from Nokia: their maps service will be arriving soon, for free, on all Windows 8.1 devices, including your desktop PC. Learn more about it in this article.
New Bing apps begin to bridge gap between Windows 8 and Windows Phone - If you use both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, you will love to hear that Microsoft has ported all its Bing apps on both platforms and their settings are now synchronized between your smartphone and your PC. Another step in the right direction!
Windows Phone Device Stats: February 2014 - The latest stats about the Windows Phone market, state the following: Nokia has 92.6 percent of the whole market, low-end smartphones dominate (especially the Lumia 520) and high-end Windows Phone smartphones lag in terms of adoption.
Windows Phone 8.1? With the size of these updates, it's more like Windows Phone 9 - Ars Technica has published a good article about the great features that will be included in Windows Phone 8.1. This update is so big and juicy that it deserves more than a minor version bump.
Introducing the Xbox One Media Remote - Last week we were talking about the upcoming launch of the Xbox One Media Remote. This week, Microsoft has confirmed its availability on markets worldwide in early March.
Xbox One "black screen" issue pops up after latest update - Unfortuantely for Microsoft and their users, the latest update for Xbox One may cause issues for some people. Here are more details about it and how to fix it.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to end this episode by recommending a couple of useful guides from other websites:
Engadget laptop buyer's guide: winter 2014 edition - If you are looking for a new laptop, check this guide from Engadget.
HTG Explains: How Computers Generate Random Numbers - A geeky guide from How-To Geek that explains how computers generate random numbers through the use of software or hardware.
Batch Compress PNG Images Losslessly On Windows With PNGoo - A great tool for making PNG images smaller, without losing the quality.
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