Best of the Web for Windows Users – 19 - 25 October 2014

This week Microsoft has shared their financial results for their latest quarter and they were nothing short of impressive. Also, they have announced that they are replacing the Nokia branding for smartphones with Microsoft Lumia and have revealed details about their new design. Also, a new build for Windows 10 Preview has been made available which brings some new features as well as new bugs. To learn about this news and more, read this week's recap. We have plenty of good reading recommendations for you.

The Best Tech Related News

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

Microsoft Posts Solid Quarter, Makes Some Hardware Gains - Paul Thurrott has posted a very good summary of Microsoft's solid financial results for Quarter 1 of their fiscal year.

Surface likely to be the next billion dollar business for Microsoft - Neowin has looked at Microsoft's financial results for the latest quarter and noticed that Surface could be the next billion dollar business for Microsoft, as it managed to grab $908 million revenue in the company's latest quarter.

First major update to Windows 10 Preview, delivered through Windows Update - If you are testing the Windows 10 Preview, you should know that a new build is available which brings a notification center, more animations, and some bugs.

Windows 10: MKV support out of the box - The latest preview build for Windows 10 features one less visible feature: support for MKV files out of the box. For those who do not know, MKV files are a popular format for movies and the addition of this support will likely appease many Windows users.

SAY HELLO TO MICROSOFT LUMIA - Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia and has revealed the Microsoft Lumia design.

Skype for Windows Phone lets you share drawings with friends - Microsoft has posted a new version of Skype for Windows Phone that, much like Google Hangouts, lets you send simple drawings to friends.

Xbox One's new digital TV tuner lets you stream TV to a tablet or smartphone - Microsoft announced its digital TV tuner back in August, and it's finally going on sale in Europe. The 29.99 EUR ($40) accessory plugs into a USB port on the Xbox One to pick up channels using free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C television standards. This also enables the TV function on Xbox One along with TV listings from OneGuide.

It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC - Microsoft is releasing an adapter that makes the Xbox One Kinect play nicely with a Windows 8 PC. The device will cost around $50.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

​Create a USB Password Stealer to See How Secure Your Info Really Is - A very interesting guide from Lifehacker that shows how slacking on password security can have horrific consequences.

All Those "Seals of Approval" on Websites Don't Really Mean Anything - We would like to thank How-To Geek for posting this article in which they explain why all those seals of approval that are used by websites don't really mean anything and they won't make your experience better or more secure.

Calculate Your Risk Of Heart Disease With KnowYour4 - AddictiveTips have shared a web app that shares how much you are at risk of heart failure. It is definitely worth trying it out for a bit.