Best of the Web for Windows Users – 20 - 26 January 2014

This week, Microsoft reported record quarterly revenues. In the same report we also learn that Xbox One shipped 3.9 million consoles worldwide and that Office 365 Home Premium has reached 3.5 million subscribers. HP made headlines by stating it was bringing back Windows 7 by popular demand, but Ed Bott pointed out they never really stopped selling it. Windows 8.1's Update 1 is rumored to have a March release date. Nokia's financial report showed Nokia Lumia sales have doubled in 2013. 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:

Short Takes: Microsoft Earnings Special Edition - Paul Thurrott took the opportunity of Microsoft's announcement of its 4th quarter earnings to have an in-depth look at how the company's doing.

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1: Rumored release target is March 11 - The target release date for Windows 8.1 Update 1, a minor update coming to Windows 8.1 this spring, is allegedly March 11, according to ZDNet sources.

Microsoft reports 3.9 million Xbox One shipments in 2013 - In its quarterly earnings report, Microsoft announced that it shipped 3.9 million units of the Xbox One to retailers worldwide from its launch in late November through the end of 2013.

Nokia Lumia sales weaker over holidays, but doubled in 2013 - Nokia revealed it sold 30 million Nokia Lumia handsets in 2013, double the number of the previous year.

HP bringing back Windows 7 PCs? Not so fast... - Despite HP's advertisement that it was bringing back Windows 7 by popular demand, it turns out it never really disappeared from HP's line-up.

AMD's quarterly profit shows it's the real winner of the game console wars - While the debate of PS4 vs Xbox One rages on, the real winner of this race is AMD that provides chips for both consoles.

Microsoft: Office 365 Home Premium now has 3.5 million subscribers - As part of its financial report for its last fiscal quarter, Microsoft revealed it now has 3.5 million subscribers for Office 365 Home Premium.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

The "Tech Support" Scammers Called HTG (So We Had Fun with Them) - A tech support scammer made the mistake of calling How-To Geek. See here how they answered and how these people try to scam you.

Where can you still find a PC running Windows 7? - If you're not quite ready for Windows 8 and still want a PC with Windows 7, Ed Bott showed readers where they can easily find one.

How To Create Folders For Apps & Settings On Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 - For those new to Windows Phone 8 and puzzled about the apparent lack of app folders, Addictive Tips showed users how to create them on their Nokia Lumia smartphones.

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