Best of the Web for Windows Users – 22 - 28 June 2014
This week's news was dominated by Microsoft's new and aggressive OneDrive pricing. It has announced more free space, more competitive prices and a lot more storage space for its Office 365 subscribers. Also, Windows Phone has enjoyed new smartphones being launched and new high-profile apps being made available. Xbox users also received good news regarding upcoming updates to Xbox.com. To learn more about this and more, read this week's roundup.
The Best Tech Related News
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Microsoft kicks off Google 'productivity war' by doubling free OneDrive storage - The biggest news of the week was about OneDrive: Microsoft has announced more free space, more aggressive pricing and 1TB per user for its Office 365 subscribers. We simply love this and we can't wait to enjoy the additional storage space.
Xbox One Achievements and More Coming Soon to Xbox.com - Next month, Xbox.com will receive a major update and new features. You can see a summary in the video below. We're happy to see Microsoft delivering improvements to the Xbox experience each and every month.
Skype 2.19 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 - An important update has been released for Skype on Windows Phone: it includes Cortana integration and video upgrade preview improvements for Windows Phone 8.1, increased language support from 19 to 51 languages, fast app resume, and improved notifications.
Introducing the Roku Windows mobile app - The popular Roku streaming player has also received a Windows Phone app. We're happy to see that Windows Phone is getting more and more momentum also in terms of popular apps.
Adobe launches Photoshop Express for Windows Phone, finally - Further good news for Windows Phone users: we now have access to Adobe Photoshop Express.
Romania-based Allview reveals plans for Windows Phone 8.1 devices - Allview is an important Romanian brand in the realm of affordable smartphones and tablets. They are also one of the most important players in Eastern Europe. This week they have launched their first smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 and their first Windows 8.1 tablet.
Microsoft Smartband Coming in October with 11 Sensors, Open APIs, and Cross-platform Compatibility - Tom's Hardware got their hands on some interesting data about Microsoft's upcoming smartwatch. Apparently Microsoft has tentative launch date scheduled for this device.
Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history - We were waiting for this news for ages: it seems that Microsoft is finally hiring the team it needs in order to expand Bing into 75 markets around the world. This move is huge and it will have a positive effect on all its platforms and services.
Microsoft: Future 'bleak' if gov't continues unlawful data collection - Microsoft is embroiled in a dispute with the US government over a demand for access to overseas data. The company is resisting a judge's order that it comply with a warrant issued in December for a customer's email-account data stored in Dublin, Ireland. This conflict is very important and also very interesting.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:
How to Get Reliable Medical Information on the Internet - Everyone should read this guide. It includes many useful tips.
Ask HTG: What's the Difference Between Open-back and Closed-back Headphones (and Which Should I Get)? - A very useful guide about headphones, from our friends at How-To Geek.
Top 10 failed Electronic Gadgets and Devices (Wearable) - An interesting list with he biggest failures in the world of wearable devices.
The Best of 7 Tutorials in June 2014
We would like to end this episode with a recap of the most popular articles that we published in June 2014:
How to Turn Your Windows 8.1 Device Into a WiFi Access Point - Unfortunately Windows 8.1 doesn't allow users to transform their devices into WiFi access points using a visual user interface similar to Windows 7. However, you can still do this if you are willing to get your hands dirty and use the Command Prompt. This guide shows you how.
Top 5 Windows Phone Apps for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - A roundup with the best Windows Phone apps that help you keep track of what is going on during the World Cup in Brazil.
How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 - A simple but useful guide for those that need help when connecting to wireless networks in their area.
This is all for this week's roundup. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our recommendations.