Best of the Web for Windows Users – 24 - 30 March 2014

This week's tech news was dominated by Microsoft launching the Office for the iPad. While everyone agreed that the product is great, some have complained that it is too little, too late for Microsoft. To learn more about this event and other interesting news about Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One, read this week's recap.

The Best Tech Related News

As always, we will start by sharing this week's most interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem:

Microsoft is winning on Mac as Office for iPad looms - Microsoft's recent launch of OneNote for Mac is doing very well. OneNote now sits at the top of Apple's Mac App Store and it has received many positive reviews.

Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad - Microsoft has continued its product launches for Apple devices. They have announced the much anticipated Office for iPad. Learn more about it from Microsoft's official announcement.

How Microsoft Started Over and Built Office for iPad - Mashable has published the story behind the development of the Office for iPad. They have talked with several people in the Office team at Microsoft and published this very interesting read.

Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free - Yet another announcement from the Office team: Microsoft has made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free.

FIFA 14 for Windows 8 Metro Now Available as a Free Download - Great news for Windows 8 users, as another exciting game has arrived in the Store. But, even though this is a free license, it doesn't give you access to all of this game's features. You still have to buy it in order to play every available mode.

Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public - The geek in you will love the fact that Microsoft has published the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, they are making this code available to the public for the first time.

Leveling Up Your Reputation: Notifications Coming Soon - The Xbox One team has revealed more about their upcoming reputation system and what it will mean for gamers.

Windows Phone 8.1 is already in manufacturers' hands, new devices due late April - Good news regarding Windows Phone 8.1. We can't wait to see and test the smartphones that will be launched soon after this operating system is be made available.

Rumor: HTC is building a Windows Phone 8.1 device similar to new One M8 - An interesting rumor which says that HTC is preparing a Windows Phone version of their recently launched HTC One M8. It would be great to see a smartphone like that, so that we can compare the Windows Phone 8.1 user experience with that of Android, on the same device.

New Windows Phone 8.1 video reveals Start screen backgrounds, parallax view - Windows Phone Central has shown a preview of the upcoming Start screen backgrounds in Windows Phone 8.1.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Before ending this week's episode, we would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

Mini-review: People who already use Office will love Office for iPad - Ars Technica have published an early review for Office for iPad. Learn more about what it has to offer and how well it works, from this article.

OneNote is Now Free: Is Microsoft's Note-Taking App Worth Using? - A mix between personal opinions and an actual review. Here's what How-To Geek has to say about OneNote.

Top 3 Free and Useful Mind Mapping Web Apps - A good collection of mind-mapping web apps, recommended by our friends at Guiding Tech.

Our First Unboxing Video

Before we close this week's recap, we would like to share our first unboxing video. It features the Nokia Lumia 525 with Windows Phone 8.

Please watch it and tell us what you think, using the comments form below.