Best of the Web for Windows Users – 3 - 9 August 2014

This week was a bit quiet in terms of news about Microsoft and their consumer ecosystem. However, there were a few interesting announcements and rumors that you will want to know more about. For example, you can learn what to expect from this month's major update for Windows 8.1 and from the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 release. Read this week's recap to learn more.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start with the most important news of the week about Microsoft and its consumer ecosystem:

August updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 - Microsoft will deliver another important update for Windows 8.1, on August 12. Some people have named it Windows 8.1 Update 2 but Microsoft says that they are not using this name for this update. However, they did share the list of improvements that are included in this update and, unfortunately, it's not that long. It doesn't surprise us that they don't call it Update 2.

Microsoft's Windows 'Threshold' expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms - New information about Windows 9 has made its way on the Internet. It seems that the charms in their current Windows 8.1 implementation will go away and that Windows 9 will add the concept of virtual desktops.

Bing Streamlines Technical Searches - Bing has added several new features that make search easier for software developers. Also, casual users looking for the software downloads will have a better experience too. You can learn more details from Microsoft's official announcement.

Live TV and the OneGuide Coming to More Households with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner - Microsoft will launch the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, in October, in several european countries. Learn more about the features of this device, from this announcement.

There are now over 300,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store - Microsoft has announced that its Windows Phone Store now includes 300.000 apps, a very good increase since last year's 200.000.

Microsoft publishes changelog detailing new features in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 - Microsoft has shared the features that will be included in their upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 release. There's some good stuff on the list. Learn more from this news article.

New Nokia 'Lumia 730' to include 1 GB of RAM, Quad-core processor and dual-SIM - More details have appeared about the upcoming Lumia 730 smartphone. Not only does it have some good hardware specs but it also seems that this is the "selfie smartphone” that was mentioned in previous rumours.

HTC may drop support for 8S; no more Windows Phone Updates for that handset - HTC has confirmed that they will be dropping support for their most affordable Windows Phone device - the HTC 8S. More details in this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

GT Explains: What is Bitcoin And How Should You Be Using It - A useful overview of the Bitcoin concepts, its benefits, risks and problems.

Why Are Most Programs Still 32-bit on a 64-bit Version of Windows? - A very good explanatory article from our friends over at How-To Geek.

3 LinkedIn Features That Help You Network Better - If you are a LinkedIn user, you should read this guide which reveals some newer features that will be useful to you.

We hope that you have enjoyed this month's episode. If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to use the form below.