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

This week was dominated by Microsoft and its choice for CEO - Satya Nadella. Everybody had something to say about it and plenty have rushed to comment on what the new CEO should or should not do. Obviously, many other things happened, including Microsoft buying a big stage in Foursquare and Sony leaving the PC market. For links to these stories and more, read this week's roundup.

The Best Tech Related News

This was a busy week news-wise. Here are the most important stories about Microsoft and its ecosystem:

Microsoft's new CEO is Satya Nadella - The top news this week is about the naming of Microsoft's new CEO - Satya Nadella. The Verge provides both useful information about Satya and also some interesting commentary.

It's Time for Microsoft to Make the Right CEO Choice - Paul Thurrott published a very good opinion article on why Satya Nadella is a good choice as a CEO for Microsoft, one day before the official announcement was made by Microsoft.

Six challenges for Microsoft as the Satya Nadella era begins - Ed Bott has published a great article, sharing the most important challenges that must be tackled by Satya Nadella in his new position at Microsoft.

Microsoft Buys $15 Million Stake in Foursquare for Mobile Data - Microsoft buys an important stake in Foursquare and, in exchange for this money, it will use Foursquare location data in the upcoming 'Cortana' personal assistant for Windows Phone.

Sony sells off VAIO PC business amid prolonged industry slump - Sony leaves the PC ecosystem and sells its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). I wasn't surprised to hear this news, considering how uninspiring Sony VAIO PCs have been in recent years and how profits shrink each year in the PC market. Most probably we will experience a consolidation phase. At the end of it there will be fewer but bigger PC manufacturers on the market.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Preview: Hands-on with Build 16596 - Paul Thurrott shares hands-on impressions about the changes that are coming to Windows 8.1. If you are curious to learn what Microsoft will improve in this free update, read this quick overview.

Mozilla (finally) releases beta of its touch-friendly Firefox for Windows 8 - Great news from Mozilla: they have a beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 tablets and hybrids. This beta definitely looks promising.

Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android. It's unforkable. - In recent days, articles and tweets have emerged, advising Microsoft to ditch Windows Phone and start forking Android. While some people loved this idea, I couldn't help feel that this is complete bullshit. Here's proof on why this idea is totally unrealistic.

Nokia and HTC settle all litigation, sign massive patent and technology deal - Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. The deal also involves HTC providing licensing to Nokia. Therefore both companies will have a stronger patent portfolio.

Xbox One gets battery life indicator with big February 11th update, more changes on the way - The Verge shares interesting news about upcoming updates to Xbox One and what improvements they will bring.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Before ending this week's episode, we would like to recommend some useful guides from the tech blogosphere:

Why PC Games Struggle With Alt+Tab and How to Fix it - If you play games on your Windows PC, you will like this guide from How-To Geek.

Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - A good collection of app for staying in touch with what's happening at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Complete Guide to Solid-State Drives - Lifehacker is back with a very useful in-depth guide to about SSDs, how to choose the right one for you, how to install and use one on a Windows PC.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.