Best of the Web for Windows Users – 6 - 12 January 2014

This week, Microsoft released sales numbers that showed Windows Phones were a holiday favorite around the world and outshipped iPhones in no less than 24 countries, while the Xbox One has topped 3 million units sold despite its release in only 13 countries at present. The Windows XP version of Security Essentials is set to retire together with the old operating system, on April 8. The Black Update for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones 8 has been rolled out and Ford CEO Alan Mulally has officially denied its interest in taking a position as Microsoft CEO. 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:

Microsoft claims to have seen "record sales of Windows Phone this holiday" - Microsoft has released information concerning their Windows Phone sales over the holidays and the numbers show that they have outshipped iPhones in 24 countries around the world.

Security Essentials for Windows XP will die when the OS does - The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company's free anti-malware app, will stop receiving signature updates on 8 April and will also not be available for download, for Windows XP users.

Xbox One sales in 2013 top 3 million units across 13 territories - New sales numbers released by Microsoft show that the Xbox One has crossed over the 3 million units sold threshold. It is less than what the PlayStation 4 has sold but it was launched in fewer markets.

Microsoft forges ahead toward Windows 8.1 Update 1 - New screen shots shared by Windows leaker "WZor" show Microsoft's progress on an update to Windows 8.1 due out this spring.

Gigabyte fits a gaming powerhouse inside an inch-thick laptop - Gigabyte is tackling preconceptions against gaming laptops with a new sister brand named Aorus and its flagship machine, the X7.

Nokia Lumia Black Update begins rollout - See the changes and improvements the Black Update will bring to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 users.

Mulally Staying at Ford, Not Leaving for Microsoft - Ford CEO Alan Mulally has dismissed rumors concerning his potential move to Microsoft and has officially stated he has no intention of leaving Ford.

Microsoft's Xbox Support Twitter account briefly hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - The Syrian Electronic Army continues its attacks on Microsoft. This time they hijacked, for a brief period of time, the @XboxSupport Twitter account.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 - The Ultimate Windows Tweaker now has a new edition and its creators, the Windows Club, took this opportunity to run though all its features and uses.

How to Add Non-Steam Games to Steam and Apply Custom Icons - For gamers using Steam's client, How-To Geek showed how to add non-Steam games to it as well as artwork for their display within it.

How Can I Stay Anonymous with Tor? - A guide to the safe usage of Tor as a tool for gaining more anonymity while using the web.

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