Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 8 - 14 March 2015

This week has been a quieter one with less exciting news about Microsoft. The top announcement that was made is that Cortana will also be heading to Android and iOS - a move that left us scratching our heads. Other than that, we have learned about updates for OneNote, the OneDrive web app and multiple PC makers mocking the newly launched Apple MacBook. Read on to learn what happened in the last couple of days in Microsoft’s ecosystem:

The Best Tech Related News

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Exclusive: Microsoft's digital assistant to head to Android, Apple devices - Microsoft has been running its "personal assistant" Cortana on its Windows phones for a year, and will put the new version on the desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this autumn. Later, Cortana will be available as a standalone app, usable on phones and tablets powered by Apple Inc's iOS and Google Inc's Android, people familiar with the project said.

PC makers mock Apple’s new MacBook - While Apple was busy unveiling a new 12-inch MacBook without any full-sized USB ports, PC makers took the opportunity to mock the future they'll inevitably adopt.

Managing your work files in the browser keeps getting easier - Microsoft has announced that it will start rolling out a number of updates to its OneDrive web app, in order to improve the overall experience of using the cloud service for work. It will now be easier to create, share, and find the files you need to get things done.

OneNote Clipper 2.0—introducing a more powerful and intelligent web clipping tool - The second version of the OneNote Clipper has been released and it is much smarter and more advanced than its predecessor. If you want to learn what’s new, read this official announcement.

Microsoft confirms it will be rebranding Lync to Skype for Business on March 18th - On March 18th Microsoft will be rebranding Lync as Skype for Business. This rebranding will be announced in a keynote that will be live-tweeted over at the @skypeBusiness account.

Microsoft to increase Windows 10 Fast ring release cadence, new build in testing - Up until now, Fast and Slow release rings for Windows 10 Technical Preview, have been mostly identical, only separated by a week or two. But that is all about to change. Learn more details from this news article.

Microsoft drops patent hammer on Kyocera - In a complaint (PDF) filed Friday in Seattle federal court, Microsoft claims Kyocera infringes its patents with three of Kyocera's lower-cost Android phones. Learn more details from this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How to Maximize Your Free Storage Space on Every Cloud Service - Every cloud storage provider has a variety of changing promos that can give you extra storage space, so it's always worthwhile to keep an ear to the ground. Some of the promotions may change over time, but they'll also likely be replaced by something else. Cloud storage providers seem to like giving away space like candy if it means new customers.

How to See Exactly Where a Photo Was Taken (and Keep Your Location Private) - A very useful tutorial that shows you how to use the location data embedded in the pictures you take.

How to Bulk Download Images in Chrome - Downloading a single image isn’t a big deal. Right-click, hit Save As and you’re done. But when you’re talking about a photo essay that struck your fancy, or a list of posters from a design inspiration blog that you want to save for inspiration, saving images one-by-one won’t do. Here’s how to download multiple images in one go, in Google Chrome.