Best of the Web for Windows Users – 10 - 16 March 2014

This week was filled with news from Microsoft's partners: Huawei has declared their focus on developing dual-boot smartphones with Android and Windows Phone, VLC has released the beta of their media player for Windows 8 tablets while Mozilla has shut down the development of a touch-based version of Firefox for Windows 8. For links to these stories and more, read this week's roundup:

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start by sharing this week's most interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem:

VLC Beta for Windows 8.1 Now Available for Download - VLC has launched the first beta for their touch-oriented player for Windows 8 and 8.1. Learn more about it in this article and try it out for yourself.

Mozilla Kills Modern Version of Firefox - This is bad news for Windows 8 users who were expecting a touch version of Firefox. After releasing a buggy-beta version of Firefox, Mozilla has decided to pull the plug on this version because of low user interest. This not good both for Mozilla and for Microsoft.

Microsoft Surface Power Covers get a mid-March ship date - Further good news for Surface users: Microsoft will begin shipping its battery-life-extending Power Covers starting March 19, in U.S., Japan and Canada.

Microsoft Surface 2, Pro and Pro 2 tablets to get firmware updates today - Users of Surface devices have received new firmware updates that provide support for the new Power Covers and several improvements.

Announcing Office 365 Personal: A new way to access Office 365! - Microsoft has announced an individual subscription for Office 365. It costs $6.99 USD/ month and it allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service. Also, a smartphone version is free and you get international minutes on Skype and 20 GB of additional OneDrive storage.

OneNote for Mac coming this month as Microsoft eyes Evernote - Speaking of Office, Microsoft is also planning to release a OneNote for Mac application later this month, which is going to be free. Now they can finally compete with Evernote.

Microsoft offers Windows Phone OS free to Indian players - India is an important market and Microsoft wants to gain more ground with Windows Phone by cutting license fees for local smartphone manufacturers.

Huawei: We are still committed to Windows Phone but dual OS is better - Speaking of Windows Phone, Huawei is bound to launch smartphones with both Android and Windows Phone, including in the United States.

Google and Microsoft are out to stop dual-boot Windows/Android devices - Even though this dual-operating system trend is starting to get traction in the smartphone market, both Microsoft and Google want to make it go away. More details about it in this story.

Xbox Live outage cripples the launch of 'Titanfall' - Titanfall is the most important game release on the Xbox One so far. Unfortunately this launch was plagued by issues with Microsoft's Xbox Live service. Learn more from this news article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1? - A very interesting article speaking about the reason why Windows 8 users have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1 even though this update is free and it improves the user experience in many ways.

How to Use Android as Extended Desktop on Windows 8 or 8.1 - A very interesting guide for Windows users with Android tablets. Here's how to use your Android tablet as a dual-monitor for your laptop or PC.

How to Calibrate Your HDTV for Better Video Quality in 30 Minutes - Calibrating your High-Definition TV is not a task that's easy to perform. Lifehacker offers a good guide that will definitely help you out.

I hope that you have enjoyed this week's episode. If you have any comments or questions you would like to add, don't hesitate to use the form below.