Best of the Web for Windows Users – 18 - 24 May 2014

This week's news was dominated by the launch of the Surface Pro 3. Everyone rushed to test it and review it and we have plenty of information that we recommend reading. Another important event was that Microsoft has managed to win a legal battle against the FBI and thus protected the data privacy of one of its corporate customers. Also, we have some good news about Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. What are you waiting for? Read this week's recap!

The Best Tech Related News

Let’s start with the most important news of the week:

You've got Surface Pro 3 questions, I've got answers - The biggest news of the week is that Microsoft has announced the launch of the new Surface Pro 3. Ed Bott answers some of the most common questions people will have about this product.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review - The Verge has published the first review for the Surface Pro 3. You can also view it embedded below.

What Microsoft didn't announce today: An ARM-based Surface Mini - Everyone expected Microsoft to release a Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3 but they did not. Mary Jo Foley speculates on why this hasn't happened. Bloomberg completes this story with their own information/speculation: Microsoft Said to Back Off Plans to Debut Smaller Surface.

Microsoft Confirms Windows With Bing - Windows 8.1 with Bing was mentioned a couple of months ago and now it is finally shipping to OEMs. Expect devices with this version of Windows to be showing up in the coming months.

Windows 8.1 x64 Connected Standby Support - Connected Standby is a way of putting Windows devices into sleep and hibernate modes, which keeps networking devices powered on in a low power mode and allows apps and services to run in a restrained mode in order to run background tasks and process push notifications. This mode is now available in 64-bit editions of Windows 8.1 and compatible devices, like the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Beats Secret FBI Data Request - In a rare legal challenge, Microsoft fought against a secretive data request from the FBI and forced the feds to back down. Learn more from this news article.

Microsoft will continue selling Windows 7 to Chinese government after Windows 8 ban - China banned Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system from government computers. As a result, Microsoft has decided to keep selling Windows 7 to government customers.

Microsoft quietly kills OneDrive groups - Until recently, OneDrive users were able to create groups in order to collaborate on projects with other people. Unfortunately Microsoft has decided to phase-out this feature, without much in terms of an official announcement.

Xbox One TV expands internationally next month, alongside real names for Xbox Live - Good news for Xbox One users: next month, users in Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany will receive access to a number of TV features, including OneGuide. The update will also include great features like the option to use a USB 3.0 hard drive to save games and other content.

Microsoft has only itself to blame for Kinect's failure - This is an interesting editorial about Xbox One and Kinect which shares some valid points.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

8 Backup Tools Explained for Windows 7 and 8 - Our friends at How-To Geek explain the backup tools that are available in Windows and what's different about them.

Mailviewer Opens Old Outlook, Thunderbird, and Windows Live Emails - Do you need a tool to view old emails from programs like Outlook Express? Lifehacker has discovered a free tool named Mail Viewer.

Microsoft does not support use of Registry Cleaners in Windows - If you are the type of user that insists on using Registry cleaning programs for Windows, here's one more reason why you should stop using them.

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