Best of the Web for Windows Users – 24 February - 2 March 2014

This week was all about launches of several smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There's wasn't much going on when it comes to Windows or Xbox but plenty of interesting news are coming from the Windows Phone front. To learn more about this week's headlines in the Microsoft ecosystem, read this week's roundup:

The Best Tech Related News

This week mobile dominated all the tech news because of the many product launches and announcements that were made at the:

Microsoft in talks to buy a stake in Dailymotion - Microsoft could buy a stake in YouTube competitor Dailymotion. This rumor seems to be rather plausible.

Twitch Live Game Broadcasting Coming to Xbox One - The March update for Xbox One will introduce the ability to live stream video games, join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device.

Microsoft adds nine new Windows Phone hardware partners - Great news for Microsoft and their Windows Phone ecosystem. This year, we will finally see more devices from more hardware partners.

Microsoft devices chief Julie Larson-Green takes on new role, will be replaced by Nokia's Stephen Elop - As soon as the Nokia aquisition is finalized, Stephen Elop will receive the role currently being help by Julie Larson-Green: the head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios business.
Nokia Announces Android-Powered Smartphones - It turns out that rumors were true: Nokia has launched a new lineup of devices that are powered by Android instead of Windows Phone. Learn more about them from this presentation made by Paul Thurrott.

Report: Windows Phone remains the fastest growing mobile OS in Europe - Further good news about Windows Phone and its growth in Europe's biggest countries.

Windows XP: What to expect once Microsoft shuts down support - ZDNet shares what you can do after the official support for Windows XP expires in April 2014. If you are still using this operating system on some of your PCs, read this article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We will continue this episode with a few great guides that were published by our friends in the tech blogosphere:

A Free Microsoft Office: Is Office Online Worth Using? - this is a useful overview of the new Office Online service from Microsoft, what it has to offer and how it compares to Google Docs.

Download Office 2013 Service Pack 1 – Now available - Microsoft have silently released Office 2013 Service Pack 1. Learn more about the changes that it introduces in this presentation made by The Windows Club.

Tip: Bing search finally gets interactive calculator - Microsoft has released a new feature for their Bing search engine, without publicly announcing it. Here's how it works.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in February 2014

We would like to end this episode with a recap of the most popular articles that were published in February 2014:

How to Create Advanced Tasks with the Task Scheduler - In February you loved our guide about how to create advances tasks in Windows. If you haven't read it yet, don't hesitate to do so now. You will surely learn something new and useful.

How to Create Basic Notes & Drawings with Windows Journal - This is a very interesting guide a about lesser known tool in Windows: the Windows Journal. Learn what you can do with it, from this tutorial.

The Surface Pro 2 Review - Microsoft's Flagship Windows 8.1 Device - I was very happy to see that you enjoyed our review of the Surface Pro 2, which shares real-life experience with this device and all the strengths and weaknesses that were identified.

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