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Best of the Web for Windows Users – 31 March - 5 April 2014

This was one busy week for Microsoft. Their BUILD conference in San Francisco has definitely made the headlines on all tech blogs and for good reason: Microsoft and Nokia have made lots and lots of exciting announcements. If you want to get a good idea on what’s coming from Microsoft, you must read this week’s roundup.

Ciprian Rusen - Your Trusted Microsoft MVP, Windows Consumer Expert

Microsoft MVPOn April Fools' day I received the best news of the year and it was no joke: Microsoft has recognized me as MVP, Windows Consumer Expert. This is great news for me and for us, here at 7 Tutorials. That's why I would like to share with you what this award means for me, for us as a team and for you, our readers.

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 24 - 30 March 2014

This week's tech news was dominated by Microsoft launching the Office for the iPad. While everyone agreed that the product is great, some have complained that it is too little, too late for Microsoft. To learn more about this event and other interesting news about Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One, read this week's recap.

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 17 - 23 March 2014

This week was dominated by news about Office, OneNote, Xbox One and Microsoft's privacy policies. Microsoft has managed to track down an employee who leaked their secrets but, in doing so, they accessed data from someone's Hotmail account. This raised lots of comments on whether Microsoft respects their users' privacy and how easy it is for them to access the data from your Microsoft account, when they need to. To learn more about this news story and more, read this week's roundup.

What Microsoft Should Fix About Office Online to Improve Its Adoption

OfficeOur team at 7 Tutorials works online and all our articles are a collaborative effort. We use mostly Google Drive because it is simple and it offers all the collaboration features we need. When Microsoft announced Office Online we were very excited and we decided to give it a try. We have used it to work together using Office Online and we've learned quite a lot about this service, its strengths and weaknesses. We have learned that while Office Online has more features than Google Drive, when it comes to quick and effective collaboration on documents, it falls short. Here's what Microsoft should improve about Office Online before we and other teams like us can make the switch:

Why are You Still On Windows 8 & You Have Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

Windows 8When you look at the market share of the various operating systems, you notice a very interesting trend - Windows 8 is still widely used even though it has not received many positive reviews and many people dismiss it as being a broken operating system. Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013 and its aim is to fix many of the usability issues that were identified in Windows 8. Even though it is offered as a free upgrade, many Windows 8 users have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, including some of our readers. We would like to have a dialogue with you and understand why you haven't performed this upgrade.

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:

Does ReadyBoost Work? Does It Improve Performance for Slower PCs?

ReadyBoostThe theory behind ReadyBoost is that it helps speed up older computers with low amounts of RAM memory. However, nobody knows how much of an impact this technology has, so we decided to make our own measurements and learn whether ReadyBoost has a positive impact or not. Read on to learn what we have found:

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:

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 17 - 23 February 2014

This week Microsoft was very busy: they have rebranded Skydrive and Office Web Apps, launched new versions of these products with new names and new features. Their new CEO gave his first interview to the press and Nokia has shared some good news about upcoming product launches. To learn about these stories and more, don't hesitate to read this week's summary.