Best of the Web for Windows Users – 1 - 7 July 2013

This week, Microsoft announced the termination of the TechNet subscription service and Opera 15 was given its official release. Bloomberg talked to inside sources at Microsoft and came up with some possible changes that Steve Ballmer might be contemplating in the company's organizational chart. Ars Technica saw good omens for Microsoft in Bing's integration with Windows 8.1 and the Official Xbox Magazine warned trolls that they might end up in gamer hell if they're not on their best behavior, as a consequence of Xbox One's new reputation system. For links to these stories and more, check out this week's round-up.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news of the week:

Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service - TechNet subscriptions, that allowed users to download virtually all of the desktop and server software Microsoft sells, with multiple product keys for only 100$/year, will shut down as of August 31th 2013.

Opera 15 - Opera 15 was released for general use, with a totally new rendering engine. You can check out the new features as well as download it from its official website here. In our initial tests, we liked it more than its previous incarnations, even though it offers a smaller number of features. It looks great, it has great performance and it doesn't consume too much memory. At least not on our PCs.

Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp - Bloomberg talked to inside sources at Microsoft and presented some of the changes that might take place in Microsoft's organizational chart.

The New Dark Side of Xbox Live: Microsoft explains Xbox One's all-new Reputation system - The Official Xbox Magazine discussed Xbox One's Reputation system that aims to isolate trolling gamers from those on their best behavior and what this will mean for the overall gaming experience.

Microsoft working with Intel to finally improve laptop trackpads with Windows 8.1 - Microsoft has been working with Intel, Elan, and Synaptics to allow Windows 8.1 to directly control the pointer, multi-touch, and gesture support in trackpads in Windows 8.1, a move that will significantly improve their performance and accuracy.

Bing-powered Windows 8.1 heralds a better, smarter Microsoft - Ars Technica looked at the integration of Bing into Windows 8.1 in its obvious as well as more subtle aspects and saw it as a sign of Microsoft's own metamorphosis into a better, more collaborative company.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

Protect Your Gadgets: Why You Need a Surge Protector - How-To Geek explains why it's smart to use a surge protector and avoid any possible damage to your gadgets and electronics.

Microsoft Brings Its Network Speed Test App To Windows 8 & RT - Microsoft Research released an Internet speed testing tool for Windows Phone, called Network Speed Test, that allows users to test their broadband speed without much effort. A new version has also been made available for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Addictive Tips show you how to use it.

Transfer your Gmail Messages to Another Email Address - If you want to transfer your existing Gmail messages to another email service that doesn't support POP3 based importing, a simple Google Script can help you auto-forward all your old messages to your new address. Digital Inspiration shows you just how!

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