Best of the Web for Windows Users – 10 - 16 June 2013

This week, Microsoft launched its Office Mobile for iPhone and announced their team up with Best Buy, to open Windows Stores in over 600 locations across the US and Canada. Facebook has decided to follow in the steps of Twitter and introduce hashtags into its status posts. Google will discontinue updates for Chrome Frame as of January 2014. Gizmondo reviewed the Nokia Lumia 925 and thinks it's the Windows Phone 8 device people have been waiting for. Windows Phone Central found the new iOS 7 disturbingly similar in design to Windows Phone 8 and Ed Bott tried to rationalize Microsoft's focus on developing a mobile device friendly Windows 8.1. 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:

Office Mobile for iPhone now available for Office 365 subscribers - The Office Mobile for iPhone has been launched and is available for free from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. You can see a video demo below, sharing how it looks and how it works.

Office for iPhone from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Microsoft and Best Buy team up to create a 'Windows Store' inside 600 retail locations - Microsoft announced its plans to open special Windows Stores exclusively featuring Microsoft products within 500 Best Buy locations in the US and 100 Best Buy and Future Shop retail stores in Canada.

Facebook now lets users include hashtags in posts - Facebook took a cue from Twitter and Google+. They will introduce hashtags into status updates. Its new hashtags will also merge with those used in Instagram.

Nokia Lumia 925 Review: Finally, a Proper Windows Phone Flagship - Gizmondo UK reviewed the new Nokia Lumia 925. They approved of its hardware upgrade and designated its camera as the best on the market. According to Gizmodo, it's time that Microsoft provided another upgrade to Windows Phone 8, and match Nokia's performance in providing a great flagship phone.

Meet the latest Windows Phone incarnation, iOS 7 - Windows Phone Central looked at the new iOS 7 design and found some striking similarities to Windows Phone, not to mention the fact that, in yet another attempt to escape Google, Apple has decided to integrate Bing instead of Google into its virtual assistant - Siri.

The end for Google's Chrome Frame - Chrome Frame, the plugin that adds a Chrome engine to Internet Explorer 6 to 9, will no longer be supported or updated as of January 2014.

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is aiming squarely at mobile devices - Ed Bott analyzed computer market trends to show why Microsoft is focusing its attention on mobile devices, with their upcoming Windows 8.1 update. He pointed out that, coming from a desktop PC background, may prove an advantage for Windows.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Here's Why Firefox is Still Years Behind Google Chrome - How-To Geek pitted Firefox against Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, and found it has been increasingly lagging behind its rivals.

Does a computer use more electricity when charging USB devices? - The Super User community answers a question I myself have been pondering for a while and they have a short and a long answer to satisfy all readers.

4 Websites That Make Learning Math Less Boring and More Fun For Kids - Guiding Tech introduced its readers this week to four great math games websites for kids. They gave a couple of examples of their best games and features.

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