Best of the Web for Windows Users – 12 - 18 August 2013

This week, Microsoft debuted its Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop line of products and 18th of October has been chosen as the official date for the launch of Windows 8.1. The list of tentative launch dates and international markets for the Xbox One has also been updated. Microsoft called into question Google's supposed commitment to openness after they blocked Windows Phone’s YouTube app again this week. WinBeta took a look at the latest Windows 8.1 build 9471 leak and its new features while Lifehacker pitted Microsoft Office against LibreOffice in an article comparing the two suites. 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:

Exclusive: Check out what's new in Windows 8.1 build 9471 (video) - Windows 8.1 build 9471 was leaked earlier this week and WinBeta had a look at what new features were included in it.

Microsoft Debuts Ergonomic Mouse, Keyboard for Windows 8 – Photo Gallery - Microsoft has released the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop line of products that includes both a mouse and a keyboard specifically optimized for Windows 8. Softpedia has pictures.

Windows 8.1 final internal testing date is August 23rd, RTM to follow - This week, Neowin speculated about Microsoft’s deadlines concerning Windows 8.1’s internal testing and RTM sign-off.

Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1! - The official launch date for the much anticipated Windows 8.1 update has been revealed and it is October 18th.

Google blocks Windows Phone YouTube app (again), for "manufactured" reasons - After Microsoft and Google seemed to have amicably resolved their issues over the YouTube app, Google took a step back this week and blocked the troublesome app again.

Xbox One Launch Markets Confirmed - There’s been a significant update to the confirmed markets and launch dates for Xbox One around the world.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

The How-To Geek Guide to Cleaning Your LCD Monitor Screen - If you’ve ever wondered what the correct way to clean your LCD monitor is, our friends over at How-To Geek wrote a comprehensive article on it this week.

How to Disable the Banner Ads on uTorrent - Do you love uTorrent, but hate all its pesky ads? Guiding Tech shows you how to get rid of them.

Battle of the Office Suites: Microsoft Office and LibreOffice Compared - We’ll spare you the suspense and tell you Microsoft Office won this battle, but only due to one reason. To find out what that is, check out the full article!

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