Best of the Web for Windows Users – 15 - 21 July 2013

This week, figures for the latest fiscal quarter were published and brought good and bad news for Microsoft. Meanwhile, numbers show that Nokia's Lumia line has overtaken Blackberry in sales. New rumors concerning potential Microsoft smart watches have surfaced and this time they're about their color. Linux named its 3.11 version in honor of the old Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and Outlook Web Apps are now available for iPhones and iPads. 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 takes $900 million hit for unsold Surface RTs in 4Q13 earnings - An otherwise healthy earnings statement from Microsoft was overshadowed by a substantial $900 million hit due to their gross overestimation of Surface RT sales.

Nokia now sells more Lumias thanBlackBerry sells phones - Official second quarter numbers reveal that, for the first time, Nokia has sold more Windows Phones last quarter than BlackBerry sold phones.

Microsoft new smart watch to come in a variety of colors - New rumors concerning Microsoft joining the smart watch race have surfaced. This time they claim that the watches will come in six different colors. Is your favorite among them?

Microsoft Releases Skype WiFi app For Windows 8/RT Devices - Microsoft has released a Skype WiFi app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store.

OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad - The Outlook Web App is now available for both iPhones and iPads in the Apple App Store, but can only be installed if users have a subscription to Office 365 that includes the latest update of Exchange Online.

20 years after Windows 3.11, Linus unveils “Linux for Workgroups” - Linux 3.11 comes with improved support for Radeon power management features and support for Intel Rapid Start Technology and a nod to the early history of Windows.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How does Windows detect battery issues? - If Windows 7 has been warning you that there is a problem with your battery and you've been wondering how it knows that, Super User has the answer.

How to Radically Improve Your Photos with a Flash Diffuser - How-To Geek showed users this week what a diffuser is and why they would want one for their cameras. Radically improved results can be seen in their article.

Experiment: Can Adding RAM Improve Your SSD's Endurance? - The team over at Tom's Hardware revealed that adding RAM to your PC may help cut back on writes to your SSD, potentially increasing its lifespan. Check out the link for the details of their experiment.

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