Best of the Web for Windows Users – 16 - 22 December 2013

Christmas will be here soon and, because of that, this week was not filled with many big tech news stories. However, some interesting rumors have surfaced about what Microsoft will do in 2014 and we have learned that Winamp might not die yet. For links to these stories and more, read this week's episode.

The Best Tech Related News

As always, let's start with interesting news of the week, mostly about Microsoft and its products:

Surface Mini to Feature Kinect-like Technology, 8-Inch Screen – Report - There are new rumors about an upcoming Surface device that will also include Kinect-like technology. This should make for a very interesting device.

Microsoft is giving away 12 months of Skype group calling and other features for free - Microsoft is feeling Christmasy these days and they are giving away to anyone with a Skype account, 12 months of Skype group calling and other features, for free. Here's how to subscribe to this offer.

A Modern UI App that creates Apps – Microsoft Project Siena is Live - Microsoft has released the beta version of an app that lets anyone create Windows 8.1 apps without programming skills.

Windows Phone Turned the Corner in 2013 - A very good editorial published by Paul Thurrott about Windows Phone and its achievements in 2013. It also includes details about the most recent good news - the Windows Phone Store surpassed 200,000 apps.

Windows Phone 8.1 includes notification center and Siri-like personal assistant - The Verge learned more about what will be included in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.

AOL Finalizing Talks To Sell Winamp And Shoutcast, No Shutdown Expected On Dec. 20 - TechCrunch has heard news that Winamp will not die after all and that it will be sold to another company. Also, they don't believe the previously announced shutdown would happen on Dec. 20 — while these negotiations are progressing.

Microsoft Director Says CEO Choice Will Not Be Made Until Early 2014 - New updates on Microsoft's search for a new CEO.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Nine Windows 8.1 Features You Might Have Overlooked - The first guest post written by Ciprian for Lifehacker. You should check it out.

How to Make Your Evernote More Secure With Two-Step Verification - Security is always a big topic for us here at 7 Tutorials. That's why we would like to recommend this guide for how to enable two-step verification for your Evernote account.

Download Surface 2 User Guides from Microsoft - Microsoft has released new user guides for those of you that own a Surface or Surface 2 device.

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of articles for this week. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.

Merry Christmas!

At the end of this week's episode, we would like to wish you "Merry Christmas!". Enjoy the winter holidays and be happy.

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Our team will take a vacation and, for the next two weeks, we will publish less articles than usual. See you again next year!