Best of the Web for Windows Users – 17 - 23 June 2013

This week brought good news for gamers as Microsoft decided to scrap its controversial game licensing policies for Xbox One. Less thrilling for Windows Phone users, Microsoft has decided to make its own ad app while Bing has updated its voice recognition technology. Microsoft have also entered the bug bounty game, paying security researchers up to $100k to find new exploit techniques for its upcoming Windows 8.1. Outlook.com is putting linked accounts behind it and hopes to introduce an innovative way of dealing with multiple internet IDs, through aliases. Rumors say that Microsoft is turning towards Qualcomm for aid in breaking into the tablet market. 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 reverses controversial game licensing policies [Updated] - In answer to criticisms over the Xbox One’s new licensing policies, Microsoft has decided to reverse most of them. That means an internet connection will no longer be necessary to play and game sharing, reselling and renting will be as it was before.

Bing Makes Voice Recognition on Windows Phone More Accurate and Twice as Fast - Microsoft’s Research division has rolled out an update for the Windows Phone’s voice recognition technology, making it twice as fast and more accurate in its performance.

Microsoft will pay up to $100K for new Windows exploit techniques - Microsoft will pay security researchers good money for devising novel software exploitation techniques, creating new exploit mitigation systems, and finding bugs in the beta of Internet Explorer 11 when it's released later this month.

Microsoft Said to Add Qualcomm as Surface RT Supplier - Unnamed inside sources claim that Microsoft will update its Surface RT using chips from Qualcomm, a move that could expand the capabilities of Surface.

An update to linked accounts - Over the next few months, Outlook.com will stop supporting linked accounts and introduce a new, more secure way to manage multiple email addresses: aliases.

Windows Phone GDR 2 looks set for a July release, according to one carrier - The next update to the Windows Phone platform, GDR2 might start hitting handsets in July according to one of its carriers, Telstra.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer - The Adblock Plus team is finally working on an Internet Explorer version of the popular plugin. To test what they’ve come up with until now and help them sort out its bugs, just follow the link!

Keep Your Data Local: Free Offline Alternatives to 6 Popular Web Apps - How-To Geek runs through a few offline alternatives to popular web apps for those of you who want to keep their sensitive data on your PCs or are looking for better offline support.

How To Remote Download Games To PS3 and PS Vita - Guiding Tech showed gamers how they can activate the remote download feature of Sony’s online store on their Playstation consoles.

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