Best of the Web for Windows Users – 19 – 25 August 2013

This week, Microsoft announced the retirement plan of its CEO - Steve Ballmer, and Ars Technica had a look at his achievements and the challenges his successor might face. Engadget had the chance to see both Xbox One's dashboard as well as ride Nokia Here's new data collection vehicle. Windows Phone has made it to number 2 in Latin America and Microsoft has made some adjustments to its aliases handling in Outlook.com. 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:

A better way to manage aliases and primary email address for your Microsoft account - After it rolled out its new aliases managing system for Outlook.com earlier this year, Microsoft has now made some additional improvements to it. You can see what they are in this official release. Some of you will enjoy them a lot. We sure did.

Xbox One dashboard: what to expect - Engadget had a sneak preview of the Xbox One dashboard and they shared what they saw with their readers.

Nokia Here collection vehicle v2.0 ride-along (video) - Engadget had a chance to ride the Nokia Here collection vehicle 2.0 and took pictures and an interesting video of it. It's very interesting to learn the technology used by Nokia to gather good data.

Windows Phone, Latin America's second most widely used mobile platform - Windows Phones have proven to be popular in Latin America. They snatched 2nd place in the Mexican market for the second consecutive quarter as well as in Peru and Chile.

Microsoft needs a new CEO who probably doesn't exist - With the announcement that Microsoft's current CEO, Steve Ballmer, will retire in 2014, Ars Technica had a look at his achievements during his tenure and what his successor might be up against.

I Owe Bill Gates An Apology - Brian S. Hall of Techpinions wrote an apology to Microsoft founder Bill Gates after reviewing the impact he has had on the world in the last 30 years and the impact he might yet have in his humanitarian work. It makes for an interesting read.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

5 Ways to Run Linux Software on Windows - For those of you looking for Linux's better development environment or powerful command-line tools, How-To Geek shows how easy it is to run Linux software on Windows.

How to Get Notifications of Social Networks At One Place in Chrome - Instead of manually checking all your social network sites, you can now install Chime for Chrome to get all the updates displayed in a nice format via a dropdown menu on the toolbar.

Review: TimeRabbit tracks hours lost down the Facebook rabbit-hole - Want to know how much time you waste on Facebook? TimeRabbit is the answer.

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.