Best of the Web for Windows Users – 22 - 28 July 2013

This week, Microsoft officially released Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 while Windows Phone Central reviewed the Nokia Lumia 1020 and declared it to be a photographer's dream come true. Microsoft Bob, Microsoft's old intelligent agent might make a high-tech comeback and Joe Belfiore addressed user complaints about a lack of big updates for the Windows Phone in 2013. Wired featured the "Quotidian Record" project that transforms tracking data into a song, while CNET presented 97-year-old artist Hal Lasko & his beautiful pixel art, all executed in Microsoft Paint. 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 Shows Internet Explorer 11 DP for Windows 7 in Action – Video - Microsoft officially released the new Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7, giving users the chance to try out its latest browser without making the move to Windows 8.1 Preview. Below you can see a brief overview from Microsoft.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review - Windows Phone Central got its hands on a Nokia Lumia 1020, gave it an in-depth review and agreed that it has lived up to all the hype preceding its release.

Artist Turns a Year's Worth of Tracking Data Into a Haunting Record - For a project called "Quotidian Record," media artist Brian House turned a year's worth of his tracking data into an 11-minute musical track and stamped it on a handsome piece of vinyl. What does it sound like? Read this article to find out.

Legally blind artist, 97, paints in pixels - 97-year-old Hal Lasko, considered legally blind, has trouble seeing much of anything, but that doesn't stop him from making beautiful pixel art with Microsoft Paint.

How Microsoft could beat Siri and Google Now: A modern Microsoft Bob - PC World talked to Microsoft developers about the company's potential reentry into the intelligent agent field as well as the construction of Satori, "the world's largest repository of knowledge".

Windows Phone Head Joe Belfiore Responds To Lack Of Major Windows Phone OS Update So Far This Year - Joe Belfiore answered persistent questions about the lack of major improvements in Windows Phone, in 2013.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

How does the Recycle Bin work? - If you've ever wondered if the Recycle Bin is just a glorified folder or more, the Super User community provides the answer.

What You Need to Know About Power Outlets and Voltages When Travelling Internationally - How-To Geek tackled power outlets and voltages around the world in this must read article for all globetrotters.

How Retail Stores Track You Using Your Smartphone (and How to Stop It) - Lifehacker warns its readers of the dangers of phone tracking within stores and client tailored advertising and teaches them how to stop it.

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