Best of the Web for Windows Users – 23 - 29 September 2013

This was very busy week, especially for Microsoft. The new Surface tablets were launched, Steve Ballmer gave his goodbye speech at Microsoft, Bill Gates was interviewed at Harvard, etc. To learn all about this and much more, read this week's episode.

The Best Tech Related News

As usual, we start with the most interesting news of the week about Microsoft and its products:

Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories - Microsoft have announced the new Surface 2 (the successor of the Surface RT) and Surface 2 Pro (the successor of the Surface Pro).

Surface 2 declassified: How Microsoft made Surface into the tablet the world said it wanted - This is a great article, showing how the Surface 2 was created by Microsoft. It's worth a read.

Windows 8.1 to receive updated Camera app, Bing Search and more before launch - Microsoft will release further updates to is modern apps, during its Windows 8 worldwide launch.

Microsoft building a single app store for the next Windows Phone and Windows releases - More details about the next step in Microsoft's quest to build one platform for all devices. In the near future, the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store will be unified.

Finally: Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake - During a great talk at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates admitted that it was a mistake to force users to use hold down “Ctrl+Alt+Del” to log into their computers. The talk is fun and worth watching.

Microsoft expanding Office's reach with 'Reader' for Windows 8 and 'Lens' for Windows Phone - News about upcoming Office, touch apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Exclusive video: Steve Ballmer's intense, tearful goodbye to Microsoft - The exit speech from Steve Ballmer - very emotional! This is yet another proof that Steve Ballmer loved Microsoft and he was passionate about his work at this company.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Next, we will share a few useful tips and tricks from the IT blogosphere:

Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon - It took them long enough. I was growing tired of having to delete posts and repost them in order to fix spelling mistakes. Finally!

Take a Secure Desktop Everywhere: Everything You Need to Know About Linux Live CDs and USB Drives - A useful tutorial from our friends at the How-To Geek.

Purge & rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 7 | 8 - A useful & free tool for Windows 7 and Windows 8, developed by The Windows Club.

The Best of 7 Tutorials in September 2013

Last but not least, we would like to share the best articles we have published this month:

How to Create a Recovery Drive on a USB Memory Stick in Windows 8 & 8.1 - This is a highly popular tutorial and also very useful one. If you haven't read it yet, you should read it now.

How to Customize Mouse Cursors/Pointers in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - Many people enjoy our articles about mouse cursors and this is no exception to this rule.

How to Customize the Desktop Background in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - A simple but popular tutorial. We're glad so many people enjoyed reading it.

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.