Best of the Web for Windows Users – 29 July – 4 August 2013
This week marked the one year anniversary of Windows 8 and to celebrate the occasion, Ed Bott looked at the mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8 and how they are trying to fix them. James Kendrick shared the many ways in which tablets with Windows 8 have the upper hand over tablets with a conventional tablet operating systems. Microsoft lost a trademark case which means the SkyDrive's name needs to be renamed and rebranded. Office is now available for Android users as well. Ars Technica reviewed the Nokia Lumia 1020 and came to the same conclusions most reviewers did. 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:
Windows 8, one year later: 10 mistakes Microsoft made (and how they plan to fix things) - One year after the launch of Windows 8, Ed Bott counts the ways in which things went wrong for Microsoft's new operating system and what amends the company made in the meantime in hopes of fixing them.
10 advantages Windows 8 tablets have over the iPad and Android - A rundown of the advantages that having a full PC operating system like Windows 8 on your tablet brings to the table.
Microsoft Office for Android now available, but not for tablets - This week, Microsoft extended its Office mobile software to smartphones running Android 4.0 or higher. The Android variant of the app is almost identical to its iPhone counterpart.
Microsoft to Rename SkyDrive in Trademark Deal With BSkyB - The SkyDrive will no longer be called the SkyDrive after Microsoft lost the trademark case against the U.K.'s British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). However BSkyB has given Microsoft a longer time to make the transition to a new brand.
The Nokia Lumia 1020: The smartphone to render point-and-shoots obsolete - Another glowing review of Nokia Lumia 1020's camera capabilities with the usual complaints about size and prize.
Xbox One is designed to be always-on for 10 years - The Xbox One is apparently designed to be near silent, energy efficient and to have a 10 year life span.
Google extends Windows Phone calendar and contacts syncing until December 31st - Google has granted new Windows Phone users another extension to access its Sync service until December 31st.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:
How can I find out where an email really came from? - If you've ever received a suspicious email from what seems to be a friend, but is in fact a virus/spam/scam and you want to know who initiated it, Super User shows how to track the pesky senders down.
How to Create a Blog Post Using Microsoft Word 2013 - If you really love Microsoft Word and don't want to go without all its bonus features when writing your blog entries, you don't have to! How-To Geek shows you how.
How to Easily Get Back Closed Tabs (Manually or Otherwise) on Chrome - Have you ever been annoyed at Google Chrome suddenly closing down or accidentally closing tabs and having to go through all your browsing history to reopen them? Guiding Tech has an easier and more efficient solution for you.
The Best of 7 Tutorials in July 2013
Before you go, don't forget to read the top three articles we published in July 2013:
The Best Internet Security Suites of 2012-2013 - In July we finalized our series with the best security products for 2012-2013. Very few security solutions received our top award - Buy for Everyone!. Learn which from this article.
5 Reasons Why the Windows Firewall is One of the Best Firewalls - An interesting opinion article, based on the many hours of testing done for our Security for Everyone series. You will be surprised to learn how good the Windows Firewall is.
How to use the Resource Monitor in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - Do you need to learn how your system's resources are used and which applications cause problems? This tutorial shows you how to do this.
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