Best of the Web for Windows Users – 29th of June - 5th of July 2014

This week we have learned new details about Microsoft's upcoming version of Windows and about their first product in the wearables space. It turns out that they won't be making a smartwatch but something else. We also have leaked pictures of an upcoming Lumia device and other interesting news. What are you waiting for? Read this week's recap.

The Best Tech Related News

Let's start with this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Windows 'Threshold': More on Microsoft's plan to win over Windows 7 users - Mary Jo Foley has fresh details about the upcoming version of Windows, codenamed "Threshold". This article includes lots of interesting details.

Microsoft + Wearables - Paul Thurrott has new information about Microsoft's upcoming product in the wearable space: it turns out that Microsoft will first release a Samsung Gear Fit-like fitness band and not a smartwatch.

Microsoft quietly discontinues stock of Surface Pro 2 and a new Lumia tablet on the way? - Microsoft Stores send back to Microsoft most of their stock of the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 2 accessories. A few stores are keeping units on hand for customer issues, should any arise, but many stores now have zero stock with no plans to carry it any longer. This move doesn't surprise us as Microsoft wants to promote and sell as many Surface Pro 3 devices as possible.

Microsoft expands the use of encryption on Outlook, OneDrive - Ars Technica has revealed that Microsoft has expanded the use of encryption for Outlook.com and OneDrive, in their attempt to improve their users' privacy and make it harder for hackers and the NSA to hack their users' data.

Summertime blues: Microsoft insiders brace for cuts - After the Nokia acquisition, there are many redundant positions at Microsoft, especially in the Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia teams. As a result, the company is looking to cut up to 10 percent of its total workforce. This decision is to be expected when big companies purchase other big companies. They always end-up having more employees than they need.

Microsoft's Cortana World Cup predictions rival Paul the octopus - Microsoft's Bing predictions engine has delivered great results when predicting the winners of the last 12 matches from the World Cup. We tested Cortana ourselves, which uses this engine, and we can confirm that she was spot on with all her predictions.

Help Microsoft improve the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone by giving your feedback - Microsoft is asking for feedback and feature suggestions for their Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone. If you are using it on a regular basis, go ahead and share your ideas. Microsoft promises to listen to user feedback when updating this app and adding new features.

Mystery Nokia handset appears in leaked photos, could be Lumia 830 - Pictures of a new Lumia device have leaked on the web. You can view them in this article.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

My slow withdrawal from all things Google - Find out why a tech blogger decided to stop using Google services and move away to alternatives. It is an interesting read that will help you discover some good services.

5 Cooling Solutions to Prevent Your PC From Overheating - A good tutorial from How-To Geek sharing several cooling solutions that you can use for your PC.

How To Search In Evernote Like A Pro - Even though we are OneNote fans, we know that some of our readers prefer Evernote. For them, we suggest reading this guide on how to use its powerful search features.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week's episode. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the form below.