Best of the Web for Windows Users – 2nd Week of April 2013

The second week of April had some interesting announcements as Microsoft prepares to bid Windows XP support farewell and unveiled further plans to develop their phone line with the introduction of higher definition support. ZDNet and Ars Technica debunked rumors concerning the future of Microsoft and the elusive Windows Blue, while Fast Company took a walk on Microsoft’s wild side with Stevie Bathishe, one of the distinguished scientists of their Applied Sciences Division. You can scroll down for links to this week’s roundup!

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news we discovered this month:

Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6, Office 2003 enter their final support year – To all those still using Windows XP on their computers - apparently a wopping 38% of Internet users! - support for the old Windows version ends on April 8, 2014! Ars Technica explores what that will mean for users unwilling to change to a newer version of Windows.

Microsoft, Google and Apple: which one faces doom in 2017? – ZDNet takes a closer look at Gartner’s long term predictions for the PC market and finds that the future is not quite as grim for Microsoft as alarmists would like us to think. Sometimes it pays to read the fine print!

Is Microsoft integrating Windows Phone and Windows? You’d hope so – Ars Technica dissects Digitimes’ rumors of Microsoft’s plans to merge Desktop Windows with Windows Phone and finds them lacking in consistency.

Windows Phone 8 will support 1080p resolution displays by the end of the year – Good news for all you High Definition lovers out there. The Verge reports that Windows Phone 8 will support 1080p resolution and new 5-inch and higher devices, starting later this year.

From surface keyboards to teddy bear robots, Microsoft’s mad scientist develops art – An insightful look at Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group. Fast Company talked to their ‘mad scientist in residence’ Stevie Bathiche to find out more about what exactly his division does!

Best Budget Laptops, April 2013 – Asus won the title of best budget laptop for April 2013, from AnandTech, with its A55A model estimated at only $430.

Microsoft planning Xbox event for May – Microsoft has pushed back the event meant to reveal details concerning the next generation Xbox by one month.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

HTG explains: Why you should perform clean installs, not upgrades – Our friends from the How-To Geek explain why clean installs are better than upgrades and walks you through them!

Fix unwanted blurring in photos with a click using SmartBlur – The team from Addictive Tips proposes the SmartDeblur Windows application as a one click solution for those pesky blurry pictures!

Dual boot Windows 7 / 8 is one Antivirus software enough? – An interesting conversation on the Super User community. You will learn quite a bit from reading it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of articles for this week! Please don’t hesitate to recommend news items for next week’s article in the comments section below.