The third week of April brought some official announcements from Microsoft like a big upgrade of their Bing apps and an introduction of two-factor authentication to their accounts. In the rumor mill, hopes for the Start button and the Desktop boot in Windows Blue were strengthened by ZDNet sources. Also, images of Nokia's "Catwalk" were leaked onto a Chinese social network. And while debates are raging over the future of Windows, Microsoft has secured even more money by scoring Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn for their Android licensing program. Ars Technica also showed us that Excel can be exciting if put in the hands of the right accountant! For a look at Cary Walkins Excel RPG and the rest of the round-up, scroll down for the links!
The Best Tech Related News
First, the most interesting news we discovered this week:
Microsoft signs patent deal with Foxconn covering Android, Chrome devices – Foxconn, the Chinese company that makes 40 percent of the world's consumer electronic devices, has agreed to join Microsoft's licensing program which means the Chinese giant will be paying a fee to Microsoft for every Android and Chrome devices it makes, including smart phones, tablets, and televisions. Can you hear the money flowing?
Bing apps get updated - The News, Finance, Sports and Maps Bing apps for Windows 8 got a major update this week, with a focus on improving customization and new features such as real-time stock updates as well as additional content.
Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop – ZDNet reports that Microsoft might be giving in to user demands to include the Start button as well as booting straight to the Desktop, with Windows Blue.
Microsoft introduces two-step verification for Microsoft accounts – Microsoft announced plans to upgrade its accounts to a two-factor authentication system. This means that accounts will be fully protected, regardless of what type of data is being accessed.
How an accountant created an entire RPG inside an Excel spreadsheet - Accountant Cary Walkin got creative with Excel and put together an entire RPG game made of a spread sheet. While the graphics are not to die for, Walkin's game is complex enough for hours of fun!
First images of Nokia's aluminum Lumia, codenamed ‘Catwalk', have surfaced - Images of Nokia's new ‘catwalk' model were leaked onto the Chinese social network Sina Weibo. The new Nokia will be 8.4mm thick and will sport a new aluminum chassis that will bring down its weight to only 132g.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
Some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:
How to Add Dropbox (and other cloud services) to Office 2013 - Our friends over at How to Geek helped users add cloud services such as dropbox and google drive to their Office 2013 in this easy to follow tutorial.
Office 2013: How to Run a Program from a PowerPoint Presentation Directly – Guiding Tech offered users a chance to improve their presentations by learning how to run programs directly from Power Point. A trick that will definitely impress and make your presentations more time efficient!
Quickly Enable 'Always On Top' Behaviour For Any App Or Window –The Addictive Tips team showcased the Window on Top app as an easy solution for sticking those important programs to your work space and keeping them on top!
Mañana Mail - This little Outlook add-in allows you to schedule the sending of your emails, edit them before they are sent and take back sent emails within a ten second time frame. Think fast!
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.