Best of the Web for Windows Users – 6 - 12 July 2014

This week was all about Satya Nadella's letter that kicked off Microsoft's 2015 financial year. Satya tried to communicate Microsoft's future direction and hint at some of the changes that are on the horizon for Microsoft and its employees. Another big news was the launch of the new Lumia 930 - a Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone which we will be testing very soon for our readers. To learn more about these subjects and other interesting news, read this week's recap.

The Best Tech Related News

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

Microsoft's new CEO Nadella is pressing all the old buttons - Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has sent a company-wide e-mail to mark the start of the company's 2015 financial year. Here you will find a good discussion about its most important messages.

A chat with Microsoft's CEO: why Apple and Google haven't won yet - The Verge has published an interview with Satya Nadella which aims to complement and clarify some of the elements that were touched in his e-mail to Microsoft employees.

LUMIA 930: ON SALE THIS WEEK - Lumia 930 was launched in several markets around Europe. We will get our hands on it very soon and we will be reviewing it. Below you can see the first official ad that is used to promote the new smartphone. We're curious to learn what you think about it. Does it do a good job of promoting the Lumia 930?

Meet Louise, Microsoft's digital assistant before Cortana - Here are some demos and information from Redmond's research team about how they imagined Cortana years ago. It's great that the final product wasn't named Louise. :)

Windows Phone Device Stats: June/July 2014 - If you are curious to learn in which countries there are the most Windows Phone devices, check this statistic from AdDuplex.

Video Tuner for Windows Phone 8.1 - Microsoft has launched a new Video Tuner app for Windows Phone 8.1. Here you will find a brief presentation of what it has to offer.

Xbox One messaging falters once more with confusion over dev kit policy - Here's another example of how Microsoft failed to communicate correctly regarding Xbox One's upcoming policies. Looking at how poorly they have managed the launch of this console, you may ask yourself: why aren't some high-ranked Xbox One executives being fired for their poor management?

Xbox One sales pick up after Kinect-free option launch - Microsoft is seeing an increase in demand for Xbox One in the UK, after the launch of the Kinect-free version.

Microsoft launches Windows Apportals - An Apportal is an app that acts as a central hub for all line-of-business (LOB) applications, organised into a simple-to-navigate, easy-to-use, touch-friendly user interface. Here are more details about it.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365... - Microsoft has published a very large collection of eBooks for their most important products and technologies. Check it out!

Take care, FileHippo starts offering downloads via Installers! - We are (were) big fans of FileHippo - one of the few download websites which did not push custom installers that bundled all kinds of crapware. It seems that they are also slowly but surely going to the darkside. More details in this article.

The Best Websites and Tools To Form A Daily Writing Habit - A good roundup of websites that will help you get into the habit of writing on a daily basis.