Best of the Web for Windows Users – 7 - 13 October 2013

This week, Microsoft announced its intention to launch new remote desktop apps for iOS & Android. Meanwhile, the company's board intends to have CEO Steve Ballmer's successor in place by the year's end and Windows 7 might not get a Service Pack 2. Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford presented the dangers of discriminating through the use of unregulated online data collection and Paul Thurrott has the latest rumors concerning Windows Phone 8.1. The Office app will soon be available for iPad with a touch user interface. 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 about Microsoft and its products:

Microsoft to launch new remote desktop apps for iOS, Android - Microsoft announced on October 7th that it will soon be rolling out new remote desktop apps for iOS and Android devices.

Microsoft Board Said to Work on Hiring New CEO This Year - Microsoft's board is looking to choose its new CEO by the end of the year, read here what candidates are being considered and which have already been dismissed.

Microsoft Suggests That No Windows 7 Service Pack 2 Is Coming - It seems that Windows 7 might not be getting a Service Pack 2. It will be phased out in favor of Windows 8 and 8.1.

Glance Background brings Nokia Sleeping Screen to Windows Phone - All About Windows Phone presents an application that lets you use a series of your own or preloaded images as a background on your Lumia phone.

Denied for that loan? Soon you may thank online data collection - A Microsoft researcher presented the dangers of discriminating through the use of unregulated online data collection, at MIT's EmTech conference this week.

Office for iPad to debut after touch-friendly Windows version - CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the Office might be heading to the iPad soon, complete with a touch user interface.

Windows Phone 8.1 Rumors Emerge - Paul Thurrott received some early information concerning the Windows Phone 8.1 update due to be released next year.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

How to Disable RSS Feeds From Updating Automatically in Outlook 2013 - If you're juggling too many RSS feeds in your Outlook account, How-To Geek shows you how you can set them up so none of them update automatically, or only certain ones will.

How to Edit, Write-Protect and Backup Windows Hosts File - A useful free application makes editing hosts files easier with a backup function that restores the original hosts file if an error occurs, as well as a write protection function.

Run multiple instances of Skype on Windows 8 with Seaside - For those of you with more than one Skype account, The Windows Club offers a solution to accessing them all at the same time.

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