Best of the Web for Windows Users – 8 - 14 July 2013

After weeks of speculations, the changes among Microsoft’s senior executives became official. The Nokia Lumia 1020 was officially launched, Ars Technica puzzled over the Acer Aspire R7 that tried to be revolutionary in the strangest directions. Figures for PC shipping continued to drop during the second quarter of 2013 according to Gartner and the Windows Phone Blog talked to VPs from Nokia and Microsoft about the close relationship that produced the Lumia 1020. 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:

One Microsoft: Company realigns to enable innovation at greater speed, efficiency - The official text of the internal email of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to employees regarding changes in the senior leadership team of the company.

Nokia Lumia 1020: a 41-megapixel Windows Phone available on July 26th for $299.99 at AT&T - The Nokia Lumia 1020 was officially launched at an event in New York. The Verge presents all its features and specifications.

Review: Acer Aspire R7 tries really hard to address needs no one has - Ars Technica took a look at the Acer Aspire R7 and deemed it the strangest convertible PC they’ve ever seen. Check out their review for a detailed rundown of its rather puzzling features.

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the Second Quarter of 2013 Declined 10.9 Percent - Figures are in for the second quarter of 2013 and PC shipments are continuing to drop as the market shifts to accommodate tablets and other mobile devices.

Why Apple would make a “low-cost iPhone,” and what might be inside - Ars Technica looked at the rumors that a “low-cost iPhone” is in the works and analyzed the reasons why they might be true and what kind of features it might have if it were produced.

Q&A: How Nokia and Microsoft collaborated to create the groundbreaking new Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8 - The Windows Phone Blog caught up with Nokia’s VP Kevin Shields and Windows Phone’s VP Joe Belfiore, and talked to them about the close relationship between their two companies and the development of their latest product, the Nokia Lumia 1020.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Find out what the motherboard on my computer is - If you’ve ever wondered about the exact model of your motherboard, Super User provides the answer!

How to Enable or Disable The Forgotten Attachment Reminder in Outlook 2013 - Outlook 2013 has a way of reminding you if you’ve forgotten to attach an important document to an email. Whether you think this would be a useful or annoying feature for you, The How-To Geek shows you how to both enable and disable it.

new metroTab Turns Chrome’s New Tab Page Into A Windows 8 Start Screen Clone With Live Tiles - For those of you who like the look and feel of Windows 8’s Start screen, you can now transform your Chrome tabs, using metroTab. Addictive Tips shows how to install it, use it and customize it.

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