Best of the Web for Windows Users – 9 - 15 September 2013

This week, Xbox Music became available for iOS and Android along with free online streaming of its 30 million tracks. Mashable pondered the FBI’s connection to Microsoft and its encryption software BitLocker, while ZDNet focused on Microsoft’s rumored next generation assistant Cortana. now has IMAP authentication and Paul Thurrott previewed this fall’s Windows tablet line-up. 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:

Xbox Music comes to iOS, Android plus Free Streaming on the Web - Xbox Music is now available for iOS and Android along with free online streaming of its 30 million tracks.

Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software? - detailed story about alleged requests for backdoors in Microsoft’s BitLocker by the FBI.

Fall 2013 Windows Tablet Preview - A comprehensive guide to the Windows tablets that will be launched this fall, including some exclusive information not released elsewhere.

'Cortana': More on Microsoft's next-generation personal assistant - ZDNet speculated on the nature of Microsoft’s next generation personal assistant to rival Apple’s Siri and Google Now. now has IMAP - now has IMAP authentication for those devices and apps that haven't made the upgrade to EAS yet.

Nokia Lumia 1520 will have a 3400 mAh battery; Nokia tablet due on AT&T “early November" - Windows Phone Central shared leaked information concerning the launch dates of new Nokia products and their possible specifications.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

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

Ask HTG: Do You Really Have to Pay for Ringtones? - How-To Geek showed their readers this week just how easy it is to make your own ringtones, without having to pay for them. We also have a useful tutorial on this subject, that can be read here: Create Free Custom Ringtones for Any Smartphone with Ringtone Maker.

Top 5 Sites to Download Wallpapers for Your Mobile Phone - For those who like to change the looks of their smartphones often, Guiding Tech listed the best sites for mobile wallpapers.

Easily Tweak, Backup & Restore Different Volume Profiles On Windows With Nirsoft SoundVolumeView - SoundVolumeView allows you to control the volume for all sound devices on your PC. Addictive Tips shows you how to use it.

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