Today is the last day of May and the time for another episode of the "Best of the Web for Windows Users". We would like to share with you a few interesting news articles, useful tutorials and the most popular articles we published this month.
The Best Tech Related News
Facebook and Samsung were the major headliners this month. News from other companies were fewer and received less attention. However, we did manage to find quite a few interesting articles you should read:
Firefox User Experience - A very interesting presentation, showing where Mozilla plans to take the user experience across all platforms.
On Facebook, deleting an app doesn't delete your data from their system - Yet another privacy problem with Facebook. A very educational news article on the implications of using Facebook apps.
Ink-onomics: Can You Save Money By Spending More on Your Printer? - An insightful analysis from PC World, on the total cost of purchasing a printer and its ink, during the average lifespan of the device.
Microsoft creates Kinect-like system using your laptop’s built-in speaker & microphone - A very exciting project from Microsoft Research. You must read this article. Kinect might be the best thing Microsoft has ever developed in terms of hardware.
Windows 8 Release Preview: Bundled Apps Update - Paul Thurrott shares a brief but insightful overview of the most important updates made by Microsoft for its Windows 8 Metro apps. Some fresh rumors say the Windows 8 Release Preview will be made available later today. Can’t wait to try the updated Metro apps and see if the improvements shared by Paul make a difference or not.
Kaspersky performing independent security analysis on OS X (Updated) - I found this piece of news funny and ironic. Apple users need to stop thinking that their platform is safer than Windows. It isn’t. It just wasn’t targeted by malware developers. Not until recent years at least.
The Best Tech Tips & Guides
Next, we have a few useful tutorials to share, from some of our friends in the tech world:
How to Use CCleaner Like a Pro: 9 Tips & Tricks - Personally, I’m a big fan of CCleaner. Even though I use it regularly, I still found some new and useful tips in this tutorial. I’m sure you will also find some tips you did not know about.
The Best Free and Web Based Group Video Chat Tools - A good roundup of web based solutions that are good for group video chat. You will find some interesting suggestions.
How to use Windows 8 themes and theme packs on Windows 7 - Windows 8 will introduce quite a few visual changes compared to Windows 7. Therefore, Windows 8 themes don’t work on Windows 7 and vice-versa. This useful guide explains how to use Windows 8 themes in Windows 7.
How to Quickly Add Business Cards to Evernote Using Its Snapshot Feature - Evernote is one of those few apps I install on all the devices I use. If you enjoy using this app too, you will find this tip useful.
Why is the Close button in the upper right corner? - A very interesting discussion on the blog of a Microsoft veteran.
The Best of 7 Tutorials
For us, this month was less exciting than April. We did not publish so many viral articles as in the previous month. Mostly due to being busy with finishing our second book. We can’t wait to be allowed to reveal more details about it. Hopefully, sometime in June we will be at liberty to share some interesting details with you.
But until then, let’s recap this month’s most popular articles on 7 Tutorials:
What Apps do Windows Phone Users Rate the Highest? - Top 7 Highest Rated Apps - This is the first time when a Windows Phone article makes it to our list with the top 3 articles of the month. We’re happy to see this and we hope our website will be visited by more Windows Phone users.
Uncovering Artists Through Windows 7 Themes - Felicia Simion - Our interviews with less known artists and free Windows 7 themes, have always been popular. If you missed this month’s episode, don’t hesitate to read it and then download the Windows 7 theme featuring Felicia’s work.
Test Comparison - What is the Best Free Online Antivirus Scanner? - This article was published yesterday and it already managed to stir lots of interest and quite a few referrals from other websites. If you haven’t read it, you should. It involved lots of work and it shares some interesting findings.
Here are also two great tutorials we published a year ago and two years ago, respectively:
Configure the Default Viewing Templates in Windows Explorer to be as YOU Want Them! - This tip can help you get rid of many frustrations you have with the way Windows Explorer displays data.
Useful Tips & Tricks for Sticky Notes - Sticky Notes is a cool little tool that is quite popular, especially with less geeky users. This article shares some useful tips that will further improve the experience of using this application.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s roundup. If you would like to share other interesting tutorials and news articles, don’t hesitate to use the comments form below.