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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 11 – Email scandals and another Windows 8 update

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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 11

Welcome to the April 2014 TWT Newsletter

No April fools jokes this issue, we promise, just more great Windows related content for you to peruse. This month we take a look at a Hotmail privacy breach, see what’s new in the latest Windows 8 update and ask you if you are making the most of the resources available on our website.

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In this months issue:-

What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
Are you making the most of Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?
Hotmail and Outlook.com not as private as Microsoft made out
Keep kids and teens entertained this Easter
Tip of the Month – Snap your windows easily with this keyboard shortcut
Free Utility of the Month – Windows Movie Maker
Windows Store app of the Month – Network Speed Test
XP Users – This is your last reminder!
Windows 8.1 Update 1 now available

 

What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?

March was a great month for new content on the site, with three sets of new tutorials added. Firstly we added tutorials on how to use the File History backup feature in Windows 8. Secondly, we updated our SkyDrive tutorials since Microsoft have rebranded the service to OneDrive. Finally, we launched a whole series of tutorials on Thunderbird. Thunderbird is a fantastic e-mail program that can significantly speed up your use of e-mail. We’ll have more on that later in the newsletter.

 

picture Mozilla Thunderbird – 5 Tutorials

If you are tired of slow web-based e-mail, littered with adverts and unwanted distractions like “hangouts” or on page chat, then you should definitely check out Mozilla Thunderbird. Thunderbird brings e-mail to your Windows desktop. It’s lightning fast, easy to use and super powerful. Check out our tutorials here, which show you how to quickly and painlessly migrate from using slow, advert cluttered web based e-mail to the speed and power of Thunderbird.

 

picture OneDrive – 3 Tutorials

Get free online storage, backup and file sharing with Windows Live OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive). In these tutorials we will take you through setting up OneDrive and using it on your desktop.

 

 

picture Windows 8 File History Backup – 2 Tutorials

Backup has changed again in Windows 8. This time, Microsoft has delivered a kind of “Time Machine” style backup to the operating system. If you accidentally change or edit a file in your personal folder, you can use the Windows 8 File History backup to restore a copy from earlier. Check out our tutorials here to find out how.

 

Are you making the most of Top-Windows-Tutorials.com?

Here at Top-Windows-Tutorials we enjoy making new tutorials and we love to hear back from our readers. Did you know about all the ways you can get in touch with us? There really are lots of different ways that you can reach out to us and you don’t necessarily need a social networking account do do so.

One of the most simple ways is to leave a comment. We accept comments on all of our videos and articles. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comment. You can give feedback on the video or ask a question about it, whatever you like! We moderate for spam and profanity only, so be critical if you want to be!

Then there’s our forum, possibly the most under-used part of our site. If you need computer help the forum is the place to go. You can leave your Windows related questions there and we will do our best to help you with them. Signing up for an account is easy, you simply need an e-mail address.

If you’ve got yourself a Facebook account, you should be sure to like our page and drop by and visit it from time to time. We have exclusive content just for our Facebook fans. You can also request tutorials or ask for computer help there too.

Then there’s our Twitter feed. Tweet @TopWindowsTuts if you want to ask a question, or follow us there for all the site updates and news snippets.

Finally of course, you can contact us directly by using our contact form here. Please note we cannot give free one on one technical support. You can however contact us regarding any issues with the site, to leave feedback about the site or our products, or for any enquiries about marketing, sales, advertising or anything else you wish to discuss privately with the team.

So now you know the ways you can contact us, don’t be shy, leave us a comment or message today. Remember, your feedback helps shape the future of the site so let us know your opinion!

 

Hotmail and Outlook.com not as private as Microsoft made out

Seems e-mail privacy is in the news again this month, do you remember back in TWT Newsletter issue 7 when we investigated Microsoft’s claims that Outlook.com was a more secure e-mail service than GMail? Back then we concluded there was little evidence to back up that claim and it seems our fears were justified. During a recent internal investigation, it turns out that Microsoft decided to snoop on the Outlook.com accounts belonging to at least one former employee. Alex Kibkalo, the former employee in question, is now facing federal criminal charges over allegations that he stole trade secrets while working for the company. However, what’s important to note here is that Microsoft never obtained a search warrant for the bloggers e-mail or other Microsoft accounts, they simply used a clause buried deeply in the Hotmail terms and conditions and accessed his e-mail account themselves.

Microsoft have since revised these terms and conditions to supposedly tighten up privacy on the popular e-mail service, but the irony of such a blatant breach of privacy on a service that was touted as being super secure was not lost on the many tech journalists who reported on the story.

As we’ve discussed in the past, unless you use special privacy software with your e-mail such as PGP, you should consider anything you send over e-mail to be insecure. Never send credit card details or personal information over e-mail. For those of you who need more security with your messaging, we will be looking at how to use PGP in a future tutorial.

Power up your e-mail, it’s easy

We’ve been running lots of tutorials this month on how to get more out of your e-mail. One of the best ways is to use Thunderbird on your Windows desktop. By doing so you can access your e-mail much more quickly and efficiently than by logging into an online web-mail service like Outlook.com or Gmail. Another advantage of Thunderbird is that it makes moving from one e-mail provider to another much easier. Simply add both your new account and your old account to Thunderbird and you can drag and drop messages between them. Don’t get stuck with a service you are dissatisfied with just because it is too much hassle to move! Check out our Thunderbird tutorials here.

 

Keep kids and teens entertained this Easter

Looking for ways to keep children, teenagers or even yourself entertained over the Easter break? Our sister site, Play-Old-PC-Games.com, is now running a “Free Game Friday” campaign. Simply Like the Play-Old-PC-Games.com Facebook page and check it every Friday for a free game. Since the site focuses on older PC games, you won’t need a super expensive modern gaming rig to play the games either. We also promise that free means free, not free to start, or free except you have to spend lots of money on in-game items.

Play-Old-PC-Games.com brings you comprehensive tutorials for getting your old PC games working on your new machine. New titles are added every week! Check out the site here.

 

Tip of the Month – Snap your windows easily with this keyboard shortcut

Do you find it awkward to ‘snap’ your Windows? We’re talking about the technique for positioning two windows next to each other, each taking a half of the screen. We demonstrate the technique on Windows 7 here and on Windows 8 here.

If you find this an awkward technique to perform with the mouse, you can use the keyboard instead. Make sure the Window you want to snap is open, then press the Windows key on your keyboard and hold it down. Then, press and release either the left arrow or the right arrow key. The window will then instantly snap to half of the screen width! This technique works on Windows 7 and 8 only.

 

Free Utility of the Month – Windows Movie Maker

While it might not be the most sophisticated of video editing tools, the humble and completely free Windows Movie Maker has been helping Windows users make simple home movies for many years now. If the idea of shelling out hundreds on a commercial video editing suite just to edit a few family videos makes you shudder, then give Movie Maker a shot. You won’t be using it to edit the next Hollywood blockbuster, but we imagine most users are completely fine with this fact!

You can download Windows Movie Maker as part of the Windows Live software suite here.

 

Windows Store App of the Month – Network Speed Test

If you’re busy troubleshooting a problem with your broadband internet, you may need a quick and easy way of testing your network speed. Network Speed Test does exactly what it says and gives you a quick and easy way of benchmarking your broadband from your Windows touch device. Upload and download speeds are tested against a variety of servers all over the world.

Download the program from the Windows store here, it is completely free.

 

XP Users – This is your last reminder!

As we mentioned last month, Windows XP support officially ended on the 8th of April.  That means, if you are still using XP, you are running an unsupported and potentially vulnerable version of Windows. If you still haven’t upgraded we strongly advise doing so. Don’t be afraid of Windows 8! With a few simple tweaks Windows 8 can behave just like Windows 7 and both Windows 7 and 8 were a big leap forward in terms of security and stability compared to Windows XP.

While we have no immediate plans to remove XP content from our site, we will not be adding any new XP content or updating any XP related tutorials from now on.

 

Windows 8.1 Update 1 now available

If you thought Microsoft were through updating and changing Windows 8 when they launched Windows 8.1, think again. Windows 8.1 update 1 is now available. This update will download through Windows update, and not via the Windows store this time (a much better idea in our opinion).

We will be updating some of our tutorials to reflect the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 over the course of April. The new update to the OS brings more changes to help users with keyboard and mouse equipped PCs adapt to the Windows 8 tile applications. However, we can’t help thinking that most users on these kinds of PCs would simply prefer to continue using the more feature rich desktop applications.

The most noticeable changes are the addition of the power/shutdown buttons on the main Start Screen, the addition of a title bar to modern or tile apps and the ability to access the taskbar when using tile apps.

Start any windows tile application and move your mouse pointer to the top of the screen. Now, a traditional Windows title bar will appear. This title bar has the traditional close and minimise controls (though it is still not possible to run tile apps in a desktop window unless you use third party software like ModernMix).

Move your mouse to the bottom of a tile app and the Windows taskbar will appear. This allows mouse users to quickly switch between applications in a much more convenient fashion. Windows 8.1 Update 1 also allows tile apps to be pinned to the taskbar just like desktop apps.

There are a number of other changes too, but we will bring you a more detailed report after we have had some hands on time with the new update, so look out for that in the next TWT Newsletter.

That concludes our newsletter for April. On behalf of the team here at TWT, I’d like to say thank you to all our readers, new and old for your continued support. The TWT Newsletter will return on the 10th May 2014 and will bring you more tips, tricks and techniques to help you get the best out of your PC, be it Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. We hope that you found this newsletter informative and useful. If you did not then please let us know why, you can contact us by visiting this page. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to pass it on to all your friends and family, or better still encourage them to sign up for their own copy. Until next month, keep checking Top-Windows-Tutorials.com and enjoy happy, safe and stress-free computing!

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