How to Get Pre-installed Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Apps Back

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In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft stepped up its efforts to provide first-party tools for new Windows users. It’s true that the company has always included apps with Windows. Utilities like a Mail and Calendar have been included with Windows or accessible as a free download from Microsoft’s website for years. The difference here is […]

Office Web Apps Get New Interface Fit For The Windows Store

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Office Web Apps, the online version of Microsoft’s Office desktop apps, have just gotten a makeover and they may provide the best look yet of what users should want when Microsoft finally releases Windows Store versions. Microsoft formally announced new versions of Office Web Apps late yesterday after the update’s refreshed navigation and stark contrasting […]

Windows 9 Leaks Show Microsoft Meeting Desktop Users in the Middle

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All indications are that Microsoft isn’t prepared to sacrifice its future for the sake of pleasing longtime users of traditional desktop apps in Windows. On the other hand, new screenshots indicate that Microsoft is preparing to meet users who have a Desktop-interface preference in the middle with some changes in Windows 9. According to screenshots […]

Windows 8 is the New Windows Vista? That’s a Bad Thing?

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By now everyone will have read the reports of internal Microsoft teams comparing its latest operating system, Windows 8, with Windows Vista. For those who don’t know much in the way of Windows-related lore here are the details. Released in 2006, Windows Vista was the successor to Windows XP. Although it had originally planned to […]

How to Use a Picture as a Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 introduces a lot of new features that are designed to make the computing experience of an average user easier. While it misses the mark in a few cases, being able to use a PIN number or a picture as a password replacement is one of the places where Microsoft’s latest operating system […]

How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft first added SkyDrive syncing it expected most users to love it. It expected them to want to offload their files and settings to its servers and have them automatically sync between Windows PCs. It expected that users would want to have access to their files anywhere and everywhere they possible could. While the […]

How to Change Your Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is great for some users. Tablets, laptops and desktops all benefit from having a unified way to access most of the settings Windows users will come in contact with the most when using a device that is powered by the operating system. Of course, by introducing a new way of doing things […]

Sony Introduces New VAIO Flip 11A 2-in-1

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Sony’s newly unveiled VAIO Flip 11A convertible could be the best way to experience Windows 8.1 as long as users aren’t concerned about heft and weight. Announced during the company’s press event at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, the $799 tablet-turned ultrabook includes some of the best technology from across Sony’s different businesses. The VIAO […]

Asus VivoTab Note 8 Uses Samsung Tech on 8-Inch Tablet Form Factor

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Asus’ VivoTab Note 8 may look like another 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet in the same space as the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo  ThinkPad 8, but the VivoTab Note 8 is actually one of the smaller full-fledged PC tablets that comes with an active digitizer from Wacom. This will make the VivoTab Note […]

ThinkPad 8 Delivers Full Windows 8 Productivity in a Small Package (Video)

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 isn’t just another small-screened tablet meant to bridge the gap between traditional Windows functionality and the portability that users now crave. Instead, Lenovo is aiming the newly released 8-inch convertible tablet squarely at business users. Announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning, the $399 ThinkPad 8 takes the traditional […]

Lenovo Y50 & Y40 Gaming Laptops Announced

Lenovo's Y50 with backlit keyboard.

Gamers looking for powerful, affordable notebooks to suit their many needs will soon have two more options in the 15-inch Lenovo Y50 which will join the equally powerful 14-inch Lenovo Y40. Just a few years ago, high-performance gaming laptops would cost consumers thousands of dollars. Now, those looking to get the most out of their […]

These Trends Defined Microsoft in 2013

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No matter which way you look at it, 2013 came to define Microsoft. Some have claimed that it was the company’s decision to mostly continue the road it began driving down with Windows 8 that marked the company’s resurgence as an actual contender for top-teir technology company. Others feel that the Microsoft’s endeavors weren’t defined […]

2 Weeks With The Surface Pro Have Left Me Questioning Everything

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Having declared that users in the market for a new PC make it a point to track down and purchase an affordable convertible instead of laptops and desktops, two weeks ago I took my own advice and picked up Microsoft’s first-generation Surface Pro. My experience has been exciting. There have been times when I’ve thought […]

How to Set Up your New Microsoft Surface Tablet

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Did you find a new Microsoft Surface Tablet under your Christmas tree? Anxious to get started? You’re not alone. There are many new owners of a Microsoft Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro this Christmas. Microsoft bills the Surface as a device that’s both ready for work and ready for play and you […]

How to Reset Your Password in Windows 8

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 introduced a lot of new ways for users to do things. In some cases it makes activities, like searching or setting wallpaper, a lot easier. Unfortunately, password recovery isn’t one of those things. Don’t misunderstand, the process in unlocking a Windows 8 machine that has a forgotten password isn’t more […]

How Windows 8 Gets More Apps: Microsoft’s Project Siena

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Debuting with Windows 8, the Windows Store is the only way that Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT users can download apps designed for the new Windows Start Screen and app platform. That’s why Microsoft’s newly released Project Siena is such a big deal. In theory, Windows 8 users should see a serious uptick in available apps thanks to the […]

Microsoft Surface Tablets Sold Out Online. In Short Supply at Retailers

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If you’re looking for a Surface Tablet this Christmas it looks like you’ll have better luck with your local retailer than shopping online. Microsoft, Best Buy, and Staples are all reporting that both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 are out of stock and/or not available for shipping. Amazon is still listing a […]

2-In-1 Windows Machine Is Your Best Bet This Holiday Season

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For years, laptops have been the standard way by which most users get things done. They were the answer to everything modern computer users needed last decade. Though they featured a subset of the computing power users could harness with a full-size desktop computer, laptops and notebooks managed to shrink computing power into a package […]

The Real Cost of Returning the Start Menu to Windows

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When Microsoft first removed the Start Menu in builds of Windows 8, I flinched. It’s presence had been drilled into my very existence. Every computer I ever touched had that Start Button and its accompanying area of shortcuts and deep links in the right hand corner. On the other hand: this was the birth of […]

GameFly Gets PC Gamers Into the Holiday Spirit With Custom Bundles

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GameFly, the world’s leading service for users looking to rent disc-based video games, isn’t leaving gaming-related deals to Sony, Microsoft and Steam. Instead, the service is taking on those vendors with special Build Your Own Bundles that feature titles from Ubisoft, Rockstar, Square Enix, Valve and more. Here’s how it works, any PC user can […]