Free Windows Phone & Windows RT Rumored, Could Heat Up Competition

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Microsoft could allow manufacturers to create devices running Windows Phone and Windows RT absolutely free of charge, according to recent reports. Reports of Microsoft dropping the licensing fees it charges Windows Phone and Windows RT partners surfaced this week in a report from The Verge. Citing sources with “familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” it’s the publications […]

Microsoft December Patch Tuesday Includes Surface Firmware Updates

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It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday and that means a round of security and non-security updates for Windows in all shapes and sizes. The updates include security updates for Office products as well. Microsoft releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month and today’s updates also include firmware updates for the newly released Surface 2 Tablets. […]

The Start Menu Could Be On Its Way Back to Windows

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Microsoft will restore the Start Menu and change-up the versions of Windows that it makes available to users and businesses. At least that’s according to Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, who shared what he’s heard about the next big update to Windows earlier today. According to Thurrot’s report, Windows “Treshold,” what’s he believes to be a […]

Microsoft Store’s Dell Venue 8 Pro Deal Sells Out Almost Immediately

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Buyers who had a feeling that the Microsoft Store’s deal on the Dell Venue 8 Pro wouldn’t last long were right. As of now, the Microsoft Store’s website is completely out of stock, ending one of the best deals on a tablet running Windows we’ve ever seen. Announced last week, the first phase of the […]

Crazy Good Deal: Microsoft Store to Offer Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99

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Microsoft isn’t just seeking to gain some attention with a few minor deals on tablets and devices for one day only. Instead, it’s packing its best holiday sales into a 12 Days of Deals promotion that will see the Dell Venue 8 Pro marked down to $99. To be clear, that $99 Dell Venue 8 […]

Mint Arrives on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Users looking for an app to quickly manage their entire financial outlook have a new cause for celebration. Starting today, users can download Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versions of Mint, the popular personal account app and service. Mint announced two new free applications for Microsoft users this morning. Together, Mint for Windows Phone […]

Xbox Music Celebrates Cyber Monday with Marshall Mathers LP2 Giveaway

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Microsoft’s Xbox Music isn’t just celebrating the busiest online shopping day of the year with a few deals. It’s also giving away digital copies of The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem’s latest studio album, free to all users. Microsoft’s Xbox Music announced the deal earlier today, saying that it wanted to “show appreciation” for its users […]

Windows, Windows RT and Windows Phone Merging? Microsoft Says Yes

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The days of users having to know the differences between Microsoft’s three different consumer-oriented operating systems could soon be a thing of the past, according to comments made by Microsoft’s own Devices and Studios chief. Julie Larson-Green, Vice President of Devices and Studios for Microsoft, hinted at the company’s future plans for Windows on stage at […]

Tablet Christmas Shopping? Things to Consider

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So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and make this a Tablet Christmas. Good for you. Tablets are great things. Whether you’re looking at a Tablet as a companion device or as your next computer they offer a distinctly mobile experience that can free you up to work or play in a variety of locations […]

OneNote for Windows 8.1 Gets Text Scanning and More

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Microsoft’s OneNote for Windows 8.1 isn’t as fully featured as its Desktop counterpart, however a new update bringing document scanning and other features could help it eclipse its older counterpart it terms of usefulness. Announced today on the Office Blog, the latest version of Microsoft’s Metro-style OneNote application allows users to quickly and easily browse […]

Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet Buyers get a Free Power Keyboard Case

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It seems Nokia had a very good reason for allowing Verizon to launch its version of the Lumia 2520 tablet without its keyboard accessory being available. Starting today, users who purchase the tablet on Verizon or AT&T will get a free Power Keyboard. According to Nokia’s own website, users who purchase the tablet between today […]

Lumia 2520 hits U.S. Shores on Verizon

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The Lumia 2520, Nokia’s first tablet ever Windows-based, is now available on Verizon for $399, $50 less than Microsoft’s own Surface 2. Announced at Nokia World earlier this year, the Lumia 2520 delivers all the things users might expect from a Nokia-branded tablet. That includes the same polycarbonate plastic shell that Nokia users already know, […]

Review: Flipboard for Windows 8.1 Finally Launches

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Surface RT and Surface 2 users are a patient bunch when it comes to App availability. The Windows Store is full of a lot of crap Apps and many of the big names are missing. Even some of the big names that exist don’t regularly update their Apps. But a long awaited entry into the […]

The 5 Best Windows Convertibles

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When Microsoft’s partners began shipping devices with the Windows 8 operating system, hardware choices came down to two different configurations. The first widely available configuration was laptops with touch screens. Windows OEMs literally placed touchscreens inside of devices they’d already had on store shelves and then loaded Windows 8 on them. There were also a […]

Microsoft Merges Windows Phone and Windows Development Accounts

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Developers creating applications for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows platforms won’t need to register two different accounts with the company going forward. In a move that could telegraph future platform mergers to come, Microsoft has combined the developer registration process for both operating systems. Microsoft announced the transition in a blog post late yesterday saying, […]

Dell Venue 11 Pro now available

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have enjoyed about a month as the top of the lists made by users looking for a Windows tablet that is capable of running traditional Desktop applications, but not anymore. Starting today these users can also purchase the Dell Venue 11 Pro for $499.99 online. Users can purchase the […]

The 10 Metro Apps Windows 8.1 Needs Right Now

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Windows 8.1, the free update that adds another layer of customizability and usability changes to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, address many of functional issues that plagued the operating system early on. Gone are the one-size-fits-all Live Tiles and drab Start Screen options. Users can even open as many as seven different Metro-style applications at […]

No Shortages Here: 7 Tablet Alternatives to the iPad mini With Retina Display

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With even Apple anticipating shortages for the refreshed iPad mini, this time launching with a 7.9-inch Retina Display resolution screen, when the slate goes on sale later this month, be prepared to anticipate long lines, shipping delays, and perhaps an even post-Christmas delivery if you don’t act quickly to score one early in the launch […]