Microsoft Said to Snatch Key iOS 8 Feature For Windows 9

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When Microsoft shows off Windows 9 at an event in late September its list of new features could include interactive Live Tiles and a centralized notification system – two things seemingly inspired by what Apple has done with iOS 8 and what it has done with its own Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. We don’t […]

5 Windows 8 Apps to Download Immediately

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system comes on just about everything. From tablets to 2-in-1s to desktops, it tries to be everything to everyone. Sometimes this doesn’t work, but Windows 8 is at its finest when there are good apps available. Before getting to the 5 Windows 8 apps that everyone should have on their devices, its important to […]

Start Menu and Windows 9 Coming September 30th 

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Microsoft will announce what will become Windows 9, including a new Start Menu and refreshed user interface, at an event on September 30th. That date comes from new reports originating from The Verge, which aligns with the release window shared by All About Microsoft the week before. Both outlets have a fairly decent track record of passing on accurate information about Microsoft’s plans for […]

$199 HP Stream Notebook Reveals How Chromebooks Will Die

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For a long time we’ve known that Microsoft and its partners were planning to take the cheap segment of the notebooks market back with new low-cost Windows machines, but we didn’t know was how decent those notebooks would be. Leaks of the HP Stream, a $199 notebook coming later this year indicate that users can expect some […]

How To Stop Updates on Windows 8.1

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Updates have never been better than they are on Windows 8. For the most part, the operating system takes care of them itself, making sure that users always have the latest versions of Microsoft installed applications, and security updates whether they want them or not. The or not, is the problem there. Windows 8 removes most of the guess-work out […]

Could the Start Menu Come to Windows 8 in September?

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Users of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system who have been clawing for a return of the Start Menu and the removal of the Start Screen on their laptops and desktops may be in for a treat this coming September. That’s when new reports peg the first public release of Windows Threshold, or what most are […]

How to Download Windows 8

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system received a lot of attention when it first debuted. It changes so much that it is hard not to hear about it from someone you know, or see advertisements touting its boldest features on television. Over time all that talk hasn’t translated into a giant uptick in sales, however it […]

Sign PDFs with a Windows 8.1 Tablet

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Like it or not, that tiny slice of cotton and dead trees that we use to print documents on, is quickly becoming a relic of days and years past. It used to be that when we needed to formally accept a document and convey an understanding of we signed it with a pen and then faxed it over […]

Much Hated Feature Could Get the Axe in Windows 9

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If you’re one of the millions of users who hated that the Charms Bar that floats out from the right side of the screen on laptops and desktops running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system this will come as good news. New rumors indicate that Microsoft has plans to ditch the Charms Bar in Windows Threshold or […]

Surface 3 Rumors Heat Up

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Microsoft didn’t revamp much of its tablet line when it announced the Surface Pro 3 earlier this summer. New rumors indicate the company is planning to rectify that with what could be simply called the Surface 3, a refreshed version of the Windows tablet that is battling Apple’s iPhone for supremacy. Digitimes, a long time […]

How to Add a Screen Saver to Windows 8.1

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In the not so distant past, Windows users had all sorts of customization options. Users who weren’t on a corporate network could add their own background to the Desktop and change the sound that their device makes when it first starts up. Adding a screen saver was one of the biggest ways users customized their […]

Windows 8 2-in-1s: 5 Essential Tips

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system delivered more than the new Start Screen. It also enabled more than a few new device types. Today laptops come equipped with large touchscreens that can be used in the same way a tablet’s screen can. Sitting beside them are tablets with attachable keyboards and Windows 8 desktops that allow […]

Start Menu + 5 Must Have Features Rumored for Windows 9

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Microsoft has already confirmed that the Start Menu is making a celebrated return in Windows Threshold or what many industry watchers are already referring to as Windows 9. Now a new report confirms that users can expect a boatload of must-have features to be rolled up in the update including, a refreshed Desktop taskbar and digital […]

$199 Laptops & $99 Windows 8 Tablets Coming to Stomp Chromebooks & iPads

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Microsoft isn’t giving up on its quest to claim the cheap notebook and small tablet markets as its own. Today, the company’s Chief Operating Officer announced two new machines meant to absolutely stomp the competition. The first is a $199 laptop to compete with Google’s Chromebooks. The second is a $99 tablet meant to undercut […]

How to Make Text and Apps Larger in Windows 8.1 

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The high-resolution displays that Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system allowed laptop, desktop and tablet makers to include in their machines is spectacular. Today, users can pick up a device with amazing displays that even use 4K technology. Unfortunately, doing so might mean that you’re not able to actually see small text on your screen, leaving users to strain their eyes just to check […]

Using the Camera in Windows 8

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One of the things Microsoft took out of hardware makers hands with Windows 8, its operating system for laptops, tablets and desktops, was Camera. In doing so, the company might have created a bit of confusion earlier on, but the results speak for themselves. It’s now easier than ever to take a selfie or snap […]

How to Fix Bad Windows 8 Battery Life 

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Among other things, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system should allow owners to use their Windows 8 notebook or tablet a bit longer than notebooks and tablets running Windows 7. By default Windows 8 includes support for ambient light sensors so a device can adjust its screen brightness on its own. It also includes easy to use controls for adjusting brightness, no matter where the […]

Back to School Deal Gets Windows Buyers $150 In Savings

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Many grade-level and college student won’t return to class until August, but already Microsoft is moving to make laptops and 2-in-1s running its Windows 8 operating system a best buy for Back to School shoppers. As of now, its Microsoft Stores are giving new PC buyers $150 off their purchase – if they’re picking up a Windows […]

How to Use The Trackpad On Your Windows 8 Laptop 

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Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system for desktops, tablets and laptops, can confuse people pretty easily. Part of that is due to the new Start Screen, but there’s another culprit that lurks just in front of user’s palms if they have a laptop: the touchpad. Many Windows 7 laptops had multitouch trackpads that allowed them to perform […]

How to Sync Your OneDrive Pictures & Documents to Windows 8 

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When you’re about to switch to a new computer and move between two different computers, nothing is more frustrating than having to mange your files. Today, many users still copy them to a hard drive and then sync them over, but with Windows 8 Microsoft added OneDrive, a cloud storage service that automatically backs up users’ stuff. With the free Windows […]