11 Productivity & Entertainment Tips & Tricks for Windows 8

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For one reason or another today people are having the hardest time imaginable wrapping their heads around Windows 8, Microsoft’s last operating system. For sure, part of the disconnect between the operating system and users today is large of a revamp it Windows 8 really is. The initial version that launched in 2012 made tons of changes […]

7 Great Windows 8 Games Available for Free

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Today, Windows is known in gaming communities for the third-party game stores that users can install. Mostly that’s because Microsoft has left the PC gaming community alone in the last few years. With Windows 8 Microsoft moved back into the space with Xbox On Windows. Unlike Steam and past Windows gaming experiences like Games for […]

Turn Off the Start Screen & Get the Start Menu Back in Windows 8.1

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The original version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system did something no one ever thought Microsoft would do. With it Microsoft stripped away the Start Menu that’d dominated older versions of Windows and replaced it with the Start Screen, an updated Start Menu that takes over the entire screen and provides users with notifications from their […]

How to Multitask in Windows 8.1

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In Windows 8 Microsoft added new kinds of apps. Called Windows Store apps, these are the small pieces of software that Windows 8 users flock to when they want a touch friendly experience or to use any of Microsoft’s latest and greatest products. Those Windows Store apps aren’t like the other apps you might be […]

How to Play Games On Your Windows 8 PC With the Xbox One Controller

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Microsoft lavishes its Xbox One entertainment console with attention. It talks about gaming on the console so much that it’s pretty easy to forget that the company has a second huge gaming platform: Windows 8. Thankfully, what PC gaming today lacks in attention, Microsoft makes up for with small important features that it will hopefully plan […]

How to Run Windows Apps on Android

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Here’s how to run Windows apps on Android so that you have the best of both worlds at your fingertips: an Android device that’s powerful and mobile enough to be useful anywhere and the flexibility to get work done with the powerful apps that only Windows can offer. First, you’ll need your Android device powered […]

How to Run Windows Apps on iPad Using Parallels Access

Parallels Access lets iPad users control their Windows desktop apps.

Thanks to the huge collection of apps from Apple’s App Store an iPad can do most of what average computer users want to do. But sometimes there’s a special Windows PC program that does something not possible on an iPad. The newly updated Parallels Access lets users run specialized piece Windows software from an iPad, iPad mini or […]

5 Tips for Making the Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful

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Windows 8’s Start Screen has earned a decent amount of criticism over the last couple of years. Mostly because buyers of Windows 8 tablets, desktops, laptops and 2-in-1s don’t think of it as being as useful compared to the Start Menu that it replaced. Mostly, that’s because the Start Screen is something entirely new in Windows 8. […]

How to Remove a Desktop App in Windows 8.1 with a Keyboard and Mouse

How to Listen to Music for Free on Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system introduced a lot of new features that are designed to make life with apps easier. The Windows Store for example, allows users to quickly purchase and download free applications that integrate into the Windows experience without ever having to venture into a web browser or download things from sites that […]

How to copy iOS 8’s Continuity Using Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft announced and launched the original version of Windows Phone, industry insiders had no idea that the operating system would inspire changes across the entire company. It was Windows Phone that brought the flat colorful tiles and gradient-less interface to the masses. It was Windows Phone that first included effortless cloud syncing with SkyDrive. […]

How to Listen to Music for Free on Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system sometimes doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Sure, there are a ton of changes to be found on devices with Windows 8 installed on it, but there are also advantages and features that completely change a user’s experience: like Xbox Music. One of those changes is in how Microsoft approaches […]

Official Xbox One Controller PC Drivers Now Available

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Starting today, PC gamers can plug in an Xbox One controller and use it as a joystick and controller pad replacement. Microsoft announced the Xbox One controller’s PC drives earlier today, making good on a promise it made just before the Xbox One’s launch. When Microsoft made that promise some PC users feared that Microsoft […]

The Start Menu is Still Coming to Windows 8, Just Not Soon Enough

A picture of the upcoming Start Menu from The Verge.

It turns out that Microsoft may not be working as quickly to return the Start Menu to Windows as had previously been assumed. New reports indicate that the Windows 8.1 users could be waiting for the interface to return for a very, very long time. How long? According to sources who spoke with AllAboutMicrosoft, users […]

How to Use the Handwriting Keyboard in Windows 8.1

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Since Microsoft first added the ability for users to interact with Windows machines using their fingers and a stylus, the company has been on a mission to make the process of imputing text as easy as it can possibly be on the platform. In Windows 7 in slightly redesigned the touch keyboard. In Windows 8 […]

Windows 8.1 With Bing Is How Microsoft Plans to Destroy Google

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The threat to Microsoft’s Windows operating system that Google’s Chromebooks pose can’t be understated. Thankfully, in recent years Microsoft has revealed loads of changes design to make Windows the obvious choice for low-cost buyers. Take the company’s recent reveal of Windows With Bing. The new version of Windows could deal the ultimate blow to Google’s Chromebook […]

$199 Toshiba Encore 2 Helps Microsoft Hit the iPad Where it Hurts

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Last week’s unveiling of the Surface Pro 3 may have put the spotlight back on Microsoft’s in-house efforts to build a MacBook Air and iPad Air competitor, but it’s Toshiba’s new Windows tablets that are garnering the most attention this week. That’s because, the Toshiba Encore 2 will come in two sizes, a 10-inch device […]

5 Best Windows 8 Notebooks & 2-in-1s: Transformer Book & More

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Even today, years after the Apple iPad first attempted to make them obsolete, notebooks are the way users get thing done. It’s not hard to see why that’s still the case. Yes, tablets are getting newer exciting features and gimmicks every day, but the notebook with its rigid keyboard, the ability to sit comfortably almost […]

Surface vs. iPad: What Microsoft Has to Show At Its Surface Event

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Surface, Microsoft’s family of tablets, finds itself heading into tomorrow’s press event in a very awkward position. All at once the Surface devices are a triumph, a failure and a large question mark. When the Surface an Surface Pro devices were initially unveiled Microsoft was at the beginning of a major transition. Having thrown away […]

How to Customize the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

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The first thing that users who are new to Windows 8 are going to notice when they pick up their new device is how fast it starts up when compared to devices that ran Windows 7. The second thing they’re going to realize is that Microsoft has made some huge changes to the way users […]

How to Fix Wi-Fi Problems in Windows 8.1

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You’re going to have issues with connecting to Wi-Fi networks with Windows 8.1. That comment isn’t a reflection on the quality of Windows 8. It’s not related to the specific hardware that Windows 8 runs on either. Really, it’s rather simple: at some point every device can’t connect to a wireless network or keeps randomly […]