Why You’ll Want a Windows Phone 8.1 Device Over the iPhone 5s

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You’d be forgiven for thinking Microsoft had abandoned Windows Phone, its mobile operating system. Statements made by the company sounded as if it’d given up on topping the iPhone 5s. The company’s recent actions left Windows Phone 8 users, and potential Windows Phone 8 buyers, all asking the same questions. In a world where Microsoft’s […]

5 Windows 8 Apps Worth Using on a Desktop or Notebook Start Screen

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Regardless of whether I agree with it or not, the Start Screen in Windows 8 has earned a very bad reputation. Of course, that’s always the case, isn’t it? Longtime users of a single product not only don’t want change, they don’t want their favorite products to evolve. It doesn’t help that the Windows 8 […]

How to Set Parental Controls in Windows 8

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It used to be that locking down your family computer from inappropriate material or users sitting in front of their PC way too long was a chore. In Windows 8, the operating system itself is able to monitor underage users. Windows 8 is able to manage these tasks because of a featured called Family Safety. […]

How to Fix the Camera Bug in Windows 8.1

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Talking with friends and family face-to-face has never been easier. Solutions for cheap video chatting are all around. Microsoft includes Skype in Windows 8 and those who prefer not to use Skype usually prefer Google’s relatively new Hangouts service. Both are incredibly easy to use, but those running Windows 8 and the free Windows 8.1 […]

Universal Apps Trickle into the Windows Store to Save You Money

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Microsoft only announced that it’d be introducing Universal Windows Apps at its BUILD 2014 conference earlier this month, but already users are starting to see them flow into the Windows and Windows Phone Store. Updated listings for Halo: Spartan Assault and Skulls of the Shogun appeared overnight, with both of their pages now indicating that […]

How to Check Your Battery Life in Windows 8

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In our constantly connected world, having a notebook or tablet that can make it through the day isn’t just an extra; it’s essential that users get as much time as they can to check their email or pass the time by playing their favorite videos. In Windows 8, Microsoft made some changes to bolster battery […]

How To Turn On SkyDrive Settings Syncing in Windows 8.1

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Gone are the days when users were forced to change every little setting on each notebook, laptop or desktop that they have. Windows 8.1’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) syncing let’s you keep  your desktop background, mouse settings and more available across multiple devices. It just makes the Windows experience easier than its even been for users with […]

How to Get the Windows 8.1 Update

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Microsoft is releasing another update to Windows 8, the operating system that it hopes will enable users to comfortably move between notebooks, tablets and desktop PCs. Dubbed Windows 8.1 Update, this free software download doesn’t just add a few new features for touch users. Instead, it aims to fix key issues Windows desktop and notebook […]

How to Sign Out of Windows 8

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There are plenty of new features in Windows 8, the operating system that’s now available on tablets, desktops, 2-in-1s and notebooks, and a few of them have frustrated users. It’s not these features that have made Windows 8 unusable for some. Instead, it’s the simple things that have been changed, like logging out, that bother […]

Buying a Windows Tablet: 3 Best Options & What You Need to Know

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There’s never been a better time to purchase a Windows tablet. Yes, I know how nutty that might sound. Apple’s iPad pushed Microsoft into rethinking how it approached the tablet space, and how it continues to build software for different form factors. The result is Windows 8, an operating system and range of tablets that […]

Watch Windows in the Car, Microsoft’s Version of CarPlay

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Microsoft may have not finished battling Apple and Google for control over the smartphone market, but it’s already moving into another key area that’s expected to bolster the Apple’s dominance for years to come. Last week, it showed off a new concept for what it called Windows in the Car, a direct competitor to the […]

Windows XP Dies Today: What To Do If It’s Still On Your Computer

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Today marks the official death of Windows XP, the operating system that Microsoft rode to success early last decade (and that caused a million headaches for users). Computers with XP on them won’t suddenly stop working today. Owners of Windows XP machines will still be able to check their email and download new programs. However […]

5 Windows 8 Annoyances You Can Fix in 2 Minutes

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A lot has been said about Windows 8, Microsoft’s first attempt at meshing what users expect from modern operating systems running on today’s devices and what users loved about previous versions of Windows. Even Microsoft is now willing to admit that it may have gotten the exact formula wrong and is preparing to even bring […]

How to Turn Off Live Tiles in Windows 8.1

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Introduced in Windows 8, live tiles are what happens when you mesh an icon and notifications. They not only take you to the apps that are most important to you, by default they also show information. That’s great, since just hitting the Start button on your device will immediately show you how many pending emails […]

How to Get Free Xbox One Games, Music and Movies

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The Xbox One and the Xbox 360 aren’t just consoles. Like all modern devices, it isn’t the capabilities that they have when they arrive to you that make them worthwhile. Instead, their worth is measured in the video games, television shows and other content that they enable. It’s great that they’re able to offer so […]

How to Disable Spell Check in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system tries to help users in a lot of different ways. One of the most basic things it does is auto correcting what users type throughout Internet Explorer and practically anything else users open. In theory, that’s great news. The iPhone, Windows Phones and devices running Google’s Android operating system have […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Is This the Upgrade Users Have Been Waiting For?

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It may have taken longer than I would have liked, but the Windows 8.1 Update 1 upgrade finally makes Windows 8 tablets a best-in-class experience. Many video outlets make their content available through apps in the iTunes Store or using HTML 5-based video players, however some still require a flash plugin. That’s something the iPad […]

Windows 8.1 Update Full of Keyboard and Mouse Fixes Coming on April 8th

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Laptop and desktops owners, that is users with devices where a mouse and keyboard are the only means of interacting with their apps and files, are in for a treat on April 8th. That’s when Microsoft plans to let all users start updating their devices to Windows 8.1 Update 1, a fee software download that […]

Microsoft Universal Apps Come to Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One

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Microsoft has been finding ways to unify its various operating systems across platforms and today its making a bigger step in that direction. During the company’s BUILD keynote today, Microsoft announced universal apps that will be coming to Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One, allowing users to have a consistent experience across PCs, phones, tablets […]

Microsoft Listens To Users, Start Menu and Windowed Apps Are On the Way

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Microsoft is making two key concession as it moves to make future versions of Windows more usable for those who don’t like Windows 8. It’s bringing back the Start Menu and windowed apps in a future version of Windows. Microsoft announced the two key changes today during its BUILD 2014 conference aimed at developers. According […]