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 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 […]

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 […]

For Windows To Grow, PC Makers Will Need Apple Know-How

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The Windows market is a rather complicated, and crowded place. Each year a hand full of the world’s biggest consumer electronics makers announce a new slate of devices that promise to do everything from making little tasks quicker, to embracing the latest and greatest technologies designed to keep the laptop and desktop form factor relevant. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft Flexes Integration Muscles with Office Remote for Windows Phone

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Windows Phone doesn’t support built-in protocols for controlling presentations over Bluetooth, but the new Office Remote app may make that deficiency a thing of the past. Starting today, users can control their Office Apps with just their Windows Phone device. Microsoft announced the new application today. To be clear, Office Remote isn’t just a simple […]

Dell Unleashes new XPS 11 2-in-1, Refreshes XPS 13

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The Dell XPS 11, Dell’s first hybrid laptop and tablet designed to take on devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2, is now available for users to order from the company’s website. Dell finally announced the availability of the XPS 11 this past Thursday.  Not much has changed from the versions that Dell showed GottaBeMobile back […]

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 […]