New Tablet and Keyboard Cover Accidentally Outs the Surface Mini

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Microsoft could be preparing to strike at the heart of Apple’s iPad empire just when the company can’t afford to show any more sings of flagging sales. At least, that’s if a web page detailing more information about Microsoft’s Surface Mini plans is accurate. Found by a ZDNet reader earlier today, an Amazon Store page […]

The Start Menu Is Coming Back to Windows 8 in August

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A new report today has clarified the timing for the return of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Reportedly, users will be able to open apps and games within the new Start Menu Microsoft revealed at its BUILD 2014 event this coming August. The report on the new timing comes from The Verge, which also […]

3 Tips for A Better Windows 8 Tablet Experience

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All at once, Microsoft is both new to tablets and one of the oldest tablet focused companies there are. In the early parts of the last decade, Microsoft focused a bit of effort on making the tablet, or what was then considered the tablet PC, a market it could effectively compete in. The company released […]

Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows 9: Why All Windows Users Should Be Excited

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Windows 8 users should expect another update this year to deliver even more features designed to make the operating system easy to use for those with a keyboard and mouse, just like what Microsoft delivered with Windows 8.1 and the more recent Windows 8.1 Update. At least that’s according to longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo […]

How to Add Music to Xbox Music on Your Windows 8.1 Device

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Microsoft went to great lengths to enhance the user experience when firing up a device loaded with Windows 8, its latest operating system. It created the new Start Screen so that users with a desktop, notebook or tablet could quickly create documents, check their email and open up a large assortment of apps for other […]

Microsoft To Make Its Own Phones Starting Friday: What You Need To Know

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Microsoft will officially begin making its own smartphones this coming Friday when it completes its buyout of Nokia’s Devices and Services division, setting the stage for an epic three-way battle between it, Apple’s iPhone 5s and Google’s Nexus 5. Microsoft formally announced the closing date of its Nokia purchase this morning in a post on […]

Why You Want a Windows Tablet Over an iPad

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Today, most tablet buyers pick up an iPad. It’s easy to see why; Apple’s tablets have a lot of things going for them. The ease people can load their iTunes media. A wealth of different cases and other compatible accessories. Users should expect a decent experience from the iPad. But late as it may have […]

How to Get the Xbox Experience on Your iPhone and iPad

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You’d be mistaken for thinking that playing games on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 were the only ways to earn Xbox Live Achievements and interface with your Xbox One and Xbox 360 console. That’s not by accident, Microsoft used to entice perspective buyers of its products with the promise that they could earn […]

5 Hidden Windows Phone 8.1 Features iPhone Users Would Kill For

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Microsoft’s formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 a couple of weeks ago seemed to go mostly unnoticed. Except for Windows Phone users the world over, who took note at just how revolutionary the free update would be for users with Windows Phone devices already. Yesterday that all changed. Traditional news outlets and online gadget taste […]

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 Share Xbox One Game Clips to YouTube

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Bragging has always been a core part of playing video games. There’s nothing better than sharing your exploits with other users and comparing each other’s skills. Thankfully, Microsoft took that mentality into account when it designed the Xbox One, its all-in-one entertainment console. Here’s how to record game clips on the Xbox One and share […]

5 Features Microsoft Stole to Make Windows Phone 8.1 Better For You

5 Features Microsoft Stole to Make Windows Phone 8.1 Better For You

By now, you may have heard that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 operating system could be the first new software to actually give the iOS operating system that powers the iPhone 5s a run for its money. In fact, it’s entirely possible that Microsoft may even pick up smartphone users from even Google’s Android operating system. […]

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 […]

Xbox One Sales Show Why It Might Have Been Better Without Kinect

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There were no shortage of people blasting Microsoft for bundling a Kinect Sensor with its $499 Xbox One gaming console. Those supporting the Kinect sensor’s argued that Xbox One buyers could expect an easier experience and that there would be a lot of Kinect enabled games for users to play since everyone would have one […]

Businesses Get More Time to Update Windows 8.1 Consumers Not So Much

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We’ve been talking quite a bit about the Windows 8.1 Update that was released last week by Microsoft. By most accounts it has been received as successful by consumers. The Windows 8.1 Update was designed to make life easier for mouse and keyboard users by bringing back familiar features from Windows 7. One of the […]

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 […]

3 Xbox One & PS4 Games To Spend Your Tax Return On

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For Xbox One and PS4 owners who reside in the United States, the next few weeks are going to be something akin to Christmas Day. With tax season done, millions of Americans are poised to have a bit more spending money than they’re used to. Many will pay off critical bills or put that money […]

YouTube Clip Sharing Is Now Available on the Xbox One

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The Kinect voice fixes and updates that Microsoft detailed last week as part of the April Xbox One Update are now slowly rolling out to worldwide. Technically, Microsoft began rolling out the update to Xbox One users overnight. Besides improvements made to the way the included Kinect 2 sensor interprets hands and motions, the update […]