Windows 8.1 Update on the Surface 2: Review

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Microsoft has released the “Update” for Windows 8.1 and it is now available for all users running that version of the operating system. Much of the focus has been on the changes made for keyboard and mouse users who apparently have been staying away from Windows 8 and 8.1 in such numbers that Microsoft felt […]

Microsoft and Yahoo Want Their Own House of Cards

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The history of marketing and business models is full of those that follow the leader. No where is that more true than when it comes to TV and film content. Someone makes money with a hit and you can be sure there will be copycats and sequels ordered up. Apparently that same model is in […]

Blu-Ray and Controller Details Make the Next Xbox One Update Even Bigger

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Microsoft is adding three more coveted features and changes to the April Xbox One update coming to users including new controller firmware for reducing audio noise, better Blu-ray movie support and the ability for users to manually trigger an update from the console itself. Microsoft announced the surprising new features in a post to Xbox […]

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 […]

Xbox One Deals: Roundup & Comparison of Cheapest Xbox One Bundles

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It’s been roughly five months since Microsoft released the Xbox One, its now current-generation all-in-one entertainment console. At the time of its arrival, many users were concerned that the console’s cost was too high. They worried that gamers and average users wouldn’t see the benefit of paying $499 for an Xbox One, $60 a year […]

Final Day Countdown to the End of Windows XP Support

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Today may be the first day of the rest of your life, but for those still hanging on to Windows XP, it is the last day that Microsoft will continue supporting the aging operating system that has had more lives than an Internet full of cat GIFs. Beginning tomorrow, April 8, Microsoft will no longer […]

Xbox 360 Games Will Be Playable on the Xbox One

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Microsoft has confirmed that it has plans to introduce an emulator that’ll allow users to play their Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. News of the upcoming emulator came during this past week’s BUILD development conference in San Francisco when a partner development lead, Frank Savage, responded to an audience member’s question about Microsoft’s plans […]

Microsoft Office for the iPad: Review

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For some, Microsoft Office for the iPad was viewed as the holy grail. For some it was endless waiting that rivaled anything Samuel Beckett ever wrote. For some the delays from Redmond made it irrelevant and they moved on to other options. There were even some who felt, for some reason, that without a version […]

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 Fix Most Xbox One Problems in 3 Steps

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The Xbox One, Microsoft’s new entertainment box, has proven to be both a powerhouse and a fickle beast. Each day millions of users play games, watch live television shows and video chat with friends and family on the $499 device. Unfortunately, it’s still early days and like any other product there are Xbox One problems […]

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 […]

Storage Relief for Serious Xbox One Gamers Coming Soon

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Microsoft has not only once again confirmed that it has plans to make external storage options available to buyers of its Xbox One entertainment console, it’s also finally providing users with an actual timetable for the feature’s release. According to a Reddit comment posted by Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, Xbox One owners can expect external storage […]

Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone Snatches Key Feature Away from Galaxy S5

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For the first time ever, Android smartphone buyers won’t be the only users able to control their television without accessories and complicated third-party remotes. Samsung is including the technology in the Samsung ATIV SE, the companies Galaxy S5-like Windows Phone. Ironically, Samsung has yet to announce the device itself, however Verizon Wireless posted all the […]

12 Million Copies of Office for iPad Downloaded in One Week

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Pent up demand? Curiosity? Something new to download? It makes no difference to Microsoft and Apple why it happened but Microsoft announced today that 12 million copies of its Office for iPad had been downloaded in the first week of availability. The numbers include downloads of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. There’s no word yet […]

Microsoft to Give Away Windows for Free on Small Mobile Devices

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At this week’s Build Conference, Microsoft is saying loudly that it really wants more market share when it comes to small mobile devices. Consequently the software giant is giving away what some see as the keys to the kingdom by planning to offer Windows for free for small mobile devices. Specifically, smartphones running Windows Phone […]

Microsoft Continues Mouse and Keyboard Support for Windows in 2025

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The year is 2025. Computing has long since passed the desktop age, the laptop age, the mobile age, and is in the implanted chip stage, when every user now can choose a computing chipset that is implanted into their body. These chips interact with sensors found at any location (work or play) that a user […]

Touch Version of Office for Windows Still A Ways Off

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Let me begin by saying simply, “what the hell?” At the opening of Microsoft’s Build Conference today Microsoft corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer showed a “preview of a work in progress” that is the touch version of Office Apps for guess what platform? If you said Windows you would be curiously correct. According to Paul Thurrott’s […]