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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Key Features for Mouse and Keyboard Users

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 hasn’t exactly gained a great reputation with mouse and keyboard users. However, those user’s experience is about to improve in all sorts of meaningful ways with the newly announced Windows 8.1 Update 1 upgrade. It’s easy to see why notebook and tablet users have had a very hard time adapting to the […]

How to Back Up Files and Settings to OneDrive in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft made Windows 8.1 easier to use. When the company launched the original Windows 8 operating system users reeled from all the changes Microsoft introduced. Now whether everything is easier with the Windows 8.1 update is unclear; however it did succeed in making it easier for users to back up their important data to its […]

How To Stop Windows 8.1 From Adjusting Your Screen Brightness

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Devices running Windows use an army of different sensors to make life easier for users. In Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability for Windows devices to detect how much light is in a room and adjust their screen brightness. Unfortunately, devices like the Dell XPS 13 notebook and Windows convertibles can be way too aggressive […]

How to Create New Accounts in Windows 8.1

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For people with multiple users in their household, creating separate accounts for each user in Windows 8.1 isn’t just important; it’s essential to maintaining sanity. Without separate accounts users tend to overwrite each other’s settings and move files that they shouldn’t touch. Here’s how to create new accounts in Windows 8.1 and protect your information […]