How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft first added SkyDrive syncing it expected most users to love it. It expected them to want to offload their files and settings to its servers and have them automatically sync between Windows PCs. It expected that users would want to have access to their files anywhere and everywhere they possible could. While the […]

How to Change Your Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is great for some users. Tablets, laptops and desktops all benefit from having a unified way to access most of the settings Windows users will come in contact with the most when using a device that is powered by the operating system. Of course, by introducing a new way of doing things […]

Paul Thurrott: Threshold is Windows 9 and Will Ship in April 2015

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According to Paul Thurrott, the next version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, will be called Windows 9 and is being planned to ship in April of 2015. Thurrott is plugged in tightly to the Windows and Microsoft scenes and is blogging this on his blog, the Windows SuperSite. He also states that internally Microsoft is not […]

Asus VivoTab Note 8 Uses Samsung Tech on 8-Inch Tablet Form Factor

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Asus’ VivoTab Note 8 may look like another 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet in the same space as the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo  ThinkPad 8, but the VivoTab Note 8 is actually one of the smaller full-fledged PC tablets that comes with an active digitizer from Wacom. This will make the VivoTab Note […]

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 […]

The Xbox One Proves Microsoft Needs to Reign In Metro

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There were no users left on the sidelines when Microsoft originally debuted its Metro Design Language with Windows Phone 7 back in 2010. Characterized by its almost monochromatic interface and flat design, Microsoft billed the new interface design and paradigms as both “fast and fluid” and “authentically digital.” The company made its intention to redesign […]

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 […]

Nokia 2520 Mullet Tablet Ad is Just A Little Bit Freaky

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Wow. I thought the purpose of advertising was to build an emotional case that created a connection between you and the product. I’m not sure anyone told that to Nokia or its ad agency. The latest ad for the Nokia 2520 Tablet is a puzzler. It’s bit scary, a bit freaky, and I think might […]

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 […]

SlingPlayer App Now Available for Windows 8.1 and Surface Tablets

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SlingMedia the maker of the Slingbox has announced that there is now a SlingPlayer App available for Windows 8.1, which means that Windows users who own Surface Tablets, and other Windows 8 devices can now view their home TV and DVR content. The App costs $14.99 but you can try it out for free for […]

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 […]

Mobile Tech Specs We Don’t Need to Worry About Anymore

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For most of our mobile lives with gadgets we’ve been concerned about speeds, feeds, and mobile tech specs for the devices we lust after. And, I bet there’s been a spec or two that may have kept you from parting with your hard earned money if those specs didn’t meet your expectations. (Can anyone say […]

Drawboard PDF for Windows 8.1 Now Free

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If you mark up PDFs and use Microsoft Surface Tablets this might be a deal you want to look at. Drawboard PDF, a PDF mark up App is currently available in the Windows Store for “free.”  The “free” price tag is listed in the Windows Store as “for a limited time only,” so I don’t […]

Bing Food and Drink Hands-Free Mode Review

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Are you preparing a family meal this Thanksgiving? Or are you just bringing a side dish to the big family get together? Either way that means you’ll be doing some cooking or food prep. One of the nice things that Tablets have brought to the table (or kitchen counter) is use as a display for […]

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 […]

Tablet Christmas Shopping? Things to Consider

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So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and make this a Tablet Christmas. Good for you. Tablets are great things. Whether you’re looking at a Tablet as a companion device or as your next computer they offer a distinctly mobile experience that can free you up to work or play in a variety of locations […]

The Microsoft Surface 2: Thoughts After One Month

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I’ve now spent a month with the Microsoft Surface 2 and I consider it time well spent. The Surface 2 is by no means a perfect machine and I would still label it a work in progress. I stand by my initial thinking that the Surface 2 is a very good next step for Microsoft […]