11 Essential Apps in the Windows Store

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Windows 8.1, the free update for users running Windows 8, is now in the Windows Store. With the update, users can customize their Start Screen’s background, resize Live Tiles and share settings between different machines that also use their Microsoft Account. Windows 8.1 also includes a number of design changes for users who like to […]

Bricked Surface RT Fix Now Available from Microsoft

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Only days after it began offering the free Windows 8.1 update to users through the Windows Store, Microsoft has pulled Windows RT 8.1 for Windows RT users and released a software download designed to recover Surface RTs that won’t start after being upgraded. Microsoft informally announced that it’d pulled Windows 8.1 for Windows RT users […]

5 Things Microsoft Is Getting Right

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According to many industry insiders the past year wasn’t a banner year for Microsoft’s sprawling set of businesses. Having squandered its place as operating-system leader, these people believe that Microsoft’s glory days are behind it. Certainly, all the news coming out of Microsoft hasn’t been great. After taking a $900 million hit because of unsold […]

How to Tweet or Post a Facebook Status Update in Windows 8.1

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While Windows 8.1’s multitasking improvements and upgraded customization options will grab the attention of users upgrading from Windows 8, each one of the applications included in Windows 8.1 have also received big updates. The People app allowed users to keep in touch with friends and family before, however the application includes a revamped interface in […]

Microsoft Debuts New Remote Desktop Apps for iOS & Android

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Microsoft has released two new versions of its popular remote desktop application including one for the iPhone and iPad and another for devices running Google’s Android operating system. Like other remote desktop applications, Microsoft’s free Remote Desktop for Android and iOS apps allow users to connect to a laptop, desktop or tablet running its Windows […]

Windows 8.1 Review

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Microsoft’s re-imagining of what Windows could be with Windows 8 was a bit of a sore spot for users. For all purposes Windows 8 was Microsoft’s first attempt at bringing fresh ideas to Windows in decades. It was ambitious. It was new. It was experimental. It was a mobile operating system sitting on top of […]

Next Big Update to Windows Could Come in Spring of 2015

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With Windows 8.1 only hours away from its official début, depending on a user’s time-zone, rumors are now circulating about the next major update for Windows. Rumors about the next big software update for Microsoft’s new unified Operating Systems Group indicate that the next version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows operating system could come […]

Windows 8.1: The How-Tos You Need to Read

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With Windows 8.1 now going out as an official update through Windows Store, many users are wondering are wondering how the new operating system fundamentally changes the way they interact with Windows 8. The truth is, Windows 8.1 isn’t a re-imagining of Windows 8 at all. Instead, it’s an updated take on the Charms, Start Screen […]

Windows 8.1 Release is Here: Free Update in Windows Store

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Windows 8.1, the free update that enhances much of the core functionality in Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, is now available to download from the Windows Store. This update comes just a year after Microsoft shipped Windows 8, and marks a shift in the way the company creates and distributes updates to users. Previous updates […]

New $299 8-inch Lenovo Miix2 To Take on Surface 2

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Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 might have stolen all the attention away from traditional PC manufacturers so far, but if the Lenovo Miix2 Windows 8.1 tablet is any indication, Microsoft won’t have it for long. Debuting later this month, Lenovo’s Miix2 tablet is all about changing the expectations of what users expect from […]

How to Add a Slide show to the Lock Screen in Windows 8.1

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When Windows 8 debuted last year, the operating system didn’t only receive criticism for the Start Screen’s stagnant design. Longtime users blasted other areas of the operating system as being to stale in terms of allowing users to feel like their device was their own. Thankfully, one of the ways Microsoft addressed the issue is by allowing […]

How to Open More than One Internet Explorer Window in Windows 8.1

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More than anything else Windows 8.1, the upcoming free update for Windows 8 users, is about fixing the issues that surfaced after Windows 8’s launch last fall. Just like taking away the Start button, Microsoft’s metro-style applications limited the ways users could multitask with multiple applications. For example, Windows 8 only allowed users to open […]

How to Stop Notifications in Windows 8.1

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It seems like Microsoft learned a lot about what worked with Windows Phone and improved on it before in Windows 8. The operating system features customization options abound, and persistent options for sharing photos and connecting with devices are something that even Windows Phone 8 users are pining for. Sadly, one of the things Microsoft […]

How to Resize Live Tiles in Windows 8.1

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Devices are becoming much more of a lifestyle choice, and allowing users to customize their devices the way the want to is the hallmark of a mature platform. That’s why many users balked at Windows 8. Its lack of customization marked the first time in years that the Windows operating system wasn’t almost completely customizable. […]

How to Turn Off the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

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Windows 8’s new Start Screen marked the first time that Microsoft completely revamped the way users open applications in recent years. Prior to its introduction, users needed to click the Start Button, or press the Windows key, to access a small menu containing all of their recently used programs, along with a list of every program […]

How to Install Apps in Windows 8.1

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Windows has always boasted an impressive assortment of third-party programs that enhance its functionality. However, until recently there wasn’t a single way for users to get applications. Some applications came installed with PCs, while web browsers and other utilities had to be downloaded from individual sites. Finally, with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 the process is much […]

How to Add a Background to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

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When Windows 8 first debuted, the operating system received a ton of criticism for the things it did. Complaints included the replacement of the Start Menu with the Start Screen and a new design that was meant to focus Windows app development inside the new Start Screen as opposed to desktop applications. It also received […]

Microsoft Kicks Off Day One Pre-Orders for Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is now available for pre-order from the company’s website ahead of its October 18th release. Pre-orders for the latest and largest update to the Windows operating began this morning, a little over two weeks before the company has said that it plans to release Windows 8.1 to users. While today’s pre-order kickoff […]

Microsoft Highlights the Return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1 Ad

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Windows 8.1, the free update for Windows 8 users, isn’t available for all users to download to their PCs just yet, but that isn’t stopping the company from advertising a few of the operating system’s new features, including the return of the Start Button. The new advertisement highlighting the return of the Start Button to […]

Windows 8.1 Pricing to Match its Predecessor

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When the Windows 8.1 update arrives in stores later this year, it’ll match the pricing structure Windows 8. That’s according to Microsoft, who detailed its plans for launching the update in retail stores earlier today. For the most part, its approach to Windows 8.1 launching in stores will mirror that of Windows 8. Users will be […]