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 […]

Nokia Sirius Tablet Details & Photo Leak from Microsoft Watcher

A picture of the Nokia Sirius tablet leaked by Microsoft wather Paul Thurrott.

With summer quickly coming to a close, it’s looking more and more likely that users will see the Nokia Sirius tablet that leaks earlier this summer indicated would arrive sometime in September. In a new post encompassing what he knows about the tablets Microsoft is working with its partners to produce in time for the […]

Asus Transformer Book T100: An iPad-Worthy Windows 8 Challenger

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At $349 and packed with Windows 8.1, a detachable keyboard dock, and all-day battery life, the Asus Transformer Book T100 may be the first Windows slate that can go head-to-head to seriously challenge Apple’s iPad and tablets based on Google’s Android OS. Additionally, the T100′s low price point will make it a worthy challenger to […]

Toshiba Encore 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Announced

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Today at IFA 2013, some of the first Windows 8.1 devices are being unveiled, including the first 8-inch Windows tablet from Toshiba, called the Encore. It looks to be the company’s attempt at taking on the iPad mini at full force, with the same $329 price tag. The Encore rocks a higher-res 1280×800 screen packing in […]

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Brings Start Menu to Windows 8 and More

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Running Windows 8.1 on a Mac got easier thanks to an update to popular virtual machine software Parallels Desktop 9. The new version of Parallels Desktop 9 brings support for running on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the forth-coming Windows 8.1 update from Microsoft and integration of cloud services like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive. It […]

Microsoft Finalizes Windows 8.1 for October Release

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Microsoft has now publicly acknowledged that it’s finished core development on Windows 8.1, the free update for Windows 8 users. The official announcement came by the way of a post on the Building Windows Blog earlier today, confirming reports that Microsoft had finished the operating system update that surfaced last Friday. While Microsoft is highlighting the […]

Windows 8.1: 3 Things It Won’t Fix

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To hear many Microsoft watchers tell it, the Windows 8.1 update is chock full of features and changes that could “save” Windows 8 from the same reputation that defined Windows Vista. They laud its added customization options, and trumpet Microsoft’s newfound ability to ship an absolute boat-load of feature additions in just a year. I’m […]

How To Close an App in Windows 8

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 attempts to make a lot of things easier on users. One of the ways it does that is by treating applications the same way smartphones do. That is to say, that Windows 8 apps immediately go into a low-powered saved state whenever they’re not visible on the screen. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly […]

Windows 8.1 Coming to Users on October 17th

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Users can expect Windows 8.1, the free update that’s designed to make the Windows 8 operating system more useable for those with or without a touchscreen, on October 17th. That’s according to a new post on the company’s Windows Blog outlet just this morning. The update will actually be distributed in two phases. First the digital […]

Windows 8.1 Steals Windows Phone Features for Better Usability

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Screenshots taken from the most recent leaks of Windows 8.1, the upcoming update for all Windows 8 users, indicates that with just weeks to go until availability, Microsoft is making the Windows experience easier for users to grasp by taking elements from Windows Phone 8 In this latest build of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has added a […]