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

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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 […]

Nokia Windows Tablet Coming End of September, Lumia Phablet Beginning of November?

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An alleged roadmap for Nokia’s upcoming product announcements was leaked and suggests that the Finnish-based Windows Phone smartphone-maker will release a tablet for AT&T’s 4G LTE network at the end of September and a new Lumia-based Windows Phone phablet in the beginning of November. The information was published by Nokia Power User, though the site did […]

How to Back Up and Restore your Windows 8 Files to a hard drive

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Though Windows 8 makes it easier to back up your settings using the SkyDrive cloud storage service, it actually doesn’t automatically back up the files on your computer. Instead, you’ll need to back up your files through other methods. Here’s how to back up and restore your Windows 8 files to a hard drive. Plug […]

How to Multitask in Windows 8

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Though the desktop environment in Windows 8 already offers what could be described as a pretty familiar experience to the Windows devices of yore, the same can’t be said for Windows 8’s Metro-style applications. According to Microsoft, the new Start Screen and the apps that power them were all designed with touch in mind. Just […]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8

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Windows 8 does a lot of things well, however one of the things it doesn’t do well is make it easy for users to connect to a wireless network. Here’s how to connect to a wireless network in Windows 8. With the advent of smaller, thinner and lighter computers there has never been a more important […]

Sync Your Windows 8 Files Automatically with SkyDrive

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Microsoft is attempting to revolutionize the way users think about Windows. With it, users are able to effortlessly sync their computer settings from computer to computer. This syncing includes everything from passwords to desktop backgrounds, all using SkyDrive. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t see fit to build in automatic SkyDrive syncing for files. That doesn’t mean that […]

Windows 8.1’s Metro: This Is More Like It

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 has always been a mixed bag for me. On one hand, the operating system was forward thinking. On the other it clearly suffered from a lack of development time. In my opinion the two conditions left a sour taste in the mouths of many users. After a few weeks of real world […]

How To Use the Share Charm in Windows 8

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As part of Microsoft’s revamp of the Windows user interface in Windows 8 the company introduced a lot of changes that were designed to make the lives of users easier. Among these things were universal ways of performing everyday tasks like Search and finding the settings in all Metro-style applications. In theory the switch to […]

What Windows 8.1 Tells Us About Windows Phone Blue

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Microsoft might not have used its BUILD 2013 event to showcase much in the way of updates and features coming to the next version of Windows Phone, but some conclusions on the mobile operating system can be drawn from what Microsoft did talk about in great detail: Windows 8.1. Of course, these aren’t hardcore feature sets, […]