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, […]

Windows 8.1 To Drop Messenger in Favor of Skype

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Microsoft will remove the Messenger Metro-style application that debuted last fall in the final release of Windows 8.1, according to reports. The rumor, which originates from sources who talked exclusive with The Verge, indicate that Microsoft will begin shipping the Skype Metro-style application that debuted last year with every installation of Windows 8.1. Currently, Windows […]

Microsoft Hopes to Appeal to Geeks With 3D Printing Support

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With the release of the preview of Windows 8.1 at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in San Francisco, California, one new feature was introduced that may help the platform become more appealing to technology geeks. Like 2D printing support, Microsoft is hoping to differentiate Windows 8.1 for use on desktops, notebooks, and touchscreen tablets by adding new […]

How to Get the Windows 8.1 Preview Now

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Consumers who can’t wait to try Windows 8.1 can download the Windows 8.1 Preview free of charge and install it on any notebook or tablet running Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is the first major feature update for Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, which launched last October to mixed reviews. Since then, it seems the […]

26 Awesome Features in the Windows 8.1 Preview

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Now that Microsoft has unleashed the Windows 8.1 Preview – a glimpse of what Windows 8 users can expect this fall — now is a great time to try out the update if you have a machine that runs the operating system. The new features in the Windows 8.1 Preview range from changes to help users who […]

Windows 8.1 Preview Now Available

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Users who weren’t fond of the original release of Windows 8 last fall, or who are excited about the prospects of a more enhanced Start Screen and Metro environment, should find the download to be worth their while. Those interested will either need to apply for entry into the preview program and perform the upgrade […]

How to Watch the BUILD 2013 Keynote

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Just because you can’t be in San Francisco for Microsoft’s BUILD 2013 conference doesn’t mean you can’t feel like you’re there in person for all of the Windows 8.1, and developer festivities.  Microsoft will be offering all the video watchers at home will need to feel like they are actually there. Today’s keynote begins promptly […]

Windows 8.1 Apps Leak, Refined Metro Interfaces Abound

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Pictures of the new and updated applications making their way to Windows 8 users with the Windows 8.1 update have now leaked. The pictures, which were obtained by The Verge from a leaked copy of Windows 8.1’s Windows Store app detail some of the huge app usability changes that are coming as part of the […]

How To Bring Back the Start Menu on Windows 8

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When Microsoft first revealed that it would be taking out the Start Button and Start Menu in Windows 8 the response was loud. Either users wanted to hold onto the old and focus on using Desktop applications with the Start Button and Start Menu, or they were perfectly fine embracing the new, and learned how […]

Windows 8.1 to Bring Fingerprint Reader Support, Best Apple

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It appears Microsoft will beat Apple to market, with an easy to use option for securing devices and files using just a fingerprint. Detailed late Monday during its TechEd North America developer conference according to The Verge, Microsoft will include native support for fingerprint readers in the update coming to Windows 8 users this fall, […]

Windows 8.1: The Start Button Won’t Save You

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Microsoft finally let the cat out of the bag and formally announced that it would be returning the Start button back to its perch on the Windows taskbar this week. For sure, cheers could be heard around the world. News hungry Windows 8 watchers knocked their chairs over in excitement, moms stared aimlessly into their […]

Windows 8.1: Why Microsoft Needs to Bet Big on Phablets

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While there is chatter that Microsoft will be allowing its smartphone partners to scale up with the next build of Windows Phone, Microsoft really should be thinking about scaling down its Windows 8 platform to fit smaller phablet-sized screens. With Windows 8.1, the company is now allowing tablet-makers to create smaller 7- and 8-inch slates, […]

Microsoft Details Windows 8.1 Features

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Microsoft will add a huge array of new features designed to let users customize their devices with Windows 8.1, the company’s upcoming update for devices running Windows 8. The features, which were detailed today on Blogging Windows¸ encompass practically the entire user experience of Windows 8 and seem to be designed to aim right at […]

Reports: Boot to Desktop, Start Button on the way in Windows 8.1

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Not only will Microsoft return the Start Button to the taskbar in its forthcoming update to Windows 8, Windows 8.1, the company will also let users boot directly into the Desktop interface. The changes may be seen in the preview version of Windows 8.1 next month at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, according to All About Microsoft. […]

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Is A Free Update To Windows 8

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Today Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8.1, formerly known as Windows Blue, will come to all Windows 8 users as a free update. Windows 8.1 will come to Windows 8 and Windows RT users as an update through the Windows Store sometime later this year. Microsoft will release a public preview of the update on June […]

Acer CEO Says Microsoft is “Back to Earth” With Windows 8.1

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While Microsoft and PC OEMs aren’t all that happy with the success of Windows 8, at least one company is optimistic about the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. Talking to The Wall Street Journal a number of PC OEM executives said that Microsoft is incorporating a lot of their ideas in Windows 8.1. Acer president Jim Wong […]

Microsoft Teases and Confirms Some Windows Blue Features

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After a series of leaks and a number of speculations surrounding Windows Blue, Microsoft is confirming a few of those rumors and the company is teasing that many of the unanswered questions will be announced ahead of the company’s Build developer conference scheduled for late June. It’s been reported that Windows Blue won’t be launching […]

Microsoft May Debut Second-Generation Surface At Build

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Microsoft may debut its second generation Surface tablet at its Build conference on June 26 if the latest speculations are accurate. DigiTimes cites “sources from the upstream supply chain” that say component suppliers already shipped components for 1 to 1.5 million Intel-based devices. The second generation Surface may only include 7- and 9-inch devices according to the […]