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, […]

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 […]