How Windows 8 Gets More Apps: Microsoft’s Project Siena

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Debuting with Windows 8, the Windows Store is the only way that Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT users can download apps designed for the new Windows Start Screen and app platform. That’s why Microsoft’s newly released Project Siena is such a big deal. In theory, Windows 8 users should see a serious uptick in available apps thanks to the […]

For Windows To Grow, PC Makers Will Need Apple Know-How

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The Windows market is a rather complicated, and crowded place. Each year a hand full of the world’s biggest consumer electronics makers announce a new slate of devices that promise to do everything from making little tasks quicker, to embracing the latest and greatest technologies designed to keep the laptop and desktop form factor relevant. […]

The Real Cost of Returning the Start Menu to Windows

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When Microsoft first removed the Start Menu in builds of Windows 8, I flinched. It’s presence had been drilled into my very existence. Every computer I ever touched had that Start Button and its accompanying area of shortcuts and deep links in the right hand corner. On the other hand: this was the birth of […]

The Start Menu Could Be On Its Way Back to Windows

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Microsoft will restore the Start Menu and change-up the versions of Windows that it makes available to users and businesses. At least that’s according to Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, who shared what he’s heard about the next big update to Windows earlier today. According to Thurrot’s report, Windows “Treshold,” what’s he believes to be a […]

MobileDemand: Why the iPad May Not Be the Right Tablet for Your Work

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With the iPad taking over businesses large and small–American Airlines is equipping its pilots with Apple’s tablets and Nordstrom department stores have replaced bulky cash registers in favor of iPads for point-of-sales terminals–it’s hard to imagine a world without consumer-grade tablets. However, if you’re running a business, especially a mobile business where employees are frequently […]

Windows, Windows RT and Windows Phone Merging? Microsoft Says Yes

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The days of users having to know the differences between Microsoft’s three different consumer-oriented operating systems could soon be a thing of the past, according to comments made by Microsoft’s own Devices and Studios chief. Julie Larson-Green, Vice President of Devices and Studios for Microsoft, hinted at the company’s future plans for Windows on stage at […]

Dell Venue 11 Pro now available

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have enjoyed about a month as the top of the lists made by users looking for a Windows tablet that is capable of running traditional Desktop applications, but not anymore. Starting today these users can also purchase the Dell Venue 11 Pro for $499.99 online. Users can purchase the […]

3 Windows Features Microsoft Needs in the Next Windows Update

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Facing increasing competition from Google and Apple, Microsoft needed to reinvent Windows. It needed to think outside of the box and deliver something exciting and different. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s reinvention has turned into something worth using in every form factor that it comes in. However, there are a few key changes I think Microsoft […]

The 10 Metro Apps Windows 8.1 Needs Right Now

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Windows 8.1, the free update that adds another layer of customizability and usability changes to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, address many of functional issues that plagued the operating system early on. Gone are the one-size-fits-all Live Tiles and drab Start Screen options. Users can even open as many as seven different Metro-style applications at […]

Microsoft Extends Bing Speech Capabilities to Windows 8 Apps

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Developers creating applications for Windows can now add a bit of code that allows their app to interpret voice commands using the back-end features of Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Microsoft formally announced the new controls earlier this week. While the company didn’t provide any direct examples of the controls, developers using Bing’s new controls could […]

Windows RT 8.1 Upgrade Returns to the Windows Store

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Days after pulling the Windows 8.1 update for all devices running Windows RT, Microsoft has once again posted the Windows RT 8.1 upgrade to the Windows Store. Microsoft originally pulled the upgrade after it noticed a small subset of devices running Windows RT failed to boot after the update. While early reports indicated that all devices […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]