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


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 […]

Microsoft Highlights Windows 8 Apps Ahead of BUILD 2013


In what could be interpreted as an effort to put its best developer-friendly foot forward for next week’s BUILD conference, Microsoft has announced the availability of a few high-profile applications in the Windows Store. The applications were announced by Microsoft’s Chief Evangelist for Windows, Steve Guggenheimer, on Blogging Windows. They are mostly entertainment focused and include […]

How To Shut Down Your Windows 8 Device


With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft made its most aggressive push into revamping the way Windows does things. Chief among these things is the way the Windows 8 completely reimagines the user interface for Windows. Gone is the Start Menu of yore, and with it, the only way many users are familiar with turning […]

How to Search Apps in Windows 8

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When Microsoft first revealed its plans for modernizing the Windows 8 operating system, many users balked at the idea of having to learn new ways of doing the same things that they’d done in previous versions for years. Understandably, many users freaked out. Even more purchased new devices running the operating system only to realize […]

Will iOS 7 Cause a Facebook or Windows 8 Backlash

iOS 7 will be out later this year, likely alongside the iPhone 5S.

At WWDC 2013 Apple showed off their radical refresh of their mobile operating system, called iOS 7, ready for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches later this fall. The new OS brings a flatter look with some rounded interface buttons, and lots of new features that we think iPhone and iPad owners will find useful. We […]

How To Bring Back the Start Menu on Windows 8


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 […]

Office in More Places, Outlook Coming to Windows RT Devices

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Windows RT users will get a new way to manage their contacts, check email and monitor their upcoming event calendar when they update to Windows 8.1 this year thanks to Outlook 2013. The announcement, which capped off festivities at Microsoft’s TechEd event for IT administrators and business users, means that any tablet powered by Microsoft […]

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, […]

Halo: Spartan Assault Comes to Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 This July

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After seven games on Xbox consoles the Halo universe is finally coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 this July with the arrival of Halo: Spartan Assault. Halo: Spartan Assault takes place between Halo 3 and Halo 4, giving more back story to the Spartan-IVs that Master Chief meets in the latter game. The […]

Microsoft Cutting Costs of Windows RT to Compete with the iPad


Microsoft may be preparing to lower the cost its hardware partners pay to ship devices running Windows 8 in an effort to better compete with the tablet offerings of other companies. According to Bloomberg, sources they spoke with indicate that Microsoft is preparing to significantly lower the price companies like Dell, Lenovo and HP pay […]

Miracast Wireless Streaming, WiFi Direct on the Way in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

The ability to wirelessly stream to media devices, and print documents with ease is on its way to users of Windows 8 in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update to the operating system. As part of the press releases the company made available during today’s IT focused TechEd North America conference, Blogging Windows has detailed even […]

Windows 8.1: The Start Button Won’t Save You

The new multitasking options coming to Windows 8, in Windows 8.1

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 […]

The First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet: Acer Iconia W3

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Following a spring filled with leaks detailing an 8-inch tablet running Microsoft’s Windows 8, Acer has finally detailed the Acer Iconia W3. Announced today during Computex 2013, the Acer Iconia W3-810 is the first Windows 8 tablet to ship with anything smaller than a 10” inch screen. Instead of using Microsoft’s Windows RT operating system, […]

Windows 8.1: Why Microsoft Needs to Bet Big on Phablets

Windows Phablet replaces your smartphone and home PC

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 Attacks iPad With New Comparison Tool

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Just a week after debuting a new advertisement directly comparing Windows 8 tablets to the iPad, Microsoft has added a new comparison site that breaks down the features of popular Windows 8 tablets vs. the iPad. The site, which is available right now at, puts the specifications of the iPad against the ASUS VivoTab […]

The Best Windows Tablets [May, 2013]

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With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to change the nature of the devices its partners offered to consumers. In fact, the company introduced so many changes to the operating system that some now argue that Windows 8 may be the first operating system made by Microsoft whose touch experience vastly outstrips it’s use on traditional Windows […]

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. […]

Samsung Teases New Galaxy and ATIV Launch


Samsung has turned to Facebook to tease the launch of upcoming new products as part of the company’s Galaxy and ATIV line. The launch event, scheduled for June 20th, could potentially also be live streamed through Samsung Mobile’s YouTube channel as well as there was a URL to So far, the company has been coy […]