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 Set Up iCloud & Photo Stream on Windows 8

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Setting up iCloud for Windows 8 will allow users to automatically download Photo Stream photos to a Windows 8 computer without the need to connect  an iPhone or iPad. The iPhone and iPad make it easy to automatically backup and share photos with Photo Stream on iOS 5 and iOS 6. This means most iPhone […]

Acer: No Revised 8-Inch W3 Windows 8 Tablet With New Display…For Now

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Following a highly publicized post at WP Central that Acer would quickly release a newly revised Iconia W3 tablet based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform that would incorporate a better and improved display, we had reached out to Acer and the company confirmed that this isn’t the case. “This rumor is false,” an Acer public relations […]

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 […]

Rhapsody Crashes The Xbox Music Party on Windows 8

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Subscription music fans will have a new native Windows 8 app to stream their favorite music with, Rhapsody. Following an announcement during this week’s BUILD Conference, Rhapsody for Windows is now available in the Windows Store. According to that store page, users will now be able to fully browse and listen to the service’s entire […]

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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft Highlights Windows 8 Apps Ahead of BUILD 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]