5 Must Have Apps on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system attempts to bridge a large gap between the ways that different users get computing tasks done. Like the Windows operating systems of yesterday there are desktop apps that allow users to get the best of their mouse and keyboard. Microsoft has also integrated a new Start Screen and app environment […]

How to Get Pre-installed Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Apps Back

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In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft stepped up its efforts to provide first-party tools for new Windows users. It’s true that the company has always included apps with Windows. Utilities like a Mail and Calendar have been included with Windows or accessible as a free download from Microsoft’s website for years. The difference here is […]

Stuck at the Airport? 5 Tips to Keep Gadgets Going and Your Sanity

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It seems we’re always hearing about them these days. Week after week, snow storms hit and leave millions of iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows users stuck at the airport where wireless internet isn’t free and power outlets are scarce. With that in mind, here are 5 tips everyone who could be stuck at the airport […]

Windows 9 Leaks Show Microsoft Meeting Desktop Users in the Middle

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All indications are that Microsoft isn’t prepared to sacrifice its future for the sake of pleasing longtime users of traditional desktop apps in Windows. On the other hand, new screenshots indicate that Microsoft is preparing to meet users who have a Desktop-interface preference in the middle with some changes in Windows 9. According to screenshots […]

Windows 8 is the New Windows Vista? That’s a Bad Thing?

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By now everyone will have read the reports of internal Microsoft teams comparing its latest operating system, Windows 8, with Windows Vista. For those who don’t know much in the way of Windows-related lore here are the details. Released in 2006, Windows Vista was the successor to Windows XP. Although it had originally planned to […]

HP Declares Windows 7 to be Back, Gives Buyers $150 Off

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Windows 7, the previous version of Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system that came pre-installed on desktops and laptops, is back according to computer maker HP. To celebrate, the company is knocking off $150 on PCs equipped with the operating system. HP formally announced the promotion in emails sent out to potential customers this past weekend. […]

Even Microsoft is Labeling Windows 8 as the New Vista

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Adding insult to injury, it is reported that internal employees at Microsoft are dubbing Windows 8 as the new Vista, a slight to the operating system franchise. Responding to an analyst question on whether or not it would be fair to call Windows 8 the new Vista, Paul Thurrott said on Twitter, “Call it what […]

How to Use a Picture as a Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 introduces a lot of new features that are designed to make the computing experience of an average user easier. While it misses the mark in a few cases, being able to use a PIN number or a picture as a password replacement is one of the places where Microsoft’s latest operating system […]

How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft first added SkyDrive syncing it expected most users to love it. It expected them to want to offload their files and settings to its servers and have them automatically sync between Windows PCs. It expected that users would want to have access to their files anywhere and everywhere they possible could. While the […]

Microsoft to Give Voice to Bing in April to Take on Siri

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Starting in April in time for Microsoft’s developer BUILD conference, the Bing search engine will be getting its own voice and intelligence. At least that’s what MSFTNerd is claiming on a Tumblr account, noting that the voice search feature will be available on Windows Phone, Windows, iPhone, and Xbox over time. Intelligent voice search hosted by […]

Microsoft Throws Windows XP Users a Lifeline

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Microsoft is ready if not incredibly eager to put Windows XP, the operating system from the early 2000s that went on to dominate laptops and desktops, behind it. That’s why the company originally announced that it would end all support of the operating system and the tools device owners use as an excuse to continue […]

Asus VivoTab Note 8 Uses Samsung Tech on 8-Inch Tablet Form Factor

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Asus’ VivoTab Note 8 may look like another 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet in the same space as the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo  ThinkPad 8, but the VivoTab Note 8 is actually one of the smaller full-fledged PC tablets that comes with an active digitizer from Wacom. This will make the VivoTab Note […]

Dispatches from CES: Windows Is Under Siege

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Windows, Microsoft’s popular traditional computing operating system, has long occupied a special place in the heart of consumers. For decades the Windows has been the go-to platform for getting real work done. When users want to create documents and edit video they turn to Windows. Apps are plentiful, and the platform itself allows users to […]

Buying a Windows 2-in-1 or Tablet? Focus on Accessories!

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Having penned an article in which I outright declared that the future of mobile computing was in convertibles and tablets last week, I decided to take my advice and pick up a 2-in-1 of my own. Before I received my Surface Pro I made a lot of assumptions about how I would use the device. […]

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 […]

Free Windows Phone & Windows RT Rumored, Could Heat Up Competition

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Microsoft could allow manufacturers to create devices running Windows Phone and Windows RT absolutely free of charge, according to recent reports. Reports of Microsoft dropping the licensing fees it charges Windows Phone and Windows RT partners surfaced this week in a report from The Verge. Citing sources with “familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” it’s the publications […]

HP Refreshes Convertible EliteBook Revolve Tablet PC With Haswell

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HP has just launched the HP EliteBook Revolve G2, an update of the EliteBook Revolve that debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. The design is still the same, offering a modern and elegant twisting screen design on this more conventional convertible form factor, though HP has made a few quiet changes under […]

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 […]