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 […]

Threshold: Microsoft’s Next Thinking on Merging Windows?

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*+-Thoughts about Microsoft combining its multiple OS platforms (Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone) have been orbiting around the Internet for quite some time now. To many that kind of move only makes sense. Now it seems that we have a new codename and perhaps a new glimpse into the future plans of Microsoft and […]

Holiday Family Tech Survey Yields Questions

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*+-Every holiday family gathering presents an opportunity for me to gain a little anecdotal knowledge about how real folks are using mobile tech, what their preferences may be, and what their nagging questions are. This past Thanksgiving holiday was different only in the fact that I’m now living in Chicago and surrounded by my wife’s […]

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 […]

Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet Review

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*+-The Lumia 2520 is a bold release for Nokia, a Finnish brand that has in recent years been synonomous with the mobile OS it chooses to use on its phones. Not only is the Lumia 2520 available in bright, bold colors and will be the only other Windows RT-toting tab on the market–other than Microsoft’s […]