How To Navigate Windows 8 with Touch

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Since the introduction of multi-touch screens, consumers have gotten used to the idea that everything, from car entertainment systems to smartphones, should allow them to naturally manipulate things on their screens. Though touch-based Windows machines have existed for years, Windows 8 is the first time that Microsoft is introducing touch-focused design in any meaningful way. […]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8

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Windows 8 does a lot of things well, however one of the things it doesn’t do well is make it easy for users to connect to a wireless network. Here’s how to connect to a wireless network in Windows 8. With the advent of smaller, thinner and lighter computers there has never been a more important […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Windows 8.1 Tells Us About Windows Phone Blue

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Microsoft might not have used its BUILD 2013 event to showcase much in the way of updates and features coming to the next version of Windows Phone, but some conclusions on the mobile operating system can be drawn from what Microsoft did talk about in great detail: Windows 8.1. Of course, these aren’t hardcore feature sets, […]

Windows 8.1 To Drop Messenger in Favor of Skype

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Microsoft will remove the Messenger Metro-style application that debuted last fall in the final release of Windows 8.1, according to reports. The rumor, which originates from sources who talked exclusive with The Verge, indicate that Microsoft will begin shipping the Skype Metro-style application that debuted last year with every installation of Windows 8.1. Currently, Windows […]

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 […]

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 […]

Windows 8.1 Apps Leak, Refined Metro Interfaces Abound

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Pictures of the new and updated applications making their way to Windows 8 users with the Windows 8.1 update have now leaked. The pictures, which were obtained by The Verge from a leaked copy of Windows 8.1’s Windows Store app detail some of the huge app usability changes that are coming as part of the […]

Windows Store Coming to Best Buy

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Microsoft will launch Windows Stores inside many of the Best Buy locations scattered across the United States in an effort to bolster their direct outreach to consumers. The move, which was announced this week by Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc on the company’s Blogging Windows area of the Windows website, will make its way to 500 Best […]

Apple Finally Brings iWork Suite to Windows Via iCloud

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Thanks to the power of the browser and Apple’s iCloud, the Cupertino, California software-maker is now bringing its consumer-friendly Office competitor, called iWork, to Windows PC. iWork consists of three separate apps: Pages, which is the equivalent to Word for documents, Numbers, which is the equivalent of Excel for spreadsheets, and Keynote, the PowerPoint substitute […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Asus Transformer Book Trio: Android & Windows 8 in One Tablet

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Asus’ new Transformer Book Trio shows that the company is hedging its bet on combining form factors –and strangely, operating systems. Announced today during the company’s Computex 2013 event, the device will allow users to run Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Google’s Android Jelly Bean operating system. Essentially, the device’s 11.6 display with a resolution of […]

Windows 8.1: Why Microsoft Needs to Bet Big on Phablets

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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 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 […]

Samsung Teases New Galaxy and ATIV Launch

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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 www.youtube.com/SamsungMobile. So far, the company has been coy […]

Reports: One in Ten Laptops Shipping Now Have Touchscreens

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Out of every ten laptops sold in the first quarter, one had a touch screen. That’s according to DisplayBank and as reported by The Verge. DisplayBank is a market research analysis firm that tracks display trends in traditional and mobile devices. The firm believes that out of the 46 million laptops that were shipped in […]