Windows 8.1 Review

Pros: Improved multitasking; Universal search; Better preloaded apps; Better multi-monitor support Cons: Still no Start Menu; Low information density; Still better for touch than keyboard mouse The Verdict: Windows 8.1 is a much improved operating system with enhanced multitasking, smarter search and a better selection of pre-loaded apps, but it’s still better for touch than desktop use. When […]

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Add useful features to the Windows 8 Start Screen

A Windows 8 program called Start Screen Unlimited adds some useful features to the Windows 8 Start Screen. The Windows 8.1 Start Screen is populated with tiles to apps and a link to sign out, lock Windows, or switch users. You can customize the appearance of the Start Screen, but there’s not much you can do […]

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Windows 8 ‘touch-ups,’ please

Surface Pro could shine if Windows 8 had been better designed to take advantage of its touch capabilities. Surface Pro (Credit: Microsoft) I like the Surface Pro. It drips with potential. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Windows 8 touch doesn’t do the Surface Pro justice. Try this. Use an iPad for an hour; then jump to Windows […]

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IE reborn: Internet Explorer 10 arrives on Windows 7

As Internet Explorer 10 reaches Windows 7, Microsoft readies a massive auto-update campaign for the browser’s previous version. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 is able to run modern Web apps, just like IE 10 on Windows 8. (Credit: Microsoft) Internet Explorer 10 debuted on Windows 8, and until now was only available to people […]

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Future PCs threat to Apple? Yes, says Citibank analyst

New hybrid laptop-tablet devices based on Intel’s fast but power efficient Haswell chip may threaten Apple’s tablet dominance, says a Citibank analyst. Like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T combines mainstream laptop performance with a tablet design that works with a keyboard. (Credit: Samsung) Apple’s “limited innovation” in tablets this year […]

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Microsoft job post gives more info about ‘Windows Blue’

A new job posting by the company verifies that Windows Blue will include user experience improvements, not just under-the-covers interface tweaks. Bonus: There’s a reference to “Windows Phone Blue” on Microsoft’s job site, too. If there’s any doubt that the Windows client team is laser-focused on the coming Blue refresh of Windows 8, a new […]

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LA Microsoft Store not mobbed, but Surface has a following

Surface Pro didn’t generate the level of excitement that the RT tablet did. But the product sold out immediately. The Surface Pro (Credit: Brooke Crothers) LOS ANGELES — The launch of the Surface Pro at the Microsoft Store in LA’s Century City was a relatively low-key affair compared with the debut of the Surface RT. […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro set for sales on Saturday

Microsoft will begin sales of the Surface Pro this weekend. The Pro and RT model look alike, but that’s where the similarity ends. The Surface RT (left) and the Surface Pro. (Credit: Microsoft) With the Surface Pro set to go on sale Saturday, consumers will have a pretty stark choice between two Microsoft tablets that […]

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Five things the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 needs

The Surface Pro is a good first step, but these fixes could make it the best tablet ever. With the release of the Windows 8 Surface Pro, Microsoft has reclaimed some of the good will it lost with the Surface RT. Unlike the earlier Surface product, the Pro features the full version ofWindows 8, uses a powerful […]

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Windows 8 iPad killers: Round 1

Be careful what you wish for: Windows 8 tablets that promise to offer a twofer tablet-laptop device — something not offered by Apple on the iPad — are here. But are they up to the task? Acer Iconia 510 in its laptop configuration. The iPad-killing Windows 8 tablet-laptop has arrived. Problem is, most aren’t ready […]

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Windows 8 fails to lift PC market as tablets soar, Gartner says

The latest report from research firm Gartner suggests that dwindling PC sales are signaling a turn in the PC market, and Windows 8 has done nothing to stop it. The Dell XPS One 27 was among the crop of new PCs in 2012. (Credit: Dell) Research firm Gartner says that an estimated drop of 4.9 […]

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How To Turn Your Boring Old Laptop Into A Cool Touch Screen Machine

Sure, Windows 8 – Microsoft’s new touchscreen operating system – will run just fine on PCs designed for Windows 7. But you won’t be able to take advantage of the new touch capabilities the OS enables unless you scrap your existing PC and upgrade to a new computer. Or maybe not. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) […]

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eFun’s aPen Touch8 makes non-touch laptops extremely friendly with Windows 8 (hands-on)

This may not be a highly priced diamond in the rough, but we were still rather pleased to come across eFun’s aPen Touch8 while walking around the showfloor at a Showstoppers event here in beautiful Las Vegas. Although not exactly surprising, it’s worth noting the Touch8 aPen takes an obvious cue from its A5 sibling, sporting a […]

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Dropbox rolls out Windows 8 app

The cloud-based file storage service unveils its own dedicated Windows 8 app, though it’s lacking some key features. Dropbox for Windows 8. Dropbox users running Windows 8 or Windows RT can now access their online files right from the Start screen. The new and free Dropbox app for Windows 8 displays tiles for all of the folders […]

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Windows RT hacked to run unsigned desktop apps

A hacker says he’s tweaked code in Windows RT so the tablet-based OS can run unsigned desktop apps, though there are limitations. Microsoft’s current Windows RT-based Surface tablet. Microsoft’s Windows RT can apparently run unsigned desktops app with a little bit of hacking. In a blog posted yesterday, a hacker dubbed clrokr described how he […]

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How Microsoft became a control freak with tablet makers

The way Microsoft works with its hardware manufacturers fundamentally changed with the release of Windows RT. Now those longtime partners are figuring out how to deal with it. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer turned the company into a devices and services company, not just software. Microsoft wasn’t taking chances. The company was about to introduce one […]

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