Old Computer Advertisements

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

By on April 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

We spend a lot of time looking forward here on BGR, but sometimes it’s fun to stop for a moment and look at the past to see how far we’ve come… and to laugh a little bit at how ridiculous some things look in hindsight. More →

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Chromebook Discount

Google issues new Chromebook deals to celebrate the death of Windows XP support

By on April 9, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Google issues new Chromebook deals to celebrate the death of Windows XP support

Google’s low-cost, light-duty Chromebooks have been taking schools by storm. They’re also seen as terrific options for consumers on the hunt for a cheap web browsing box. The question of whether or not Chromebooks are suitable for the workplace, however, is a topic of much debate. That certainly won’t stop Google from making a big push in the enterprise market though, and the company on Tuesday evening announced a few new deals intended to lure enterprise users over to the Chrome side. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update Download

You can download Windows 8.1 Update right now

By on April 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

You can download Windows 8.1 Update right now

Microsoft is slowly but surely turning Windows 8 into a palatable operating system, starting with the first major Windows 8.1 update. Some of the new features of the update include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a host of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. Unfortunately, the fated return of the Start menu is still at least an update away, but at least we finally know for sure that it’s coming. Although the update is set to go live on Windows Update at 1pm ET, Neowin has gathered all the download links for the update in one convenient location for any impatient Windows users who want a better OS right this minute.

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Windows 9 Threshold Release Date

Redditor shares details about Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ and future Windows Phone 8.2 update

By on April 8, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Redditor shares details about Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ and future Windows Phone 8.2 update

While the Windows 8.1 update is now available to users, Microsoft is already working on the next major desktop OS release, which could be ready by the end of the year, a Redditor said. However, he deleted his account since hosting an extensive ask-me-anything session on Reddit about Windows Phone 8.1 and upcoming Microsoft plans. Without revealing his identity, he did say he is a 15-year veteran Microsoft employee who’s working inside the operating systems group, with a moderator confirming it during the extensive chat.  More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Xbox Geek Bundle

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

By on April 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

Microsoft has devised a new clever way to convince customers to purchase a Surface tablet: the new Surface Pro 2 “Geek” bundle that packs some interesting additional extras including an Xbox controller and two downloadable game. The bundle’s pricing starts at $899 and it’s available exclusively at Microsoft’s online store, with users saving $104 on the free PC games part of the offer including War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013 – users won’t be able to choose any other titles though. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update Details

Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1 Update

By on April 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update, a major revision that will add a range of new functionality to Microsoft’s desktop operating system. For many users, the most important features included in this new update focus on improving the Windows 8.1 experience on desktop and laptop computers. Touch is not the primary means of input on these devices, and Microsoft worked so hard on accommodating tablets with Windows 8 that the mouse and keyboard experience was compromised. With Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft looks to make amends. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Start Menu

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

The most baffling omission from Windows 8 is undoubtedly the Start menu. Microsoft went all-in with its Metro interface, leaving Start behind, but the company has heard the pleas of developers and users alike, and announced on Wednesday that the Start menu will be returning to Windows 8 in a future update. From the short glimpse we got, it looks like Microsoft will be integrating Live Tiles into the menu as well. There is currently no timetable for the update, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any news on the matter.

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Kinect for Windows V2

Kinect for Windows V2 officially announced

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM.

Kinect for Windows V2 officially announced

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the second version of Kinect for Windows, as previously rumored. The device looks similar to the Kinect sensor that comes with the Xbox One, and packs a 1080p camera with a wide view. The company further demoed the imaginative ways developers are already using Kinect for Windows to come up with new useful apps and games. “We think this is the future, we think this is the way we’ll all be interacting with computers,” the company said. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1

By on April 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1

As expected, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the Windows 8.1 Update 1, a software update that Windows users who still prefer mouse and keyboard input over touch – or who don’t have touch-enabled devices in the first place – will certainly appreciate. “”We’ve improved its enterprise support and we focused on making it smoother and easier to use with people who have a mouse and keyboard focus,” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Date

Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users

By on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM.

Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users

Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 1 following Build 2014, ZDNet reveals, making the operating system more appealing to users who still choose the mouse and keyboard when it comes to interacting with the operating system — especially on those older Windows computers that don’t even have a touchscreen display. Developers who have MSDN subscriptions will receive Windows 8.1 Update 1 on April 2nd, once the company unveils the new features in Update 1. Everyone else will receive the update beginning April 8th. More →

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Windows 9 Features and Release Date

With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future

By on April 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future

Microsoft is expected to reveal the first details of its next major Windows release this week at Build 2014, ZDNet reports. Windows 9 – codenamed “Threshold” – will supposedly launch in the spring of 2015, but the company is already eager to share its vision of the future of its desktop operating system. More →

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Windows XP Wallpaper

The man who took the iconic Windows XP wallpaper photo has bitter regrets

By on March 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM.

The man who took the iconic Windows XP wallpaper photo has bitter regrets

Lush green hills under a cobalt blue sky with precisely the right amount of fluffy clouds floating about. Who hasn’t been lost in reverie staring at the default Windows XP wallpaper, dreaming of Middle Earth or maybe a weekend in Cork County? Yet that shot of a bucolic paradise has turned into a very personal nightmare for Charles O’Lear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft. More →

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