Windows 8.1 August 12 Update Download

You can download Windows 8.1’s August update right now

By on August 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

You can download Windows 8.1’s August update right now

Microsoft on Tuesday released the Windows 8.1 August 12th update, just like it promised a few days ago, but users shouldn’t expect any interesting new features in this software update. After all, the company did say the Windows 8.1 August update will be a minor one, hinting that it will not include the highly anticipated return of the Start menu, in spite of what it said back at Build 2014. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 Denied

Microsoft: Don’t expect any more major updates until Windows 9

By on August 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM.

Microsoft: Don’t expect any more major updates until Windows 9

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed that it’s not planning to release a major “Windows 8.1 Update 2” at any point in the near future, although the company will release several other smaller updates as part of its regular Windows 8.1 update release schedule. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 Release Date

Next big Windows 8.1 update reportedly coming soon

By on July 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

Next big Windows 8.1 update reportedly coming soon

Microsoft may be getting ready to release its second scheduled Windows 8.1 update of the year. Known as Windows 8.1 Update 2, the upcoming release is apparently smaller than Update 1, which was released earlier this year, and will arrive on “Patch Tuesday,” which is apparently scheduled for August 12 according to a leaked image posted on Russian website PCPortal.org.ru. More →

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Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM.

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 desktop and tablet platform has been something of a mess thus far. Traction is finally picking up now that Windows XP is no longer supported and Windows 8.1 has been released along with some much-needed refinements, but Windows 8 has hardly been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Consumers and enterprise users have a long list of common complaints, and Microsoft seems to be doing a good job of addressing them slowly but surely. Soon, one of the biggest complaints will finally be addressed. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update Windows 9 Details

Here are the latest details on Windows 9 and Microsoft’s other major Windows updates

By on June 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Here are the latest details on Windows 9 and Microsoft’s other major Windows updates

Anxious to get that full Start menu back? Well, you may have a while to wait for that but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other good Windows 8.1 updates coming in the near future. Neowin’s sources say that the next major update to Windows 8.1, which will likely be called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is likely coming in either August or September. This lines up with earlier reports we’ve read about the next major Windows update coming in late summer, although it seems that Microsoft has now scrapped its original plans to bring back the Start menu with the next release. More →

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Alienware Alpha Windows 8.1 Console

PS4 and Xbox One get new competition from the Alienware Alpha

By on June 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM.

PS4 and Xbox One get new competition from the Alienware Alpha

Pair an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller to a Windows PC and you’ve got yourself a Windows console, but whatever setup you’ve got going at home may not be as cool or as powerful as this completely new, and unexpected, Alienware Windows 8.1 gaming console and home entertainment system. More →

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Windows 8.1 Market Share

Microsoft finally has some good news for Windows 8.1

By on June 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

Microsoft finally has some good news for Windows 8.1

When Tim Cook took the stage yesterday, he was out for blood. One of his most vicious attacks came in the form of an OS market share comparison, in which he noted that while Mavericks had already been installed on more than half of OS X computers, Windows 8 was still struggling to top 15%. There’s no doubt that Microsoft is struggling to convince users to migrate, but the latest data from Net Applications has a silver lining: Windows 8.1 has finally attained a higher market share than Windows 8. More →

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Toshiba Encore 2 Windows 8.1 Tablet

This $199 Toshiba tablet is the closest thing to a Surface mini you can buy

By on May 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM.

This $199 Toshiba tablet is the closest thing to a Surface mini you can buy

Microsoft may have disappointed certain Windows users when it decided not to unveil the Surface mini yetalthough reports say that the device is still in the picture – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to purchase an affordable, small Windows 8.1 tablet this year. Toshiba has launched one such 8-inch device, the Toshiba Encore 2, which will sell for $199 and run a full version of Windows 8.1 rather than the RT alternative. More →

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Windows XP Security Flaw Patch

Microsoft’s move to patch massive Windows XP flaw called ‘an act of utter stupidity’

By on May 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM.

Microsoft’s move to patch massive Windows XP flaw called ‘an act of utter stupidity’

A massive security vulnerability was recently discovered in Microsoft’s popular web browser, Internet Explorer, that could potentially “corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer.” Versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer were all affected, and Microsoft acted quickly in creating and releasing patches to address the issue. Among the fixes released by Microsoft was one for Windows XP, which is still in use on one-quarter of all computers in the world. There’s a problem with that, however: Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in early April. More →

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Windows 8 Market Share

Windows XP’s long, drawn-out death is finally giving Microsoft what it wants

By on May 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Windows XP’s long, drawn-out death is finally giving Microsoft what it wants

Like it or not, Windows XP is no longer a smart option for personal computing. Microsoft went against its word and issued one last security update for the aging platform on Thursday, but new security holes that pop up will go unfixed and your personal data is at risk as a result. It’s time to move on. 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 Phone 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft on Wednesday announced two new updates for its mobile and desktop operating systems including Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1. Both updates bring quite a few new features — although some are more important than others — and they will be available soon. Meanwhile, users who want to know more details about the main features available in Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 OS can check out three new Microsoft videos in which Joe Belfiore recaps everything there is to know about it, including useful tips and tricks. More →

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