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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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 debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

Microsoft debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new Universal Windows Apps initiative, which will allow developers to create apps that will work across all form factors, including computers, laptops and smartphones. The new API set for developers will facility the simplified creation of apps and games that work across Microsoft’s three main platforms — Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The move could turn out to be hugely important as Microsoft has previously struggled in its efforts to draw top developers over to its new desktop platform and to its mobile platforms. 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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Microsoft Build Keynote Liveblog

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

Microsoft finally realized some time ago that it had to make some serious changes if it hoped to continue thriving in a world that had begun to evolve years earlier toward “mobile first.” Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT were the company’s first huge steps toward the future, and Microsoft definitely had the right idea. Consumers and enterprise users weren’t sold on the new “Metro” interface that Microsoft forced upon them, however, and PC sales have been plummeting as a result. To make matters worse, Windows Phone’s share of global phone shipments remains in the low single digits each quarter.

At its annual Build developer conference that kicks off in mere moments, Microsoft will finally show the world how it plans to right the ship and forge ahead in the “post-PC era.” 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 8.1 Update 1 New Features

Hardcore Windows 8 hater finds something to like in upcoming update

By on March 19, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Hardcore Windows 8 hater finds something to like in upcoming update

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is taking baby steps to appease longtime Windows desktop users who absolutely hate the changes Microsoft made with Windows 8. Earlier this month, we wrote about the experiences of U.K.-based tech writer James Woodcock, who did a nice job of outlining all the new features in the soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update 1 that should appeal to spurned mouse-and-keyboard users. And now InfoWorld’s Woody Leonhard, who has been a diehard Windows 8 hater from the start, has penned his own review to Update 1 that similarly finds some things to like for desktop users. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Features

5 ways the next Windows 8 update might finally appease Metro-hating desktop users

By on March 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

5 ways the next Windows 8 update might finally appease Metro-hating desktop users

Listen up, disgruntled Windows desktop users: Microsoft hears your gripes and is working to address them with its soon-to-be-released Update 1 to Windows 8.1. U.K.-based gaming and tech writer James Woodcock has downloaded a leaked version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and has found himself impressed by some of the features Microsoft added that will appeal to people who prefer using the standard keyboard-and-mouse setup instead of the touch interface that Microsoft added with its Live Tiles menu.

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Windows 8.1 Update Leak

New leak shows how Microsoft plans to make Metro UI less annoying

By on February 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

New leak shows how Microsoft plans to make Metro UI less annoying

The Metro user interface that Microsoft unveiled with Windows 8 has spawned a cult of haters but the company isn’t done coming up with ways to make its live tiles less annoying to its user base. The Verge reports that a leaked build of a new Windows 8.1 update slated to launch next month contains new features aimed at easing some big pain points on the Metro display.  More →

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Microsoft finally realizes that people hate Windows 8′s live tiles

By on January 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Microsoft finally realizes that people hate Windows 8′s live tiles

It’s official: Microsoft realizes that most desktop users have no use for the Live Tiles interface. The Verge reports that the next update of Windows 8.1 will make the platform boot up to desktop mode by default, which means that people who buy new Windows 8.1 PCs with the latest update won’t have to look at Live Tiles when they first flip on their computers. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Date

Next Windows update tipped for March 11th but Start menu still missing

By on January 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM.

Next Windows update tipped for March 11th but Start menu still missing

The many Windows users who are underwhelmed by Windows 8 will have to continue waiting patiently for the next iteration of the operating system, but Microsoft is working hard to address users’ issues in the meantime. According to one of ZDNet’s “accurate and trusted sources,” Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be available on March 11th, almost a month before the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, when a previous leak predicted the update would launch. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leak

Sorry, Windows users: Leak suggests next big Windows 8.1 update won’t include Start menu

By on January 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Sorry, Windows users: Leak suggests next big Windows 8.1 update won’t include Start menu

Although Windows 8.1 was a step in the right direction for Microsoft’s latest operating system, there’s no question that the interface is still not optimal for keyboard and mouse users. In case you were hoping for a major overhaul in the immediate future though, don’t hold your breath — Windows leaker WZor has shared a batch of new screenshots from what appears to be Windows 8.1 Update 1, the spring release that some believed would include a more substantial Start button or even a Start menu, along with some new features. It remains to be seen whether or not Microsoft has made any notable improvements, but looking at the leaked screens, it’s next to impossible to find even the slightest of modifications. According to WZor, Update 1 will be available to Microsoft partners beginning January 15th and then will see a public release on April 1st, the day before the Microsoft Build Developer Conference.

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