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Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Smart Search Advertising

How Microsoft is Scroogling its own users with Windows 8.1

October 31st, 2013

Congratulations to everyone who thought that Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign wasn’t born from the company’s deep-seated concerns for user privacy. InfoWorld’s Woody Leonhard this week writes about some of the new features that Microsoft has added to Windows 8.1 that look a lot like the features that Microsoft was criticizing Google for using in its infamous …

Windows 8.1 Voice Recognition Apps

Windows 8.1 apps are about to get a lot more chatty

October 23rd, 2013

Steve Ballmer has long been enthusiastic about developers and now developers have another reason to be enthusiastic about Windows 8.1. ZDNet reports that Microsoft has added a new speech recognition tool to its Bing developer toolkit that developers can use to “build Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT Metro-Style/Windows Store apps that include speech-recognition …

Windows 8.1 PC Sales

Insiders don’t see Windows 8.1 doing anything to help PC sales

October 18th, 2013

Windows 8.1 marks the triumphant return of the Start button but according to a new report, it won’t do much at all to help reinvigorate the sputtering PC market. Microsoft finally let Windows 8.1 loose on the world earlier this week and the new software includes a host of new features. Among them are two keys …

Windows 8.1 Download Link

The Start button’s triumphant return: Windows 8.1 now available

October 17th, 2013

It might not be the same Start button Windows users have grown to love over the years, but it’s back. Microsoft on Thursday released the update many Windows 8 users have been waiting for. While Windows 8.1 may look very much the same as Windows 8 on the surface, Microsoft made two key concessions after …

Windows 8.1 Preorders

Windows 8.1 now available for preorder, complete with Start button

October 2nd, 2013

Those who don’t already have Windows 8 on their desktops and laptops can now preorder Microsoft’s new Windows 8.1 software from the company’s online store. The Windows 8.1 update is set to become available to the public in two weeks on October 18th. While preordering the updated operating system will not afford users any discounts, …

Windows 8.1 Ad Start Button

Video: Windows 8.1 commercial highlights Start button’s triumphant return

September 30th, 2013

Microsoft has taken various criticisms of Windows 8 in stride, and that’s especially clear in the first official ad for Windows 8.1, which spends a good portion of its running time focusing on the revived Start button. Despite its return, the Start button now serves a different purpose — switching seamlessly between Metro and the …

Windows 8.1 Price

Windows 8.1 pricing and packaging revealed, upgrade plans detailed

September 17th, 2013

One month out from release, Microsoft has announced the official pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1 The newest version of the Windows operating system will be available as a free download for Windows 8 users starting on October 17th from the Windows Store. All of the features Microsoft announced earlier this year will be included in …

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Release Date Developers

Microsoft won’t give developers early access to finished Windows 8.1 build

August 27th, 2013

You may want to wait a little bit to install Windows 8.1 on your computer, especially if you have apps that are crucial to your daily life. ZDNet reports that subscribers to TechNet and the Microsoft Developers Network won’t have early access to the final build of Windows 8.1, which breaks Microsoft’s long tradition of …

Windows 8.1 Release Date

Windows 8.1 release coming in October [updated]

August 13th, 2013

The Windows update that luddites have kind of, sort of, maybe been waiting for is set for public release sometime in October. A report at ZDNet from the always-reliable Mary Jo Foley states that Microsoft is on track to make good on its promise to deliver the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 8.1 by …