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Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Tablets Analysis

Despite concessions to desktop users, Windows 8.1 will be tailored to tablets

June 14th, 2013

Yes, Windows users will get some variation of the Start button back with Windows 8.1, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft’s big update to Windows 8 will be catered more toward traditional desktop users. ZDNet’s Ed Bott has a sharp piece of analysis explaining why the most important features to Windows 8.1 will be geared toward …

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Features

Video: Windows 8.1 to include new customization, improved search and more

June 5th, 2013

Microsoft on Wednesday posted a video walk-through of its new Windows 8.1 operating system highlighting improvements to the Start screen, search function and more. Microsoft’s new lock screen will no longer display a single static image, but will instead scroll through a collage of photos generated from a user’s PC, SkyDrive account and Windows Phone. …

Windows 8.1 Preview Start Button

Here’s how Microsoft hopes to reignite interest in Windows

May 30th, 2013

As we learned on Wednesday, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back the Start button for Windows 8.1. But Engadget, which has posted a lengthy preview of Windows 8.1, says that the Start button may not quite be what many users were expecting. According to the site, the new Start button isn’t “a return to fly-out …

Windows 8.1 Leaked Screenshot Start Button

First leaked Windows 8.1 screenshot clearly shows new Start button

May 29th, 2013

Start button fans, rejoice: Microsoft really seems to have heard your pleas. In addition to the new information we learned today about how Microsoft might implement the Start button in its upcoming Windows 8.1 release, we now have a leaked screenshot of the new operating system that clearly shows the Start button in its traditional …

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Start Button

New details emerge on how the Start button might work in Windows 8.1

May 29th, 2013

The most-clamored-for feature in the upcoming Windows 8.1 release is undoubtably the return of the Start button, the longtime hub of the Windows experience that Microsoft tried to ditch with the release of the touch-centric Windows 8 last fall. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who has a long track record of accurate Microsoft scoops, has now …

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Praise

The best sign yet for Windows 8.1: Microsoft is making it a free upgrade

May 14th, 2013

As someone who admires the innovations that Microsoft made with Windows 8 while at the same time recognizing the platform’s glaring flaws, I’ve found it encouraging that the company has decided to own up to some of its mistakes and dial back some of the big changes it made to its operating system with the …

Acer execs dial back the Windows 8 hate as Microsoft preps ‘Blue’

May 9th, 2013

Acer president Jim Wong has been highly critical of Microsoft and the Windows 8 operating system over the past year. The executive previously bashed the company for its Surface tablet and failed marketing of Windows 8 devices. Microsoft recently confirmed that it is working on Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, which will be an update …

Microsoft: Windows 8.1 preview release date

Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 preview to be available by the end of June

May 7th, 2013

Windows chief Julie Larson-Green announced at the Wired Business Conference on Tuesday that Microsoft will release a preview of Windows 8.1 — also known as Windows Blue — at the end of June, ZDNet reported. The executive said that the company will release the preview at its Build developers conference that is scheduled to take place on June 26th in …

Windows Blue Release Date

Microsoft sings the Blues

May 7th, 2013

Windows Blue is hardly a secret at this point, but Microsoft finally confirmed that it is prepping an update to its Windows 8 operating system that will be released this year. Windows 8 has done nothing to boost sales for struggling PC vendors. In fact, some believe it is having the opposite effect. “Blue” will …