All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Windows 8.1’

Microsoft Announces New Version Of Windows Called ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’

Microsoft announced on Friday that some lower cost Windows devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Microsoft hardware partners, the company says, will be announcing new Windows devices over the next couple of weeks. With the Windows 8.1 update, it says, it has enabled partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB …

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Windows 8.1 Might Be Getting A Free Version [Report]

Windows 8 wasn’t the renaissance Microsoft hoped it would be. Sure, the total number of Windows 8 users steadily increases every month, but it has no chance of toppling Windows 7 at this point. One reason for that is that consumers don’t want to pay $100 or more to upgrade. Microsoft might soon be remedying this. ZDNet reports that Microsoft …

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Here’s A Look At The Up Plus 2 3D Printer

If you’re in the market for an affordable 3D printer, you might just have to give TierTime’s Up Plus 2 a look. The printer comes in at under $2,000 and has a lot of the same features you’ve come to expect from more expensive 3D printers. Microsoft has taken a special interest in this particular printer thanks to its native …

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Windows 8.1 Update May Make Boot To Desktop The Default Option

Windows 8 was a mess, but Windows 8.1 pretty much fixed all of the problems that people had with the radically different OS. One of those fixes was adding in an option that allowed users to boot to desktop therefore bypassing the tiled “metro” interface entirely. Now it appears that Microsoft may be making this option the default setting. Wzor …

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Bing Translator App Updated With Speech Input

Here’s a scenario – you find yourself in Rome after a week long party across Europe that has left you lost and alone. You can book a room for the night, but you don’t know any Italian. Good thing you have your Windows Phone on your person with an updated Bing Translator app. Bing announced on Wednesday that it has …

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Microsoft Upgrades The Surface Pro 2’s CPU

Late last year, Microsoft revamped its Surface tablet line with the launch of the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 received the biggest changes, but the Surface Pro 2 also received a slight bump in specs. It seems that Microsoft isn’t done with the slight bumps yet, however, as it has stealthily upgraded the Surface Pro …

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Bing And OneNote Can Work Together To Help You Learn How To Cook

Back in November, Microsoft released a new version of OneNote for Windows 8 devices with a heavy focus on sharing. While one could say the main focus was sharing OneNote content across multiple devices, the Bing team enabled sharing between its multiple Windows 8.1 apps and OneNote as well. So wait, how does Bing sharing with OneNote work? In an …

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Microsoft’s Followup To Windows 8.1 Is Codenamed ‘Threshold’ [Report]

In October 2012, Microsoft dragged Windows into what it saw as the next era of computing with Windows 8. Not only did the new OS embrace the touch screens that have become so common these days, but it also united the Windows operating system across desktop, tablets and phones. With its next release, it looks like Microsoft is taking that …

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Xbox Video Comes To The Web, Lacks HD Playback

Xbox Video is Microsoft’s one stop destination for all things movies and TV shows on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows 8 PCs. Now the service is expanding, but with one very big caveat. Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox Video Web app today ahead of the launch of its Windows Phone app. With the Web app, you’ll be able to …

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OneNote Updated With New Sharing Features

Microsoft was one of the first to the digital note taking game with OneNote. Now it’s just one of many in an ever growing field of apps that allow one to document their lives via short notes. How is Microsoft going to compete? For Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets and phones, OneNote has been updated with a number of new features …

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Early Windows 8.1 Tablet Sales Fall Short

Though Microsoft is seeing some encouraging growth for its Windows Phone 8 smartphones in the mobile market, it does not appear that its tablets are faring as well. DigiTimes today reported that retailers saw sales of Windows 8.1 tablets in October that are well below what was expected – 20% to 30% lower than estimates, even. The report’s unnamed “sources …

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Original Surface Pro Price Dropped To $699

Just this week, Microsoft launched the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in its attempt to revitalize its tablet brand. We won’t know just how well that effort worked out until next quarter, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to clear stock of last year’s models to make room for the new. If you were to check out the …

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Here’s How Bing Smart Search Works In Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is the first product to be delivered under the “One Microsoft” ideology that outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer referred to when outlining the company’s restructuring plan. In essence, all of the teams at Microsoft contributed to make Windows 8.1 an OS where every app contributes to the whole. As part of that, one of the teams to get a …

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Windows 8.1 Is Now Available On The Windows Store

It’s been almost a year since Windows 8 hit the scene, and what a year it’s been. After getting off to a super slow start, Windows 8 finally managed to overtake the dead-in-the-water Windows Vista. Sure, it’s not much, but baby steps count for something, right? Besides, Microsoft is just getting started with Windows 8, and is launching phase two …

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Internet Explorer 11 Adds Better Accessibility Features For The Blind

The blind and visually impaired are criminally overlooked as technology progresses. There’s been a few improvements to how computers behave to help those with visual impairments, but you could easily argue that not enough is being done to improve accessibility. Microsoft must feel the same way as it’s adding a number of improvements to its latest browser to address these …

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Steve Ballmer’s Final Shareholder Letter Is Full Of Optimism

Steve Ballmer’s days at Microsoft are numbered. The board has until the end of the year to find a replacement, but he’s already resigned to his fate that today’s shareholder letter will be his last. In classic Ballmer style, the letter is all about what Microsoft is doing right while holding hope that the future will be even better. Ballmer …

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Microsoft Found Somebody To Buy The Surface 2

Last month, Microsoft revealed the next step in its plan to dethrone the iPad – the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Out of the two, the Surface 2 is the most interesting as Microsoft is distancing itself and the product from the ill-received Surface RT. Some analysts don’t think a rebranding is going to help much either. Despite all …

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis Talks 3D Printers, Windows 8.1

Over the past few years, MakerBot has quickly grown from a promising 3D printer startup to one of the biggest suppliers of desktop 3D printers in the world. The company’s success even led to it being acquired by Stratasys, one of the world’s largest 3D printer manufacturers, for $403 million. Now the company is making its next big move – …

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New Notebooks Running Windows 8.1 Are Incoming

Last year, PC manufacturers suffered a tough holiday quarter. The tablet market had matured enough that it was taking a bite out of PC sales, and particularly sales of notebooks. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system was supposed to help with upgrade sales, but the software’s new design did not widely appeal to consumers who have spent years learning the …

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Microsoft Brings SkiFree Back For Internet Explorer 11 Promo

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it was bringing back Windows 95 pack-in game Hover as an HTML5-powered Web-based game to show off the capabilities of Internet Explorer 11. That’s all well and good, but I think many of us would have preferred it if Microsoft brought back another one of its more beloved pack in games – SkiFree. In a …

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Microsoft Revives Hover For Internet Explorer 11 Launch

Later this month, Windows 8.1 will roll out to the millions of Windows 8 machines currently in the hands of consumers. The updated OS includes a number of enhancements, including Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft promises that it’s new browser features all the modern Web standards users have come to expect, including WebGL, and has even revived one of its classic …

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Microsoft Backtracks On Windows 8.1 Availability, Developers Can Get It Now

In late August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 was shipping out to OEMs. In the same announcement, Microsoft said that subscribers to its MSDN or TechNet services would not get early copies of Windows 8.1. As we learned from the Xbox One debacle, however, Microsoft will relent when enough people complain. Microsoft announced today that Windows 8.1 RTM is now …

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Sony Announces Three New Windows 8 Devices

The big news out of IFA may be the new smart watches, but the traditional PC is still getting some love from the major players. In fact, Sony has announced three new Windows 8 devices to launch around the time that Windows 8.1 hits. The first announcement out of Sony is the new Vaio Fit that combines the functionality of …

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Windows 8.1 Goes Out To OEMs Today, Developers Won’t Get It Early

Today’s the day – Windows 8.1 RTM is now being shipped out to OEMs so they can have the latest incarnation of Windows 8 on their devices ahead of its October 18 launch date. Unfortunately, everybody else, including developers, will have to wait. Writing for the Windows 8 blog, Antoine Leblond reminds us that it’s only been 10 months since …

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Windows 8.1 Will Officially Arrive On October 17

We heard reports yesterday that Windows 8.1 will move out of preview and into its final version in October. Rather than let rumors scurry along the underbelly of the Internet, Microsoft has come out to confirm the launch date for its latest OS update. Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc announced today that Windows 8.1 will be going out to all Windows 8 …

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Windows 8.1 General Availability Will Come In October [Report]

Ever since June, Windows 8 users have been able to try out the future with the Windows 8.1 preview. The updated OS brings with it a wealth of improvements, but there are still more features missing from the beta that the final build will provide. The question now is when we’ll actually get that the final build of Windows 8.1. …

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MakerBot To Bring 3D Printers To More Microsoft Stores

Microsoft made waves earlier this summer when it announced that it would include native 3D printer support in Windows 8.1. The 3D printer hobbyists were obviously excited, but it’s a little harder to get the layman excited about the future of manufacturing. MakerBot wants to change all that. MakerBot announced today that its bringing what it calls the MakerBot Experience …

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Microsoft To Change SkyDrive Name To Something A Little Less Infringing

Microsoft has big plans for SkyDrive. The company’s cloud service was named as one of the central pillars to its strategy during the announcement of its big restructuring. Too bad Microsoft won’t be able to use the name anymore. The Verge reports that Microsoft has agreed to change the name of its SkyDrive to something else after losing a trademark …

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Microsoft Details Native 3D Printer Support In Windows 8.1

Did you hear? Windows 8.1 will feature native support for 3D printing. It’s the first time any of the major operating systems have integrated support directly into the OS for the emerging technology, and 3D printer fans are excited. Well, Microsoft is excited too, and has created a video detailing how exactly it will support 3D printing in Windows 8.1. …

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OEMs Will Get Windows 8.1 In August

Have you tried out Windows 8.1 yet? Are you a fan? If so, you may be wondering when you can get your hands on the final version. After all, Microsoft has only said it will launch later this year. Well, we now have a better idea of when it might finally be made available. Today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partners Conference, …

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