All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Windows 8’

Microsoft Will Pay You $100 To Upgrade Windows XP

Microsoft wants you to finally stop using Windows XP. Microsoft announced this week that they will no longer be supporting Windows XP in any of their security updates, and are urging anyone left on the 12-year-old operating system to upgrade their device. To help offset costs, Microsoft is offering a $100 credit towards upgrading your system to one of their …

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Mozilla Ends Firefox Metro Development

In March 2012, Mozilla announced that it was developing a version of Firefox for Windows 8’s Metro UI. The non-profit included Firefox for Metro in its Nightly distribution starting February of last year. If you became a fan of Mozilla’s touch friendly Firefox in that time, you’ll want to make your peace now. Mozilla announced this morning that development of …

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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 The Coffee Table Of The Future

The coffee table is outdated. It’s just some wood sitting on top of more wood. In other words, it’s boring. Ideum and 3M have joined forces to make it less boring with technology. Why settle for a lifeless wooden surface when you can have a 46-inch multitouch glass panel that’s capable of playing Angry Birds and silly Internet videos? Ideum …

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Microsoft Is Making Its Own Reader App [Rumor]

When it comes to reading eBooks on a Windows device, you really only have two options – Nook or Kindle. Now it looks like Microsoft wants to finally build a reader app to compete with those two options. Gizmodo reports that a new job listing on Microsoft’s site says the company is looking for an engineer to join its Music, …

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Microsoft Celebrates Tech In Its Super Bowl Ad

Ever since Apple’s infamous 1984 Super Bowl ad, we’ve never really had a good tech-related ad during the game. Microsoft may have finally done it with its latest. On Sunday night, Microsoft aired a Super Bowl ad called “Empowering.” It stars former NFL player Steve Gleason who now suffers from ALS. Instead of letting it get him down, however, he …

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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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Microsoft Envisions The Future Of Retail, Thinks Everybody Will Have Windows Devices

What’s been the most innovative technology in retail over the past few years? If you immediately thought of Square, you win. The POS hardware/software combo has made it easier than ever for small businesses to accept and process credit card payments at any time and anywhere. Now Microsoft wants a piece of the pie. In a new video from Microsoft, …

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Apathy May One Day Be The Death Of Microsoft

When was the last time you really cared about Microsoft or its products? It was probably when you first bought a Windows XP desktop or laptop during the PC revolution of the late 90s/early 2000s. At that time, you were the coolest if you had a PC. Oh, how the times have changed though, and Paul Thurrot thinks that change …

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Windows 7 May Have Left Retail, But It’s Still Alive In PCs

Are you looking for a new Windows PC, but don’t want to get into Windows 8? Well, you’re out of luck if you were hoping to find a copy of Windows 7 through retail as Microsoft stopped selling individual copies of the operating system back in October. Now your only choice is to buy a PC that comes with the …

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Finance App Mint Comes To Windows 8

For those of who are too lazy to keep track of our finances, Mint was a godsend when it hit iOS and Android. Now Windows 8 users can finally keep track of their finances the easy way as well. Mint announced today that its personal finance app is now available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 starting today. Much …

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Here’s How Multitasking Works On The Xbox One

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new way to multitask called Snap. In short, you could have two apps running simultaneously at once while you could choose which app got to take up more of the screen. Since the Xbox One’s OS is based heavily on Windows 8, the same functionality is present on the console as well. That’s all …

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Internet Explorer 11 Now Hits Window 7 Officially

Internet Explorer 11 has now been launched for Window 7 users too. Earlier, Microsoft had promised that the new Explorer will arrive on Windows 7, so this isn’t a big surprise. IE11 is the default browser of Windows 8.1. Starting Thursday, users of Window 7 who decided to remain behind in the launch of Windows 8 (later 8.1) will now …

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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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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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Google Chrome To Support Windows XP Until 2015

Are you still using Windows XP? If so, you should probably upgrade already. Microsoft will be taking if off of life support soon, and Google isn’t giving it much longer. Google announced today that it intends to support Chrome for Windows XP up through April 2015. That means Google will continue to provide security updates to the Windows XP version …

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Businesses Avoiding Windows 8, Says Toshiba

PC shipment estimates for the third quarter are out today, and show that the PC market has declined yet again – for the sixth straight quarter. Though shipments saw a slight pick-up due to the back-to-school season, the worldwide PC market is still expected to decline through 2014. The hope going into last year’s holiday season was that Windows 8 …

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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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Windows Updates: Microsoft To Merge To One App Store

Windows is looking at a major update to its systems. Microsoft is reportedly planning to make it simpler for its users by creating a single app store that would encompass all of the company’s various devices including PCs, tablets and phones. With all of the success that the new iPhone is having, Microsoft certainly needs to do something in order …

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The New Surface Is Full Of Potential

Earlier today, Microsoft announced two new Surface tablets – the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2. Both will go on sale starting next month, and come with Windows 8.1 preinstalled on them. Alongside the new hardware announcements, Microsoft shared a number of videos that show off what its new Surface tablets are capable of. As you might expect, the …

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Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 2, Still Costs $899

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched the Surface Pro – a Windows 8 Pro-powered PC shrunk into the body of a tablet. It did well enough for the company, and now it wants to improve upon it even more. At a Surface event this morning, Microsoft unveiled the all new Surface Pro 2. As you would expect, this is mostly an …

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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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Surface Pro Price Cut Is Now Permanent

The Surface Pro is much too expensive. That’s at least what some consumers think as the tablet isn’t exactly flying off store shelves. In an attempt to remedy that, Microsoft introduced a temporary price cut, but it has apparently proved too popular to discontinue. Neowin reports that Microsoft has opted to keep the Surface Pro’s current price cut permanent after …

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Foursquare Makes Its Way To Windows 8

Windows 8 needs apps, and not just any apps either. It needs the big apps that every other platform has. It won’t be able to compete with iOS and Android until it does. It still has a ways to go, but it’s one step closer today. Microsoft announced today that Foursquare is now available on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. …

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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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There Is A Reason Behind Ballmer’s Sudden Retirement [Report]

On Friday, Steve Ballmer announced that he would be retiring as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months. The stock market had a field day with the news, but the rest of us were were wondering why the longtime CEO was suddenly leaving right after announcing his intention to restructure Microsoft into a devices and services company. According to …

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Let’s Celebrate The Strange And Wondrous Career Of Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced today that he would be retiring within the next 12 months after working with the tech company for more than 30 years. To celebrate the life and career of Microsoft’s energetic CEO, here’s a collection of Ballmer’s best moments from YouTube user mekintosz7. It includes everything from his time as a Windows 3.1 salesman all …

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Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months

For the past 13 years, Steve Ballmer has ruled Microsoft as its CEO. He oversaw the rollout of four Windows operating systems including the most recent Windows 8. Most of us thought he’d be around for the release of Windows 9, or whatever else is next, but it looks like the CEO that wouldn’t quit is finally doing just that. …

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Touchscreen Notebooks Reportedly Languishing

For Microsoft, Windows 8 was supposed to bridge the gap between traditional PCs and the growing tablet market. The operating system was designed to run smoothly on tablets, sporting a tile-based home screen. Microsoft also sold manufacturers on the idea that customers would love the Windows 8 interface so much that they would want touchscreens in both their PC monitors …

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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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