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Windows RT Tablets Are About To Get Cheaper

Nobody really wants Windows RT. That much was obvious when manufacturers started to pull their Windows RT tablets from store shelves. Now Microsoft is trying to increase interest in RT with a new pricing strategy. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is lowering the price of Windows RT licenses. The hope is that manufacturers will pass their savings onto consumers in the …

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Former Windows Boss Knew Windows 8 Would Be Polarizing

Shortly after completing work on Windows 8, former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky left Microsoft. He hasn’t said much since, but he finally opened up during an interview yesterday at D11. The general message seemed to equate to he knew Windows 8 would be polarizing, but it was the right thing to do. Early on, Sinofsky was asked about the reaction …

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Microsoft Confirms The Return Of The Start Button In Windows 8.1

A leaked screen from yesterday indicated that Microsoft would be bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1. Now the company has gone ahead and confirmed its return alongside a number of other additions to the updated operating systems. In a blog post on the official Windows blog, Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond confirmed many of the details leaked in yesterday’s report. …

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Leaked Screenshot Shows Start Button Is Back In Windows 8.1

Windows Blue is now officially Windows 8.1. It will enter into a public beta in June. It’s rumored that the start button and a boot to desktop mode will be offered alongside numerous other updates. Thanks to a leaked screenshot, we can seemingly confirm one of those rumors. Paul Thurrot’s Supersite for Windows shared the following screenshot today that shows …

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Windows Blue Officially Named Windows 8.1, Will Be A Free Upgrade

Microsoft has gone on record saying that Windows Blue was just a code name, and the final name for the Windows 8 upgrade would be different. The final name has now been revealed, and it’s not that creative. At the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Windows boss Tami Reller announced that Windows Blue is now Windows 8.1. Microsoft’s …

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New Windows 8 Ad Has Me Wishing Butt Ping-Pong Was A Real Sport

Microsoft’s ads can be thoroughly confusing sometimes. Often enough, the ad has nothing to do with the product itself. This can lead to some really terrible ads. It can also lead to utter brilliance – as is the case with three recent ads for Windows 8. Neowin reports that the official Windows 8 channel on YouTube recently uploaded three new …

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Microsoft Has Offered To Buy Nook Media For $1 Billion [Report]

Microsoft invested $300 million into Barnes & Noble last year to create the Nook media subsidiary. Now the company may be looking to outright acquire the subsidiary from the national bookstore chain. TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft has offered to buy Nook Media from Barnes & Noble for a cool $1 billion. The information came from internal documents that also …

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Windows Blue Is A Reality, Public Preview Coming In June

The most persistent rumor concerning Windows 8 is that Microsoft would be releasing an update for it later this year called Windows Blue. Those rumors were pretty much confirmed as fact when a Windows Blue preview build was leaked in March. Now Microsoft has finally come out and confirmed that Windows Blue is indeed a thing. Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice …

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Skype Video Messaging Comes To Windows Desktop

Not everybody can be online all the time. For those moments, it’s best to leave a message. That was a little difficult in Skype for Windows as you could only leave text-based messages before, but that all changed this week. Skype announced this week that it’s rolling out the preview of Skype Video Messaging for Windows desktop users. To be …

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Microsoft Says It’s Working On Smaller Windows 8 Devices

Earlier this month, it was rumored that Microsoft was working on a 7-inch Windows 8 tablet. The news came after Microsoft changed up its rules reducing the minimum resolution for a Windows 8 device to 1024×768. Now the company has confirmed that it is indeed working on a smaller tablet. During its earnings call yesterday, outgoing Microsoft CFO Peter Klein …

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Windows Blue Will Feature A Boot To Desktop Option [Rumor]

One of the more controversial decisions in Windows 8 was how the OS forced users to boot into the new Start menu metro interface. You could get into the desktop from that, but then you would be without the iconic Start button. There are unofficial workarounds, but nothing official just yet. That all may be changing if reports from WinBeta …

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Bing Rolls Out Updates To Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out updates across its six Bing apps for Windows 8 (News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps Travel). The updates focus on personalization. Users can now customize the Bing News app to keep track of specific story categories, topics or news sources. In what is likely a play to become your alternative to Google Reader, it …

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