When Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 8.1, which it called Windows 8.1 Update, it announced that it would stop releasing updates for Windows 8.1 without that update shortly after release. This meant that Windows 8.1 users had to install the feature update on their system to receive future updates after that point […]
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Microsoft has released the Windows 8 operating system in October 2012 as a successor of the highly popular Windows 7 operating system. The new operating system introduces several new features and design concepts that change the way Windows is used rather dramatically.
One of the biggest -and highly controversial- changes is the system’s new start screen that it loads in to by default. The interface, optimized for touch-based devices but also accessible via mouse and keyboard, is the new central control panel of the system. Here you find apps, program and web shortcuts, some with dynamicly updated contents, others with static contents and a link to the traditional desktop.
Windows 8 is also the first Microsoft operating system with a built-in store that users can visit to download and install free and commercial apps on the system. While limited in aspects such as screen resolution and functionality, apps introduce core features like automatic updates to Windows that were not available before, at least not from a first-party point of view.
Our selection of Windows 8 articles covers news, updates, reviews, tips and tricks and other information that existing and future users of the operating system will find useful.
The Windows 8 operating system ships with a set of default applications that are installed out of the box. Apps like Bing Finance, Camera, Photos, or Communication can be used right away as they are placed on the start screen interface by default. Microsoft added more default apps when it released Windows 8.1, introduces apps […]
One of the things that Microsoft has been criticized for is the storage space requirement of the Windows operating system. If you take Microsoft's original Surface devices for instance, you will notice that only 30 Gigabytes are free on a 64 Gigabyte Surface Pro device and 15 Gigabyte on a Surface RT device. That's less […]
Live tiles are a new feature of Windows 8's start screen which can display static or dynamic information. A plain live tile may just show the logo or name of an application and link to it while a more advanced tile may display changing information as well. The information displayed here may list the last […]
Today's Patch Tuesday is special because of a couple of reasons. First, it is the last patch public patch day for most Windows XP systems. I do not think there is need to panic just yet, but you may want to consider upgrading the operating system eventually. Second, Windows 8.1 Update will be released today. […]
You may know that I write a weekly series over at Betanews about new apps that are published to Windows Store. I browse the store each week, pick the best apps, test those apps, and write about those that I consider great in comparison to the rest. Browsing Windows Store has never been a comfortable […]
The start screen interface of Windows 8, as well as the improved versions in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Featured Update, let you pin apps or programs to it so that you can open them quickly from there. Designed specifically for touch-screen devices, it has its limitations and usability issues on devices without touch. While […]
Has it really been this long? Mozilla started to work on the Metro version of the efox web browser back in 2012 before Microsoft released the retail version of the successor of Windows 7 to the public. Windows 8 introduced a then-called Metro interface to the Windows operating system that was heavily optimized for touch […]
I have been running the Feature Pack update for several days now and while I like what it has added to the Windows 8 operating system, I noted that several workflows changed because of it. As I mentioned in my review of the new features, one of the new features is a right-click menu that […]
Windows XP users need to make a decision next month. When Microsoft ends extended support for the operating system, millions of PC systems running XP will not receive any security updates anymore from the company. While that may not be a problem depending on how the computer is used, for instance only locally, or as […]
Microsoft has released one major update so far for the Windows 8 operating system that raised the version of it to Windows 8.1. The update corrected several usability issues that users of Windows 8 experienced, for instance the lack of tile resolutions, no option to set a unified background image, or the option to boot […]
The rumor mill on the Internet has been buzzing lately again. Sites like The Verge or ZDNet report that Microsoft is considering giving away a special version of Windows 8 for free or at a low cost to increase the operating system's user base. According to those reports, the version would come with Bing integrated […]
When Microsoft released Windows 8, it became clear quickly that the company wanted to create an operating system that could be installed on any type of device, well, apart from smartphones that is. What Microsoft missed at that time was that the majority of its user base was not using touch-based devices, or tablets, but […]
You may know that I run a weekly series over at Betanews that looks at the best Windows Store apps released in the last seven days. I browse all new apps released for Windows 8, which has been made possible until now due to the low amount of new apps released to it each week […]
VLC Media Player is without doubt one of the most popular media players out there right now. It offers incredible out-of-the box support for the majority of audio and video formats that you will come across on the Internet or locally, and an impressive set of other features that let you tweak, change and modify […]
Apps may be automatically updated on Windows 8 even if you never use the apps that ship with Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system by default and do not have a single other application installed on the device. Apps are configured to auto-update if you are signing in with a Microsoft account. If you use a […]