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Disable the help stickers in Windows 8.1

One of the things that Microsoft has improved in terms of teaching users the new functionality of the Windows 8 operating system are tutorial arrows that the operating system displays to the […]

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The major changes in Windows 8.1

Microsoft did another 180 yesterday by releasing Windows 8.1 early to MSDN and Technet subscribers. The company planned initially to make the new version of Windows available to subscribers at the same […]

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Microsoft caves in: Windows 8.1 Final available to MSDN and Technet Subscribers

Microsoft's announcement that it would not make available the first big update of Windows 8 early to Technet or MSDN subscribers was heavily criticized by the majority of tech sites. It meant […]

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How to install Windows 8.1 RTM on a Windows 8.1 Preview system

Back when Microsoft announced the public release of the Windows 8.1 Preview operating system, a beta test version of the upcoming update for its Windows 8 system, the company made it clear […]

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Surprise: Windows 8's usage share jumped in August 2013

Usage share statistics provide us with information how well a certain product fares after it enters a market. This is true for new web browsers but also operating systems. Microsoft released the […]

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Lenovo shipping Windows 8 PCs with Pokki's software suite: good or bad idea?

Windows 8 is probably not the "big hit" that Microsoft hoped the operating system would be. There is no single factor why that is the case: a declining PC market, the strong […]

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Amiga and Gameloft games coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8

My weekly series that covers the best new Windows 8 apps in a given week over at Betanews has been quite depressing the last two weeks. App growth in the US store […]

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Windows 8.1 to be released officially on October 17

You will have to wait another two months before you can install the final Windows 8.1 update on existing Windows 8 machines or buy computer systems that ship with it pre-installed. Many […]

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How DPI Scaling works in Windows 8.1

Most Windows users probably do not bother with their operating system's DPI scaling settings at all. The setting determines how items on the screen are displayed which is independent from the screen […]

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Is Windows RT done?

When Microsoft announced that it would ship the Windows 8 operating system in two flavors, Windows 8 and Windows RT, it was clear that this would cause confusion. The main reason for […]

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Set up quiet hours without notifications in Windows 8.1

Notifications play a big part in Windows 8, even more so than in previous versions of the operating system, as many apps that you can install from Windows Store make use of […]

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One feature that I really like in Windows 8.1

So, I have been playing around with the preview of Windows 8.1 for some time now. While it is not the hoped-for 180, it introduces several new features or improvements that make […]

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Beware of deceptive apps in Windows Store

Back in June I mentioned that Windows Store had its fair share of what I called then media player spam. This referred to dozens of media player apps that were designed to […]

How to terminate apps in Windows 8.1

Windows 8 users who are running apps from time to time on their system know that they can be closed completely by moving the mouse cursor to the top of the page, […]

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10 Windows 8.1 Tips to get you started

Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1 yesterday which interested users can install on their systems. It is not really recommended to do so on productive systems, considering that you will lose […]

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The Windows 8.1 Store is impractical

With today's Windows 8.1 preview release by Microsoft comes a series of updates to several core features of the Windows 8 operating system. Among them a store update that made the store […]

The Top 5 Windows 8.1 features I'm looking forward to

You know that I have been running Windows 8 on my second PC ever since Microsoft released the first public preview version of the operating system. While it is not my primary […]

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Microsoft: please do something against Media Player spam in Windows Store

Windows MediaPlayer 11 for $4.99? VLC* Player for $8.99? Media Player Classic Black Edition for $4.99? Those are just three examples of Windows 8 apps that try to take advantage of the […]