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Windows 8.1 Update 1 slated for April

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Are you eagerly awaiting an update for Windows 8.1? Well you won’t have to be twiddling your thumbs for much longer, because rumor has it that the first major update for Microsoft’s latest Operating System will launch in early April.

Initial reports indicated that Update 1 would be available in March, but now it seems that it’s been pushed to April 8th. What changes will the new update bring? Join us after the jump to find out. Read more »

With just two months of life left, Windows XP powers almost 30% of all PCs

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Recently, Microsoft announced it will cease support for Microsoft Windows XP, leaving the 13-year-old OS without future updates or optimizations after the April 8 deadline.

The latest data from Net Applications shows that adoption of Windows XP is actually rising in light of this news, with the percentage of Windows XP users going up to 29.23% in January. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 gets leaked

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We recently talked about the upcoming Update 1 for Windows 8.1 that was expected to arrive in March and bring with it several UI changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable for keyboard and mouse users by avoiding the new Metro style start screen at launch and making the Metro-style apps behave a bit more like traditional desktop apps.

Now, that update has leaked on file sharing sites well ahead of official release. Read more »

Best Buy cuts Surface Pro price by $400

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Now that we have the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 available the original is seeing its price cut down and Best Buy is leading the charge with a $400 drop leaving the retail price at $500 which is a really good deal.

According to TheVerge the deal is good from Friday to Sunday but a Best Buy sales representative has told CNET it could go all week. Read more »

Next update to Windows 8.1 will allegedly make booting to desktop the default

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Continuing its crusade of making a U-turn on pretty much every decision it made recently, Microsoft will now let boot directly to the desktop mode in Windows 8.1 bypassing the generally disliked Metro-style Start screen altogether. Although this feature was added in Windows 8.1, the next update to it will make it the default option.

Microsoft has apparently been taking user feedback into consideration that suggested majority of Windows 8.1 users are still on keyboard and mouse setup and prefer to go to the desktop mode directly instead of the Metro-style interface that is more optimized for touchscreen devices. Read more »

Windows 8.1 tablets get cut down to Android slate prices

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In an effort to boost sales and use of their Windows 8.1 tablets, Microsoft has slashed prices on a bunch of devices in the Microsoft store.

The Toshiba Encore, Lenovo Miix 2, went from $299 to $249, and the Dell Venue Pro from $299 to $229. It should also be noted that all of these tabs carry 32GB of storage space. Read more »

Microsoft is in trouble for the new OneDrive name

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Microsoft seems to have really bad luck with its SkyDrive cloud service. First a UK court ruled out Microsoft is infringing British Sky Broadcasting Group trademark last summer and Microsoft has agreed to change the name.

Just two days ago Microsoft announced the new name of the service – SkyDrive was re-branded to OneDrive. And as of today Microsoft is in trouble once again for the same reason. Read more »

Microsoft drops SkyDrive brand, renames the service OneDrive

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Microsoft has renamed its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to OneDrive. This was expected after a UK court found Microsoft infringing British Sky Broadcasting Group trademark last summer.

Microsoft says it chose the OneDrive name because the cloud storage should be the one place where you store all of your pictures, videos, documents and files. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 said to be arriving on March 11

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Microsoft will be releasing an update to the current Windows 8.1 OS, tentatively called Windows 8.1 Update 1, on March 11, according to ZDNet. The update will brings several under the hood changes, as well as a bunch of user facing ones that will help bridge the gap between the desktop and ‘Metro’ modes.

One of the new changes said to be present in Update 1 is the ability to pin Metro-style apps to the taskbar in the desktop mode. This will allow you to launch those app quickly just as you would a standard desktop app. You can also hover over the icons of minimized apps to see a thumbnail preview. Lastly, Metro-style apps are also said to get a close button that will make it easier and more obvious on how to quit an app. Read more »

Microsoft sold 3.9 million Xbox One units and doubled its Surface sales in 2013

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Microsoft has announced its earnings report for the fourth quarter and the company has managed to better its performance from the previous year. The company has racked up a record $24.52 billion in revenue in 2013 as compared to the $21.5 billion in 2012.

The gross margin read $16.24 billion, while the operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share read $7.97 billion, $6.56 billion and $0.78 per share, respectively. Read more »

Microsoft allows foreign users’ data to be housed out of US

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With all of the hubbub surrounding the NSA and its many scandals, Microsoft preempted a lot of their foreign customers’ fears and have announced that they’re allowing their users’ data to be housed outside of the US.

The Financial Times reported on the unprecedented move. Most US-based tech companies, like Google, are refusing to comply with other countries requests to allow their citizens’ data to be stored domestically. This is why Microsoft’s move is kind of a big deal. Read more »

Desktop and Metro to play nice in upcoming Windows 8.1 update

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Thanks to some images that popped up over in Russian leakster WZor we get a glimpse of what Microsoft is working on for the first update to Windows 8.1.

In said leaked shots we see metro apps (in this case the Store) pinned on the taskbar in Windows 8.1 update 1 Desktop mode. An option dubbed ‘Show Store apps on the taskbar’ seems the likely culprit here – pictures after the break. Read more »

Microsoft Suface US sales pick up in December

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Research and analyst agency Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has outed a part of its yearly analysis of the tablet markets. According a tweet by the company, Microsoft Surface sales have gone up in the month of December.

For now, there’s no specific data to show just how of a brisk turn the Surface sales have taken. However, the research company says Microsoft is still “far behind” the market leaders. Read more »

Sharp RW-16G1 is a 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

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Sharp has announced a new tablet running Windows 8.1. The RW-16G1 is a massive 15.6-inch tablet, designed more to be used on your desk than on the move.

The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 3200×1800 and uses an IGZO panel. It also comes with a stylus with 256 step digitizer for pressure sensitivity. Inside, there is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The RW-16G1 claims to have a battery life of up to 9-hours. Read more »

Chrome update brings tab activity indicator, supervised users feature

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Google has released a new version of Chrome (32.0.1700.76) for Windows, OS X and Linux that brings with it some useful new features, such as showing activity of multimedia status on tabs, supervised users and special mode for Windows 8.1.

We often have dozens of tabs open on your browser and then one of them starts playing a sound and we have no idea which one is responsible for it. With the latest update, Chrome will now show a speaker icon on any tab that is currently playing a sound, so you know where to go to mute that annoying sound. It will also show a red dot if a tab is using your webcam and a blue rectangle if a tab is casting to your TV connected to a Chromecast. Read more »