Question: I recently bought a Windows 8 laptop, and the only thing I don’t like about the PC is Windows 8. I want to replace Windows 8 with the more familiar Windows 7. How can I do this? — Robert And
(21 days ago)
Windows RT has always been something of an oddball in the new Microsoft operating system family. It’s not a pure mobile OS like Windows Phone 8 but at the same time it doesn’t have the full capabilities of Windows 8 and isn’t able to run desktop apps from older Windows platforms. The question has become, then, what exactly is Windows RT good for? The answer that many...
(13 days ago)
It's official: The Windows Blue update will be dubbed Windows 8.1, it'll be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices alike, and it will cost you the low, low price of zip, nada, zilch. Interestingly, the free Windows 8.1 update will be available through the Windows Store, not the usual Windows Update method. "Windows 8.1 ... continues the journey we first began with...
(9 days ago)
Microsoft's Windows 8 update, code-named Windows Blue, will be formally released as Windows 8.1 and will be free for customers who have the new OS installed. Windows 8.1 will be an "update" for both Windows 8 and for Windows RT, the version of the OS designed for devices that run on ARM chips, said Tami Reller, the chief financial officer and chief marketing officer of the...
(9 days ago)
Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
(9 days ago)
The Register has a little piece on one of the best selling apps for the new Windows 8. It's an app that strips away what used to be called the Metro interface and makes Windows 8 look and act like Windows 7. Which isn't all that great a recommendation for the design of Windows 8 really: Stardock does the best traditional Start Menu add-in for Windows 8, called Start8, for...
(2 months and 17 days ago)
Microsoft just announced on a call with shareholders that the Windows Blue update will officially be called Windows 8.1, which will be a free update. It'll be available for both Windows 8 and Windows RT. A preview will be available to the public after the Microsoft Build conference. Windows 8.1 is expected to fix a lot of the biggest concerns users had with the Metro...
(9 days ago)
"Windows 8 on a desktop." The very phrase makes some people recoil and instinctively mouse over their Start buttons. It's too bad that the modern UI has proven so contentious, because aside from the eye candy—or eye cancer, depending on your perspective—an abundance of welcome nuts-and-bolts changes makes Windows 8 the hands-down best version of Windows that Microsoft has...
(2 months and 15 days ago)
While numerous vendors have released tablet devices that use Windows RT, Lenovo has gone with Windows 8 Pro for its hybrid notebook/tablet, the ThinkPad Helix. According to Lenovo Think PC and visual category manager Simon Kent, Windows 8 Pro was the right choice because it is the "full version of Windows" and not "cut down" like RT, enabling users to use the Helix as a...
(24 days ago)
Microsoft is resurrecting the Start button with Windows 8.1, a.k.a. Windows Blue, according to a report Monday by the Verge. This might be great news, as the missing button is one of the biggest complaints about Windows 8, along with the perception that an upgrade requires a steep learning curve. Windows 8 is so different from its predecessors that PC makers have blamed...
(30 days ago)
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