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  1. Tech

    Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 With New Video Preview, Continues to Pique My Interest

    At the risk of sounding optimistic about a Windows 8 release, I'm kind of optimistic about Windows 8.1. It looks like it addresses most of the things that I truly, deeply, and passionately hate about using Windows 8. Because let's be clear -- I hate Windows 8. They announced some changes last week, and on paper they seemed like good ideas. Today they released a video actually showing off some of the new features.

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  2. Tech

    Windows Announces Some Details About 8.1, Leaves Me Hoping I Can One Day Use Windows 8

    There's no sense in hiding it. I hate Windows 8. My laptop dual boots Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10, but I only boot into Windows if it's absolutely necessary. Ubuntu isn't perfect, but I have anxiety attacks trying to use Windows 8. It has its defenders, but even Microsoft admitted it hasn't lived up to expectations. Today they've outlined some changes for Windows 8.1, and they actually look a little promising. Maybe I can finally start using Windows again.

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  3. Tech

    Rumor Mill: Windows 8 Might Be Dropping Windows 8

    Before you get too excited, let me reiterate that this is almost pure rumor at this point, and even if it's true right now, it could change before the next version is released, but Microsoft is reportedly planning on dropping the "metro" design and bringing back the "Start" button for "Windows Blue," as in Windows 8.1. Please let this be true.

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  4. Tech

    Microsoft Disappointed by Windows 8 Sales, Public Disappointed by Windows 8

    Microsoft had pretty high hopes for Windows 8 when it was released last month. Although the stated number of 40 million licenses sold sounds impressive, it reportedly falls below what Microsoft was projecting. They're putting on a brave front by saying upgrades to Windows 8 are outpacing those to Windows 7, but Microsoft is allegedly blaming the makers of Windows 8 PCs for an "inability to deliver." Microsoft shouldn't blame manufacturers for Windows 8's poor adoption, they should blame Windows 8.

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  5. Tech

    Microsoft Accidentally Gives Free Copies of Windows 8 Pro to Pirates

    When it comes to computer software, piracy is a big issue. No matter what measures traditional companies implement to keep pirates out, they'll always find ways to get around them. When a better lock's built, folks just devise new ways to pick it. It's pretty much a fact of life. So it's not surprising that folks have already pirated Windows 8. If anything, it was probably expected. What is surprising, however, is that Microsoft's just unintentionally legitimized pirated copies of Windows 8 Pro through a Windows Media Center upgrade. Oops.

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  6. Tech

    Microsoft, Newegg Reveal Packaging and Prices for Windows 8

    Those of you that subscribe to all things Newegg might've noticed that the online retailer seems to have revealed the standard price of Windows 8 today. We already have the upgrade options and pricing, but for those of us that don't have a recent or legitimate copy of one of the eligible versions of Windows, the standard price is what we'll be subject to if we decide to make the switch to the new operating system. Along with the revealed pricing, Microsoft has released the five flavors of packaging in which Windows 8 will arrive.

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  7. Tech

    Microsoft Pulls an Oprah, Employees Get New Tablet, Phone, and Work Computer

    Microsoft's annual company meeting had a few surprises in store for the tech giant's employees, which is itself kind of surprising given that there are some 90,000 plus of them. You'd think that it'd be hard to surprise that many folks, what with leaks being what they are these days. Even so, that's just what Microsoft did when it announced that all employees would be getting an updated Windows 8 work computer, receiving a Windows Phone 8, and full-time employees also get a Surface RT tablet.

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  8. Tech

    Barnes & Noble’s Next Nook May Run Windows 8, Come Out Next Month

    Not wanting to be outdone by Amazon's fleet of new Kindles, it sounds like Barnes & Noble will strike out in a new direction with their next generation of Nook tablets. According to Digital Trends, B&N plans to announce a new Windows 8-powered Nook at the end of September, which will likely launch alongside the new operating system in late October.

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  9. Tech

    Windows 8 Lets Microsoft Know What You’ve Installed, and It Isn’t Very Secure

    The closer we get to the October 26 release date of Windows 8, the more disappointing news about the new operating system we receive. We've learned that Windows 8 forces you into the tablet-style UI and doesn't boot straight to desktop, and that the operating system requires users to enter a product key to install it, something previous versions of the operating system didn't force users to do. Now, developer Nadim Kobeissi has found that Windows 8 tells Microsoft about everything you install, and doesn't even do it too securely.

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  10. Tech

    Microsoft Has a New Logo for the First Time in 25 Years

    Strong brands don't often change their logos. Recognizing a product at a glance is of utmost importance, so it makes sense that Microsoft has kept the same logo for the past 25 years. During their corporate rise, a solid, unchanging logo meant that everyone knew when something was a Microsoft product. After a quarter of a century, Microsoft is changing things up; they've unveiled a new logo.

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  11. Tech

    You Must Enter a Product Key to Install Windows 8, No More Keyless Trial Period

    As we get closer to the Windows 8 official release on October 26, more odd tidbits about Microsoft's new operating system are becoming known. First, we learned that Windows 8 will (at the time of the release, at least) not have an official way to boot straight to the traditional desktop to which we've all grown so accustomed, and will force users to the tablet-style user interface formerly known as Metro before they can access the desktop. Now, with the release of the RTM build, it seems that Windows 8 will require users to enter a product key during installation, essentially removing the 30-day trial period we've all come to know and love.

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  12. Tech

    Report: Microsoft Won’t List Apps that Mention “Metro” in Windows Store

    Not too long ago, we heard that Microsoft is aiming to discontinue use of the "Metro" terminology for its new, tablet-style UI interface that has been available in Windows phones for a while, but will be making its way to the big screen with the release of Windows 8. Now, it would seem Microsoft is ramping up the anti-Metro intensity, going so far as to ban any apps in the Windows Store that mention Metro.

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  13. Tech

    Report: Windows 8 Prevents Booting Straight to Desktop

    If you didn't like the user interface style formerly known as Metro, a new report holds some bad news: With Windows 8, Microsoft will be preventing users from booting straight to the desktop. If true, that means users will have to deal with the tiled Metro UI before they can access a more familiar desktop environment.

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  14. Tech

    HP Continues to Flaunt Unannounced Tablet in Ads

    With the launch of Windows 8 later this year, a series of tablets are also set to come to market utilizing Windows RT -- the version of the software specifically for tablet devices. The Microsoft Surface is the most prevalent of the announced tablets, garnering many comparisons to Apple's iPad. They aren't the only game in town, however. Hewlett-Packard has quietly been teasing images of an unannounced tablet, which almost certainly runs Windows 8, in their ads.

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  15. Tech

    Report: Microsoft to Stop Using the “Metro” Term to Describe the Metro UI

    Even though Windows 8 finally has a release date -- only two months away on October 26 -- and even though its somewhat infamous UI design choice is almost universally known by the name Microsoft has referring to it, Metro, reports have been floating around the web that Microsoft is now backing away from the Metro terminology due to "discussions" with a European company over the name.

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