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Microsoft: Windows 8 passes 100M license sales, Windows Blue update on the way

Microsoft's Sculpt Mobile Mouse and Sculpt Comfort Mouse have built-in Start buttons, arrive in the coming weeks

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File this under "things we could have sworn already existed." Microsoft just announced two mice, the Sculpt Mobile Mouse and Sculpt Comfort Mouse, and believe it or not, this marks the first time Redmond has made a pointing device with a hotkey for the Windows 8 Start screen. In...
Microsoft's Sculpt Mobile Mouse and Sculpt Comfort Mouse have built-in Start buttons, arrive in the coming weeks
Windows 8 on the desktop—an awkward hybrid

Windows 8.1 Start Button caught in action on video

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Although we have already seen what the Windows 8.1 Start Button will look like, a video has surfaced showing exactly how it will work. As the video embedded below shows, clicking on the Start Button will launch the Windows 8 Start Screen, but this time launching it within the desktop...
Windows 8.1 Start Button caught in action on video
Start button and Start Menu hacks still work in Windows 8 Release Preview
13 Things Microsoft Needs To Fix In Windows 8 (MSFT)

This week at Microsoft: Windows 8.1, Office, and 256 gigabyte Surface Pros

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Happy Friday super troopers, it’s time get busy with our weekly Microsoft roundup. It’s been a slightly light week, with one key event: the large unveiling of Windows 8.1, formerly known as the ‘Blue’ update to the operating system. Aside from that, we have a few statistics and other notes...
This week at Microsoft: Windows 8.1, Office, and 256 gigabyte Surface Pros

Editor's Letter: Windows 8 gets its start back

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In each issue of Distro, Editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. There are times when you need to stay strong, ignore the criticism and do what you know is right. Then, there are some times when the masses are right and listening is the smart...
Editor's Letter: Windows 8 gets its start back

Bend Windows 8 to your will with these free tools

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Suggesting that reviews of Windows 8 have been mixed is a bit of an understatement, but you don't have to take my word for it; Microsoft's bold new operating system is available right now, and if you spend some time with it I wager there are elements of the...
Bend Windows 8 to your will with these free tools

Here comes Windows 8: What's at stake for Microsoft

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Later this morning, at a launch event in New York City, Microsoft will introduce Windows 8 to the world. Tomorrow Windows 8 will debut in stores. This is the biggest change in Microsoft operating systems since the move from MS-DOS to Windows more than 25 years ago, and the...
Here comes Windows 8: What's at stake for Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop

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Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year....
Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop

Windows 8.1 unveiled: Lots of touchscreen tweaks; Desktop users will be dissatisfied

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At long last, and probably in response to the growing number of leaks, Microsoft has published an official "first look" of Windows 8.1 (Blue). As expected, the Start button is making a return (but the Start menu isn't), you can boot straight to the desktop, you can now view multiple...
Windows 8.1 unveiled: Lots of touchscreen tweaks; Desktop users will be dissatisfied

New Start experience? Windows Blue is looking more like Windows Blah

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Those still hoping for a Windows 7-styled Start experience for Windows 8.1--a.k.a. Windows Blue--will apparently be disappointed, according to two new reports filed Wednesday. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott both reported that Windows 8.1 does include both a boot-to-desktop option and a Start button, as previously suspected. But...
New Start experience? Windows Blue is looking more like Windows Blah

TNW Pick of the Day: Fuel Monitor shows drivers exactly how much their trip's costing in real-time

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There really is an app for everything. Some are great and some, well, not so great. But even the great ones can find gaining traction a difficult endeavor, simply because there is so much competition and so many other apps vying for our attention. But the one thing all successful...
TNW Pick of the Day: Fuel Monitor shows drivers exactly how much their trip's costing in real-time

New year's tech resolutions: Best digital practices for 2013

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Losing weight and quitting smoking are resolutions most of us don't keep through January. But there are ways to improve your online security, PC hardware performance and even financial bottom line that require little vigilance and just a few mouse clicks. You don't even need to break a sweat. Yes,...
New year's tech resolutions: Best digital practices for 2013

Blackmagic launches Cinema Camera MFT with Micro Four Thirds mount, sans autofocus, for $3K

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Blackmagic Design has thrown its Cinema Camera MFT into the Micro Four Thirds arena, but it will only work with lenses that have manual iris and focus capability. The shooter is otherwise identical to the original Cinema Camera, with a 2.5k, sub-MFT sensor; CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes and DNxHD capture...
Blackmagic launches Cinema Camera MFT with Micro Four Thirds mount, sans autofocus, for $3K

Windows Blue Rumored to be the Return of the Start Button

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Microsoft's next update to its flagship operating system is codenamed "Windows Blue," or "Windows 8.1," and is anticipated for release later this year. Rumors began circulating today that Windows Blue will reintroduce the classic Start Button that every version of the OS prior to Windows 8 featured. With the release...
Windows Blue Rumored to be the Return of the Start Button
Windows 8.1 Start button shown in leaked screenshots
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Review: Actual Window Manager 7.5 is packed full of features

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The Actual Window Manager ($50, 60-day free trial) includes every imaginable desktop-management feature, and then some. Assuming, of course, that you manage to find your way through the complicated, confusing, and rather unattractive interface. The interface teems with never-ending options and tweaks. Divided into 9 different tabs, Actual Window...
Review: Actual Window Manager 7.5 is packed full of features

Customer satisfaction with Microsoft software declines slightly after Windows 8 launch

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New data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index shows satisfaction with Microsoft software declining slightly this year, falling 1.3 points to a score of 74 on a scale of 100. The result follows the release of Windows 8 last fall, with a new interface that creates a learning curve for...
Customer satisfaction with Microsoft software declines slightly after Windows 8 launch

Windows 8.1 Start button may not offer actual Start menu

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The much-rumored Start button may simply lead users back to the Start screen, sources tell The Verge. [Read more]...
Windows 8.1 Start button may not offer actual Start menu
Help! I've got Windows 8 and I miss my Start menu!

Windows 8.1 unveiled: new apps, new features and the return of the Start button

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More Info Microsoft drops the Blue codename, confirms Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade available later this year Windows Blue screenshot tour Leaked Windows 8.1 build points to the Start button's return How big of an upgrade is Windows 8.1? Put it this way: we just might need...
Windows 8.1 unveiled: new apps, new features and the return of the Start button

How do you shut off Windows 8?

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With no more Start button, shutting down Windows 8 can be a challenge. Here are some steps on coaxing the OS to turn itself off. [Read more]...
How do you shut off Windows 8?

Windows 8.1 gains boot-to-desktop to attract business users

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At TechEd North America today, Microsoft unveiled a host of features coming in Windows 8.1 that should make the operating system more appealing to business users. Windows 8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 that will ship later this year, On top of bringing back a Taskbar-visible Start button, Windows...
Windows 8.1 gains boot-to-desktop to attract business users

Windows 8 UI is dropping the ‘Start’ button

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Microsoft has removed the “Start” menu button from its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, according to a consumer preview released earlier this week. The Start button. which made its debut in the Windows 95 version of the OS, sits on the far left side of the “Live Bar” (see...
Windows 8 UI is dropping the ‘Start’ button

Microsoft's Blue: What will developers do?

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If Microsoft brings back the Start Button and adds a boot-to-desktop option with Windows Blue, should Windows developers still be counting on Metro as their future?...
Microsoft's Blue: What will developers do?
Windows Blue could restore the Start button, boot straight to the desktop
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