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Microsoft's New "Windows in the Car" Concept Takes on Apple's CarPlay

Microsoft's no stranger to in-car entertainment systems; it's been powering a number of auto-makers' interfaces for years. But now, Microsoft is getting serious about its own, Windows Phone-centric car integration system—and it looks an awful lot like Apple's own CarPlay. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Hands-On: Terrific Tweaks for the Mouse Faithful

Windows 8.1 did a whole bunch to make Windows 8 feel more homey by tweaking tiny fit and finish issues. It worked very well. The next Windows 8.1 update (creatively called "Windows 8.1 Update") is pretty much the same thing all over again, but this time with mouse-users specifically in mind. And after trying it out we can say that once again, little tweaks really add up. Read More >>

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Surprise: The Windows Start Menu is Coming Back

Miss the Start Menu? Well it is coming back. Yes it still has live tiles, but it is back in a way you can recognise, and it roll out to users as an update. Oh and those universal apps
Microsoft is going to start peddling? They'll be available in windows. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 is Getting Universal Apps That Work on Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox One (Updated)

It's a moment we've been waiting for for a long time. No, Microsoft's various operating systems are not merging quite yet, but they're about to get universal apps that work across all devices. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Update: The Return of the Mouse

At today's Build conference keynote, Microsoft officially announced Windows 8.1 Update 1, which is basically a bunch of tweaks for people who want to forgo its touch optimisation and use the OS primarily with a mouse and keyboard. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Bug Breaks Driver and Firmware Upgrade Process

Microsoft has identified a very silly bug inside Windows 8.1, one that means you "...cannot update drivers and firmware" after performing a system restore. There's an update out there to fix it, should you be in the habit of breaking your PC so badly it needs regular system restores via Windows 8's push-button reset tool. [Microsoft via The Register] Read More >>

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Latest Windows 8.1 Update Leaks Onto File-Sharing Sites

Microsoft's latest Windows 8.1 update has hit the web early ahead of its March release, letting those happy to take a punt on an unofficial, torrented version of the update check out what's in store for the divisive operating system. Read More >>

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Report: Windows 8.1 Update May Scrap Tile Interface by Default

Windows 8 is an OS struggling to capture the imagination of the masses, and now rumours suggest that Microsoft may alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Read More >>

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Dear HP: Running From the Future Doesn't Help Anyone

Shiny new computer, shiny new software. The two go hand in hand. Except when they don't. It's one thing to let tech-savvy consumers have the option for a software downgrade if they see fit, but HP's choice to push Windows 7 on consumers by default is another entirely: it's bad, for everyone involved. No one ever came out ahead by fighting against the future. Read More >>

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HP Would Very Much Rather You Buy a Windows 7 PC

HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand"—it's not clear from whom—and making it pretty difficult to buy a computer with Windows 8. Who needs the future when you've got the very recent past? Read More >>

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Windows 9 Could be the Best Thing to Happen to Windows 8

Windows 8 was an incredible change, if not quite incredible. It wasn't until Windows 8.1 that a lot of the kinks were smoothed out. Now, Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming in April, and rumour has it that Windows 9 might be showing up. That's all well and good, but please Microsoft, don't go backtracking on us.
Rumours of a brand new operating system—codenamed "Threshold" and probably synonymous with "Windows 9"—come from the historically well-connected Paul Thurrott, who says the the new OS will be announced this spring, but probably doesn't exist yet in any way, shape, or form. Windows 9, if it is called that, marks a big opportunity for Microsoft, a decision point at which it can stalwartly stay the course, or running screaming back to Windows 7. Read More >>

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Nokia Has an 8.3-Inch 1080p Tablet in the Works

Nokia would appear to be pushing on with development of an 8.3-inch version of the larger Lumia 2520, with spec sheets suggesting an eight-incher with a 1080p display is currently being tested by the company's engineers. Read More >>

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First the Start Button, Now the Start Menu Set For Windows 8 Comeback

Microsoft's Windows 8 OS received a mixed reception upon launch, to put it lightly. Forward-thinking in its touch-focussed features, but alienating to those who wanted a pure desktop experience, Microsoft were forced to make some come compromises to their original vision come the Windows 8.1 update, reinstating the Start Button. And the next 8.2 update could take that one step further. Read More >>

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Apple's iWork May be Free, But It's Just a "Watered Down" Office Says Microsoft

Everyone loves a freebie, and Apple's announcement on Tuesday that the iWork productivity suite was to be offered up for free alongside its overpriced computing hardware brought balance to the Cupertino pricing Force. In Microsoft's eyes however, £Free is about all anyone should be paying for what it calls the "watered down" Office wannabe. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Mouse Problem Is Busting Up Gamers' Frag Counts

The Windows 8.1 problem may have addressed many of the problems users had when delving into Microsoft's tile-filled operating system, but it seems it's also created a whole new batch of issues that are causing headaches for gamers in particular. Read More >>

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Surface 2 Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Behind

The Surface RT was Microsoft's brassy if ultimately flawed to drop a cannonball in the placid, iPad and Kindle-dominated tablet pool. It didn't quite work out. With the Surface 2, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to say "No guys, but really," with a blistering, scary sort of confidence. Read More >>

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