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Windows 9 features should include a Windows Start menu

After looking at Windows 8.1 for hints and speculating about Windows 9, our columnist makes his OS wish list. It includes features such as a proper Windows Start menu and cloud file-sharing integration.


What we did this summer: Top 10 Windows, Office stories

Microsoft desktop news didn't slow down this summer; see our top 10 articles on Windows 8 and its predecessors, Office 2013 features and more.


Back up Windows 8 systems with bootable USB images

Do you have more install or diagnostic environment images to manage than physical UFDs? Learn how to back up and restore bootable USB device images.


Windows 8.1 may hint at Microsoft Windows 9 features

Windows 9 is coming sooner than you think, but will it have the Windows 8.1 Start menu and improved management and security features? Our columnist weighs in on the future of Microsoft operating systems.

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