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  • April 08, 2014 08 Apr'14

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 Is NOT Optional

    Here's an interesting note from Michael Hildebrand's April 7 post to the Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms blog entitled "Exploring Winodws 8.1 Update - Start Screen, Desktop and Other ...

  • April 04, 2014 04 Apr'14

    Are universal apps, Windows 8.1 updates enough to entice IT shops?

    Microsoft unveiled a Windows 8.1 update and vowed to help developers create universal apps that run across Windows devices ranging from phones to Xbox One.

  • April 04, 2014 04 Apr'14

    Installing MSDN's Windows 8.1 Update 1

    When you download the update from MSDN, the first odd thing you'll notice is that what shows up as a result is a ZIP file. Upon expansion, this is what the 64-bit version unpacks into: Update 1 ...

  • April 02, 2014 02 Apr'14

    Win8.1 Spring Update on MSDN

    [Update: 1:40 PM CST after Nadella's Keynote at BUILD ends] The Windows 8.1 Update downloads are now available via MSDN. Here's a screenshot of what's up there, straight from the lastest "New ...

  • April 01, 2014 01 Apr'14

    Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?

    There are many reasons why the Windows XP lifespan lasted longer than those of most operating systems. Our columnist looks at three major reasons.

  • March 31, 2014 31 Mar'14

    Curious About the Win8.1 Spring Update? Take a "Guided Tour!"

    With the Microsoft Build conference teed up for next week, and the Spring Update to Windows 8.1 timed to more or less coincide with that event, I'd have to guess at least some readers are curious ...

  • March 24, 2014 24 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Administrivia: Accessing .mobi files with Kindle

    I saw with some interest this morning that Paul Thurrott is nearing completion of his Windows 8.1 Field Guide, a real e-book bargain at a mere $2 (though the actual amount you pay is up to you, and ...

  • March 19, 2014 19 Mar'14

    MVA Releases Video Series "Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start"

    Through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, the company has released the complete set of videos from its recent Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start, free to anybody who wants to look them over. Here's a ...

  • March 12, 2014 12 Mar'14

    Who Knew? Win8.1 Automatically Enables WBF-compliant fingerprint scanners for login

    In January of this year, I purchased a very nice Stylistic Q704 Tablet PC from Fujitsu's online store. The unit shipped with Windows 7 installed, but I immediately upgraded to Windows 8.1 on the ...

  • March 10, 2014 10 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update Files "Leak"

    Although I missed this particular boat last Thursday, it seems that files for the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update (apparently to be called the Spring 2014 Update) appeared online by mistake that day. ...

  • March 07, 2014 07 Mar'14

    More on Windows 8.1 with Bing

    Russian leaker WZOR scores one more time, and scores BIG, with his disclosure of the documentation from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 Update 1, which says the following ...

  • March 07, 2014 07 Mar'14

    Windows XP migration tools help IT ward off upgrade hassles

    The OS still has some hardcore supporters, but Windows XP migration tools can help pave the way for users to access legacy Web-based data and apps.

  • March 05, 2014 05 Mar'14

    Win8.1 Update 1 Released to Mfgrs (RTM)

    According to sources that include Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and others, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been released to OEMs, a milestone usually abbreviated as RTM (for "release to manufacturing" or ...

  • March 04, 2014 04 Mar'14

    Microsoft licensing changes with standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade

    Microsoft launched a standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade SKU, but is it a true value or simply a way to lure IT pros to Windows 8?

  • March 03, 2014 03 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?

    The Web's been abuzz with rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 that could be offered as an "upgrade" to Windows 7 users who might otherwise be disinclined to migrate to Windows' ...