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  • January 29, 2014 29 Jan'14

    Upcoming Win8.1 Update to Reduce Disk & Memory Footprint

    In the past 10 days, rumors about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update have started to circulate with some degree of urgency and plenty of frequency. There are two particularly interest elements in ...

  • January 27, 2014 27 Jan'14

    Interesting Win8.* Results for Endpoint Security Suites from AV-Test

    The latest results from AV-Test, an independent anti-malware and security software testing group based in Magdeburg, Germany, are out. In particular, results for what the site calls "Corporate ...

  • January 24, 2014 24 Jan'14

    Getting Desktops Ready for Windows 8(.*)

    I've just taken delivery of a new Fujitsu Q704 Tablet with a keyboard dock that turns it into a somewhat hefty (4 lbs 12 oz, or 2.175 kg, according to my digital office scale) notebook PC. Although ...

  • January 22, 2014 22 Jan'14

    MS Disk2vhd Gets an Update!

    Anybody who's been reading this blog for awhile knows I have a fondness for helpful Windows utilities of interest to admins, power users, and others who must make Windows behave properly on a ...

  • January 20, 2014 20 Jan'14

    Surface Pro 2 Firmware Updates Start Trickling Out Over Weekend

    Unusually attentive owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 might have noticed a partial, out of band firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 this weekend (Saturday, January 18). Mary Jo Foley reports on ...

  • January 17, 2014 17 Jan'14

    What's Intel's Next Big Thing?

    Tablets, data centers, wearables and more are Intel’s Next Big Thing. In fact new technologies is where Intel intends to place more emphasis as it seeks to capture new sources of revenue and reduce ...

  • January 17, 2014 17 Jan'14

    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Streamlines Win8 Deployments

    Look no further than TechNet for some great input and advice from Microsoft on how to deploy Windows versions -- including Windows 8 or 8.1 -- to user desktops. This week, I re-read an article ...

  • January 15, 2014 15 Jan'14

    Google Bids for the Win8 Desktop in Latest Chrome Release

    My eyebrows rose so far this morning, they almost left my forehead completely. That was my immediate reaction upon reading the headline of Ed Bott's latest opus for ZDnet entitled "Google's latest ...

  • January 13, 2014 13 Jan'14

    Best ways for managing Windows notebook battery life

    My son, Gregory, is in the fourth grade this year, so we're working on his first-ever science project for school. In collaboration with his science teacher, we selected a very interesting topic to ...

  • January 10, 2014 10 Jan'14

    Better Windows 8.1 Tablet Options for Business Use

    In my last blog post, I lamented the high costs that come with some special-purpose (ruggedized) or high-function Windows 8.1 tablets. In this post, I take a look at what's available on the other ...

  • January 09, 2014 09 Jan'14

    Smart wearables and Edison chip light Intel's path

    Intel is looking to light a path into uncharted territory as it unveils reference designs for smart wearables and a new Edison chip. The chip behemoth introduced a number of smart reference designs ...

  • January 08, 2014 08 Jan'14

    Does a Windows Tablet for Business HAVE to Be Expensive?

    All this week, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas, so it's "prime time" for all the PC companies to make product announcements -- especially those that target US markets ...

  • January 06, 2014 06 Jan'14

    Are Windows 8 Tablets Finally Closing in on iPad Territory?

    Over the past three months -- more or less since the release of Windows 8.1 -- I've finally started to see some PC-based tablets that appear poised to give Apple actual competition for the market ...

  • January 03, 2014 03 Jan'14

    MS Quietly Upgrades Surface Pro 2 CPU

    Thanks to Brad Sams at Neowin and Ron G (Editor-in-Chief) at WinBeta, I just learned this morning that MS is building its latest Surface Pro 2 tablets with Intel i5 4300U processors, instead of the ...

  • January 02, 2014 02 Jan'14

    Two Months After GA Release, Windows 8.1 Almost Catches Vista

    Here's an interesting graph from the Market Share Reports for "Desktop Operating System Market Share" at netmarketshare.com. Today, January 2, it shows The Windows 8.1 number at 3.6%, with the ...

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