• August 19, 2013 19 Aug'13

    "Run as Administrator" Adds to WinDirStat File Visibility

    I've written repeatedly about a great, free SourceForge utility called WinDirStat for this blog over the years. But just this morning, I learned something about the program I didn't know -- namely ...

  • August 14, 2013 14 Aug'13

    Lawsuit against Microsoft adds insult to Surface RT injury

    If I owned Microsoft stock I would be none too pleased right now. Microsoft was slapped with a class action suit this week by New York-based law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP on behalf ...

  • August 14, 2013 14 Aug'13

    Win8.1 GA Set for October 17/18, 2013

    Score one for the Russian rumornets: Ed Bott has just reported that Windows 8.1 will go into general availability (GA, open to the general public) release at 12 AM in New Zealand (which Mr. Bott ...

  • August 12, 2013 12 Aug'13

    New tile-based MS web page acts like "event ticker"

    Microsoft's brand-new " the Numbers" page presents a Modern UI tile-based interface to visitors and tracks counts of all kinds of interesting facts and trivia about the company. Here's a ...

  • August 09, 2013 09 Aug'13

    Rumor: Build 9477 Represents "escrow stage" for Win8.1, Sent to OEMs for Testing

    No matter how long I work with Windows stuff, I always keep learning something new. This morning, I picked up a rumor trace from Win8China, courtesy of ("Windows 8.1 build 9477 ...

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  • August 07, 2013 07 Aug'13

    Dustin Ingalls posts on Win8.1 Security Enhancements

    Group Program Manager for Windows Security and Identity Dustin Ingalls recently posted an interesting item to the Windows for your Business blog, in the wake of his attendance at the Black Hat ...

  • August 05, 2013 05 Aug'13

    MS Stores: What You See Is NOT All You Can Get

    My nine year old son, Gregory, is suffering from techno-lust. He wants to buy a an XPS 27 Touch, a Dell 27" All-in-One touchscreen PC that comes with Windows 8 pre-installed, along with 8 GB RAM, a ...

  • August 02, 2013 02 Aug'13

    Desktop admin jobs hit with mobility responsibilities

    As application access is changing from desktop to mobile, so are the jobs of traditional desktop admins.

  • August 02, 2013 02 Aug'13

    Windows 8.1 OEM Release Scheduled before End of August '13

    Although the exact date isn't yet known, the OEM release for Windows 8.1 is likely to occur during the final week of the month. Given that the 26th of August is a Monday, it's not impossible that ...

  • August 01, 2013 01 Aug'13

    Can Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview entice business users?

    Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on the heels of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview updates.

  • July 29, 2013 29 Jul'13

    Compelling Win8.1 Feature: Device-Friendly App Development

    Though Windows 8.1 offers some very nice features and functions -- and in some cases, ones that are absolutely vital (as with a reworked Start menu, and improved desktop access) to any hopes the OS ...

  • July 29, 2013 29 Jul'13

    Lines between tablets, notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs blur

    How does a tablet differ from a notebook or an ultra-mobile PC? Here's how to determine which is which.

  • July 26, 2013 26 Jul'13

    Tweak Win8.1 UI, or Switch to Start Replacement?

    I am a big fan of Ed Bott's ZDNet blog posts, which often deal with Windows topics, under the general heading of The Ed Bott Report. Earlier this week (July 23) he posted a little gem entitled "The ...

  • July 24, 2013 24 Jul'13

    Now I Know Why There's a Start8 1.17 Beta: For Win8.1

    Anybody who's been reading this blog for the last year knows that I'm a big fan of the $5 Stardock software utility known as Start8. While it's not free (and for those who want to spend absolutely ...

  • July 22, 2013 22 Jul'13

    More frequent versions also means more "rapid update cadence" for Windows 8.1

    Late last week, Microsoft pushed out a batch of new fixes for the Windows 8.1 Preview for x86, x64, and RT versions. This comes about a week after Patch Tuesday, and includes five fixes -- one ...