• August 30, 2013 30 Aug'13

    Woody Takes "A First, Jaundiced Look at Windows 8.1 RTM"

    I've said it in this blog before, I'm saying it now, and I'll no doubt say it again: Woody Leonhard is a genuine Windows guru, and always has something interesting and informative to say about his ...

  • August 28, 2013 28 Aug'13

    "RTM" doesn't mean "finished" any more...

    That's the substance of a comment posted to a story that appeared yesterday on The Verge, entitled "Windows 8.1 leaks on the web ahead of its October release," which reports that "a localized ...

  • August 27, 2013 27 Aug'13

    Microsoft Windows 8.1 RTM available to PC manufacturers

    Microsoft is right on time. The software giant released its Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT RTM version to PC hardware vendors this week. In a post by Microsoft's Antoine Leblond, the company said ...

  • August 26, 2013 26 Aug'13

    Windows 8.1 RTMs to OEMs on August 23

    OK, so now we not only know that the official release date for Windows 8.1 will be October 17/18, 2013 (4 AM on 10/18 in New Zealand, 10 AM 10/17 in Redmond), but now we also know that last Friday ...

  • August 23, 2013 23 Aug'13

    More on Windows 8.1 Backup (or Lack Thereof)

    My last blog post was entitled "Windows 7 File Recovery Absent from Windows 8.1," and disclosed my discovery that image backup facilities are no longer built into the upcoming Windows 8.1 release ...

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  • August 21, 2013 21 Aug'13

    Windows 7 File Recovery Absent from Win8.1

    As I'm getting to learn the latest Windows 8.1 release from the current Pro Preview version that's available, I've been finding my way into some of its more obscure or random wrinkles. In ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...