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Windows 8

  1. Microsoft’s Skype Universal Speech Translator Looks Like the Next Best Thing to a Ride in the TARDIS

    But what if I say, "Veni, vidi, vici"? Does it speak Celtic?

    We may never invent a psychic time travel box that can help us understand any language immediately like the TARDIS, but the translation capabilities Microsoft just demonstrated for Skype might be the next best thing.

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  2. Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 With New Video Preview, Continues to Pique My Interest

    Windows 8.1 actually looks like a pretty solid improvement on Windows 8 in this new video by Microsoft.

    At the risk of sounding optimistic about a Windows 8 release, I'm kind of optimistic about Windows 8.1. It looks like it addresses most of the things that I truly, deeply, and passionately hate about using Windows 8. Because let's be clear -- I hate Windows 8. They announced some changes last week, and on paper they seemed like good ideas. Today they released a video actually showing off some of the new features.

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  3. Windows Announces Some Details About 8.1, Leaves Me Hoping I Can One Day Use Windows 8

    Windows 8 is a complete digital nightmare, but could the changes coming in 8.1 save it? I sure hope so.

    There's no sense in hiding it. I hate Windows 8. My laptop dual boots Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10, but I only boot into Windows if it's absolutely necessary. Ubuntu isn't perfect, but I have anxiety attacks trying to use Windows 8. It has its defenders, but even Microsoft admitted it hasn't lived up to expectations. Today they've outlined some changes for Windows 8.1, and they actually look a little promising. Maybe I can finally start using Windows again.

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  4. Rumor Mill: Windows 8 Might Be Dropping Windows 8

    Before you get too excited, let me reiterate that this is almost pure rumor at this point, and even if it's true right now, it could change before the next version is released, but Microsoft is reportedly planning on dropping the "metro" design and bringing back the "Start" button for "Windows Blue," as in Windows 8.1. Please let this be true.

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  5. Microsoft Disappointed by Windows 8 Sales, Public Disappointed by Windows 8

    Microsoft had pretty high hopes for Windows 8 when it was released last month. Although the stated number of 40 million licenses sold sounds impressive, it reportedly falls below what Microsoft was projecting. They're putting on a brave front by saying upgrades to Windows 8 are outpacing those to Windows 7, but Microsoft is allegedly blaming the makers of Windows 8 PCs for an "inability to deliver." Microsoft shouldn't blame manufacturers for Windows 8's poor adoption, they should blame Windows 8.

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  6. Microsoft Accidentally Gives Free Copies of Windows 8 Pro to Pirates

    When it comes to computer software, piracy is a big issue. No matter what measures traditional companies implement to keep pirates out, they'll always find ways to get around them. When a better lock's built, folks just devise new ways to pick it. It's pretty much a fact of life. So it's not surprising that folks have already pirated Windows 8. If anything, it was probably expected. What is surprising, however, is that Microsoft's just unintentionally legitimized pirated copies of Windows 8 Pro through a Windows Media Center upgrade. Oops.

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  7. Microsoft, Newegg Reveal Packaging and Prices for Windows 8

    Those of you that subscribe to all things Newegg might've noticed that the online retailer seems to have revealed the standard price of Windows 8 today. We already have the upgrade options and pricing, but for those of us that don't have a recent or legitimate copy of one of the eligible versions of Windows, the standard price is what we'll be subject to if we decide to make the switch to the new operating system. Along with the revealed pricing, Microsoft has released the five flavors of packaging in which Windows 8 will arrive.

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  8. Microsoft Pulls an Oprah, Employees Get New Tablet, Phone, and Work Computer

    Microsoft's annual company meeting had a few surprises in store for the tech giant's employees, which is itself kind of surprising given that there are some 90,000 plus of them. You'd think that it'd be hard to surprise that many folks, what with leaks being what they are these days. Even so, that's just what Microsoft did when it announced that all employees would be getting an updated Windows 8 work computer, receiving a Windows Phone 8, and full-time employees also get a Surface RT tablet.

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  9. Barnes & Noble’s Next Nook May Run Windows 8, Come Out Next Month

    Not wanting to be outdone by Amazon's fleet of new Kindles, it sounds like Barnes & Noble will strike out in a new direction with their next generation of Nook tablets. According to Digital Trends, B&N plans to announce a new Windows 8-powered Nook at the end of September, which will likely launch alongside the new operating system in late October.

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  10. Windows 8 Lets Microsoft Know What You’ve Installed, and It Isn’t Very Secure

    The closer we get to the October 26 release date of Windows 8, the more disappointing news about the new operating system we receive. We've learned that Windows 8 forces you into the tablet-style UI and doesn't boot straight to desktop, and that the operating system requires users to enter a product key to install it, something previous versions of the operating system didn't force users to do. Now, developer Nadim Kobeissi has found that Windows 8 tells Microsoft about everything you install, and doesn't even do it too securely.

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