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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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  11. Microsoft Has a New Logo for the First Time in 25 Years

    Strong brands don't often change their logos. Recognizing a product at a glance is of utmost importance, so it makes sense that Microsoft has kept the same logo for the past 25 years. During their corporate rise, a solid, unchanging logo meant that everyone knew when something was a Microsoft product. After a quarter of a century, Microsoft is changing things up; they've unveiled a new logo.

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  12. You Must Enter a Product Key to Install Windows 8, No More Keyless Trial Period

    As we get closer to the Windows 8 official release on October 26, more odd tidbits about Microsoft's new operating system are becoming known. First, we learned that Windows 8 will (at the time of the release, at least) not have an official way to boot straight to the traditional desktop to which we've all grown so accustomed, and will force users to the tablet-style user interface formerly known as Metro before they can access the desktop. Now, with the release of the RTM build, it seems that Windows 8 will require users to enter a product key during installation, essentially removing the 30-day trial period we've all come to know and love.

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  13. Report: Microsoft Won’t List Apps that Mention “Metro” in Windows Store

    Not too long ago, we heard that Microsoft is aiming to discontinue use of the "Metro" terminology for its new, tablet-style UI interface that has been available in Windows phones for a while, but will be making its way to the big screen with the release of Windows 8. Now, it would seem Microsoft is ramping up the anti-Metro intensity, going so far as to ban any apps in the Windows Store that mention Metro.

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  14. Report: Windows 8 Prevents Booting Straight to Desktop

    If you didn't like the user interface style formerly known as Metro, a new report holds some bad news: With Windows 8, Microsoft will be preventing users from booting straight to the desktop. If true, that means users will have to deal with the tiled Metro UI before they can access a more familiar desktop environment.

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  15. HP Continues to Flaunt Unannounced Tablet in Ads

    With the launch of Windows 8 later this year, a series of tablets are also set to come to market utilizing Windows RT -- the version of the software specifically for tablet devices. The Microsoft Surface is the most prevalent of the announced tablets, garnering many comparisons to Apple's iPad. They aren't the only game in town, however. Hewlett-Packard has quietly been teasing images of an unannounced tablet, which almost certainly runs Windows 8, in their ads.

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  16. Report: Microsoft to Stop Using the “Metro” Term to Describe the Metro UI

    Even though Windows 8 finally has a release date -- only two months away on October 26 -- and even though its somewhat infamous UI design choice is almost universally known by the name Microsoft has referring to it, Metro, reports have been floating around the web that Microsoft is now backing away from the Metro terminology due to "discussions" with a European company over the name.

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  17. Valve Boss Not Optimistic for Windows 8 “Catastrophe”

    It isn't a stretch to say Gabe Newell, head of Valve Software, is no fan of Microsoft's Windows 8. His company has been focusing on bringing their proprietary platform, Steam, to Linux partly because they see only doom and gloom in the future for the PC market. With the newest update, Newell fears that the open nature of the PC will be curtailed in favor of limiting competition from those outside Microsoft.

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  18. Get Windows 8 Metro Interface on Your iPhone, Watch Out For Flying Pigs

    Love it or hate it, the Windows 8 Metro interface sure is something, and it's something Microsoft seems pretty willing to bet the whole company on. If you're in the "love it" camp like I am, I've got good news: You can get the Windows 8 Metro interface on your iPhone. Yes, you read that right. Obviously, it's unofficial, and a bit stripped down, but it's still pretty striking, and it's bound to perplex your friends.

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  19. Upgrade From Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    For those of you who really don't want to have to pay another Windows 7 style ($100+) price for the upcoming Windows 8, well, it won't be free. Sorry. However, if you have any consumer version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99, which is actually a pretty sweet deal (that $100+ you paid for Windows 7 that is allowing you to upgrade to 8 for only $40 notwithstanding) considering Windows 8 looks like it's going to bring about the largest amount of changes between versions of Windows in a while.

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  20. Windows 8 To Cripple Third Party Browsers on Tablets, Mozilla and Google Cry Foul

    Everybody talks trash about Internet Explorer. It's just what you do. And yes, Internet Explorer might not be quite as bad as it used to be, but you'd still be hard pressed to find a loyal fan. Those of us who are loyal fans of other browsers might have something to start worrying about. Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 designed for use on tablets, effectively cripples all third-party browsers, and will force hapless users to go crawling back to IE whether they want to or not. Unsurprisingly, Google and Mozilla are less than pleased, and are making their opinions known.

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