In just a few short hours, Microsoft will release the Windows 8.1 update. While only an increase of .1 to the version number, that doesn’t accurately reflect the size of the update.  Initially the general availability of Windows 8.1 was going to be the first chance everyone had to play with...
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  • Windows 8 Refresh you PC feature

    We all know Windows machines, well computers in general, slow down after a while with all the crap we install. Microsoft have a great new solution coming in Windows 8 to solve this issue. Refresh your PC will return your computer to it’s out of box experience, however your...
  • Windows 8 to improve multi-monitor support !

    Multiple monitors is a must-have setup for a lot of people these days. While Windows 7 made improvements to supporting multiple screens with shortcuts like Windows key + P, Windows 8 will go even further. Above you can see a desktop stretching across both dual displays. Even better is...
  • Windows 8 store, selling apps just got real easy

    The Windows 8 Store was just demo’d during the Build Keynote with some very interesting details. If your a developer, pay attention, you’ll like this. The Windows 8 Store is similar on the back-end to the Windows Phone application developer portal. Sign in with your account, submit your app,...
  • Windows 8 ‘Charms’

    See that toolbar on the right ? Microsoft have finally announced an official name for it. Charms is the cross-application toolbar for Windows 8. The demo during the Build keynote showed the Search feature at the top, but other options include sharing, returning home with the start button, accessing...
  • Windows 8 developers now spoilt for language choice

    Developers will now be spoilt for choice when developing full screen, native apps for Windows 8. Sinofsky insisted that what we see in Metro-style apps is Windows, not a layer on top. Essentially developers can build Windows 8 apps using any language they know to create apps. Visual Studio...
  • Windows 8 introduces Picture Password login

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    The countdown is on. Microsoft is set to reveal all the juicy details of Windows 8, when the first Build conference gets underway at 2AM AEST tomorrow morning. Thanks to posts from Steven Sinofsky on the Build Windows blog, together with videos from Microsoft we already know a few...
  • Will Skydrive’s unlimited photo storage kill Flickr ?

    Liveside reported a couple of days ago that they “recently learnt that Microsoft will soon offer unlimited photos and Office documents storage on SkyDrive Wave 5. This move could have widespread ramification for a number of businesses, especially if they get Live Sync integrated. Everyone from Dropbox to Flickr...
  • Windows 8 insanely fast boot-up times thanks to UEFI.

    Instant-on computing is quickly becoming a saleable feature, at least Microsoft thinks so. Microsoft have released a video demonstrating a Windows 8 laptop cold booting in a few seconds. Instant-on is one of the impressive features of the popular tablet market, but in reality, what we see here on...
  • Windows Explorer gets the ribbon treatment in Windows 8

    We all knew this was coming right ? The famous office ribbon UI was first introduced in Office 2007, then made its way to default applications in Windows 7 like Paint and WordPad. Naturally in the next version of Windows, Microsoft is extending the reach of the ribbon even...
  • Quad-core Windows 8 slate has, you guessed it, heat vents

    Microsoft Tech Ed conference in Australia is next week (expect lots of coverage right here), but this week its New Zealand’s turn. Turns out Microsoft spilling the beans on some brand new products. Smarter Geek is reporting that during a session titled ‘WCL101 Come and see the latest and...
  • Windows 8 file copy will be grouped and have pause/resume

    Microsoft have slowly been releasing videos about Windows 8 in the lead up to their Build conference in September. Today we got video #3 which shows off some changes in how file copying will by improved in Windows 8. Alex Simons, Director of Project Management on the Windows &...
  • Windows 8 UI revealed! Borrows WP7’s metro UI

    Image source: Engadget President of the Windows division at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky has just revealed a new touch interface for Windows 8. At the D9 conference in the US, Sinofsky showcased Windows 8 features for the first time. The interview with Walt Mossberg revealed many interesting new developments for...
  • Windows Explorer getting the ribbon treatment in Windows 8

    Microsoft expert Paul Thurott has published information regarding upcoming changes in Windows 8. While there’s been a number of leaks regarding Windows 8 emerging over the past couple of weeks, they are often leaks that are difficult to verify. While there’s likely to be changes before the release of...

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