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Windows 8 Now Has 115,000 Apps For Download – New Record High

According to figures by MetroStore Scanner, an unofficial monitoring service that tracks changes to Microsoft’s AppStore, Windows 8 users now have access to 115,000 Metro Apps via the Microsoft App Store. The vast majority of these…

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Windows 8.1 RTM Shown Off In Leak Video

The Windows 8.1 RTM version is now available and has been sent to Microsoft’s hardware partners. Somewhere along the way a user has managed to get a chance to make a video about the Windows 8.1…

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 RTM Is Released To Partners

After bringing you the news yesterday that the final build of Windows 8.1 RTM was believed to be complete, Microsoft has now confirmed the official release of Windows 8.1 RTM to its hardware and software partners.…

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Windows 8.1 RTM Now Complete, Build 9600 Is Final

At the BUILD 2013 conference Microsoft told developers that the Windows 8.1 OS would reach the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) version in August. Microsoft has remained relatively tight-lipped of what the final RTM version will bring.…

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Lenovo Start Bundling Third Party Windows 8 Start Menu With Systems

According to TechPowerUp Lenovo has taken a drastic move with its Windows 8 systems to keep end users happy. Lenovo is the first major PC OEM to start bundling third-party Start Menu emulation software with its…

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AMD Clarifies Direct X 11.2 Will Be Supported By HD 7000 Series

A few days ago we brought you the news that AMD’s HD 7000 series wouldn’t support Direct X 11.2, at least not straight away, due to driver issues. The story apparently had some truth in it…

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Microsoft Clearing First-Gen Surface Inventory For Surface 2 October Launch

A Digitimes report states that Microsoft is currently on a aggressive clearance of first generation Surface stocks. Microsoft has attempted to boost sales by dropping the price of its Surface Pro by $100 in North America…

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HWBot Update Windows 8 Submission Rules, Exemptions To Ban

On the back of HWBot recently announcing a blanket-ban for all Windows 8 submitted scores due to an RTC exploit they have now updated the ban with some exemptions and clarifications. Christian Ney, head of moderation, has…

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AMD HD 7000 Series Doesn’t Fully Support DirectX 11.2, Driver Issues To Blame

AMD Graphics Cards based on the first generation GCN architecture have apparently encountered problems with operating the Direct X 11.2 API according to Heise.de. The Sea Islands and Southern Islands families of GPU currently makes up…

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HWBot No Longer Accepts Windows 8-based Submissions

HWBot recently announced that it will no longer accept submissions of benchmarks records from the Windows 8 operating system. HWBot discovered that the way Windows 8 handles the Real Time Clock (RTC) potentially compromises the veracity…

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Windows 8.1 Launches in 60 Days

According to Softpedia Windows 8.1 will now launch in just 6o days. This means we should see Windows 8.1 on October 18th 2013. The new OS is actually just a rather large core update for Windows…

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Microsoft Brings Animated Start Screen Backgrounds To Windows 8.1

According to Softpedia Windows 8.1 will come with animated start screen backgrounds. These animated Start Screen backgrounds are not currently available on the Windows 8.1 Preview but will be made available on the Windows 8.1 RTM…

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Nokia’s Windows 8.1 Tablet Due In September

Nokia have been one of the strongest promoters of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system despite it being received relatively poorly by mobile consumers. Despite that Nokia is a brand that remains very loyal to Microsoft and…

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Microsoft Says It Has No Intention Of Abandoning Windows RT

Windows RT has been surrounded by crisis talks of late as vendors like Samsung, Acer and ASUS have all more or less dropped, or plan to drop, the ARM-based Windows operating system. Microsoft on the other…

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Microsoft Says Windows 8.1 Boot To Desktop Will Be Obsolete

Microsoft believes that the Windows 8.1 Boot To Desktop option will soon become obsolete for Windows 8(.1). On desktops and office PCs many users had very few uses for the Start Screen, while on Tablets and…

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Analysts Urge Microsoft To Cut Price Of Windows Operating Systems

As the decline of Windows in the global computing market continues to accelerate research firm Canalys has said that it believes Microsoft needs to lower the price of Windows to compensate. Their latest figures revealed a PC…

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New Figures Show Windows 8 Has Higher Market Share Than Expected

  Recent figures have shown that Windows 8 experienced very slow growth in July – managing to only amount to 5.42% market share. However, the latest figures provided by StatCounter provide a different picture. They claim…

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One In Three Windows 8 Users Downgrade To Windows 7 Says Report

A report by Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite.com has revealed some interesting things. He estimates from his data and calculations that there are approximately 88.5 million Windows 8 users out of 1.5 billion PCs – so roughly 6% of…

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ASUS Will Avoid Windows RT For Now According To Chairman

In an interview with AllThingsD the ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih stated that ASUS would be avoiding the Windows RT operating system because he didn’t see that the platform had the ability to be successful. He said…

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Windows 8.1 Features Improved Malware Resistance And Data Protection

At this week’s Black Hat 2013 conference Microsoft has been busy explaining some of the newest security features for its Windows 8.1 Operating System. Microsoft is trying to push Windows 8.1 to the business community and…

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Windows 8 Experiences Slowest Rate Of Growth In July

Windows 8 experienced a bit of a boost last month with the release of the Windows 8.1 preview but now that all the excitement has died down a bit the latest current OS from Microsoft has…

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Analysts Say Many Windows XP Users Will Use Past Retirement Date

With 37% of worldwide desktop computers running Windows XP at the last count, what Windows XP users choose to do when the operating system is retired on April 8th 2014 is very important for the PC…

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Microsoft Offers $150 Discount On Surface RT

Microsoft has announced a rather large discount on the Surface RT tablet on their website. The discount sees $150 knocked off the Surface RTs with new prices of $349 (down from $499.99) for the 32GB Surface…

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Windows 8.1 Preview Causing Battery Life Problems For Some Users

As expected the Windows 8.1 Preview is filled with bugs and things that need fixing, which is totally expected given it is still in reasonably early stages of its development. The consumer release preview is of…

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Windows 8.1 RTM Will Be Ready By August

According to the Windows Blog the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of the Windows 8.1 operating system will be released in early August giving OEMs and partners a chance to tweak and tune the Windows 8.1 operating…

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Microsoft Removes Windows Experience Index From Windows 8.1 Preview

According to Softpedia and McAkins Online, the Windows 8.1 Preview drops the Windows Experience Index benchmarking software. Anyone using the Windows 8.1 Preview will probably have noticed this. It is interesting that Microsoft have decided to…

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Direct X 11.2 Confirmed As Windows 8.1/Xbox One Exclusive

About a week back we brought you some early information that suggested Microsoft’s Direct X 11.2 would be a Windows 8.1 and Xbox One exclusive. Now a recent update on the Microsoft website has confirmed this…