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    Microsoft prices Windows 8.1

September 19, 2013 - 10:00 GMT

Last Tuesday, in a blog post on Microsoft's Windows.com website, Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc announced Microsoft's Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 Review - Small improvements fix some annoyances

August 10, 2013 - 23:50 GMT

In this two page article I look at the preview of Windows 8.1 and look at what Microsoft decided to update or change in comparison to the current Windows 8.

    Download and Install Windows 8.1 Preview

June 26, 2013 - 20:15 GMT

Today at the Build 2013 in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 Preview.

    Disable Windows Automatic Maintenance

June 14, 2013 - 15:00 GMT

Windows 8 includes an automatic maintenance routine designed to run in the background with limited user interaction and minimal impact to performance and energy efficiency. If you want to disable the automatic maintenance (for example if you are running Windows 8 in a virtual environment) you'll have to change some file permissions to be able to do so successfully.

    Check Your Mobile Device's Battery Health

May 29, 2013 - 11:45 GMT

Like Windows 7, Windows 8 includes a command that let you view details on your computers power usage including details on your computer's battery. The Windows 8 command will show you even more details if you are running on newer hardware.

    Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Update Free for Existing Windows 8 Customers

May 13, 2013 - 15:25 GMT

Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Windows division CFO Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as 'Windows Blue' will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.

    A First Look at Windows 8 "Blue"

April 10, 2013 - 15:30 GMT

In this two page article I take a look at the leaked 9364 Build of Windows 8 "Blue" and note some of the small improvements Microsoft seems to be making (mainly to the new 'Modern UI' interface).

    Managing Windows 8 Networking

March 29, 2013 - 17:30 GMT

In this two page article I look at Windows 8 networking an sharing options including managing Wireless networks.

    Optimize Windows 8 for use with a Solid State Drive (SSD)

January 30, 2013 - 14:00 GMT

Microsoft got most things right with Windows 8 and Solid State Drive's (SSD drives have been around for a few years now). So while you don't have to employ all kinds of 'tricks' to get the most out of your SSD drive, you may still benefit from some tips, especially when it comes to saving some disk space (which can come in handy on smaller size SSD drives).

    Missing the Start Menu in Windows 8? Updated February 20, 2013 Feb. 20, 2013

January 7, 2013 - 09:30 GMT

In the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Microsoft had a registry setting that allowed you to switch off Windows 8 'Metro' Start screen. This would also enable the 'classic' Windows 7 Start menu. Microsoft took this option away in the Consumer Preview and has not added that simple trick back to the release version of Windows 8, so what do we do now?

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Microsoft takes action against tech support scammers

Tech support scams are not a new phenomenon. Scammers have been peddling useless security software for years, tricking people into spending millions of dollars on non-existent computer problems. However, today’s scam artists have added a new twist — using a so-called “technician” to gain access to a person’s computer. These scammers claim to find n..

Microsoft browser ballot option ends after five year deal expires

Microsoft has stopped offering Windows users the browser choice page that it was forced to display five years ago by the European Commission. The page came up after complaints that Windows unfairly encouraged people to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser over alternative options. A statement on the browser choice page still points out that ..

Net overseers hit by phishing attack

Hackers have managed to penetrate the network used by the organisation that oversees the net. Icann, which administers the net's addressing system, said spoofed emails were used to reach an internal network. The attackers used this access to steal lists of contact and login information for people who control some of the net's most popular domains..

Sony hack: White House views attack as security issue

A cyber attack on Sony Pictures that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being seen as a serious national security matter, the US says. A White House spokesman said the US believed the hacking was the work of a "sophisticated actor" - but refused to confirm if North Korea was responsible. Sony withdrew The Interview, a new comedy f..

Bringing down Sony was frighteningly easy

The average company is one bad click, misplaced password or disgruntled employee away from getting hacked. At Sony Pictures, the company basically put out the welcome mat for hackers. Leaked documents show that Sony employees kept lists of passwords in spreadsheets on their computers. Also, employees kept the Social Security numbers of 47,426 peo..

Microsoft fights government search warrant

Microsoft is preparing to fight a U.S. government search warrant that seeks its customer emails stored abroad. Microsoft's chief counsel Brad Smith and other tech attorneys will explain why the company should not have to comply with a warrant for data hosted at a facility in Dublin, Ireland, in a panel moderated by ABC's Charlie Gibson in New York..

Facebook offers solution to end drunken posts

Facebook is working on software that could prevent users posting unflattering photos of themselves. Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures. It would ask: "Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?" The plan was revealed by the head of Fa..

Canada police 'can search phones' after arrest

Canadian police can search the contents of a mobile phone after arrest, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 4-3 decision, the court said a warrant was not needed as long as the search is directly related to the suspected crime and records are kept. The dissenting judges argued phones were an "intensely personal and uniquely pervasive sphe..

'Sony-pocalypse': Why the Sony hack is one of the worst hacks ever

In a single week, hackers have brought a major Hollywood studio to its knees. Sony Pictures is dealing with more than downed computers and frozen email. Movies have been leaked, and internal documents have exposed private company memos, along with employees' salaries, Social Security numbers and health information. One security researcher, Adrian..

Kenya breaks 'Chinese-run cyber crime network'

Kenyan police say they have cracked a cyber crime centre run by 77 Chinese nationals from upmarket homes in the capital, Nairobi. Police believe they were involved in hacking and money laundering. The group has been remanded in custody for five days to allow for further investigations. The foreign ministry summoned a Chinese diplomat to discuss t..