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published January 27, 2014
Microsoft® reportedly will release its next update to Windows® 8.1 as soon as this spring, and leaked screenshots of an upcoming update show an option for users to open Windows® Store apps from the taskbar. Screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1, posted by Russian Web site WZor, show an icon for the Windows® Store app nestled on the taskbar. However, the real functionality of this icon is still unknown. These screenshots do not indicate whether launching a Windows® Store app from the taskbar will actually run the app in the desktop or simply transport you to the tiled Windows® Start screen to run the app.
published January 06, 2014
Fifteen months have passed since the release of the Windows® 8 operating system, and Microsoft ® recently announced that the combined market share for Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1 has finally passed 10%. Met in December, this magical mark was reached with assistance from year-end holiday sales, which showed buys of Microsoft® Windows® 8 and 8.1 surging forward by 1.2% - the largest single-month gain for the Microsoft® mobile-desktop operating system. The biggest loser of the holiday season for Microsoft® was Windows XP®, which lost 2.2% of its share in December 2013. Overall, Windows XP® lost more than 10% of its market share in 2013.
published November 25, 2013
Microsoft Windows® 8.1 was released October 18th for all Windows® 8 users. This major update added some new features including a start menu, the ability to boot directly to desktop mode, more apps allowed to be snapped side-by-side, and improved cross-system search.The lifecycle of this software update, known as Windows® Blue, will be the same as Windows® 8. General support will end January 1st, 2018, with extended support for necessary updates to last an additional 5 years.
published August 26, 2013
The first upgrade of Windows® 8 is expected to be released October 17. Formerly known as Windows® Blue, this release will be free to existing Windows® 8 users from the Windows® Update service and available for purchase on October 18.
published July 15, 2013
Windows® 8.1 promises to bring back a start button to the desktop as one of its new features. However, a preview of the Windows® 8.1 operating system demonstrates a whole different type of start button than the traditional one users have come to know and love. Based on the preview, finding the start button is not an easy task. Once properly located and clicked, this new start button actually opens a Start Screen. From here, users must move their cursors to the left bottom corner to bring forward the actual start button.
published June 05, 2013
The incoming updates for Windows® 8 all have one thing in common - they are old features being brought back to the operating system. The first and probably most expected update in Windows® 8.1, named “Blue”, is the Start button. This handy button was missed by Windows® 8 users, who requested it back from Microsoft®, which complied. Another revision will allow users to apply their desktop wallpaper to the Start background.
published May 03, 2013
Classic Start 8 is faster and even more user-friendly than before with its latest updates adding speed and ease-of-use enhancements to the software application that brings a traditional style start menu to Windows® 8.
published March 28, 2013
Half a year has passed since Windows® 8 was released and there is already word about its successor Windows® 9. The new version of this operating system is expected to hit the marketplace in the Fall of 2014. What it will exactly be comprised of is anyone’s guess. Speculation seems to be centered on improvement of the current touch interface given the fact that mobile devices and tables are becoming more and more popular.