Matthew Kelbie asks:
I watched your videos weeks before committing to making a purchase and, despite your advice against buying a Microsoft Surface, I wanted to give it a try. It didn’t work for you, but I thought it might work …continue reading
Matt Wilson writes:
I’m about to purchase a new PC without a touchscreen. Most PCs sold today come with Windows 8 preinstalled. I have not heard many great things about Windows 8. Do you think it would be a good idea to “downgrade” the new …continue reading
For literally my entire life, Windows has been a Start button, a taskbar, and a desktop. And for many people, that’s all the computer has ever been. Now with Windows 8, Microsoft is making consumers learn a whole new experience with no video tutorial or …continue reading
For Windows 8 users on a tablet or touchscreen computer, Picture Passwords are a great way to secure your computer without having to break out the keyboard every time you want to log in. By having the system memorize a few gestures over a photo, …continue reading
If you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of a dedicated Google Maps application for Windows Phone 8, you might be waiting a very long time. In fact, you might be holding your breath equally as long for Google Drive or Gmail.
Clay Bavor, Google’s Product Management …continue reading
Windows 8 introduced us to this very strange window shade that drops whenever you lock the screen. In order to get back into Windows, Microsoft put this little shade between you and the login screen. It might be great for tablets where notifications and other …continue reading
The current buzz spreading throughout Silicon Valley surrounds Windows Blue, an initiative by Microsoft to deliver a low-cost update to Windows that users can purchase at a much lower price than previous Windows versions. In theory, this sounds like a terrific idea as it would …continue reading
It hasn’t been long since the Microsoft Surface hit stores and started being picked apart by every technology pundit and reviewer out there. The dream of a Microsoft-produced computer that ran Windows has been in the back of the minds of many a Windows user …continue reading
By default, Windows 8 does not come with a Telnet client. This is done as a security precaution, though many dedicated Telnet users are left scratching their heads as their beloved built-in command prompt feature appears to be missing at first glance. Don’t worry, though. …continue reading
Adding a printer in Windows 8 is very similar to Windows 7. Unfortunately, this process still isn’t quite automatic, and a number of driver issues (especially with older printers) can present themselves to those switching from Windows XP or older versions of the operating system.
Upgrading your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro is fairly straightforward. What I found to be a little less intuitive is the process for deleting the Windows.Old file that contains old program and operating system data carried over from Windows 7.
This folder …continue reading
I make it a point to search for a new browser around this time each year. It isn’t because I’m particularly fickle about my software choices, but because the major browsers out there are constantly shifting positions in the leader boards.
I’ve used Opera, Firefox, …continue reading
Microsoft has come a long way in terms of making its operating system more accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Unfortunately, a lot of this effort is counteracted by the new type of app being supported by the operating system. How keyboard shortcut friendly …continue reading
Microsoft has made a number of improvements to its File Manager program in Windows 8. While it might seem as though Windows 8 is a step towards abandoning legacy desktop programs, the more critical system tools are still largely dependent on the desktop. When it …continue reading
Microsoft has decided to do away with Windows Live Messenger in favor of its more popular VoIP and IM solution, Skype. This is a wise move, because not only is Skype growing as a popular IM client, but because Microsoft would be competing with itself …continue reading
Dreamtwister2k on YouTube asks, “Does cloning the desktop a create a performance hit? I use Steam Big Picture to play games on my TV with a gamepad (if properly supported). It would be easier for me to set everything up on my desktop monitor rather …continue reading
One common mantra I hear from technology experts and pundits regarding Windows 8 is that it is made for touch, and not for the traditional keyboard and mouse. While I can still navigate through Windows 8 with relative ease with a mouse, the thought of …continue reading
Whether clunky CRT or sleek 23 inch LCD, I have long preferred to operate with multiple monitors. In the Windows 98 days I saw a stockbroker with three monitors on his desk and was instantly hooked. Without knowing exactly what a normal person would do …continue reading
There’s no question that Windows 8 was built with touch in mind. I’ve always assumed from the first time I used it in Developer Preview that Microsoft was looking ahead to a world where traditional desktop computers were a thing of the past. Touchscreens and …continue reading
Navigating Windows 8 is a new and somewhat confusing experience, especially for someone who has had only basic experience with operating systems in general. Not everyone will find hot corners and touch gestures appealing. There is still a lot to be said about utilizing clever …continue reading
Microsoft claims that, in the first three days after the release of its new Windows 8 operating system, over four million copies have already been purchased. The number is impressive, especially considering the fact that the normal user has not had an opportunity to see …continue reading
In Windows 8: a Beginner’s Guide for the Bewildered — Part 1 of 3 and Windows 8: a Beginner’s Guide for the Bewildered — Part 2 of 3, we covered some of the aspects of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and …continue reading
The Start screen makes launching Windows programs a very different experience. Where we would once navigate through a list and have immediate access to a variety of tools and launch options with a right-click, the experience has changed significantly. That doesn’t mean these advanced options …continue reading
Ready, set, go! The new, extraordinary, long-awaited Windows 8 is now ready for purchase and download. In fact, even the installation disks are ready to be directly ordered from Microsoft. Of course, all of this hype is Microsoft placing the majority of its eggs into …continue reading