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Windows 8 Reaches 100 Million Sales, Still Behind Pace

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As Microsoft continues to push Windows 8 on all PC users, it’s interesting to look at the sales numbers for the new operating system. Microsoft just recently announced that they have sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8. Though 100 million sounds like quite a bit of sales, Windows 8 only accounted for 2.3% of the operating system market share when they announced 60 million sales in January. It’s unlikely that they have broken the 5% mark yet. Although PCs are still about as prevalent as they always have been, they are getting a bit of a competition from tablets and other mobile devices. Microsoft has made it obvious with Windows 8 that they’d like to blend the two markets. The Surface is an example of this, blending a laptop with a tablet. Many experts have begun to speculate if the PC market will start to shrink as the tablet market grows. Despite marketing Windows 8 for both markets, it’s notable that the adoption rate for Windows 8 is even below Windows Vista in its release year, another operating system that Microsoft struggled to get to the market. Microsoft has come under fire for forcing their new operating systems on …

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How to Boot to the Desktop And Skip Metro UI in Windows 8

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Windows 8 is known for its tile-d interface, which begins right from the Start screen when the user logs in.While many believe that the glance-and-go model of the new UI is the future, many hate change and the extra steps it requires to get something done. There is no middle ground, you either love the metro UI or you absolutely hate it! But with this simple tutorial, you can now skip the Modern UI completely and directly boot straight to the desktop with a quick trick. This when combined with third–party Start menu applications like “ViStart” or “Start8” eliminates the need to use the Modern UI. Creating the Shortcut to First step is to open a Notepad which is done by pressing the windows Key from the desktop to access Metro and then typing Notepad at the Start screen and hitting Enter. Paste the below text into a new file: Save the file with the .scf file extension. For example, ShowDesktop.scf This is same shortcuts the “Show Desktop” button that was found in the Quick Launch area on Windows XP. Using the Task Scheduler By using the Task Scheduler, the user can set the shortcut to automatically run when the …

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How to Install IIS 8 on Windows 8

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The IIS is one among the first few things a Web Developer using ASP.NET would want to install on the Windows 8. The Internet Information Services (IIS) which was formerly known as the Internet Information Server is a web server software application and has a set of modules created by Microsoft for use with Windows. The IIS 8, is a new version of the IIS is available only in Windows Server 2012 and the Windows 8. IIS 8.0 includes Application Initialization, centralized SSL certificate support, and multicore scaling on NUMA hardware, among other new features How to install IIS 8 on Windows 8 Step 1 To start installing IIS8 in Windows 8, press the Windows + R. A pop up Run box will appear. Type “appwiz.cpl” and press enter. Step 2 The Program and Features window will open up. On the left hand side, click “Turn Windows features on or off”. Step 3 Now click on the Internet Information Services check box. Step 4 If you are a developer, expand the Internet Information Services option and explore the sub- components also. It installs everything that is required to host a website by default but if you are a developer, there …

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4 reasons why Windows 8 is growing on me

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When something new comes out I meet it with healthy curiosity and pure hatred. This is only amplified when the release comes from Micro$oft. My knee jerk reaction to Microsoft releasing a new OS is to ignore it and tell everyone it is terrible after playing with the beta for 30 minutes. Windows 8 is no different in this regard. I eventually come around however. I liked Vista for a brief period because it dazzled me with AeroFx but after a few days of use I soon found myself reinstalling XP. With 7 it was different, I was skeptical for all of two minutes then went running to it like it was a long-lost parent. It is still my favourite OS to this day. I am starting to realize Windows 8 might just be a dark horse. For the purpose of educating myself on the new OS I have been using it for the past week as my primary OS, only going back to 7 for certain programs that I only have installed on it. It’s the small things What makes any piece of software good is an intuitive interface, although what makes it great is the minute details that …

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Nokia Music App for Windows 8 – All You Need to Know

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The Nokia Music app is now available for the Windows 8 and RT devices. It is the first app released and is a full size tablet and desktop version of the already existing Windows Phone app. Users can now listen to their favorite songs while working on the computer or tablet. Nokia Music has a collection of more than 20 million songs. Mike Bebel, head of Nokia’s Music told the Nokia Conversations blog: “When we launched Nokia Music Plus, the improvements were all designed around consumer feedback. What people wanted most were unlimited skips, more offline storage, access to lyrics and the ability to use the service on all of their different devices. This is one step further for service and equally reinforces Nokia Lumia as the smart phone of choice for the Windows 8 ecosystem. Whether you’re at home using a tablet, connected via a PC in the office, or using your smart phone on the move, Nokia Music Plus is there with a sound track to match” The user can create “mixes” by selecting up to three artists of their choice. The mixes are free music streams that are created into a playlist and which is available in …

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Essential Windows 8 Apps for Surface Pro

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The Windows 8 is a new platform and tablets like Surface Pro which have the full Windows experience on a tablet form factor are growing in popularity. Developers are definitely showing interest in these tablets, which can be seen in the Windows Store growth over past few months. Here is a list of essential apps you should have on your Surface Pro or any other Windows 8 tablet.

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How to Access Files From SD Cards and USB Drives in Windows 8 Apps

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There are Windows 8 apps that play music, videos and photo apps, but can only display content when it is stored in the libraries. Windows does not allow users to store media files on an SD card or USB drive. The SD card or USB drive has to be made accessible to overcome this problem. The data has to be stored in a different location in Windows thereby tricking both Windows 8 and Windows RT into allowing the user to add it to the libraries. Create folders It is better to create separate folders for each type of library on the device. For instance to store music, videos and photos create separate folders in these names on the drive. Give the SD card and USB Drive a Path: To make the SD card and USB drive accessible at a different location, the disk management utility has to be used. Press Windows Key + X or right-click in the bottom left corner of your screen to open the power-user menu, and then click Disk Management. In the Disk Management window, locate the removable device that has to be used. Right –click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. On …

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Microsoft updates Mail, Calendar and People in Windows 8, Windows RT

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Earlier today Microsoft announced updates for some core Windows 8 applications which will see bug fixes and some new features. The changes will be available for the Mail, Calendar and People apps with a major focus on speed improvements. These updates are scheduled to happen starting at midnight tonight. Let’s check out some of the new features in each app! Mail app Quite a lot of subtle improvements have been made throughout the app to make it more fluid and zippy. On the features front, the user can now edit and delete hyperlinks as well as edit bulleted or numbered lists easily. Mail filtering has improved tremendously and now the user can search for mail on the servers which will save time. Listed below are a few other improvements made. User can create, rename and delete folders Flag messages and view flagged messages Sync faster and more reliably Smart contact suggestions when composing a message Delete all messages in a folder or mark them as read in one action. Get easier access to search and printing Calendar app A full work week view (Monday - Friday) is now available. The calendar has been updated to sport an intuitive UI and has …

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Twitter for Windows 8 Available Now

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Twitter has been rapidly growing since it was just an in-house communication tool but it’s relationships with third-party products and even “official” apps has been a little rocky as of late – see the rise and fall of Tweetdeck (both the standalone software and the IOS app) if you don’t believe me. So when Twitter for Windows 8 was announced it was with cautious excitement that we approached. Thankfully, it looks like the software is here to stay and it incorporates some features that integrate it more fluidly into the OS than has ever been possible. Windows guys will tell you it harnesses the power of the new operating system – I think Twitter just took clues from previous third-party integration attempts and ran with them. Twitter for Windows 8 Features You’ll Love The first thing you’ll notice is that the Twitter for Windows 8 software utilizes an integrated “Share” charm. This is easily accessible no matter what else you’re doing and allows you (with one click) to share your links, photos, and hate-filled rants flawlessly. There’s no more booting up a third-party application like Tweetdeck or having to log in to Twitter official. Just point, click, and post. The …

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How to fix Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033

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You just got a new Dell computer runing Windows 8, you try to make a system image using the “Windows 7 File Recovery”. After a few minutes you get an Error Code 0×8000033 “Windows skipped backing up your system image because one of the critical volumes does not have enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again.”. I have been dealing with this situation for two weeks with utter frustration until I called Dell spoke to a technician and together we figured out the issue. So I’m about to give you the Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033 fix. The problem happens because the Windows backup software has a rule where any partition 500MB or over must have at least 350MB of free space in order to be backed up. I have only encountered this error on Dell systems because the Dell created partition that is 500MB has less than 350MB free space. The same thing will happen on any other computer running Windows 8 if the same conditions exist so you will need to check the partitions in order to determine if this is the problem causing your error. The solution to this error …

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