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The Metro hater's guide to the Windows 8.1 Preview

Are you a desktop diehard? If you've got no use for the Start screen and Metro-style apps, I have some good news for you. Windows 8.1 has a handful of interface tweaks you can make that will put the Windows desktop back in charge. Here's what you need to do to make the preview work like Windows 7 (almost).

"Enterprise fanboys" push back on TechNet subscription shutdown

Microsoft's sudden decision to shut down its TechNet subscriptions isn't sitting well with some IT pros and trainers. A new online petition has passed 5000 signatures, and some longtime Microsoft supporters are wondering whether the company is giving up on one of its most strategic assets.

Microsoft pushes out a handful of fixes for Windows 8.1 Preview

It looks like Microsoft wasn't kidding about their new "rapid update cadence" for Windows 8.1. A new batch of updates for the preview release arrived yesterday via Windows Update, including a much-needed fix for Twitter and other apps that had noticeable scrolling problems.

Everything you need to know about the Windows 8.1 Preview (FAQ)

You've got Windows 8.1 questions. I've got answers. What's the best way to install Windows 8.1? Can it be uninstalled? What's new, what's changed, what's missing?

The missing pieces from the Windows 8.1 preview

Windows 8.1 is chock-full of new features, but the preview is not a zero-sum release. Microsoft left out a handful of interesting features that had been included in Windows 8, and it also slashed functionality from some features. Here's a list of what's missing.

Five things every TechNet subscriber needs to do before time runs out

The hands-down best deal Microsoft ever offered is about to shut down. The TechNet subscriptions service will continue for a little more than a year, but some important deadlines are coming up fast. Here's what you need to know.

Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

One of the best software deals around is about to be retired. Microsoft announced today that after 15 years it will shut down its TechNet subscriptions service in 60 days. Microsoft has other, similar programs, but none are as generous as TechNet.

With Windows 8.1, can Microsoft get its mojo back?

Microsoft has just delivered a public preview of its first "rapid release" update. The company has something to prove with Windows 8.1 and some very important questions to answer. Can the company turn around a slow PC market, convince consumers it's cool, and pry businesses away from Windows 7?

Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 preview

It's not just a service pack. Windows 8.1 is filled with dozens of significant improvements, large and small, that improve its usability. The built-in apps also get some major upgrades and additions. Is this enough to silence the skeptics?

As the Do Not Track standard unravels, privacy alternatives emerge

The W3C standards body responsible for developing the Do Not Track standard is lurching toward a final document, roughly 18 months behind schedule. The likelihood that a useful standard will emerge is small, leading one Mozilla-backed group to develop its own set of tougher privacy controls.

Don’t let NSA paranoia destroy your productivity

There's an awful lot of paranoia going around these days. But the biggest threats to your privacy don't come from the NSA or the FBI. They come from private companies building massive databases to track your movements. Here's a sensible set of strategies to minimize privacy risks.

U.S. government loosens gag order on security-related data requests

In response to stories about widespread spying by the NSA, some giant tech companies asked the government for permission to disclose more details about national security orders. The government has now granted those requests, with significant restrictions that have Microsoft and Google agreeing they don't go far enough.

How did mainstream media get the NSA PRISM story so hopelessly wrong?

Last week's bombshell stories by The Guardian and The Washington Post accused some of the biggest names in tech of willingly working with the NSA to give up your data. It now appears that those stories misread the technical details and got the story wrong.

A hands-on look at Microsoft Office for the iPhone

At long last, Microsoft has released a version of its Office suite for iOS. The new app targets the iPhone and closely resembles the Office app that’s built into Windows Phone 8. Here's what you'll find in the new app, which is available from the App Store immediately.

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is aiming squarely at mobile devices

Don't obsess over the Start button. In a world where desktop PCs are becoming dinosaurs, the real goal of Windows 8.1 is to get Microsoft's operating system onto mobile devices.

Google asks the U.S. to lift gag order on national security requests

In an open letter to the United States Attorney General and the director of the FBI, Google’s Chief Legal Officer says that the government-ordered nondisclosure agreement on legal demands for information is “fueling speculation” and that claims made in the press are exaggerated.

The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism

A bombshell story published in the Washington Post this week alleged that the NSA had enlisted nine tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, in a massive program of online spying. Now the story is unraveling, and the Post has quietly changed key details. What went wrong?

Eight changes I'd like to see in Windows 8.1 (but probably won't)

When Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 later this year, it will include a slew of usability changes designed to address user complaints. I've put together my own list of small changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable. Maybe they'll make it into Windows 8.2 next year.

Microsoft says Outlook is coming to Windows RT this year

In an announcement at the Computex trade show, Microsoft executive Tami Reller announced that the upcoming Windows 8.1 update will include a welcome addition for Windows RT: Microsoft Outlook 2013.

New usage stats show Windows holding steady as PC sales drop

The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that the PC market might be slowing, but it's not changing much. Windows 8 is growing its share as people replace their old PCs, and despite vocal threats, no one appears to have replaced their Windows PC with a Mac or Linux.

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