To all the Windows 8 haters out there, we feel your pain! The update might be too little, too late for some, but if you're ready to accept a Win 8.1 fate, our guide will get you started
Sometimes we wonder if Microsoft didn’t actually build a new OS so much as a Frankenstein that its customers could direct years of pent up anger, frustration, and fear onto. For example, just hint that Windows 8.0 ain’t that bad on the Internet, and some Windows users will react as if you keyed their mint ’64 Chevelle Malibu and kicked their dog with your steel-toed boot. To say you’ll get a beat down of YouTube-able proportions is an understatement of people’s rage at Windows 8.0 today.
Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
The third time might just be the charm for Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid
A bigger/sharper screen, the option for beefier specs, and an improved keyboard cover herald Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3. With the new Surface, the Redmond-based company has both tablets and laptops (specifically, the Macbook Air) in their sights.
Not surprisingly, Microsoft is advising against using a registry hack that would allow Windows XP users to continue receiving security updates. Instead, Redmond advises upgrading to a newer OS. If you're finally ready to make the jump, check out today's top deal for Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPEHC23]).
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Registry hack for Windows XP catches Microsoft's attention
Microsoft finally and officially ended support for Windows XP back in April, though not without throwing XP users a bone in the form of one last out-of-cycle security patch for a pretty serious vulnerability affecting most versions of Internet Explorer. However, that was a one-time thing, and now XP users are left out in the cold. Or are they? A registry hack that allows Windows XP to continue to receive security updates is making the rounds, and it's caught the attention of Microsoft.
Steve Ballmer's next chapter may be written on an NBA basketball court
After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has all the time (and all the money) in the world. What will he do with it all? Perhaps buy an NBA basketball team. Word on the web is that Steve Ballmer met with Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of Donald Sterling, to discuss buying the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer is one of several major figures and/or celebrities said to be interested in owning the Clippers.
Many devices preloaded with the free SKU to be unveiled over the coming weeks
Microsoft is now getting very serious about taking the fight to all those low-cost Android tablets and cheap Chromebooks. Hot on the heels of its decision to begin offering OEMs free Windows licenses for building sub-9-inch devices, the Redmond-based tech bellwether on Friday announced a new version of Windows that will be offered free of cost to device manufacturers regardless of screen size.
Some kids grow up wanting a pony, others pester their parents for a dog or fish. So what happens? We all ended up with cats, and now the Internet is filled with various cat-themed memes. That's okay -- we love cats, and we love many of the memes. But what we really wanted growing up was RAM! And lots of it! "Where would we even buy a RAM?," our parents would ask. "At CompUSA!," we'd reply, only to be ignored afterwards. Well, now that we're adults, we can own as much RAM as we want. And what better time with prices being having plummeted over the last decade or so! For example, look at today's top deal for a G.Skill 16GB (2x8GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600 RAM Kit for $141 with free shipping (normally $165 - use coupon code: [EMCPEHH25]). The only thing you need to feed it is data!
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Will Microsoft ever bother to squash this security bug?
There's a zero-day security flaw in Internet Explorer that's been known for at least the last 7 months, yet Microsoft has yet to release a patch. Perhaps it never will -- after all, IE8 is the last version of Microsoft's browser to support Windows XP, which itself is now an unsupported operating system. Alternately, Microsoft might just be having a really tough time with this one -- the Redmond outfit doesn't have a whole lot to say on the matter.
We can all stop shaking our angry fist Bitcoin minters, Litecoin miners, and every other type of virtual coin miner that caused a shortage of AMD graphics cards. Stock is again available, and best of all, prices are back where they should be. Heck, there are even deals to be had. Just look at today's top deal for the MSI R9 280 Gaming 3GB Graphics Card for $200 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [EMCPEHW233]; additional $30 mail-in-rebate).
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