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July 12, 2013  1:15 PM

2-Part PowerShell Jump Start Series Kicks off Next Week



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Microsoft regularly offers one- and two-day Jump Start seminars through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Shortly, the first of a two-part series on the outstanding PowerShell OS scripting language will get underway. This is a very worthwhile toolset for network and systems admins, to the tune...

July 10, 2013  3:23 PM

Big Patch Tuesday Comes and Goes



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Wow! I'm seeing lots of activity as per yesterday's (July 9, 2013) Patch Tuesday. My Windows 7 machines report 30 updates, and my Windows 8 machines 28. Here's the breakdown:


July 9, 2013  12:22 PM

Windows 8.1 RTM availability revealed



Posted by: Diana Hwang
Desktops

The forthcoming latter half of the year will see lots of new systems based on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. Microsoft will ship the RTM version of Windows 8.1 to OEMs by the end of August, just in time to get the operating system on to a host of new products slated for the fall,...


July 8, 2013  12:22 PM

Dang! Windows 8.1 Smart Search Has a Dark Side



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I'd noticed the stories last week about how the Bing Ads platform is integrated into the new Windows 8.1 Smart Search capability, but I didn't really understand what this means until I ran across a very interesting InfoWorld story from long-time Windows maven Woody Leonhard this morning....


July 5, 2013  4:33 PM

Installing Windows 8.1 gives you time for lunch



Posted by: Diana Hwang
Desktops

If you’re thinking of trying the new Windows 8.1 preview Microsoft released last week, make sure you leave a good 1.5 hours to perform the install. Watch something you DVRed, read a book or catch up on your email from your smart phone or tablet because you’ll be doing a bit of waiting. Now,...


July 5, 2013  10:45 AM

Touch mouse, trackpad drivers gain more oomph in Win8.1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Here's an interesting story from the Synaptics news archives vis-à-vis Windows 8.1 "Touch and Gesture Performance is Further Enhanced with Windows...

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July 3, 2013  4:44 PM

Hey! Hey! Win8 Marketshare Finally Surpasses Vista’s



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Take a quick look at these numbers from NetMarketShare's Desktop Operating System Market Share graph for the period through the end of June, 2013. Though XP (37.17%) and 7 (44.37%) are still way out in front, Windows 8 (5.1%) finally overtops Vista (4.62%). The next step up, howerver  -- as the...


July 3, 2013  4:23 PM

MeasureUp Becomes “Official Practice Test Provider” for VMware



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Last week, long-time practice test developer MeasureUp (now a part of Pearson, by way of VUE, by way of Certiport)

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July 1, 2013  11:37 AM

Smart Search Provides Big Boost to Win8.1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

With the update/install process behind me now on a couple of laptops (2/3s of my Windows 8 test machine bench), I'm starting to find my way into the latest OS release from Microsoft. What's struck me most forcibly -- and favorably -- so far is its new so-called "Smart Search" capability. It used to...


June 28, 2013  10:53 AM

Methods for Installing Windows 8.1 Preview



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

OK, so I've gotten far enough into the Windows 8.1 Preview that I've learned about two different ways to get hold of the software and run it on a test (or other) PC. On the one hand, you can find an online source (such as MSDN or the

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