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Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

To make absolute sure you know how advanced Skype has gotten over the past few months, Microsoft has announced this week that Windows 8.1 will come with the app on user start screens right out of the box. This free upgrade to the advanced and essentially remixed bit of operating system will bring about a collection of updates to Microsoft's newest software experience, and now with Skype for Windows 8.1, you'll be presented with a set of apps that's a bit more complete. Or a bit more on-par with Microsoft's vision, you might say.

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Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Microsoft released a public preview version of Windows 8.1 late last month, and it seems things are going well so far. As a result, it looks like Microsoft is ready to set a date for the final version to be sent out to OEMs. The company is planning to push out a final version of Windows 8.1 to PC makers sometime in "late August."

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Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 is, Microsoft claims, the culmination of listening to feedback around Windows 8 and finessing the features users have been most demanding or vocal about. The original version shook up long-standing PC fans, with its Live Tile interface and marginalization of the traditional desktop, but there's more of an attempt to merge the two in Windows 8.1. That's certainly not all the new OS has to offer, however; we caught up with Microsoft to dig through some of the features the company is quietly proud of: read on for our pick of the hidden gems.

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Windows 8.1 download portals appear official (Preview, that is)

Windows 8.1 download portals appear official (Preview, that is)

If you're itching to get a piece of what Windows 8.1 has to offer, the time has arrived - for some users, at least. The restrictions placed on this particular release are centered on MSDN subscribers and TechNet subscribers at this very moment. The public download portal [LINK UPDATED], on the other hand, is not quite open at the moment - but feel free to hit refresh until your monitor sees the big push.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 appears with 5,000 Windows 8.1 APIs

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 appears with 5,000 Windows 8.1 APIs

If you had any doubt that Windows 8.1 would be bringing on a large variety of functionality bits to the developer universe, Microsoft's announcement of Visual Studio 2013 should put all worries to rest. This developer ecosystem allows prospective Windows 8.1 app developers to create new software inside the system itself, bringing on a massive amount of diagnostic tools as well as a 5,000 new APIs for integration with new creations of all sorts.

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Windows 8.1 and the top 9 features you’ll be working with this week

Windows 8.1 and the top 9 features you’ll be working with this week

It's time for the official flip-over to the next generation in Windows computing. Microsoft has taken Windows 8, a touchscreen-friendly operating system and wide-spread release, and have given it an upgrade with a collection of features readied at the hand of requests from the public. This collection of changes will be available to the public imminently, but for now: let's have a look at some of the key points.

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Windows 8.1 download imminent: merging at Miracast

Windows 8.1 download imminent: merging at Miracast

In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will be making Windows 8.1 available for download for all those users out there in the wild that work now with a full version of Windows 8. This release is being tipped as being a bit of a veil for a much larger shake-up to the Microsoft desktop and mobile ecosystem, said to be merging the two into one in a massive undertaking that'll dwarf the many tiny changes to the Windows software family. This isn't just about booting to desktop.

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Windows 8.1 Preview ISO download tipped for June 26th with standard upgrade

Windows 8.1 Preview ISO download tipped for June 26th with standard upgrade

While the basic upgrade to Windows 8.1 (Blue) will be available on the 26th of June, it wasn't known until this week - or tipped, at least - that an ISO download will also be available. This update to the next iteration of Windows will be offered by Microsoft for free to those working with a real-deal standard version of Windows 8. Those hoping to dual-boot regular Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will also be able to do so with this ISO download. UPDATE: Download portals have arrived.

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