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Microsoft flirting with boot-to-desktop and Start button in Windows 8.1 Blue

Microsoft flirting with boot-to-desktop and Start button in Windows 8.1 Blue

Microsoft will reportedly backtrack on attempts to push the Windows 8 Start Screen front and center, leaks suggest, with the upcoming Windows 8.1 set to include the option to bypass the controversial touch-friendly UI. The so-called "Blue" refresh of Windows 8 will feature the option to boot straight to the desktop mode, sources tell ZDNet, rather than defaulting to the Metro-style interface, a much-requested feature from those not using tablet or touch-enabled PCs.

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Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Microsoft's Windows Blue will launch as Windows 8.1, new leaks suggest, not Windows 9 as some have predicted, with the top-level branding still expected to be Windows 8. The update, tipped to be released to manufacturing this August, will stick closely to Microsoft's existing OS branding, sources tell ZDNet, though as per previous nomenclature around Windows Phone, will make only minor reference to the .1 incremental change.

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You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and while the preview is intended to be used by developers to get their apps up to speed with the new version, it's also available to anyone who wants to get a taste of what's coming. The new version began showing up on devices registered to Microsoft's App Studio program today, the same route by which the company gave pre-final access to Windows Phone 8.1 itself back in April.

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Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Yesterday we saw some of the new features coming to Windows Phone devices by way of the first update to version 8.1. Now we're being given a more detailed look at some of those features, including some that we haven't heard about yet. Primary among this is that Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual personal assistant, will be making her (or its) maiden voyage outside the US, primarily to China and the UK.

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