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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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IDC: Worldwide PC shipments fell 13.9% in first quarter

IDC: Worldwide PC shipments fell 13.9% in first quarter

The IDC reports that worldwide shipments of PCs declined 13.9% in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012. The 13.9% decline is much higher than the IDC expected in its forecast. It states that the decline of PC shipments most likely has to do with the poor reception of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. The IDC also states that Microsoft's hybrid tablet/laptops have seen poor sales due to its high prices and inhibited component supplies.

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Microsoft urges businesses to upgrade from Windows XP

Microsoft urges businesses to upgrade from Windows XP

With exactly one year left before Microsoft cuts off all support for Windows XP, Microsoft is urging businesses who are still running the decade-old operating system to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8. It has also cut off support to Office 2003 today. It has cited a lot of reasons that businesses should upgrade their software, including security risks and lack of technical support if things go awry. It has even offered some nice incentives to upgrading.

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Next-gen Microsoft Office is codenamed “Gemini”

Next-gen Microsoft Office is codenamed “Gemini”

Microsoft's next generation of Office software looks like it's going to be a rebel and not follow Microsoft's new "Blue" codename. The software will instead go by the codename "Gemini", and it will be composed of two waves that will be released over the next two years. The first wave will be released alongside Windows Blue, and will bring updates to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Microsoft’s Windows Store reaches 50,000 apps milestone

Microsoft’s Windows Store reaches 50,000 apps milestone

Microsoft has finally has over 50,000 apps in its Windows Store. According to MetroStore Scanner, there are currently 50,304 apps available from the Windows Store as of today. There have been an average of about 279 apps developed daily in March alone. March is the first month in a long time in which Microsoft saw an increase in app development. Since November, app development had been on a rapid decline.

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