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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Microsoft has received a lot of flack for how it ungraciously retired the Start Menu in Windows 8, but almost every time the topic comes up, there is always word of its return. Now it appears that the day is close at hand and the Start Menu will indeed be returning. But Microsoft isn't so quick to relinquish its investment on the "Modern" paradigm and has chosen instead to mix the two a bit artificially.

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Xbox One finally gets try now unlock later feature

Xbox One finally gets try now unlock later feature

Gamers transitioning from the Xbox 360 to Microsoft's current gen console might have been feeling the painful loss of one of the Xbox 360 store's killer features, but now they need not pine any longer. Microsoft has flipped the switch and now gamers will be able to try a demo of a game and then just pay later for access to the full game. Now if only there were Xbox One games that took advantage of that.

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“Tired traditions will be questioned” at Microsoft with new CEO

“Tired traditions will be questioned” at Microsoft with new CEO

This year Microsoft turned over a new leaf with new CEO Satya Nadella. This week, he began what appears to be a bold new chapter in the history of Microsoft with a manifesto of sorts, one that includes the line "tired traditions will be questioned." He also goes on to note that "nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy."

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Surface Pro 3 update on July 16th to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issue

Surface Pro 3 update on July 16th to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issue

The newly released firmware that many expected to fix Surface Pro 3 Wi-Fi issue wasn't exactly getting it done. According to Microsoft's changelog, The System Firmware Update 7/8/2014 includes an update that improved system stability related to "Wireless network controller and Bluetooth" – However the wireless controller driver built was dated June 3rd, which means it was compiled before Surface Pro 3 shipped and most likely did not contain any fixes to the Wi-Fi issues that were found after it hits end-users.

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