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Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

This week the folks at Google appear to have released the full version of the "Chrome App Launcher" for Windows machines. Though you'll only be able to work with this app on Windows 7 and Windows 8 - not RT at the moment - you'll find the functionality to be - perhaps - a bit liberating if you're used to working with Google services on the regular. While this isn't a return to the Start button, by any means, Google does make it easy here to keep you in the fold.

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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 continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

Windows continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

This week the latest NetMarketShare report has been revealed, showing Windows to continue to dominate PC operating system shares in general, with Windows 8 coming up slowly but steadily. In the information presented today, you'll find that back when Windows 8 was released - back at the tail-end of 2012, not that long ago - the one operating system here that did not take a significant downward turn (or continue to lose popularity), was Apple's own OS X. That said, Windows 7's overtake of Windows XP back several months before Windows 8 arrived places it in the coveted "trusted by businesses" category - Windows 8 doesn't seem to have gained that badge quite yet.

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Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

This week we're hearing a whole lot about what Microsoft's first big update to Windows 8 will be doing for the operating system, hearing how this so-called "Windows Blue" will change the company's fortunes for the better. What Windows Blue is, for those that haven't heard of it, is a polishing of the less-then-fantastic bits and pieces of Windows 8, especially where it concerns the operating system's user interface. Have a peek here at several of the finer points that've been leaked in early builds thus far.

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Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

If there's one technological breakthrough China's government thinks it needs right this second, it's their own operating system. Or more control over the internet - but that's (perhaps) besides the point. Today the big news is the Chinese government signing a deal with Canonical, the creators of the OS Ubuntu, to create their own home-grown operating system to "wean its IT sector off Western software in favor of more home-grown alternatives."

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