Make Sure All Your OneDrive Files are Synced for Offline Access

OneDrive for Windows 8.1 shows you all the files in your locker—but they’re not necessarily all stored locally on your machine. If you want to make sure they are all synced and available the next time your Wi-Fi connection disappears, here’s how to do it. Read More >>

How to Use Windows 8.1 Just as Well Without a Touchscreen

Microsoft has courted a fair amount of flack for its decision to stick a touchscreen-friendly interface on the front of its desktop operating system, despite some recent concessions (you can now boot straight to the desktop, for example, of which more below). Don't worry. You can actually use the software pretty well with a good old keyboard and mouse combination; it's just a question of knowing the right shortcuts. Read More >>

The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact there so small you might even miss a few when they start rolling out next week, so we've wrangled our favourites into this series of handy GIFs. Read More >>

Windows 8.1 Hands-On: Terrific Tweaks for the Mouse Faithful

Windows 8.1 did a whole bunch to make Windows 8 feel more homey by tweaking tiny fit and finish issues. It worked very well. The next Windows 8.1 update (creatively called "Windows 8.1 Update") is pretty much the same thing all over again, but this time with mouse-users specifically in mind. And after trying it out we can say that once again, little tweaks really add up. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Update: The Return of the Mouse

At today's Build conference keynote, Microsoft officially announced Windows 8.1 Update 1, which is basically a bunch of tweaks for people who want to forgo its touch optimisation and use the OS primarily with a mouse and keyboard. Read More >>

Microsoft Will Roll Out a Windows 8.1 Update by Spring

While Windows 8.1 was only released in October, Microsoft's already confirmed an update is heading to users sometime around spring. Based on customer feedback, users can expect to see the start screen updated with discoverable search, power and settings buttons, plus easy app launching and multi-tasking from the taskbar. Read More >>

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First the Start Button, Now the Start Menu Set For Windows 8 Comeback

Microsoft's Windows 8 OS received a mixed reception upon launch, to put it lightly. Forward-thinking in its touch-focussed features, but alienating to those who wanted a pure desktop experience, Microsoft were forced to make some come compromises to their original vision come the Windows 8.1 update, reinstating the Start Button. And the next 8.2 update could take that one step further. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Mouse Problem Is Busting Up Gamers’ Frag Counts

The Windows 8.1 problem may have addressed many of the problems users had when delving into Microsoft's tile-filled operating system, but it seems it's also created a whole new batch of issues that are causing headaches for gamers in particular. Read More >>

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The Five Best New Features in Windows 8.1

Microsoft set Windows 8.1 upon the world today, and with it a host of improvements large and small. You check out our full review here, but in the meantime, here's a look at our favorite new features. Read More >>

Windows 8.1 Review: Little Changes Make a Big Difference

Hey remember Windows 8? How could you forget? It was the biggest upheaval in desktop computing in recent memory, and even if you're not a user, its big colourful tiles are on your radar. Now, with Windows 8.1, Microsoft is giving its flashy new OS a first facelift. The changes are minor, but they're more than the sum of their parts. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Launch Today Leads to App Update Frenzy

The long-awaited Windows 8.1 update is to be made available today for those who've braved the tile-based madness of Microsoft's latest operating system. And, as is annoyingly customary with such things, it means practically every Microsoft-built Windows app will be getting an update. Read More >>

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Windows Phone 8.1 Might Be Getting Ready to Take on Tablets

We've seen our fair share of Windows Phone leaks, in large part thanks to a random Craigslist phone. But there are some under the hood updates coming to WP8.1, and according to Paul Thurrott, they include 10 inch screens. Read More >>

Windows 8.1 Will Land on October 17th

Microsoft's Windows 8 fix-up, Windows 8.1, will hit the Windows Store as a free upgrade starting on the 18th 17th of October at 12:00-noon, Start button and all. Will the point update solve all Windows 8's issues? Probably not, but it's a decent start. [Microsoft] Read More >>

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Acer Iconia W3 Review: The First Small Windows Tablet is Totally Useless

Small tablets -- 7 and 8 inchers -- have taken the Android and iPad markets by storm in the last year, but until now, there haven't been any machines sporting Microsoft's touchy-feely OS. Acer's the first on the scene, with the 8-inch Iconia W3; it's just a shame that it's a steaming pile of crap. Read More >>

Uh, Microsoft, I Think You Forgot Something

Windows 8.1 has addressed a lot of issues that people had with Microsoft's favourite child -- and by that, I mean it stuck a Start button down in the bottom-right corner. But there's a much greater, much deeper problem holding back Windows, and 8.1, rather than fixing it, Microsoft only gave it the most cursory of nods. Read More >>