We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing ...

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The official Pizza Hut app was made available for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store last week. This is not a native app experience, instead it is built around Pizza Hut’s web site experience. Using this app, you can find your closest Pizza Hut store, order from their expanded menu, quickly access Pizza Hut favorites and more. APP FEATURES: Enjoy the extensive menu, explore daily specials and order our Most Popular items with just a few taps. Check out some of the features below, and you’ll see why this new Pizza Hut app is the absolute best new way to order. • Our expanded menu offers specialty pizzas, Tuscani pasta, WingStreet wings, drinks, sides, desserts and limited time offers. • Guest Checkout allows you to order without signing in. • Most Popular items section provides quick and easy access to Pizza Hut favorites. • New Specials section provides updates on new products and deals. • ...

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While there were some rumors [WinBeta] that Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be distributed through the Windows Store with a potential 3 GB file size, it appears this will not be case. While Windows 8.1 was distributed through the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was distributed through Windows Update. Microsoft appears to prefer distribution through Windows Update since some business/enterprise customers have disabled the Windows Store for their users. Since Update 2 is being distributed through Windows Update it will be free, also as expected. It also appears that the final name will be “Update 2″ and not Windows 8.2. It is rumored that Microsoft will offer a significant discount to those upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Windows 9. Those upgrading from any version prior to Update 2 will pay more. Update 2 is expected to contain optimizations to make Windows 8 work better on small tablets, such as ...

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As the first batch of SP3s (Surface Pro 3s) were shipped into the hands of eager fans and enthusiasts over this weekend, Windows RT seems to have been forgotten in the conversation. The SP3 has achieved many of the advantages the first generation Surface RT held including long battery life, a somewhat lower price point, and a superior form factor. A peruse back down memory lane to the Sinofsky era at Microsoft reminds us the that Windows RT was met with resistance from the very beginning. First, the naming of Windows on ARM to Windows RT was universally panned by technology media and technology enthusiasts alike. To make matters worse Windows 8’s platform architecture was named WinRT (Windows Runtime). The two similar names also caused a great deal of confusion. It’s a running joke that the naming of Windows RT is among the reasons Sinofsky was fired. The hardware also proved to be problematic ...

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Along with the release of Windows Phone 8 version of this game, Gameloft has also released Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Battle game in Windows Store. It is available for both Windows RT and Windows 8 PCs. Description: Team up and fight with your friends in the first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) for mobile devices! Gather your teammates, strengthen your Heroes and wipe out the enemy base in thrilling, addictive and fast-paced games. In Sinskaald Rift, a mysterious region of Haradon, immortal warriors have been fighting for centuries. They are known as the Heroes of Order & Chaos! » An exceptionally rich and addictive game « • Choose between 40+ unique and varied Heroes, from melee bruisers to devastating wizards • Play for free with different characters, and enjoy a changing rotation of free Heroes • Develop and upgrade your skills and equipment throughout the game to overpower your ...

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“Disney Hidden Worlds” game is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. As you explore, beloved characters from “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled” join you, along with new friends Chrona and the Inklings. Game Description: Find Hidden Objects in scenes from your favorite Disney movies! Journey to a world of imagination and recreate the story worlds of Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Aladdin, and more classic Disney films. Meet Chrona and the Inklings, brand new Disney characters who will help you keep your Disney Kingdoms safe from a mysterious new villain and let you see your favorite Disney films in a whole new way! Before you download this experience, please consider that this app contains social media links to connect with others, in-app purchases that cost real money, as well as advertising for The Walt Disney Family of Companies and some third parties. In App Purchases ...

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Along with the release of the Windows Phone game, Gameloft also released GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience for Windows 8/RT devices. You can download it for free from Windows Store on your Windows PC. Game Description: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world! LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION • The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca. • A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more. • Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes. • 28 new challenges each week: improve your driving skills & maybe win a new car! AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION • The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever. ...

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Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo has pleaded guilty to stealing the Redmond software giant’s trade secrets back in April. He was also the person who leaked “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” a propriety system that is used by Microsoft and its OEM partners to prevent the unauthorized copying of Microsoft programs to French blogger Canouna. Kibkalo and federal prosecutors reached an agreement in which prosecutors were recommending a 3-month prison sentence for Kibkalo, as well as a payment of $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft. Yesterday, Judge John C. Coughenour from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington three months in prison and ordered Kibkalo to pay only a $100 fine! Read more about the case from the source link below. via: Geekwire ...

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Since Valve Corporation co-founder, and former Microsoft employee, Gabe Newell publically called Windows 8 a “catastrophe,” it’s been fun game to look at the Steam user statistics every month. For the month of June we see PC gamers still prefer to use Windows, with a dominating 95.35% of OS share among Steam users. All versions of MacOS combined control 3.42% among Steam gamers, and Linux comes in at third with 1.13%. For a further breakdown of Windows, Windows 7 still leads with 62.06%. Combining Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 we see 24.98% OS share among Steam gamers. Up nearly 2% from last month and up 5% from January of this year.  Windows XP usage still remains around 5% even though the operating system has hit end-of-life. I suspect when DX12 is released we will see a further shift to Windows 8 off Windows 7 among gamers. Source: Steam ...

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At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014. Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8.1 has finally passed Windows 8 in terms of worldwide market share. The growth of Windows 8 is on the negative side while Windows 8.1 is growing slowly. Windows 8.1/Windows 8 combined got increased by 0.40% (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). While Windows 8 slipped 0.07 %(from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), Windows 8.1 gained 0.47% (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent). The surprising part of the stat was that Windows 7 is continuing to grow despite Windows 8.1’s presence. It gained 0.79% (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). One good news for Microsoft is that Windows XP lost 1.02% (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Microsoft will hope people will migrate from Windows XP at a faster rate though. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support,” it reported. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. Just like everyone of us, Microsoft is also surprised by the move and will push Windows 7 for now to these government agencies. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement ...

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Microsoft Studios has released a new Xbox game titled Tentacles: Enter the Mind in Windows Store. It is a free to play game that is available for download for both Windows RT and Windows 8 users. Game Description: Dr. Phluff’s failed attempts to create ultra-cute animals have driven him mad! Only you, the adorable, tentacled Lemmy, can save him. Following the guidance of Dr. Phluff’s well-meaning subconscious, tap or click to navigate through the layers of the doctor’s outrageously bizarre mind. Gobble enemies’ eyeballs, collect secret eggs, and gain new powers and abilities. And when you reach the depths of Dr. Phluff’s mind, survive as long as you can! Xbox and Facebook integration lets you collect achievements, track high scores, and compete with friends on the leaderboards. You can save your game in the cloud to play across multiple devices. Offline play is also available. NOTE: Tentacles: Enter the Mind ...

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New numbers from Net Applications shows Windows XP marketshare dropped by 1.4% compared to last month. The small drop in not entirely unexpected. Many enterprises and governments have signed special deals with Microsoft to extend Windows XP support for another year, at the cost of millions of dollars. The Chinese is market continues to run mostly on Windows XP and there is no urgency to change this within the country. A significant drop in Windows XP marketshare will probably be seen one year from now. Windows 7 maintains the #1 spot with 49.27 marketshare, up from 48.77% in March. Combined Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 now command 12.24% marketshare, up about 1% from March. Specifically Windows 8 has 6.36% (down from 6.41%) while Windows 8.1 has 5.88% (up from 4.89%). Source: Net Applications ...

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The Chinese government has made the decision to stick with Windows even though the operating system has reached end-of-life. Senior official Yan Xiaohong commented that upgrading to Windows 8 would be “fairly expensive.” Windows 8 costs 888 yuan (£84 or $142) in China. However in some cases the government would have to buy new hardware to upgrade to Windows 8. China is not paying Microsoft for extended Windows XP support. Instead, Chinese security providers have released special protection products to patch up the system, which the government is now “appraising” for use. It is estimated that nearly 70% of computers in China are still using Windows XP. IE6 usage in China remains well over 20%, while the rest of the world remains under 1%. It is believed that 90% of Windows XP usage in China comes from pirated copies of the operating system. However, since  a crackdown in 2010 most government agencies ...

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Yesterday we reported on new rumors regarding Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Autumn Update) and Windows 9. Russian leaker WZOR has asserted that Windows 8.2 is likely to be released this fall. Mary Jo Foley says she has independently heard it may be released as early as August (2014). Previous to Windows 8.1, Microsoft typically took three years to release the next version of Windows. The exception to this was Windows Vista. It took nearly 5 years after the initial release of Windows XP until Windows Vista came out. Of course the issue is slightly more nuanced, Windows XP SP2 could have considered a new version of Windows and Project Longhorn was scrapped and Windows Vista was written in about 2.5 years. Between Windows Vista to Windows 7 to Windows 8 about three years passed between each OS. Windows 8.1 was released about one year after Windows ...

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