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More on Microsoft: The company's BUILD conference is getting underway, and a preview version of Windows 8.1 (Blue) has been released. Ahead of the event, The Verge reported Windows 8.1's Start button will provide access to a power users' menu that includes shut down/restart options, another sign Microsoft is trying to appease Win. 8 users upset over the loss of the traditional Start menu. Other 8.1 changes include support for new tile sizes, UI/file-syncing across multiple PCs, an image-heavy search view combining local and Bing results, high-res display support, more enterprise controls, a revamped Windows Store with automatic updates, a more touch-friendly keyboard, and a Pandora-like Web radio service.
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  • gtempmail
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    Not sure why everyone is focused on the Windows 8 touch interface. I use the mouse more when using Windows 8 and it works just great. I very rarely use the touch screen.
    26 Jun 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    gtempmail

     

    I think most of us who grew up with mice will die with them. Those who live on laptops and switched from using phones to text, rather than speak, are natural touchscreen users. I have a really nice hp touchscreen - large enough for two full pages at a time. The battery died on the mouse this morning and I was momentarily lost. What to do? I navigated for a few pages by touch and then went to get another battery.
    26 Jun 2013, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Jaynes
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    Touching makes the screen dirty.
    26 Jun 2013, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Office Gemini (2014) is a huge deal. It will open all mobile PC's even those built with ARM processor to a whole world of utilization. Wintel isn't dead yet and they both could be bigger with more open ecosystems.
    26 Jun 2013, 05:40 PM Reply Like
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