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    Review: Visual Studio 2012 shines on Windows 8

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Visual Studio is no longer simply an IDE, no longer a place you go just to write and debug C/C++ code. It has long since become something of a development mashup. It's where you go to tackle any task in the development process, regardless of the target. It's where you head to do your LightSwitch development, your SQL Server development, your Web application development, your Windows Azure development, and your ASP.Net or Windows Forms development in C#, F#, VB.Net, and -- oh, yes -- good old Visual C++. Naturally, it's where you build applications for and Windows RT.
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    A second look: The mighty Surface RT tablet

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    The Surface RT tablet goes on sale starting at $499 for 32 GB on Friday, and it seems to be a rough-and-tumble device.
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    Windows 8: The official review

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Microsoft's efforts to woo mobile-device users may leave traditional desktop PC owners feeling abandoned.
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    Surface RT, Microsoft's bid for a 'thing' of its own

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Microsoft desperately needs a "thing"—a big thing that transcends the nerdy world of consumer electronics and achieves hero status among mobile-hardware wonks and civilians alike.
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    Microsoft targets virtualization with Windows 8/Windows Server combo

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Much of the attention being paid to this week's Windows 8 launch focuses on the new Metro-style interface and the fact that Microsoft is extending its desktop OS to tablets and smartphones. But for enterprises, the real story is the way Microsoft has integrated Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and the Hyper-V hypervisor to create an unmatched system for running virtualized environments.
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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon a top business Ultrabook

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:45 am

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a stylish ultrabook designed for business executives who demand the best. It's missing Ethernet and VGA ports, but its design, performance and security features more than make up for it.
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    Sony Tap 20 review: A Windows 8 all-in-one that's also a humongous tablet

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:35 am

    As you might guess, this new Windows 8-based Sony all-in-one isn't your average AIO. Inside the modest exterior beats the heart of an Ultrabook, along with a ten-point multitouch screen and a built-in battery. So you can either think of the Tap 20 (also known by the sexy name SVJ20215CXW) as a smallish AIO or a really big tablet. In reality, it's a little of both.
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    Sony Duo 11 Ultrabook review: Blurring the line between tablet and laptop

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:01 am

    Unpacking the Sony Duo 11 (aka the SVD1123CXB) reveals what appears to be a tablet; no keyboard is immediately visible. Yet when you pick it up, it seems a little hefty for a tablet. What's going on here? Well, the Duo 11 is not just a tablet. Lifting up the top edge tilts the display and reveals a sliding keyboard hidden beneath the panel.
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    7 ways Windows Server 2012 pays for itself

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 10:43 am

    These new and improved 'supersaver' features offer the biggest return on your Windows Server 2012 investment
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    Start8 beta gives Windows 8 a Start Menu

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    If there's any company that's going to have a field day with Microsoft's controversial new Windows 8, it's Stardock. Case in point: Start8, a free beta program the company markets that replaces the "missing" Start Menu on the Windows 8 explorer desktop taskbar.
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    Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    As the arrival of Windows 8 draws ever nearer, it's not surprising to see the debut of a flurry of devices featuring the new OS.
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    Windows 8 first impressions for CIOs and IT pros

    Posted October 10, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Microsoft's new operating system has received mixed early reviews. Get past the missing Start menu and the 'ribbonized' File Explorer, though, and you'll likely find a faster OS that should make workers more productive -- especially if you give them new Windows 8 tablets.
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    First look: Firefox for Windows 8 beta

    Posted October 7, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Mozilla’s tablet-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 is coming together, and an early public build of the browser is now available.
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    Acer W700 hands-on: Our first serious quality time with a Windows 8 tablet

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Bad news for cynical tech bloggers, grenade-lobbing Internet trolls, and everyone else who's been attacking Windows 8 for the sheer thrill of sport: I've been using a Windows 8 tablet for over a week now, and the experience has been a revelation.
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    How to replace missing Start button in Windows 8

    Posted October 5, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    A Start menu substitute can greatly reduce the shock of using Windows 8. Here are three alternatives that produce a reasonable experience.
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    Review: 6 free email servers for small business

    Posted September 17, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    hMail Server (Windows only) comes in first, Citadel (Linux only) is a close second.
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    Mac virtualization face-off: VMware Fusion 5 vs. Parallels Desktop 8

    Posted September 11, 2012 - 7:56 am

    Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion support are promoted, but existed already in the previous versions. So what else is new?
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    The best business-friendly ultrabooks

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Razor-thin, lightweight Ultrabooks are all the rage in Windows laptops now. Though most Ultrabooks are designed more for the living room than for the boardroom, business customers don't have to feel left out in the cold. We've rounded up five excellent Ultrabooks that combine sleek designs with business-class features and performance.
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    DriveImage XML an effective, if not polished, imaging program

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    DriveImage XML isn't the only free drive imaging software on the market anymore and there are slicker solutions now available from Easeus and others, but for quick and simple imaging it fits the bill perfectly. It also has a much lighter footprint on your system than the competition.
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    iExplorer puts you in control of your iOS device

    Posted August 21, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    iTunes is a good way to manage your iOS mobile devices, but it's not without its limitations. Chief among those limits is how iTunes operates in its own closed environment, behind closed doors. Enter Macroplant's iExplorer 3 ($35, free feature-limited demo). This software works both with and instead of iTunes, offering you more freedom in how you manage the contents of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad from your PC.
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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook review: strong, lightweight and elite

    Posted August 21, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook is fast, stylish and lightweight, although the price is slightly higher than some of its rivals.
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    RecImg Manager makes Windows Disk imaging easier

    Posted August 20, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    RecImg Manager is a Metro interface and manager for the new Windows 8 recimg.exe command line utility and the recovery images it creates. Unlike full images, recovery images don't contain or documents, user settings, etc.; these are left alone when a recovery image is created or restore. However, they do contain everything else, and with no differential or incremental options, they are generally quite large.
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    Deathmatch: Windows 8 vs. OS X Mountain Lion

    Posted August 18, 2012 - 7:45 am

    With the final version of Windows 8 now complete, how does Microsoft's great hope for reinventing itself for the post-PC world compare to Apple's new flagship? The short answer: not well. But lest you think that it's a simple case of sainted perfection versus preordained disaster -- the peanut gallery's running themes for Apple and Microsoft, respectively -- think again. OS X Mountain Lion has some unwelcome flaws, whereas Windows 8 has some virtuous aspects.
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    Windows 8 review: still a two-headed beast

    Posted August 16, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    The two faces of Windows 8 -- the Desktop and the interface formerly known as Metro -- still coexist uneasily in the final RTM version of the OS. But some of Windows 8's native apps are great.
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    Windows 8 review: Yes, it's that bad

    Posted August 15, 2012 - 10:51 am

    A desktop OS for tablets and a tablet OS for desktops, Windows 8 is guaranteed to disappoint nearly everyone.
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