Considering just how essential apps are for a platform, Microsoft is focusing equally on both the feature set and the bundled Metro apps when it comes to the final version of Windows 8.1. A whole bunch of screenshots have made their way to the web around or after the BUILD conference, and they show the user...

Hand it to Microsoft for bundling in some fun in its software. One of the new Metro apps delivered with the Windows 8.1 Preview is the shiny new Calculator app that can be used to convert units with just a few taps, or clicks for that matter. This impressive new app includes a unit converter that comes in...

The final version of Windows 8.1 will come with several reimagined tools, and one of the apps that are getting a completely new redesign is the popular Map app. This new redesign is expected to include several new features that are supposed to help users make the most of the Metro UI, while offering a...

You can finally cross them off the list. Microsoft just announced at BUILD that a bunch of high profile apps are coming to the Windows 8 platform in the very near future. The foremost amongst them is the official Facebook app. For quite some time it looked that it may be a while before we get an official...

Fans of Microsoft probably know this already. The software titan places what is called a Betta fish in the test versions of its operating systems. It has been a symbol of beta versions of Windows since the early days of Windows 7. This design is usually displayed as a desktop background or the boot...

With just hours remaining in the launch of the public preview of Windows Blue, more and more information has started to float up on the anticipated refresh of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Obviously, the software titan will detail all the official intelligence, but that is not stopping unofficial...

Well, well, well. Technology rumors are a funny thing, but it is always a great feeling to see good ones come true. Good ones like the return of the Start button in Windows 8.1 (codename Windows Blue). But while clicking on the included Start button in the upcoming version of the OS only takes users to the...

The addition of new Live Tile sizes is one make over in Windows 8.1 that grabbed the attention of technology enthusiasts early on. It actually was one of the first reported visuals changes in the upcoming operating system. And it came to light when rumors of Windows 8.1 first hit the web. The past few months...

The BUILD conference slated to begin tomorrow will provide us our first look at the Windows 8.1 Preview. And this publicly available test version of the OS will come bundled with a new version of Internet Explorer. Along with being completely optimized for the touch experience, IE 11, the latest version of...

Boy, the Windows Server 2012 R2 hit the MSDN portal just in the nick of time. We are mere hours away from the official debut of Windows 8.1 Preview at the BUILD developer conference. But this release of Windows Server 2012 R2 yesterday has provided us with early glimpses of several of the new features of the...