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Will Verduzco · Apr 23, 2014

Leak Points to Windows Start Menu’s Return as Soon as August

About a month ago at this year's Build conference, Microsoft partially unveiled its vision for the future of Windows. One of the key highlights for Windows users was the upcoming return of the Start Menu. And while the touch-friendly Modern UI (i.e. Metro) works great on tablets and touch-enabled laptops and desktops, it's a bit of an exercise in frustration when used on traditional computers without touch support. You may recall that Microsoft issued a small update to Windows 8.1 (termed Windows 8.1...

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Samantha · Apr 9, 2014

Test the CPU Performance of Your Windows 8/RT Device

Although the spec sheet of your Windows 8 or RT device may give a pretty big indication of its performance, it’s sometimes a lot more helpful if you have an idea of how well it performs in real life. But although there are plenty of software tools available to help you to do this, we thought that XDA members may be much more inclined to try something home-grown and open-source. This is where CPU Performance Tester comes in. Developed by XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 2, 2014

Microsoft Build 2014: Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center, Windows to Bring Back Start Menu

Today in San Francisco's Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft's continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today's keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn't intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun. Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone. (more…)

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Samantha · Feb 21, 2014

Convert Units on Your Windows 8 Device with Global Converter

If you’re running Windows 8 on a device of yours, you’re probably already aware of the wealth of unit conversion programs and software granted by the platform’s capability to run standard Windows EXE files. Of course, one of the most glaring downsides with this is that most, if not all, of such standard PC programs are not designed for the touch interface, which can lead to a whole lot of accidental presses. So, if you’d rather have a touch optimized...

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Samantha · Jan 12, 2014

Costs Keeper Helps Keep Track of Your Budget on Your Windows Device

Now that the gift giving season is over and we have all (hopefully) received presents we've been wishing for, there are probably a lot of folks who've been gifted with a brand new Windows device and are wondering what exactly to do with it. If you are on a budget or are trying to reign in their spending habits, you may want to check out Costs Keeper. Developed by XDA Forum Member filfat, Costs Keeper is an app compatible with...

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Samantha · Jan 12, 2014

Install Extra Tool Menus on Your Windows 8 and RT Devices

If you're using a device running either Windows 8 or RT---be it a tablet, a PC, or a hybrid---you'll probably be familiar with the tools context menu that pops up when you right click on the desktop. And in all honesty, it's not that particularly useful other than to organize your desktop. This is a shame because it wouldn't cause any harm if some more options and actions were added. Well, XDA Senior Member pbanj thought similarly. And as a...

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Samantha · Jan 6, 2014

Tweak the Adaptive Brightness on Your Windows 8 Device

Automatically adjusting the screen brightness depending on ambient light levels, also known as adaptive brightness, is a pretty standard feature on modern smartphones, tablets, PCs, and anything in between. This is most definitely the case for Windows 8 and RT devices such as the Microsoft Surface RT and Pro (check out the review here), Asus t100, and the Dell Venue 8 and 11 Pro tablets. But if you've been having issues with the pre-determined screen brightness levels of your Windows...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 31, 2013

Google Nexus 5 and 7 are Your Top Smartphone and Tablet Picks for 2013

Back when we launched our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we asked you to cast your vote and pick the best smartphones and tablets of 2013. Well folks, the votes are in, and you've made your voices clear! Starting off with your top tablet picks, the winner by a mile was the Google Nexus 7 (2013) with 53% of your votes. Then in second place, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) with 15% of the votes. Next...

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Samantha · Dec 20, 2013

Create Windows Apps with Microsoft’s New Project Siena

For Android users who have made the leap of faith to Windows 8 or RT, the limited number of available Modern UI apps can be quite a shock. But this shouldn't be a surprise, as the majority of tablets now ship with Android. This is then naturally reflected in user and developer contributions. It seems like Microsoft's well aware of this issue, however, as they've just released Project Siena. Sienna can be seen as Microsoft's attempt to encourage app development...

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Samantha · Nov 26, 2013

Microsoft Doesn’t Want Three Windows OS Versions

Which company has not one, not two, but three operating systems being actively developed at the same time? Microsoft does, and they're getting tired of it. The strongest suggestion of this comes with Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green's statement that "We [Microsoft] have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three," at the UBS Global Technology Summit last week. The straightness of the statement strongly hints at a potential axing...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Spotlite Brings Native Spotify Experience to Windows 8/RT

If you're a Spotify user running Windows 8/8.1 or RT, you may have noticed that there's currently no official offering available in the Windows App Store. While x86 users can simply download the official client directly from Spotify's website, ARM-based users aren't so lucky. To alleviate this, XDA Forum Member hsalps created Spotlite and uploaded it to the Windows App Store. The application supports x86, x86-64, and ARM processors. In addition to allowing Spotify members to listen to music, Spotlite lets...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2013

Retrieve System Info with Open Source SysLib for .Net Apps

Some time ago, we took a look at a simple, open source application for Windows 8 by XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher that returned CPU information on demand. Telling you all sorts of parameters, the application was useful for all of us looking to learn a little more about the architecture used in our desktop-class processors. Since then, Beatsleigher has received many requests to port the application to C++ or C# in order to allow other developers to create an app similar to the...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 5, 2013

Dual Boot Windows 8 and Android on Your Acer Iconia W700

The Acer Iconia W700 is a perfect blend of the tablet form factor and ultrabook specs. Sure, it's a little heavier and chunkier than your average Android tablet, but that's the price you pay for having the power of a full desktop OS like Windows 8 at your disposal. Well, at least it is if you want that experience out of the box. You could always take you're existing Android tablet and use something like the Linux on Android Project. While it's...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 3, 2013

Soft Modding the Xperia Z and Samsung Devices, and Windows 8 App Development Tutorials – XDA Developer TV

Get started with Windows 8 development with a handy tutorial. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about connecting certain Samsung devices via USB Mass Storage protocol and adding a physical camera button to your Sony Xperia Z. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video on salary negotiation tips and tricks, which was...

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Former Writer · Jan 17, 2013

Several Standard Desktop Apps Ported to Windows RT

One of the main limitations of Windows RT is that most 32- and 64-bit applications aren't compatible. Therefore, if you are buying a Microsoft Surface and intend to install all your favorite Windows programs, then you're going to have a bad time. To remedy this issue, XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has begun an initiative to get some desktop apps compiled for RT users. So far the initiative has gotten attention from a number of users and developers. To begin with, everyone...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 14, 2013

Securing Android with SecDroid, Fixing Touch Screen Issues on Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface – XDA Developer TV

How to increase touch screen responsiveness on the Microsoft Surface is one of the stories from this weekend on XDA-Developers. Also, you can calibrate Windows 8 touch screens with more accuracy. However, other news items happened this weekend. XDA News Specialist Jordan covers some of those stories. He talks about cleaning bloatware and adding some Android 4.2 apps with PalaTool. In XDA news, Jordan talks about his Huawei Ascend Mate Hands-on video. Also, Jordan mentions securing Android devices with SecDriod....

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Former Writer · Jan 13, 2013

Calibrate Windows 8 Touch Screens with Greater than Four Points

Despite not being an actual mobile OS, Windows 8 has seen a surprising amount of development here at XDA. Whether it's because of the Windows App Store or the Microsoft Surface is uncertain, but users and developers alike have been adding some great content for Windows 8 users. There is now a tutorial that will allow for more than four calibration points on touch screen devices running Windows 8. XDA Senior Member young blade posted the tutorial for a number...

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Former Writer · Jan 10, 2013

Use the Complete Windows API in Windows Store Apps

While some have many bad things to say about Windows 8, others are doing what they can to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Thus, Windows 8 has received an unnaturally healthy amount of development from XDA community members and developers, despite not being a mobile OS. One limitation is that Microsoft doesn't allow use of most of the Win32 API. There is now a way around that. The workaround was written by XDA Recognized Developer mamaich, a known...

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Former Writer · Jan 8, 2013

Spare Your SSD by Installing Metro Apps to Another Drive

Since SSDs are becoming increasingly affordable and commonplace, computer enthusiasts have been adding them to their computers in greater frequency. And for those who dare, RAIDed configurations yield even more insane speeds (albeit without TRIM on all but a handful of SSD and chipset combinations). However, because they are still somewhat expensive, most buy smaller SSDs and a larger storage HDD. With the release of Windows 8, came the Windows App Store. This by default installs Metro Apps to the main...

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Former Writer · Dec 23, 2012

Unofficial XDA Portal RSS App for Windows 8

Windows 8 packs a lot of differences from Windows 7. The absent start menu is perhaps the most noticeable, and many consider it to be a misstep for those not lucky enough to be on a touch screen device. However, one of the better features of Windows 8 is the incorporation of an app store, which allows users to more easily obtain applications in a manner similar to Android, Mac OS, iOS, and of course most distros of Linux. Now,...

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