WINDOWS 8 Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...