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What to Expect from Windows Phone 8
By Brien Posey
Sep 20, 2012
Brien Posey examines how Windows Phone 8 might compare to Windows 8 and discusses what Microsoft customers can realistically expect from the new devices.
Getting and Staying Connected with Windows 7: Phones, Devices, and Tablets
By Katherine Murray
Sep 18, 2012
This chapter shows you how to connect your devices and sync your files with your Windows 7 PC.
Catching Up with PC Backup in 2012
By Ed Tittel
Sep 12, 2012
What's the best backup regimen for your systems, now that online backup is dirt cheap, and disk drives even cheaper? Quick answer: Multiple backups.
Working with SSDs in Windows 7 and 8
By Ed Tittel
Aug 23, 2012
Follow Ed Tittel's guidelines and dig into the various optimization guides he notes to make the most of your SSD switching experience.
Is 8-12 GB the "New Normal" for RAM Size, or Should You Go Bigger?
By Ed Tittel
Aug 16, 2012
Upping the memory ceiling on Windows PCs is mostly a matter of choosing 8, 12, 16, or more GB. Find out about some important considerations and the uses to which this RAM will support.
Sharing Office Files via SkyDrive
By Laura Acklen
Jul 9, 2012
SkyDrive is a Windows Live user’s cloud storage, where they can upload their files and then gain access to them from any computer with Internet access. Based on user feedback, the developers have introduced a series of improvements to make it easier than ever to share files.
History Vault for Windows 8: User Friendly Backups
By Todd Meister
May 25, 2012
Todd Meister tells you the ways in which Windows 8 File History has made backup and recovery of your data a lot easier.
The New Microsoft Account for Windows 8
By Timothy L. Warner
May 25, 2012
By the conclusion of this article by Timothy Warner, you will understand how to create a Microsoft Account, how to customize your account settings, and how to use the Microsoft Account with a few key Microsoft services, most notably the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Microsoft's Unified Vision for Windows 8
By Brien Posey
Apr 18, 2012
Brien Posey gives details and a 50,000-foot view of what Microsoft has in store for desktops, tablets, phones, and the TV via the XBOX game console.
SkyDrive for Windows 8: Your Own Personal Cloud
By Timothy L. Warner
Apr 17, 2012
With the Consumer Preview release of Windows 8, Microsoft gives us a dedicated Metro-style app for accessing SkyDrive-hosted data. Tim Warner notes that we can also tap into SkyDrive from the Metro file browser or from any other Metro-style app.
Refresh and Reset Your Windows 8 Computer
By Katherine Murray
Mar 21, 2012
Katherine Murray introduces the new Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8.
Setting Parental Controls in Windows 7
By Katherine Murray
Mar 20, 2012
Katherine Murray shows you how to set up parental controls for kids of all ages on your Windows 7 PC.
Do You Really Need Windows 8?
By Michael Miller
Mar 19, 2012
Michael Miller provides a preview of what’s new in Windows 8, and asks if users really need or want this new version of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system.
Remote Control Software Solves "Friends and Family" Support Issues
By Ed Tittel
Jan 10, 2012
In this lively autobiographical article, Ed Tittel describes his long-distance quest to help his father diagnose and fix computer issues.
Managing Restore Points in Windows 7
By Ed Tittel
Dec 27, 2011
On a Windows 7 system drive, you may be surprised to find that restore points can consume anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of total drive space. Ed Tittel shows you how to keep them under control.
Slim Down Your Windows 7 System Drive for Notebook SSD Migration
By Ed Tittel
Dec 13, 2011
Ed Tittel shows how to make the switch from a traditional hard drive to an SSD.
Running Windows on Your Mac
By Robyn Ness
Nov 28, 2011
The Mac’s capability to actually run Windows applications is just another reason to love Mac OS X’s versatility. This chapter shows how it's done.
Windows 8 Platform Preview Navigation Tips and Tricks
By Timothy L. Warner
Nov 15, 2011
IT expert and author Tim Warner shares the most common Windows 8 navigation shortcuts to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.
Arranging Your Work Area in Windows 8 Metro
By Katherine Murray
Nov 11, 2011
Katherine Murray gives us a look at the Windows 8 developer preview, showing how to launch and display apps, cycle through open programs, display a list of running apps, and use Snap to position more than one program on the screen at a time using touch, mouse, and keyboard.
Search Everything Runs Rings Around Windows Search
By Ed Tittel
Nov 10, 2011
Ed Tittel explains that, as good as Windows Search may be, the freeware search engine from Voidtools known as Search Everything beats the pants off built-in Windows Search, both in terms of speed and intrusiveness.

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