desktop

Fri
31
May
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Microsoft Reveals Windows Blue's Main Features

We've known for some time that Microsoft is planning to update its newest operating system, Windows 8, with Windows Blue (otherwise known as Windows 8.1). Now, the firm has revealed the changes Windows Blue will bring. For one, the long-missed Start ... button is making a return. The bad news: the Start menu isn't coming with it. According to reports, clicking the Start button will bring users to Windows 8's new Start screen. That means they won't gain access to the list of recent and popular applications that popped up when someone clicked the Start button in Windows 7. Boot Directly to the ... (view more)

Thu
23
May
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Windows 8 Users Not Using 'Metro' Apps, Study Finds

A new report suggests that many Windows 8 users aren't using the new operating system's many touch-friendly applications. That finding suggests Microsoft's big gamble with Windows 8 -- building an operating system (OS) with touch screen devices in ... mind -- simply isn't paying off right now. If there's one thing that sets Windows 8 apart from its predecessors -- including Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP -- it's the focus on touch-friendly applications. The operating system's new user interface (once known as 'Metro') is clearly designed for touch screen laptops and tablet computers. The best ... (view more)

Thu
09
May
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Windows Blue: Microsoft Admits Desktop 'Important'

A top Microsoft executive has hinted that the Redmond, Washington-based firm may implement significant changes to Windows 8 with Windows Blue, the first major update to Microsoft's newest operating system (OS). Those changes could include making it ... easier for users to access the traditional desktop. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Microsoft Windows business and marketing strategy chief Tami Reller (who replaced Steven Sinofsky last year) said that Microsoft was carefully evaluating the feedback it has received since the launch of Windows 8 in the fall. "The Desktop is ... (view more)

Fri
17
Aug
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'Shutdownwin 1.5', and 'Desktop Movie 2.0'

Shutdownwin 1.5 Shutdownwin is a free, simple software utility tool that can be used to set the time a computer will initiate shut down, restart, or suspension of the Windows operating system. You can cancel the planned operation at any time just by ... double clicking the tray icon on the Windows tray bar. http://falcosoft.tk Desktop Movie 2.0 Desktop Movie is a simple software application that can be used to play movie files on your desktop. The player projects the movie onto the desktop background, effectively replacing the existing background image while the movie rolls. This Desktop Movie ... (view more)

Fri
06
Jul
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'Outlook on the Desktop 2.0.2', and 'ALLPlayer 5.2'

Outlook on the Desktop 2.0.2 This simple, free program will place the Microsoft Outlook calendaring system right on your desktop. Once the calendar is pinned to your desktop, it stays there all the time in plain sight so you can always see what ... important events are coming up. It's also easy to add new events, delete old ones, and update pending items with just a few clicks and keystrokes. http://www.outlookonthedesktop.com ALLPlayer 5.2 ALLPlayer is a software video player optimized to allow users to watch movies with subtitles. The program automatically searches for subtitles of a film in ... (view more)

Fri
01
Jun
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New Google, Samsung Mini-PC Debuts, No Windows

Samsung has launched a complete desktop computer priced at just $329. Samsung says the new device, called a "Chromebox" because it runs Google's Chrome operating system (OS), will never get a virus or lose performance. Chrome OS is an operating ... system designed by Google that closely resembles the company's Chrome browser. Instead of a Windows or Mac style desktop, the user accesses services through a web browser. For example, rather than launch Microsoft Word, the OS provides direct access to the Google Docs online service. As a result, much of the processing work required to run ... (view more)

Thu
24
May
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Windows 8: Using Multiple Monitors Made Easier

Right now there are a lot of people wondering whether an upgrade from Windows 7 to the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system (OS) is worth the hassle. You may be one of them. To combat this apprehension, Microsoft has been trying to build ... consumer interest in and desire for the new OS by highlighting its various new tools, features, and improvements. As part of this campaign, Microsoft is making much of another Windows 8 improvement: better support for using multiple monitors. Microsoft: 1 in 7 Desktop Users Employ Multiple Screens With the price of PC monitors dipping in recent ... (view more)

Thu
25
Aug
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'Game Fire 2.0.99', and 'Readefine Desktop 2.42'

Game Fire 2.0.99 Game Fire is a free open source PC games accelerating utility that enables you to enjoy your favorite modern PC games by transforming your personal computer into a powerful gaming machine with a touch of button. Game Fire is ... suitable for beginners as it does not require any technical knowledge at all. http://www.smartpcutilities.com Readefine Desktop 2.42 Readefine Desktop beautifies Google Reader articles, RSS, plain text and HTML for easy reading. View multiple articles in a fluid, magazine-style layout or navigate one article at a time in a book like multi-column layout. ... (view more)

Thu
06
Jan
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'Spiceworks IT Desktop 5.0.60932.0', and 'DesktopOK 2.31'

Spiceworks IT Desktop 5.0.60932.0 Available in a variety of languages, Spiceworks' IT Desktop combines a single, easy-to-use interface which features Network Inventory, Help Desk, Mapping, Reporting, Monitoring and Troubleshooting. And, it connects ... you with other IT pros to share ideas, and solve problems. http://www.spiceworks.com DesktopOK 2.31 Quickly and easily save and restore the positions of icons on your desktop. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for users that have to change their screen resolution often. http://www.softwareok.com This freeware software program is brought ... (view more)

Tue
02
Mar
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'Desktop OK', and 'Console Palette Changer'

Desktop OK Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for users that constantly change their screen resolution often. http://www.softwareok.com Console Palette Changer Console Palette Changer is a utility ... which lets a user edit and load customized color palettes for the Windows console (formerly called the DOS prompt). If you spend a lot of time in the Windows console, you'll appreciate this fine utility. http://home.comcast.net Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at Shell Extension City, in partnership with Infopackets. ... (view more)

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