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  • Blog Post: Round-up of my favourite Windows 8 apps

    I haven't done a wrap up of my favourite Windows 8 apps for a while so I thought it worth sharing the list of apps I use the most as a consumer. That is, in a non-work environment. As always this list is personal to my tastes - you may find that it doesn't match the kinds of app that you like. Now I...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Fixing problem where Internet Explorer always opens on desktop, not in Modern UI

    This is a problem I have seen a couple of times. It works like this: When you’re on your Windows 8 Start Screen and click or tap the Internet Explorer tile or a shortcut to a website, the desktop version of Internet Explorer launches rather than the Modern UI version. This is simple to fix:...
  • Blog Post: Buy a Windows 8 app once, use it in multiple places

    Here’s a thought. Let’s say you find an app in the Windows Store that you like, but isn’t free. Take “ Hydro Thunder Hurricane ” as an example – it’s a really fun 3D game. Now, let’s say you decide to buy it. You may have a couple of questions: Does that mean only I can use it? What about my spouse?...
  • Blog Post: How well do you know Windows 8? The answers

    Yesterday I posted a set of 10 questions to test your knowledge of Windows 8 (and Windows RT). I promised I’d post the answers so you could see how you’ve done, so here goes.   1. How do I get a list of all Windows 8 Store apps I have ever downloaded across all of my devices? Answer: Open store...
  • Blog Post: How well do you know Windows 8?

    Are you one of those people who already knows Windows 8 (or Windows RT) pretty well? Do you like a bit of a challenge? Then try my 10 question quiz and see how you get on. There are no prizes other than a warm smug glow if you get them all right. And while prizes would be nice, frankly a warm smug glow...
  • Blog Post: Sharing your DVD or Blu-ray Drive across your home network

    Remember when every computer you bought had a CD drive? Then a DVD drive, and maybe a DVD writer? And these days, a Blu-ray drive? Well as you know things are changing and many of the newer form factor PCs such as tablets, convertibles and ultrabooks no longer include a so-called “optical” drive. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Adding a tile for a desktop website to your Windows 8 start screen

    The version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on the Windows 8 start screen is fantastic, running full-screen and great for touch. And it's really easy to pin a tile for your favourite websites to your Windows 8 start screen - simply swipe from the top of the screen (or right-click) and select the "pin...
  • Blog Post: Activating the “flip ahead” feature in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT

    As I have mentioned previously, Internet Explorer 10 has been built from the ground up to offer great support for touch while still retaining all of its advantages for keyboard and mouse. One simple but very effective feature is how you can simply "swipe" from left to right to go to the previous...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 10 sites to pin to your Windows 8 or Windows RT start screen

    As you may be aware, Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT has been built from the ground up to have excellent support for touch. Internet Explorer 10 apps run full screen, giving every pixel to the website which helps to really let the content shine through. This, coupled with the ability...
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