Microsoft has created a new application class to accommodate third party web browsers, which would have had a tough time working solely with the restrictive WinRT API. Mozilla and Google are two browser developers that have already confirmed working on a Metro edition.

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Nokia may be working to launch a Windows 8 tablet in Q4 2012. It is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s SoC and will run Windows on ARM.

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Since Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released, there has been a lot of noise about usability. Is it justified?

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The new Windows 8 Consumer Preview replaces the familiar the Start button button with a hotspot. If you are missing the old Start button, here’s a simple trick to get it back.

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A quick tutorial for installing Windows 8 from USB devices such as hard disks and pen drives.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key when you install using USB Drive or DVD.

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Windows Live now allows you to connect to Google to keep contacts in sync. Is this is prepration for native support of Google services in WP7/W8?

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Microsoft announces major upgrades to SkyDrive coming with Windows 8, making personal cloud and device cloud a reality.

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Microsoft has built the environment and the OS. Will OEMs and developers complete their bit and make Windows 8 tablets succeed?

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Mozilla has announced that it is working on a Metro version of Firefox that will feature a simplified UI that is optimized for touchscreen devices like tablets.

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New leaked screenshots of Windows 8 suggest that Microsoft has decided to kill the famous Windows Start button.

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Acer and Lenovo are rumored to be working on next-generation Windows 8 tablets that will use the Intel platform instead of the more popular ARM platform.

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Microsoft has announced that it will begin updating Internet Explorer users to the latest version available for their system automatically.

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Microsoft today, released 13 security updates as a part of the monthly patch Tuesday cycle to close 19 vulnerabilities found in their Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Media Player/Media Center software.

Although they had planned to release 14 patches, the release of one of the updates had to be delayed. The patch in question was intended to close a vulnerability found in the SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 and the reason given for delaying the update was that they found an incompatibility during third party tests. The update will be released later, once the incompatibility issues are addressed properly.

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Microsoft has added another weapon to its arsenal in its fight against malware: an offline version of the Windows Defender software. The software, which is in beta at the moment, scans and removes various forms of malware like its desktop counterpart. But the advantage of the Offline version is that, it can be run from an external media such as a CD or USB drive, even when the OS is not running. This makes it easier to remove certain rootkits and advanced malware which otherwise is difficult to remove when the OS is running.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to run Windows Defender Offline beta.

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