Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings new mouse-friendliness
April 9, 2014 – 08:55 | No Comment
Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings new mouse-friendliness

Microsoft has announced the public availability of Windows 8.1 Update 1 (32-bit build is here).
The release is essentially a service pack, with security updates, performance enhancements and other low-level tweaks, but the most obvious changes …

Microsoft’s Project Siena: Windows 8 app development for (almost) all
December 20, 2013 – 09:24 | Comments Off
Microsoft’s Project Siena: Windows 8 app development for (almost) all

Microsoft has released Project Siena, a Windows 8 app which allows anyone to create Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required.
Building the interface is as simple as placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your …

Travel the world’s subways like a local with qMetro
June 13, 2013 – 12:00 | Comments Off
Travel the world’s subways like a local with qMetro

Subways can be a great way to get around a big city, but of course you have to understand their layout, first. That can be a challenge, particularly if you leave it until the last …

Stardock ModernMix 1.05 adds new settings, squashes early bugs
April 25, 2013 – 07:47 | Comments Off
Stardock ModernMix 1.05 adds new settings, squashes early bugs

Stardock Software has released ModernMix 1.05, the first major update to its paid-for Windows 8 tool for running full-screen apps in their own window within the confines of the Windows 8 desktop.
Version 1.05 adds background …

Skip Metro Suite 3.0 lets you turn off Windows 8’s most annoying features
March 15, 2013 – 08:34 | Comments Off
Skip Metro Suite 3.0 lets you turn off Windows 8’s most annoying features

What are you doing, standing there tentatively at the edge of the pool? Come on in, the water’s lovely and warm. What, it’s not as lovely and warm as the last pool you were in? …

Run Windows 8 apps in a desktop window with ModernMix
March 7, 2013 – 06:04 | Comments Off
Run Windows 8 apps in a desktop window with ModernMix

Windows 8 has several annoyances, but perhaps one of the most notable is its requirement to run apps full screen, or in an ugly 2/3, 1/3 mode. When you’re used to being able to position …

Bring the Metro look to older Windows with WinMetro
October 23, 2012 – 07:50 | Comments Off
Bring the Metro look to older Windows with WinMetro

Microsoft may have announced that the interface formerly known as Metro was now to be referred to as the ‘modern’ interface, but that is going to do little, if anything, to stop consumers and software …

Firefox Metro UI Preview reveals how Firefox will look in Windows 8
October 4, 2012 – 10:14 | Comments Off
Firefox Metro UI Preview reveals how Firefox will look in Windows 8

Mozilla has unveiled its first public preview of how Firefox will look when run using Windows 8’s new tile-based interface. Firefox Metro UI Preview is based on an offshoot Nightly build of Firefox, codenamed “Elm”, …

Bypass the Windows 8 Start screen with Skip Metro Suite
August 20, 2012 – 12:43 | Comments Off
Bypass the Windows 8 Start screen with Skip Metro Suite

One of the most annoying things about Windows 8 is the new Start screen. It’s provoked a marmite-like response, but Microsoft has made it clear that it’s here to stay. That in itself doesn’t make …

Roundup – 22 updates and new downloads to kick off August
August 4, 2012 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Roundup – 22 updates and new downloads to kick off August

The end of July and the beginning of August have seen the release of a number of important apps and updates. If you’ve found it hard to keep to speed with what has been going …

23 software releases and updates you may have missed this week
February 24, 2012 – 16:35 | Comments Off
23 software releases and updates you may have missed this week

February may be the shortest month of the year, but the list of software releases over the past seven days is just as long as ever. This week we have collected together 23 key releases …