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8.1 features Microsoft removed from Windows 8.1

Good-bye, Messaging. Farewell, My Computer. These and some other features were left behind in the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, but for the most part you won't miss them.

Tim Cook and new iPads

The Windows world already has a few iPad Airs of its own

As it did after launching the MacBook Air, weight and thickness will be the metrics by which new tablets will be evaluated. But the Windows world fares pretty well here, actually.

Maxthon Cloud Browser comes to Windows Phone

Maxthon's Cloud Browser offers unique tab navigation and automatic syncing across devices.

Where did my volume icon go?

Or: "How come I have to click the System Tray arrow to see my volume icon?"

Google guarantees Chrome support for Windows XP through April 2015

The April 2015 date for Chrome support is one year after extended Windows XP support from Microsoft is set to end.

Add a PC Settings shortcut to your Windows 8 desktop

This handy hack gives you quick and easy access to Windows settings.

As businesses flee the coming 'XPocalypse,' they're turning to Windows 7, not 8

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, but even that won't spur Windows 8 adoption.

Microsoft shells out $100,000 for Windows bug-finder bounty

The security researcher who was awarded $100,000 by Microsoft said he spent about two weeks pondering, then demonstrating a new way to circumvent Windows' defensive technologies.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday fixes two separate IE zero-day flaws

Microsoft released eight security bulletins for the October Patch Tuesday, and one fixes two flaws in IE already being exploited in the wild.

Ugh: Windows Phone YouTube app goes back to the browser

Unfortunately, the latest version of YouTube for Windows Phone returns to the browser. There's really no point in "upgrading".