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A Week With Windows 8

A Week With Windows 8

Windows 8 hasn’t exactly got the best rep at the moment. The general consensus amongst most IT professionals and users alike is that Windows 8 is a disaster waiting to happen. A while back I wrote a review on Windows 8, but when writing a review they tend to be more based on first impressions rather than how a system actually grows on you. So, in the interest of fairness I have decided to gi... »

Microsoft’s Outlook.com Upgrade Causes Problems For Users

Microsoft’s Outlook.com Upgrade Causes Problems For Users

A few days ago, I wrote about how Microsoft have upgraded their free email platform Hotmail to a new service dubbed Outlook.com. I mentioned in the article that I found Outlook to be very clean an modern looking; but with the trepidations that a lot of users have about Hotmail (such as spam) may well translate over to Outlook.com. So I wouldn’t be moving from Gmail. It’s been around a ... »

Microsoft Forced To Drop The Name “Metro”

Microsoft Forced To Drop The Name “Metro”

Today it was confirmed that Microsoft have had to stop using the ‘Metro’ name for their new Windows 8 overlay. It’s been reported that Microsoft have had to start telling developers that they should refrain from using the word ‘Metro’ throughout their applications. Rather than using ‘Metro’, staff and devlopers are to (for the time being at least) refer to... »

Hotmail Evolves Into Outlook

Hotmail Evolves Into Outlook

I think it’s safe to say that most people moved away from Hotmail in favour of Gmail, mainly because of the abysmal spam filtering system that Hotmail uses. I personally use Google Apps for all of my email accounts – personal, RefuGeeks & DroidHQ. It’s an excellent system, so when I heard that Microsoft are doing away with Hotmail and are replacing it with Outlook.com –... »

Will Windows 8 Cause a Linux Revolution?

Will Windows 8 Cause a Linux Revolution?

I was recently discussing this subject on Google+ with a couple of fellow geeks. So I thought I would elaborate on my thoughts here on RefuGeeks. I must stress that this is just my opinion on what I think will happen when Windows 8 is released. So, will the failure of Windows 8 cause a linux revolution? The general consensus amongst most people within the IT world is that Windows 8 is destined to... »

Jumpshot – Use Linux To Fix Windows

Jumpshot – Use Linux To Fix Windows

Jumpshot is a fully automated solution for solving Windows PC problems – the best part is that Jumpshot is Linux based. So, ironically, you’re using Linux to fix Windows problems. All you need to do is plug one of the Jumpshot USB sticks into a Windows PC, reboot it, and magically all Trojans and viruses on the system will be destroyed. Jumpshot is currently on Kickstarter. Their initi... »

Why Pay For Microsoft Office?

I’m sure most of you know that I am an Ubuntu user predominately. Therefore, I don’t really use Microsoft Office, however – I still do use Microsoft Office on my work Laptop (it runs Windows 7) and I have used it for many year since the 1997 version. But is Microsoft Office worth the £250+ price tag that you pay for some versions? In short, the answer is NO. This is because ther... »

How Will the Microsoft Surface Tablet Shape Up (and will it be better than the iPad)?

This is a guest post by Laura Kay; a researcher and blogger for Melbourne Server Hosting. There is yet another competitor for the iPad throne: the Microsoft Surface. This Microsoft tablet—yes, Microsoft. Not Dell, HP or Compaq—is one of the first tablets made to run Windows 8. While there seems to be a rallying cry among the Microsoft faithful, does this tablet really have what it takes to bea... »

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