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R.I.P. Windows XP, Hello Windows 8.1 Update 1

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It wouldn’t be fair to say that we hardly knew thee. For my part, I skipped Windows Vista altogether, making the leap directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 a few years ago. Despite some of its quirks, Windows XP was a solid operating system, but we must finally bid adieu to our dear friend today.

Microsoft has officially ended

Microsoft Leaks Download for Windows 8.1 Update 1

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Microsoft hasn’t exactly had the best of luck with people adopting Windows 8, partly because it’s such a dramatic departure from Windows 7 and the many iterations before it. They’re working on making things better, particularly for those using a keyboard and mouse, with Windows 8.1 Update 1. This was schedule for release next month, but it looks like …

Futuremark Introduces Servermark; Needs Benchmarks of the Benchmark

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Never one to shy away from providing users with some way, shape, or form of benchmarking hardware, Futuremark has announced Servermark. This latest benchmarking tool from the company synonymous with benchmarking tools will enable IT professionals in businesses large and small to accurately measure and compare the performance of servers. At least that's what Futuremark is saying; eventually it will.…

Windows 8.1 Available Now – Will You Be Updating?

Futurelooks Checks Out the NCIX Windows 8 Launch Party

I’m willing to bet that most of you are still on Windows 7. In fact, Futureooks is still testing on Windows 7. While there are many good reasons staying on the tried and true number  7, the biggest reason is to stick with it is to avoid the radically redesigned touch interface that, frankly, doesn’t work too well for the …

SiSoft Sandra 2013 SP5 Further Improves a Great Benchmarking Suite

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One of the many things Futurelooks relies on is benchmark software. After all, it’s a good idea to measure performance differences when you upgrade parts in a system. Having peace of mind that the money was worth it is one of the functions that good benchmark software can provide and of the best benchmark software suites is now even better …

The Newest Version of Opera to be Powered by Chromium

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I’ve been a user of the Opera Web Browser now for the past 5 years. Excluding the times I needed to use MS Internet Explorer for a site that just wouldn’t work without it, Opera is my preferred browser for a number of reasons. As of July 2nd, Opera completes its move towards better web compatibility with Opera 15 powered …

GIGABYTE Let’s Windows 8 Boot to Desktop With New App

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Did you buy a Windows 8 machine? Or did you upgrade an existing machine or install it new on your latest DIY build? I’m sure a lot of you were thought about two things when you first booted up: How do I boot into the desktop, skipping this “Metro” apps stuff and where the heck did my Start Button go? …