Microsoft's MDOP 2014 R2 set of management and deployment tools for Windows, adds new application and user-experience virtualization features.
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I have installed Gnome, KDE, MATE, Xfce, and LXDE versions. Here are some comments, advice, and screenshots.
The electronics retailer is also taking $50 off a Steam Machine gaming PC console and offering a Lenovo Windows 8.1 desktop for $199.99, though its deals are only available in its retail stores.
The first major tech retailer to see its Black Friday ad leaked will have doorbusters that include a $149.99 8-inch tablet, a $189.99 laptop, and a $199.99 desktop all powered by the latest version of Windows.
Who says the Windows desktop is dead? These are the six essential utilities I install on every new Windows PC, and they work with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or even the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Newly available Microsoft desktop Skype clients for Mac and Windows include improvements to chat and file sharing.
The technical preview of Windows 10 is heavy on tools for the power desktop user that businesses will want to evaluate, but the most important features will be visible later in the preview cycle.
On day two of VMworld 2014, VMware strengthens ties to Google and Microsoft Windows while beefing up its Desktop-as-a-Service offerings worldwide.
If you need a Windows 8.1 computer that's flexible enough to be a tablet, a laptop (if you add the optional keyboard) and even (if you add the optional docking station) a desktop PC, then the Surface Pro 3 manages the trade-offs as well as anything on the market.
You can install any modern Windows or Linux version, desktop or server, using Hyper-V in Windows 8.1. But you'll need to bring your own license and software for the base OS. Here's how to get that OS cheap or even free.
Microsoft's One Windows strategy is only causing confusion because we seem to have forgotten what an operating system is.
The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."
The popular Linux desktop has its first major renovation in over six years.
Microsoft's plan is to tout Windows value and the ability to run native and Web apps, full Office, desktop apps and work with existing peripherals in its battle with Google's Chromebook.
Can Google's Rebel Alliance of Android and Chrome OS finally dent Microsoft's Windows Evil Empire? I expect we'll see this desktop operating system war start in late 2014.
Another release in the Makulu Linux family, this the with the KDE desktop to join the Xfce desktop released a couple of weeks ago.
The Pro x2 612 can turn into a 12.5-inch Windows tablet, while the Elite 700 family includes Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs in addition to traditional desktop and laptop form factors.
XP is slowly dying, Windows 8 is slowly gaining, but the almost five-year-old Windows 7 was the real desktop operating system winner in May as it went over the 50 percent mark for the first time.
The 2014 version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of Windows virtualization, management and security tools is available for volume licensees.
Microsoft is making Skype group video calling a free, cross-platform feature, starting with the Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One platforms.
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