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How to Navigate the Windows 8.1 Mail Screen

If you signed in to Windows 8.1 or the Mail app with a Microsoft account that’s also a Hotmail/Outlook.com ID, Mail reaches out to your Hotmail/Outlook.com account and pulls the last two weeks’ worth of [more…]

How to Add a New Account to Windows 8.1 Metro Mail

The Windows 8.1 Metro Mail app has built-in smarts for you to connect to any Hotmail/Outlook.com, Gmail, Exchange Server (including Office 365 business edition), AOL, Yahoo!, or IMAP accounts. You can [more…]

How to Add Accounts to the Windows 8.1 Metro People App

If you set up Windows 8.1 Metro Mail with a Hotmail/Outlook.com, Gmail, or Exchange Server account, all the contacts belonging to that account have already been imported into Metro People. If you set up [more…]

The 4 Personas of the Windows 8.1 Metro People App

Many of the Windows 8.1 apps offer several different views or interfaces (possibly because Windows 8.1 has multiple personalities as well). The People app has four different personas. [more…]

How to Edit a Contact in the Windows 8.1 Metro People App

If you want to change the information associated with a Metro People person — a contact — in Windows 8.1's Metro People app, here’s how to do it: [more…]

How to Add People in Windows 8.1's Metro People App

Adding a new contact in Windows 8.1's Metro People app isn’t difficult, if you can keep in mind one oddity: You add accounts via the Charm bar’s Settings charm, on the right side of the screen, but to [more…]

How to Avoid Windows 8.1 Metro Calendar App Collisions

The first time you bring up the Windows 8.1 Calendar app, you may think that you’re seeing double. Or triple. Assuming you have added two or more accounts into Metro Mail or Metro People, the calendars [more…]

A Quick Tour of the Windows 8.1 Metro Photo App

Windows 8.1’s Metro Photos app is meant to be a pleasing, full-screen way to look at your picture collection, coupled with some easy-to-use photo editing capabilities. [more…]

How to Edit Photos in Windows 8.1's Metro Photo App

If you can find a photo you want to edit, in spite of Windows 8.1 Metro Photo’s truly incapable search capabilities, editing it is quite easy — and the tools at hand, while rudimentary, are quite powerful [more…]

Importing Pictures to Windows 8.1 from a Camera or External Drive

The Windows 8.1 Metro Photos app has a very, very limited picture-import capability. You’re much better off using Windows Photo Gallery or any of the many photo apps. [more…]

How to Play Your Music with the Windows 8.1 Xbox Music App

If you’ve never used the Windows 8.1 tiled Metro Music app, Xbox Music, now’s a good time to give it a try. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to View Your Videos with Windows 8.1 Xbox Video

If you want to stream videos directly to your Xbox, the Windows 8.1 Metro Xbox Video app lets you control the streaming. The Metro Xbox Video app works almost exactly like the Music app. [more…]

How to Manage Playlists in the Windows 8.1 Metro Xbox Music App

The Metro Xbox Music app has a rudimentary playlist capability. A playlist is just a list of songs that the app is supposed to play in order.

Remarkably, any playlist that you create in a different app, [more…]

What Is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is an Internet-based storage platform offered for free by Microsoft to anyone with a Microsoft account. Think of it as a hard drive in the cloud, which you can share, with a few extra benefits [more…]

How to Access the Windows 8.1 Tiled Metro SkyDrive

Microsoft’s tiled Metro SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1 leaves much to be desired, but it’s not a bad place to get your feet wet. Follow these steps to access SkyDrive via the tiled SkyDrive app: [more…]

How to Work with Files in the Windows 8.1 Metro SkyDrive App

There are limited things you can do with Microsoft’s tiled Metro SkyDrive app. Here’s how to work with files in SkyDrive when you access SkyDrive via the tiled Metro SkyDrive app: [more…]

How to Use SkyDrive on Your Windows 8.1 Desktop

If you want to use SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 (as opposed to just playing with it in the tiled Metro SkyDrive app), you need to flip over to your old-fashioned desktop. [more…]

How to Run SkyDrive on the Web

By far the most options and the best controls for the SkyDrive app that shipped with Windows 8.1 are on the web. The option you'll use most? Sharing.

While it’s true that you can right-click a file or folder [more…]

The SkyDrive Fetch Feature

The Windows 8.1 SkyDrive app's Fetch feature lets you go into any computer that’s logged on with your Microsoft account and retrieve files on the computer. [more…]

Where Can You Find Windows 8.1 Metro Skype?

Chances are pretty good that the Metro Skype tile didn’t get put on your Windows 8.1 Metro Start screen. If you’ve looked and can’t find it there, it’s because Microsoft hid it on the All Apps screen. [more…]

Installing the Windows Version of Skype on Your Windows 8.1 Machine

Skype on the Windows desktop is considerably more powerful than Metro Skype. Here’s how to put the regular, old, everyday Windows version of Skype on your Windows 8.1 machine: [more…]

How to Add a Contact to Skype in Windows 8.1

The methods for adding Contacts vary depending on which version of Skype you’re using — Windows 8.1 Metro, Windows, iPad, Android, and so on. Before you can call someone, you have to make her an “official” [more…]

Hooking Twitter into Windows 8.1

There’s a very rudimentary Twitter client built in to Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 tiled Metro People app. But if you’re serious about using Twitter — particularly if you have more than one Twitter account [more…]

A Quick Tour of the Windows 8.1 Bing News App

At its heart, the Windows 8.1 Bing News app is a wire-service aggregator, with a disproportionate representation of news stories sent by Reuters and the Associated Press [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 8.1 Bing News App

Bing Daily is the primary way of looking at the Windows 8.1 Bing News app. You may be surprised to discover that Bing News has other features, which may actually prove useful. [more…]

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