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Roger Federer battles into Australian Open third round

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Major Cabinet Changes: Gwenigale, Tarpeh Replaced

first_imgSpecial Statement to the Nation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Delivered Sunday, November 16, 2014 My fellow Liberians: Even as we continue to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve our national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, we must also attend to what will be a difficult job of recovery – recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction. This requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that is understanding of the prevailing challenges, and are resolved to respond by taking appropriate risks to get things done on time. It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead. And so today, I announce a number of changes to the Executive Branch of the Government. A few are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance. Others are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country. I am deeply grateful for the services and contribution of all of those we who have served or continue to serve. We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship. My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations. With these remarks, I am pleased to make the following initial appointments, others to follow at a subsequent time: Ministry of Public Works Mr. William Gyude Moore, Minister Mr. Roland Giddings, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Education Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Minister Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Minister for Administration Mr. Anthony Nimely, Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development National Investment Commission Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, Chairperson Ministry of Health Mr. George Werner, Minister Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection Mrs. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister Mr. Peter Roberts, Deputy Minister for Administration Mrs. Sienne Abdul-Baki, Deputy Minister for Gender Mrs. Mardia Martin Wiles, Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning & Technical Services Mrs. Lydia Sherman, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Wede Brownell, Deputy Minister for Administration Ms. Albratha Doe, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Transport Mr. Bushuben M. Keita, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Commerce & Industry Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr., Deputy Minister for Commerce Mr. Mohammed Turay, Assistant Minister for Industry National AIDS Commission Ms. Candace Eastman, Commissioner (replacing Ms. Wessehdi Sio-Njoh) Ministry of Youth & Sports Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration (replacing Ms. Jacqueline Capehart) Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy Mr. Zack Sharpe, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Information Mr. Andrew Tehmeh, Deputy Minister for Administration (to replace Norris Tweah who moves on to the University of Liberia) Ministry of Internal Affairs Ms. Gbemie Horace Kollie, Deputy Minister for Operations (replacing Mr. Ranney Jackson) Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Margretta Smith-General, Assistant Minister for Administration (replacing Mr. James Cooper) Liberia Broadcasting System Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, Director General Mr. Patrick Honnah, Deputy Director General for Broadcasting Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Director General for Rural Comms The special word on the change in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gwenigale will continue to serve as Advisor until his planned retirement in February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SOCU interrogates MP, former GRDB officials

first_img– Nandlall dismisses charges as frivolous, maliciousBy Ramona LuthiSix persons were on Thursday afternoon summoned by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for questioning in relation to the Guyana Rice Development Board’s (GRDB’s) operations during the years 2011 to 2015. They were later charged and bailed for fraudulent omission of records in regard to the lucrative PetroCaribe Fund.The former GRDB officials making their way to SOCU headquarters, accompanied by their lawyers on ThursdayThe six are former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh; former Deputy GRDB General Manager Rickey Ramraj; Badrie Persaud of the Guyana Oil Company; former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine; PPP Parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall; and head of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj.Guyana Times was told that each of these persons had received a telephone call informing them that they were being charged, and instructing that they report to the Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU’s) Headquarters. They were not immediately told of their offence, but after several hours of interrogation by SOCU officials, they were then transported to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to have their fingerprints taken, before being taken to the Brickdam Police Station to be charged and placed on station bail.They are all expected to be arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today, Friday, May 20 2017.While none of them was allowed a chance to interact with the media, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, representing some of them, explained that the charges “concerned the failure to make certain entries in relation to monies received through a foreign-funded project.”He described the situation as “harassment”, and advised the affected persons to sue the state for compensation, since, he said, he believes the matter is frivolous and he is certain that no conviction would be made therefrom.“Public monies have to be better spent! This (that) you’re seeing here is costing the state millions of dollars. This will have to go to court; it will take months in the court and it will never yield a conviction; and a properly advised person charged in these circumstances would be advised to sue the state for compensation, because this is nothing short of malicious prosecution,” Nandlall told media operatives.The former AG also lamented that there was no evidence to support claims that the six persons had intended to commit fraud by the omission of records.“There is no evidence that this money was missing; that the money was not spent for the purpose for which it was disbursed. In fact, the money was spent for the purpose for which it was disbursed,” he explained.Nandlall criticised SOCU for levelling charges against these six persons in regard to the omission of “a ceremonial entry into the record.” He said the accountants should rather have been charged.“Absolute nonsense! This is absolute harassment! Why is it that [they’re] putting people through this ordeal: damaging their character, putting their family and them through anguish and through suffering just because (they) have the power to do so?” he questioned.During the early part of 2017, it had been reported that false and misleading statements were being sent to the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela by the former General Manager of the GRDB in order to obtain monies from the PetroCaribe Fund. The fund was established almost a decade ago, when Venezuela introduced an oil sale arrangement wherein Guyana and a number of CARICOM and Latin America countries took oil at concessionary rates, paid a percentage in advance and protracted payment of the balance over a 20-year period. The PetroCaribe Fund was supposed to hold millions of US dollars.Inconsistencies in this Fund was just one of several financial irregularities highlighted by Nigel Hinds Financial Services in the forensic audit it had done for the period 2011 to 2015.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had noted that, based on the audit report, millions of dollars had passed through the accounting unit of the GRDB. He highlighted that the “glaring” financial irregularities uncovered by the auditors had no “no traceable signs that (they) were ever approved”.last_img read more

405 relief

first_imgTHE California Transportation Commission likely will decide today to grant all the car-pool-lane money needed for the 405 Freeway after a week of pressure from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others. Who says a little complaining doesn’t work? The CTC is set to make the decision about this year’s allocation from the $20 billion transportation bond measure that state voters endorsed last November. Initially, the commission’s staff recommended that the 405 get zilch in this round of funding, even though the freeway ranks at the top of the worst freeways in the history of all time. The outcry from local politicians – and even others across the state – changed minds on the commission staff. And on Monday the staff amended the report to include $1.1 billion for traffic-relief projects on both the 405 and Interstate 5. We hope the CTC will endorse the recommendation so that the relief can begin, at last. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD LOCAL: TAWNAWILLY PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 16th 10.00am Ita O’Connor – 1st Anniversary 6.00pm Bridget Stewart – AnniversarySunday 17th 9.00am Feast Day of St.Patrick11.30am Tessie McGroarty – AnniversaryMonday 18th 9.30am Tuesday 19th 9.30am Peggy Gibbons – Recently DeceasedThursday 21st 9.30am Aggie & Patrick McDaid – Anniversary8.00pm Peace MassFriday 22nd 9.30am Frances Hughes – Recently DeceasedSaturday 23rd 10.00am 6.00pm Terance & Mary Woods – AnniversarySunday 24th 9.00am11.30am Nora McGinley – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9.30am. Thursday 9.30am & 8.00pm. Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.First Confession – Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 21st May at 5.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 25th May at 11.00am.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 16th 6.30pm William Kerrigan – AnniversarySunday 17th 10.30am St Patrick’s Day – James Hilley & Sr Valentia Hilley – AnniversaryWednesday 20th 7.00pm Cassie McNulty – AnniversaryThursday 21st 10.00am Brede Hyland – AnniversarySaturday 23rd 6.30pm Anthony McAnaw – AnniversarySunday 24th 10.30am Mary Agnes McMenamin – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Wednesday 7.00pm. Thursday & Friday 10.00am.Recent Death – Teresa Mc Namee, Drimark.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.First Confession – For the children from St Francis School – Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm.First Holy Communion- In St Agatha’s Church, Clar, Saturday, 18th May 2013 at 11.00am MassSt Vincent de Paul – Your local St Vincent de Paul branch is nearby at 0871918912Daffodil Day Coffee Morning – In Townawilly on Tuesday, 19th March, 11.00am – 1.00pm in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.THE MONTHLY DIOCESAN MASS FOR PEACEWill be celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town on Thursday, 21st March, 2013 at 8.00 p.m.PRO LIFE ROSARY VIGILOutside Dail Eireann on Saturday 23rd March at 3.00pm. Bus leaving Glenties at 8.30am via Ardara, Killybegs, Dunkineely, Ardaghey, Mountcharles, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon. For details contact Mary on 0861688566.EUCHARISTIC ADORATIONFirst Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine for Eucharistic Adorers and friends will take place on Saturday 20th April 2013.EASTER FAMILY CRAFT DAY IN AID OF ANIMALS IN NEED DONEGAL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTREOn Saturday 23rd March from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Suitable for all children aged from 2 – 12 years. All activities priced from 50c to €1. Coffee corner provided for parents to relax. Easter raffles will be held on the day with great prizes. Please support this great charity.LEGHOWNEY FOROIGE CLUBAre hosting a 8km sponsored walk to raise funds for both the club and the O’ Cleary Centre Donegal Town, on Easter Sunday 31st of March at 3.00pm. Registration is at 2.00pm in the hall & costs €5 & €10 for a family.FUNDRAISING DANCEA Dance will be held in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in the Millpark Hotel, Donegal Town on Sunday 17th March. Music by Big Chief Rising Star & Cherokee Showband & Special guest -Grainne Gavigan. Dancing 10pm –Midnight. Tickets €10.WHITE OAKS DRUG & REHABILITATION CENTREIs a fully accredited treatment centre serving Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim. As a charitable organization the service is dependant largely on public donation & are looking for business persons who will allow a collection box on their serving counter or beside their till. Contact Gerrard O’Neil on 074 9384866 or email whiteoaksrehabcentre@hotmail.comParish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: TAWNAWILLY PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: March 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: TAWNAWILLY PARISH NEWSLETTERDonegal TownLagheylast_img read more

MICHAEL MURPHY WILL CAPTAIN IRELAND TEAM DOWN UNDER

first_imgMichael Murphy will captain Ireland Down Under for the forthcoming International Rules Series.Michael Murphy has been named as captain of the Ireland International Rules team for their forthcoming test series in Australia. Murphy successful captained the Irish side to a record-breaking victory over their Australian counterparts in last year’s one sided test series, and manager Paul Earley has again chosen Murphy to lead his side.Murphy has enjoyed another outstanding season for Donegal, and helped Donegal to a third Ulster title in just four years. He added another All-Star to his collection on Friday night, in recognition of his outstanding and consistent performances in 2014.He was outstanding for Glenswilly in their Donegal SFC semi-final win over Naomh Conaill on Sunday, and helped his side to another county final.Murphy will be joined on the team by Donegal defender Neil McGee who also enjoyed a brilliant season for Donegal.McGee was pipped by Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the overall Player of the year gong on Friday night, but added a third All-Star to his collection for his performances over the course of the year. Ireland panel: Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke (Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain). MICHAEL MURPHY WILL CAPTAIN IRELAND TEAM DOWN UNDER was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaCaptainDown UnderGAAHome-page SportMichael MurphynewsTest Serieslast_img read more

Torres v Taarabt

first_imgFernando Torres and Adel Taarabt have surely got to find the net soon.We have a match bet on who will score first in the Premier League and bet:Will Torres score before Taarabt?Torres: 8/11Taarabt: EvensIt was no surprise to see Andre Villas-Boas leave Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s lamentable performance at The Hawthorns, but who will be in charge of the side on the opening day of the 2012/13 season?Jose Mourinho is 2/1 favourite at BetVictor with Rafa Benitez 4s and Pep Guardiola and Roberto Di Matteo 6/1.The manager of the German national side Joachim Lowe has been supported into 10/1 from 33s and refused to comment on the speculation earlier in the week.Chelsea manager for opening fixture of 2012/13 season:Mourinho: 2/1Benitez: 4/1Guardiola: 6/1Di Matteo: 6/1Capello: 10/1Low: 10/1Moyes: 12/120s BarChelsea entertain Stoke this weekend ahead of their vital Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday night. Arsenal came close to pulling off a shock earlier in the week and the Blues are 9/4 to progress to the quarter-finals with the Italians 1/3 to make the last eight.6/1 to be Chelsea boss next season.Chelsea (2/5) should have too much for Stoke (17/2) with the draw at 15/4.It will be interesting to see how many of the senior players are returned to the starting line-up and Didier Drogba is 19/4 to grab the opener with Torres 5s and the in-form Mata 7s.Rangers are first up when they travel to the Reebok for Saturday’s early kick off.Bolton are 6/4 favourites with the R’s 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.Djibril Cisse (13/2 to score first) has served his three-match ban and is available for a game that Rangers simply cannot afford to lose.The Trotters would leapfrog Rangers if they land all three points and it now looks as if relegation will be fought out by the bottom five.QPR are 5/6 for the drop and 5/6 to survive ahead of the six-pointer.Fulham travel to Villa Park with man of the moment Pavel Pogrebnyak looking to add to his impressive start to life at Craven Cottage.The striker is 6/1 to net the opener and 7/4 to score any time during the 90 minutes.The Villa Park faithful have never taken to Alex McLeish who must do without Darren Bent. Fulham look overpriced at 21/10 with the hosts 6/4 and the draw 23/10.The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the racing year and our Festival microsite is up and running with all the offers, market movers and news at your fingertips: http://cheltenham.betvictor.com/Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kevin Durant isn’t the first to change his number when leaving Warriors

first_imgBig news from Kevin Durant over the weekend. We know it’s big because he made the announcement via social media..@35Ventures pic.twitter.com/LKR00FOnys— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 7, 2019 CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The erstwhile Warrior is changing numbers. No. 35 is out. No. 7 is in. As no Nets player currently lays claim to No. 35, this represents a change for change’s sake. A new beginning.We know what you’re thinking: It …last_img read more

MH370 found??

first_imgBREAKING NEWSAustralia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday afternoon that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion was being diverted to check on two objects that may be the wreckage of MH370 which disappeared on March 8 on a flight to Beijing.Mr Abbott said that three more aircraft including the P8 would be over the area later on Thursday.Mr Abbott said he has informed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of the developments.However he warned against drawing any premature conclusions or hopes on the search. “We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370,” Mr Abbott said. One of the objects is 24m in length.Here is the statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority:The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air Force and the United States Navy. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370. RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday. The images were captured by satellite. They may not be related to the aircraft. The assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation as a possible indication of debris south of the search area that has been the focus of the search operation. The imagery is in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. A Royal Australian Air Force Orion aircraft arrived in the area about 1.50pm. A further three aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft. The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart RAAF Base Pearce at 6pm. The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 8pm. A RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys. These marker buoys assist RCC Australia by providing information about water movement to assist in drift modelling. They will provide an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted. A merchant ship that responded to a shipping broadcast issued by RCC Australia on Monday is expected to arrive in the area about 6pm.last_img read more

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft Steps Back Toward Operating System Relevance

first_imgMicrosoft officially released a preview of Windows 8.1 this morning, coinciding with the opening of Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer to-do here in San Francisco.The preview release (get it here) offers no major surprises. Codenamed Windows Blue, Windows 8.1 smooths out some of the rough edges of Windows 8, most notably bringing back the one feature users missed most when Windows 8 was released: the Start button.(See also: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Fix The PC — And Windows 8) The Start button’s return is part of Microsoft’s tacit acknowledgement that the Windows 8 Metro interface isn’t for everyone. Windows 8.1 will feature the capability to boot into Metro Start screen or a more traditional-looking Windows interface with the Start menu.(See also: Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button)Adaptability seems to be a core principle of the preview release. Users can configure their lock screens, customize windows and tiles and, ideally, use the new Windows on whatever device they choose.Windows 8.1 will also include unified searching, so you can search for applications and files in one tool, rather than in separate search bars. Bing, naturally, will play a front-and-center role in the refreshed operating system, given that search is becoming a bigger feature in Windows.Microsoft has spent a lot of time integrating Internet Explorers 11 into Windows 8.1 and optimizing the browser for touch, a feature that may give it a slight edge against competitors Chrome and Firefox.Tighter integration with the cloud will play a key role in Windows 8.1, with smoother paths into Office 365, SkyDrive and the aforementioned Windows Store.Windows 8.1 isn’t exactly a game-changer. But it is going to make right a lot of what some users thought was wrong with Windows 8.Images courtesy of Microsoft. brian proffitt Tags:#Microsoft#search#Windows 8 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more