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Believe it or not, this week was a win for Microsoft. It released Windows 8 to a huge audience, blowing Apple’s iPad announcements out of the water — quite the undertaking.

Just in case you missed them, we’ve included two of our favorite Windows 8 stories below. And don’t worry, we’ve got something for those of you a little sick of those jewel-toned windows as well.

Should we leave you craving for more awesome tech tales (try not to get drool on your keyboard, laptops are expensive), our Editor’s Picks tag is happy to serve.

Now, let’s get on to the stories you need to read:

Windows 8 stuns, amazes, and sometimes lets us down (review)

It seems like ages ago when Microsoft simultaneously dazzled and puzzled the hell out of the public when it showed off Windows 8 for the first time in June 2011. Since then, we’ve seen Windows 8 evolve and slowly change perceptions about how it works and what devices it’s meant for. Finally, the OS is now available for purchase.

10 New York City startups we’re crazy about


VentureBeat’s been taking a close look at the New York City startup scene. You’ve seen our top New York City technology influencers, but we also want to spotlight the top 10 most interesting startups the city has to offer.

Tips and tricks for getting started with Windows 8


You’ve read all the pre-release coverage and maybe a few reviews, and you’ve decided to take the plunge into Windows 8. You’ve got a freshly upgraded (or new) machine, and that Metro interface is just taunting you with its fancy tiles while you’re struggling to find all the options you’re used to. You click on Internet Explorer and everything looks different. Perhaps you start to wonder how you’re going to survive without a Start button.

How three Dubliners created F.ounders, a ‘Davos for geeks’

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You don’t often find U2’s Bono, economist Larry Summers, and Wael Gnomin, the Google marketeer whose Facebook page helped spark the Egyptian revolution, at the same event. You certainly don’t find them being sent on a pub crawl around Dublin. But that’s what happens at F.ounders, an invitation-only gathering of the founders of 150 of the world’s top tech companies and other luminaries.

Game developers say iPad mini will be good for gaming

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Game industry executives say that the iPad mini will be good for gaming because it expands the audience to new kinds of players and introduces a device that may be more comfortable in the hands of gamers. By and large, the iPad mini fits into purses and man-bags. That will help it reach a broader audience.

Top image via Shutterstock, Windows 8 images via Sean Ludwig/VentureBeat, New York City image via Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat, iPad image via Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat