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Ah, those crafty Germans. The fine folks at Winfuture.de (h/t to Ars Technica) are who we have to thank for the latest leaks, videos, and pictures of a developer build of Windows 9.

Windows 9, aka "Threshold," is the upcoming "fix Windows 8" version of the operating system, set for public beta later this month.

What have we learned from the latest leaks? As expected, the Start Menu is back with a ton of customizability -- from bare-bones menu to full-on Windows 8 Start screen. Windows 9 will also pick up a couple of features off of its Apple counterpart: virtual desktops and a notifications center.

Remember when everyone offered free email? At a certain point, it didn't matter which one you picked because they were all free. The only differentiator was feature set, and for a while, all the freebies (Hotmail, Yahoo) looked exactly the same ... until Gmail shook things up and everyone else played catch-up.

To a certain extent, we have the same thing happening with cloud storage: it's space, on the Internet, to store your files. DropBox was revolutionary, but now there are fifty-seven* companies offering the exact same service. How bad is the market saturation? Here's a breakdown of your choices for free and paid service, respectively.

It looks like we're on the threshold ... of Threshold.

The next version of Microsoft Windows, code-named Threshold, is set for a "technology preview" in late September or early October, reports ZDnet. That's fancy geek speak for a beta or pre-release testing version, and like Apple did last month, Microsoft will make the beta public.

That's right. You. Me. Anyone who hates Windows 8. We can all test Windows 9 -- though putting testing software on your primary PC is not the brightest idea.

Remember the days of classic WordPerfect? In DOS? Does anyone remember DOS? Bueller? Bueller?

Both modern-day Microsoft Word and WordPerfect have a lot of fancy geegaws that you can distract yourself with when you have to write. Ooh, look! I can play with the fonts! Ooh, look! I can adjust the styles! With a deadline quickly approaching, it can be better to hearken back to the days where it was just you and the white-on-blue glow of the text.

So if you can't afford to waste time setting your margins just so, here are five "distraction-free" word-processing programs that eliminate the extra stuff you're tempted to play with:

It's been two weeks. Two weeks running Apple's beta version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, set for wide release this fall. (Well, almost two weeks -- it took 24 hours to actually download the software, but I digress.) Two weeks of flat design, upgraded features, and surprisingly few bugs for a beta version.

What's the verdict? OS X 10.10 is the iOS-ification of the desktop operating system: flat design, thinner fonts, and a few other features pulled from the mobile OS, and it's surprisingly fantastic.

When we last caught up with Firm Central, a cloud practice management program created by our corporate cousins in Minnesota, we came away impressed with its debut, calling it amazing, especially for those who love WestLaw and Outlook. To put it simply, it was more robust than any other platform we had ever tried, almost to a fault.

The fault was this: a lot of features, some only loosely integrated from other West products, that could be a bit overwhelming without a training session. Fortunately, the fine Firm Central folks helped me with a remote install and training session last time -- and did the same this time, both as a refresher course and to show off the big new feature, Deadline Assistant.

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During Microsoft's recent earnings call, CEO Satya Nadella stated that the company would "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system," relates The Verge.

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes."

This isn't the first mention of a one-OS-fits-all vision -- Windows Threshold has been in the rumor pipeline for months, if not years, after all. But, it is certainly the clearest. Microsoft's vision is simple: phone, tablet, laptop, PC, Xbox, whatever -- one operating system and one set of universal apps that work everywhere.

For most incoming law students, 1L starts in just a few weeks. At this point, you're probably figuring out apartment leases, moving trucks, and tying up loose ends in your current living situation. But when 1L arrives, you'll want to be prepared and ready to jump right in.

A couple of weeks ago, we have you a list of supplies to get you started, but being the resident geek in the building, I figured a little tech talk was also in order.

Here are a few things you need, technology-wise, and some that you don't:

"Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015."

This past weekend, a flood of tweets started popping up, warning people that, just like Windows XP's end of life earlier this year, Windows 7 would be killed by Microsoft in January 2015.

Not quite. If you're using Windows 7, you can continue to do so safely for at least the next five years. The only thing that will change for most people is that Microsoft will not release any new features after the end of "Mainstream Support." Security fixes, however, will continue until January 14, 2020.

This fall, Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1, but it is not the one you (and we) are hoping for. It's rumored to be a smattering of bug fixes, security updates, and minor interface tweaks -- basically a service pack.

The good stuff, the stuff mentioned at Build 2014, the stuff that will make Windows 8.x usable, is being held over for Windows Threshold (the code name for what will probably be Windows 9). According to ZDNet, Microsoft's goal for Threshold is to get as many holdout Windows 7 users to switch over as possible, and to get there, the company will basically revert Windows to the classic desktop scheme, if a keyboard is attached.

But even more exciting is this: it might be free.