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  • Three great DVD playback alternatives for Windows 8

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 7:40 am

    With Windows 8, Microsoft decided to remove DVD playback functionality from Windows Media Player. That's bad news for those of use with vast DVD collections. Here are 3 DVD playback alternatives worth a look.
  • Windows 8 update: IDC says Windows 8 stalls PC sales

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Anticipation of Windows 8 devices coming out this fall has predictably led to sluggish sales of PCs in the past quarter as customers wait to decide whether they want in on the new operating system, according to an IDC report.
  • The best time to buy a laptop may be now: prices at record lows

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:35 am

    If you've been waiting for the perfect time to purchase a new laptop, you may want to grab your credit card now. Price-predicting service Decide.com says late June to mid-July is one of the best times of the year to get the best deal on a new notebook.
  • New Windows 8-ready hybrid tablet, convertible laptop from Fujitsu

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Fujitsu Monday unveiled two devices optimized for Windows 8: the business-friendly Stylistic Q702 slate tablet--which has an optional keyboard dock--and the 13.3-inch Lifebook T902 convertible laptop.
  • Windows 8 may not be sold solo

    Posted July 13, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Windows 8 users may not have the option to buy a full retail copy of the operating system when it launches this October.
  • Metal iPad minis, T-Mobile iPhones, and Amazon smartphones

    Posted July 11, 2012 - 10:41 am

    The WSJ calls it a “smartphone,” but at a screen size “between 4 and 5 inches,” Amazon’s test units are something like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line: a really big phone, or a tablet you can take calls on, preferably with headphones.
  • Ballmer admits Microsoft Surface tablet 'just a design point'

    Posted July 11, 2012 - 10:40 am

    At their Worldwide Partner Conference, CEO Steve Ballmer says partners are still the most important hardware providers, Surface just an example of "stunning Windows devices" to come.
  • Microsoft plans to sell a few million Surface tablets

    Posted July 10, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    Microsoft hopes to sell at least a few million of its Surface tablets after Windows 8 debuts in October, according to company chief executive Steve Ballmer. The Microsoft chief made the comments during the opening keynote for Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. Ever since Microsoft announced Surface, critics have debated whether the company will follow Apple's lead and start designing its own hardware on a regular basis or whether Surface is just a limited-edition “reference design” meant to inspire its hardware partners to do better.
  • Microsoft to back giant Windows 8 touchscreens

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Microsoft is buying the maker of the world's largest multi-touch displays in an effort to create Windows 8 devices that can be used for collaboration.
  • Running Windows 8 on your Mac

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Maybe you have to do it for work. Maybe you're just curious. Maybe you're a glutton for punishment who lives on the bleeding edge. Maybe you lost a bet. Whatever the reason, you want to run the Windows 8 Preview Release.
  • Windows 8 falls further behind Windows 7 in pre-launch stats

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Users remain significantly less enthused about Windows 8 than they were three years ago about the then-unfinished Windows 7, according to data from Net Applications.
  • Adding and managing users in Windows 8

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 7:49 am

    Windows 8 will soon be here, and if you plan to set up a system to be shared by more than one person, you’ll want to know how to add and manage user accounts. As with many aspects of the Windows operating system, things have changed in Windows 8, and you’ll have to learn how to get around in the new OS.
  • Windows 8, OS X upgrades by the numbers

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Like 2009, this year is one of dueling operating system upgrades, when the two biggest OS rivals face off with new editions.
  • Windows upgrade pricing: How low will it go?

    Posted July 3, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    Microsoft will offer its cheapest upgrade pricing yet, with upgrades to Windows 8 Pro available for just $40, through January 31, 2013.
  • Windows 8 Pro upgrade: Your FAQs answered

    Posted July 3, 2012 - 10:23 am

    When Windows 8 launches later this year you'll be able to upgrade to the pro version of Microsoft's newest desktop OS for just $40 for a limited time. The deal will apply to a broad base of current Windows users including those running Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft had a similar offer during the launch of Windows 7 but this one is cheaper than its predecessor. (Windows 7 upgrades ranged from $50-$100 at launch.)
  • HP's first Windows 8 tablet will target businesses, not consumers

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Hewlett-Packard's first Windows 8 tablet will be a business-oriented slate running an x86 CPU, not a consumer product running Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT operating system, the company has announced.
  • Why, when and how to migrate to Windows 8

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Windows 8 machines are coming out sometime this fall, but that doesn't mean businesses should shift to panic mode to upgrade their corporate desktops and laptops, experts say.
  • One Windows 8 hassle solved: Media Center will be free (if you upgrade)

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Two months ago I advised all fans of Windows Media Center to avoid upgrading to Windows 8, for the simple reason that Microsoft would not be bundling the beloved software with the new OS -- and instead charging extra for it after the fact.
  • Tips for building Windows 8 apps

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Microsoft today outlined how easy it is for anyone to develop apps for Windows 8. Here's how to be a Windows 8 developer.
  • Microsoft unveils $40 Windows 8 upgrade

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Microsoft on Monday announced a promotion that later this year will let users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 PCs upgrade to the new Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.
  • Windows 8 upgrade offer: $40, even if upgrading from Win XP

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    For a limited time, Microsoft will offer upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for a flat $40, as long as you're using Windows XP or later.
  • Windows 8 Secure Boot: two Linux distros respond

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Controversy has been raging over Microsoft's Windows 8 Secure Boot plans ever since they were first revealed last fall, and there's still no sign that that will change anytime soon.
  • Two Microsoft Surface tablets, two processors

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:48 am

    One Microsoft Surface Tablet will run on Intel processors, the other on Nvidia. One will appeal to end users, the other to IT departments. Which is which isn't as obvious as it seems.
  • Microsoft says it is happy with its Windows Phone partners. But for how long?

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Microsoft isn’t about to upset its partners twice. The company has said that it will not release its own smartphone based on Windows Phone 8, contradicting any reports to the contrary.
  • Where's IE10 for Windows 7?

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:46 am

    While Microsoft has regularly touted the improvements in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, the company has said next to nothing about the browser and Windows 7, the operating system that powers 44% of all Windows PCs.
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