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  • Microsoft thwarts Start button hacks as new Windows 8 build launches

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Microsoft is dead serious about killing the classic Start button and Start menu in Windows 8, and is reportedly disabling hacks that bring them back.
  • Microsoft to ship Windows 8 Release Preview today

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Microsoft will ship Windows 8 Release Preview today, several days earlier than expected, according to a blog briefly posted by the company.
  • Windows 8 release preview leaks to Web

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 6:54 am

    A Chinese edition of Windows 8, reportedly the same build that Microsoft will launch in the next week as the Release Preview, has leaked to file-sharing sites.
  • Dell Windows 8 tablet specs leak

    Posted May 27, 2012 - 7:18 am

    Don't expect any big surprises out of Dell's first Windows 8 tablet aimed at enterprise users.
  • Microsoft clarifies Ballmer's claims of massive Windows 8 adoption

    Posted May 24, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Reports earlier this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted unprecedented sales of Windows 8 were wrong on multiple counts, Microsoft and independent analysts agreed.
  • Windows 8 to run Adobe Flash only on some websites

    Posted May 24, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    The touch-centric Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 is plug-in free, but the browser may still be able to run Adobe Flash video, according to an online report. Microsoft is reportedly taking the Google Chrome approach with IE10 and building Flash capability directly into the touch-friendly browser. But Flash won't be available for every site on the Web in Metro IE10. Instead, Microsoft will only extend the capability to select popular sites, according to Windows bloggers Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera.
  • Windows 8 puts end to endless reboots

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 9:25 pm

    Microsoft yesterday promised that a feature it's added to Windows 8 will put a stop to endless reboots.
  • Ballmer: Windows 8 will bring 'rebirth' of Microsoft OS

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    The upcoming Windows 8 will represent "a dawning of the rebirth" of Redmond's ubiquitous operating system, according to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.
  • Windows RT management could be a key to success for Windows 8 tablets

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    IT management executives from large corporations worry most about how to manage employee-owned devices safely and securely, according to clients of the Directions on Microsoft analyst firm.
  • Windows 8 security: What's new

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    When Windows 8 comes out later this year, the new Start screen and Metro-style apps will likely be the first changes you'll notice, but those aren't the only things that are new. Microsoft is also making some serious security enhancements to help keep your system safer and to improve Windows' ability to combat viruses and malware. It just may be the biggest improvement to Windows security yet.
  • No price cuts for Windows 8 upgrades, says analyst

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    Microsoft will not reduce the price of Windows 8 upgrades, as it did three years ago before the roll-out of Windows 7, a retail sales analyst said today.
  • Microsoft dumps 'Aero' UI in Windows 8, 'Metro-izes' desktop

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Microsoft is abandoning the 'Aero' user interface with Windows 8, calling the UI that debuted in Vista and continued in Windows 7, 'cheesy' and 'dated.'
  • Windows 8: Microsoft tries to rein in crapware

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Windows 8 may be the most significant reimagining of Microsoft's OS in more than 15 years, but it still won't change one eternal rule of Microsoft-powered PCs: wherever Windows goes, bloatware follows. Microsoft and its users have long complained to hardware makers about the amount of extra software that manufacturers include with Windows PCs such as extra media-playing software or trial versions of antivirus programs.
  • Microsoft tunes up Windows 8 multi-screen

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    When Microsoft launches Windows 8 Release Preview next month the operating system will have improved navigation features for users who like more than one monitor to display all their applications.
  • Is November Win 8 tablet release too late?

    Posted May 14, 2012 - 11:31 am

    If Intel-based Windows 8 tablets launch in November, as one informed source expects, Microsoft would face a narrow window to play a role in the important holiday sales period.
  • Windows 8 Pro: Features IT pros need to know about

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    Microsoft announced last month that Windows 8 will be sold in three editions: two for PCs powered by x86 processors and one for ARM-based tablets, called Windows RT.
  • Microsoft touts Win8's ability to detect, fix hard disk problems

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    Microsoft has revamped the way Windows 8 monitors hard disk operations and detects problems in an effort to make the diagnostic and repair process less intrusive and disruptive, even as disk capacity continues to balloon.
  • Lenovo to add new Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrids to its ThinkPad line

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    Lenovo plans to add business-friendly Windows 8 hybrid laptops to its ThinkPad line that will be similar to the convertible, flippable IdeaPad Yoga.
  • What makes MS think it could ban non-IE browsers in Win8?

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    Once it was routine for Microsoft to dictate what applications or technology customers or other vendors had to use if they didn't want the big dog to bite. Now it's just ridiculous. No FireFox, Chrome or Safari on the ARM version of Windows 8? For how long, do you think?
  • Windows 8 privacy worry overblown, says Microsoft analyst

    Posted May 8, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Risk of local caching of contacts no greater with Windows 8 than Windows 7, researcher adds
  • Windows 8 tablets: A disaster in the making

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 10:20 am

    Microsoft has revealed that Windows 8 tablets powered by ARM chips will be no easier to manage in the enterprise than iPads are.
  • Windows 8 dumps default DVD playback

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Physical discs took another step towards extinction late Thursday after Microsoft announced that DVD playback will not be available by default on Windows 8. The new move adds another wrinkle to Microsoft's previous disclosure that Windows Media Center, the company's PC-based entertainment hub software, would not be included in default configurations of Windows 8. Windows Media Player will continue to be offered in all versions of Windows 8, but without DVD playback capability.
  • PC makers mum on Windows 8 upgrades

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    The first wave of laptops with Intel's latest third-generation Core processors started shipping this week with Windows 7, but PC makers are quiet about what it would take to upgrade the PCs to run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.
  • Microsoft mute on Nook app's bundling with Windows 8

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Microsoft on Monday declined to say whether Barnes and Noble's Nook app for Metro will be embedded into Windows 8 or Windows RT.
  • HP 'Slate 8' Windows tablet details surface

    Posted April 30, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    If you're hoping for a slim Windows 8 tablet that can run existing desktop software, HP might have you covered with the "Slate 8."
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