Windows 8

  • Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More

  • Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build. If Windows 8 was a dramatic lurch towards mobile computing, especially on tablets, Windows 9 appears to be heading for a more equitable balance between desktop muscle, and… Read More

  • Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    After pleading guilty, former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo will pay a $100 fine and serve three months in prison for stealing trade secrets. His case picked up wide notice not due to the nature of the crime — trade leaks happen every day — but instead in terms of how he was caught. Kibkalo leaked code to a French blogger, and Microsoft took a look into that account for… Read More

  • China Bans Windows 8 On Government Computers

    China Bans Windows 8 On Government Computers

    Microsoft was just socked with another blow in China. The Central Government Procurement Center has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers. Reuters reports that computer security relating to Windows XP was cited as the reason. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Could Be Unveiled Next Week

    Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Could Be Unveiled Next Week

    Microsoft might be gearing up to show off the third iteration of its Surface Pro Windows-powered computer/tablet next week at a special event. The surface event is confirmed, and reports suggest that there will be a smaller version of the Surface called the “Surface Mini” shown off there, a new support document (via Verge) suggests we’ll also see a full-fledged follow-up to… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Sold More Than 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses

    Microsoft Has Sold More Than 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses

    Microsoft’s executive vice president Tami Reller announced today that the company has sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses. TechCrunch confirmed the data point with Microsoft. The company provided greater detail on the figure, stating that it does not “include volume license sales to enterprise,” while it does take into account upgrades to Windows 8 along with… Read More

  • Tablets Help Apple Stay On Top As World’s Biggest ‘PC’ Maker In Q4 As Windows 8 Struggles: Canalys

    Tablets Help Apple Stay On Top As World’s Biggest ‘PC’ Maker In Q4 As Windows 8 Struggles: Canalys

    It’s a mobile world after all, even where PCs are concerned. Canalys today published its latest figures tracking PC sales in Q4, and thanks to the strength of the iPad — and Canalys’ decision to count tablets as ‘PCs’ — Apple has once again kept its position at the top, taking 19.5% of all sales, or just under 31 million units. Not counting tablets, Canalys… Read More

  • In Praise Of Metro

    In Praise Of Metro

    It looks like Microsoft has finally realized that Metro (or the Modern UI or whatever else they call it these days) wasn’t right for the desktop. If the rumors are true, it’ll continue to de-emphasize Metro with the first major Windows 8.1 update later this year. No doubt, that’s exactly the right thing to do. Metro is actually a great user interface – just not on… Read More

  • New 5-in-1 Concept from Toshiba

    Toshiba’s 5-in-1 Computing Device Concept Looks Like What Windows 8 Is Meant For

    One of the best parts of CES are the devices that companies show off that are more or less conceptual, and may or may not ever even get made. One such gadget is the Toshiba 5-in-1 tablet, notebook, media player, drawing slate, etc. It’s sleek looking in pre-production solid aluminum, and also has a lot of potential as a flexible hybrid with a form factor that’s tailor-made for… Read More

  • Windows 8.x Busts Past 10% Market Share As Windows 7 Rises, XP Falls

    Windows 8.x Busts Past 10% Market Share As Windows 7 Rises, XP Falls

    According to Net Applications, Windows 8.x crossed the 10% barrier in December of 2013. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ended the year with 6.89% and 3.60% apiece for a combined 10.49% total market share. In the month, Windows 7 picked up 0.88% market share, as Windows XP fell below the 30 percent mark, shedding 2.24% to land at 28.98% in the month. While Windows 8.x’s market share growth… Read More