Windows 8

  • Microsoft Today Ends Support For Windows 8, Old Versions Of Internet Explorer

    Microsoft Today Ends Support For Windows 8, Old Versions Of Internet Explorer

    Microsoft’s push towards Windows 10 continues. Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, IE 8, IE 9, and IE 10. For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. That  could potentially expose a… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

    Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

    Two quick hits from the world of Microsoft before you head off and plunge your upper body in eggnog: A new Windows 10 Mobile build is out for users on both the Fast and Slow rings of the Insider program, and, if you are a regular Windows Phone user running 8.1, you won’t get new code until the new year, a retread of prior timing promises. In sequence, I think. Out today is the… Read More

  • Skype To Upgrade Its Touch App Users To Windows Desktop App Next Month

    Skype To Upgrade Its Touch App Users To Windows Desktop App Next Month

    Skype says this morning that it will next month discontinue its Windows “modern” application and instead make the Windows desktop application the main Skype app for Windows users. In case you’re not familiar with the lingo, “modern”-  or as they were previously known, “metro” – style apps were touch-friendly apps introduced with Windows 8. Read More

  • Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    I suck at taking photos, but, here we are. Here’s a bunch more pictures of Windows 10 in action at the Microsoft event that took place earlier in San Francisco today. Also: Featuring me making accidental duck face, and Peter Bright of Ars Technica singing the song of his people. Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    At its San Francisco event, Microsoft announced that the technical preview of Windows 10 will touch down tomorrow. Update: you can now sign up for the Windows Insider program and download the preview here. The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer… Read More

  • Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free? Current gossip indicates that for Windows 8 and Windows XP users, the new code could be in the case of the former, free, and… Read More

  • Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release a preview of its… Read More

  • Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Around two weeks out from the purported release date of the technical preview of Windows 9, videos of the upcoming operating system have hit the Internet. German site WinFuture has released a mess of screenshots and videos of the upcoming code over the past few days, to our benefit. A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of… Read More

  • 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

  • Windows 8.1 Surpasses Windows Vista Among Steam Users, Drives Windows 8.x Over The 18% Mark

    Windows 8.1 Surpasses Windows Vista Among Steam Users, Drives Windows 8.x Over The 18% Mark

    The Windows 8.x family of operating systems had a rough November, but among gamers the recently released Windows 8.1 is performing decently. In November, gamers using the Steam platform sent Windows 8.1’s market share to 6.34 percent, up 4.49 percent in the month. Read More

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