Windows 8 archive

  • Windows Blue build leaks online with resizable tiles, app multi-tasking, more
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    Windows Blue build leaks online with resizable tiles, app multi-tasking, more

    By 24 March 2013

    An early build of Windows Blue - the next major update to Windows 8 due out later this year - has leaked online with several changes and improvements. The build that was leaked is from France in the form of a 32-bit edition as a 2.63GB ISO. Reports have...

  • Microsoft Windows Blue demo details new update features (video)
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    Microsoft Windows Blue demo details new update features (video)

    By 21 March 2013

    The rumoured Windows 8 update codenamed Blue has all but been confirmed in a leaked video. Designed to show updates to the Fresh Paint app for Windows Blue, Microsoft's chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder talks about Blue and his plans for it....

  • Ubi: The new Windows 8 Kinect app turns any surface touchscreen
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    Ubi: The new Windows 8 Kinect app turns any surface touchscreen

    By 20 March 2013

    A new technology that will turn any surface into a touchscreen with the help of a PC, a projector and Microsoft Kinect has come out of beta and up for pre-order. Created by Ubi Interactive and a part of Microsoft's Kinect accelerator programme, the new...

  • Windows 8 Twitter app goes live
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    Windows 8 Twitter app goes live

    By 14 March 2013

    Windows 8 has just got itself a proper official Twitter app. The app, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store, has all the usual Twitter functionality plus a few extra twists. Unique to the Twitter app are some modern UI treatments - namely, it...

  • Twitter launches native Windows 8 and Windows RT app
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    Twitter launches native Windows 8 and Windows RT app

    By 14 March 2013

    Following a promise last October, Twitter has announced the availability of a native Windows 8 and Windows RT app. The app doesn't offer any huge features that aren't available on other platforms, featuring the obligatory Home, Connect, Discover and Me...

  • Dell XPS 18 pictures and hands-on
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    Dell XPS 18 pictures and hands-on

    By 13 March 2013

    If the current supersize trend is anything to go by then we're in for plenty more giant tablet-meet-desktop-PC concepts this year. Dell's thrown its hat in the ring with the announcement of the XPS 18 - an 18.4-inch Windows 8 tablet meets desktop combination...

  • Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and RT will now enable Flash by default
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    Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and RT will now enable Flash by default

    By 11 March 2013

    Microsoft has announced that it will now allow Flash content to run on Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices by default, beginning 12 March.  The folks in Redmond have made the change because a number of websites now support Windows...

  • Acer Aspire V5 Touch (V5-571P-53316G50) review
    Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire V5 Touch (V5-571P-53316G50) review

    By 5 March 2013

    Laptops seem to fall into two main camps these days: pricey Ultrabook-like models that, let's face it, can be astronomically expensive, and those less-hot budget models such as Chromebooks and those plastic-chassis lower-spec models. Then there's the...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro UK launch due soon... Finally!
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    Microsoft Surface Pro UK launch due soon... Finally!

    By 1 March 2013

    Microsoft has announced further availability for both its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, beginning in late March.  Most notably, the Surface Pro will go beyond the US and Canada, into the UK, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong...

  • Nokia Music Plus on Windows 8 pictures and hands-on
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    Nokia Music Plus on Windows 8 pictures and hands-on

    By 26 February 2013

    Nokia is about to expand its Nokia Music service beyond the Nokia Lumia handsets, the company has confirmed. But rather than offer it just as an app to other Windows Phone manufacturers like HTC in the same way it is about to do with its navigation maps,...

  • Watch YouTube in Windows 8 for just £724.99
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    Watch YouTube in Windows 8 for just £724.99

    By 21 February 2013

    We've seen some app developers try to get money for nothing - or very little at least - in our time, but we're astounded to see a simple YouTube player app called "YouTube player deluxe" that costs a penny shy of £725. What's most amusing is that the...

  • HP Envy x2 review
    Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    HP Envy x2 review

    By 14 February 2013

    HP's take on the Windows 8 tablet-meets-laptop concept comes in the form of the Envy x2, an 11.6-inch brushed-aluminium hybrid that, on initial inspection, looks to be a quality nugget of glistening tech. Under the silver-like skin there's the likes of...

  • Microsoft hints Windows support for smaller tablets
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    Microsoft hints Windows support for smaller tablets

    By 13 February 2013

    When Microsoft released its Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT foray to the market last year, it moved for a unified experience across the tablet, mobile phone, and desktop computer. Microsoft now says it is prepared to support demand for different...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro teardown reveals little repairability, scores a 1 out of 10
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    Microsoft Surface Pro teardown reveals little repairability, scores a 1 out of 10

    By 13 February 2013

    Followings its release last week, the Microsoft Surface Pro has been torn-down to reveal what the inside of the Windows 8 tablet is touting.   As usual, the folks at iFixit performed the teardown. The skilled technicians found a whopping 90 screws in...

  • Asus VivoTab Smart  review
    Tablets 4 out of 5

    Asus VivoTab Smart review

    By 13 February 2013

    The Asus VivoTab Smart is certainly an interesting idea. Boiled down to basics, it's a Windows 8 tablet compressed into the sort of design you'd expect for a Windows RT tablet. That means it's small and light, and will be the ideal device for you to carry...

  • Microsoft: Surface Pro stock improving this week
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    Microsoft: Surface Pro stock improving this week

    By 12 February 2013

    Microsoft has confirmed that Surface Pro stock will strengthen by 16 February, after both the 64GB and 128GB models sold out quickly at most US retail outlets.  The head of the Microsoft Surface Team provided a few details about availability in a chat...

  • Microsoft: Surface Pro selling out at many retail outlets on launch day
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    Microsoft: Surface Pro selling out at many retail outlets on launch day

    By 9 February 2013

    After a bevy of reviews earlier in the week, Microsoft's Surface Pro running Windows 8 went on sale on Saturday in the United States and Canada. The 64GB model starts at $899, with the 128GB model reaching $999.  A few hours after launch in retail stores...

  • Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook review
    Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook review

    By 28 January 2013

    Windows 8 has seen the rebirth of, well, pretty much every existing Ultrabook with a new touchscreen equivalent. But the Acer Aspire S7 is more than that. This white veneer-like finish laptop sure does look the part and also manages to cram a new 1080p...

  • Microsoft Q2 earnings: The tablet hasn't won yet, Windows 8 fights back
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    Microsoft Q2 earnings: The tablet hasn't won yet, Windows 8 fights back

    By 24 January 2013

    Microsoft has reported its Q2 earnings with record revenue of $21.46 billion and net income of $6.38 billion. The quarter was strong, fuelled by shoppers in the Christmas season looking to purchase Windows 8, Surface tablets, and Windows Phone 8. But...

  • Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro: Feb availability, but no snip with $899 start price
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    Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro: Feb availability, but no snip with $899 start price

    By 22 January 2013

    We were starting to wonder what had happened to Microsoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Originally slated - excuse the pun - for a January release, the weeks have rolled by without an official release date penned in. The Surface Pro, as it's so often...

  • Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119
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    Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119

    By 18 January 2013

    Microsoft has announced new pricing for Windows 8 beginning 1 February, doing away with its cheap $39.99 upgrade from Windows 7.  Boasting "good momentum with Windows 8", the upgrade edition will now be available for $119 and the Pro upgrade edition...

  • Asus finally ready to build a Windows Phone, but with Windows 8 not WP8
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    Asus finally ready to build a Windows Phone, but with Windows 8 not WP8

    By 17 January 2013

    Asus is reportedly in talks to enter the Windows Phone market, almost a year after first saying it would. However, instead of bringing out an Asus-branded Windows Phone 8 device, it seems the manufacturer would favour a smartphone loaded with Windows...

  • LG Windows 8 touch-enabled monitor pictures and hands-on
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    LG Windows 8 touch-enabled monitor pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2013

    Many people have complained about Windows 8 when it comes to using the OS on desktop, or even laptop computers. The touch input on these machines is slightly pointless, they argue, because they’re usually not touch-enabled. So a new LGs display is...

  • LG ultrabook, slider PC and desktop all-in-one pictures and hands-on
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    LG ultrabook, slider PC and desktop all-in-one pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2013

    LG has launched a range of new computers at CES 2013, among them, a slender all-in-one PC, an Ultrabook and a sliding laptop which can become a Windows 8 tablet. All seem to have gone for a white case - a pleasant change from all those silver and black...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S pictures and hands-on
    Laptops

    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S pictures and hands-on

    By 9 January 2013

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is the Yoga that we've been waiting for. When we reviewed the original Yoga 11, we were fond of its quirky design but didn't think that the Windows RT operating system offered enough for the money. READ: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga...