Windows 8 archive

  • HP Spectre XT TouchSmart  review
    Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review

    By 15 October 2012

    There a couple of things that we’re going to do our best to leave at the door for this HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review. The first is Windows 8. This is a Windows 8 machine. There’s no two ways about it. If you buy the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart, it’s...

  • What is Xbox Music?
    Gaming

    What is Xbox Music?

    By 15 October 2012

    The Xbox is rapidly becoming the go-to entertainment hub for the living room. It has nearly every base covered, with video from sources such as iPlayer and Sky Go, to movie rentals from the Zune marketplace. But what about music? Enter Xbox Music, Microsoft’s...

  • Netflix app arrives for Windows 8 complete with touchscreen interface
    Apps

    Netflix app arrives for Windows 8 complete with touchscreen interface

    By 15 October 2012

    Netflix has released an app for the Windows 8 platform that will integrate a touchscreen interface for any compatible laptops, notebooks and desktop PCs. Films and TV series can be selected by simply pressing on the corresponding panel, while menus can...

  • Xbox Music goes live
    Gaming

    Xbox Music goes live

    By 15 October 2012

    Microsoft has announced the launch of Xbox Music - what it claims to be the first all-in-one music service. The new service, which replaces Microsoft Zune, will offer more than 30 million songs alongside a cloud storage offering that will offer users...

  • Vizio Windows 8 all-in-one touch PCs show us a touchpad future
    Laptops

    Vizio Windows 8 all-in-one touch PCs show us a touchpad future

    By 12 October 2012

    Vizio in the US has unveiled its own Windows 8 delights in the shape of a 24 and 27-inch PC with a full touchscreen, along with two ultrabooks and a notebook, all of which will be landing Stateside before Christmas Placing a heavy emphasis on touch with...

  • Windows 8 Marketplace says no to adult-rated games
    Gaming

    Windows 8 Marketplace says no to adult-rated games

    By 11 October 2012

    Games with content deemed inappropriate for children will not be available to buy from the Windows 8 Marketplace, it has been revealed. A Microsoft representative has said titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Max...

  • Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx pictures and hands-on
    Laptops

    Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx pictures and hands-on

    By 11 October 2012

    Not only has Lenovo just released the shape-shifting IdeaPad Yoga range, the Chinese laptop giant has also pushed out a new tablet and keyboard combo, called the IdeaTab Lynx. Touting one of the new dual-core Intel Atom mobile processors, it runs also...

  • Windows 8 will sell content in local currency, but Xbox 360 will stick to MS Points
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    Windows 8 will sell content in local currency, but Xbox 360 will stick to MS Points

    By 10 October 2012

    Microsoft has confirmed Windows 8 will list paid-for apps, video and other content in local currency even for Xbox Live transactions made on a PC. But it is sticking with Microsoft Points for Xbox Live or when used on an Xbox 360. That effectively means...

  • Logitech TouchPad T650 and T620 and T400 mice ready for Windows 8 explosion
    Online

    Logitech TouchPad T650 and T620 and T400 mice ready for Windows 8 explosion

    By 10 October 2012

    Logitech has unveiled three computer accessories that the manufacturer says will enhance your Windows 8 experience when the new operating system arrives later this month. The products include two mice and one touchpad, all of which put touch at the forefront....

  • Microsoft: We are a devices company now
    Gaming

    Microsoft: We are a devices company now

    By 10 October 2012

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, has outlined in an open letter to the company's shareholders that it sees itself as a devices and services company now rather than just a software provider. "Last year in this letter I said that, over time, the full value...

  • Microsoft schedules Window 8 launch event, Surface included
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    Microsoft schedules Window 8 launch event, Surface included

    By 4 October 2012

    Microsoft has sent out invitations for the Windows 8 launch event, to be held in New York on 25 October 2012, with Windows 8 availability previously confirmed for 26 October. Invitations have been arriving with the press for the event that will show off...

  • Xbox Music launching 26 October, possibly powered by Microsoft-owned Rdio?
    Online

    Xbox Music launching 26 October, possibly powered by Microsoft-owned Rdio?

    By 4 October 2012

    October 26 is going to be a busy day for Microsoft, if the latest rumours are to be believed. Aside from launching Windows 8, its new desktop operating system, and the Microsoft Surface, its new tablet, and Forza Horizon, the latest episode in its huge...

  • Mystery HP Windows 8 tablet revealed as the HP ElitePad 900
    Tablets

    Mystery HP Windows 8 tablet revealed as the HP ElitePad 900

    By 1 October 2012

    HP has finally unveiled its Windows 8 tablet that kept popping up over the summer. The now revealed HP ElitePad 900 first made an appearance in an HP advert in July, before being glimpsed again on HP’s official blog. Yet now not only we do have the...

  • HP Envy m4 Notebook revealed along with Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15
    Laptops

    HP Envy m4 Notebook revealed along with Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15

    By 21 September 2012

    HP has revealed three new laptop computers that will run the new Windows 8 platform and be powered by the latest Intel Core TM processors, including a vamped up HP Envy m4 Notebook PC. The manufacturer has also unveiled the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and...

  • Agawi nudges out Onlive in battle for cloud gaming on Windows 8
    Online

    Agawi nudges out Onlive in battle for cloud gaming on Windows 8

    By 10 September 2012

    Microsoft Surface tablet owners will be able to enjoy cloud gaming, thanks to a new partnership announced by Microsoft and Agawi. The deal, which sees stumbling OnLive lose out once again, means gamers will be able to play more than 12,000 games from...

  • HP goes Windows 8 crazy with all-in-one PC range to follow tablets
    Online

    HP goes Windows 8 crazy with all-in-one PC range to follow tablets

    By 10 September 2012

    During the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin a couple of weeks back, HP launched a series of Ultrabooks and tablet hybrid devices that will come loaded with Windows 8 from launch. Now the dust has settled, the manufacturer has announced further...

  • First wave of Xbox Live games for Windows 8 revealed
    Gaming

    First wave of Xbox Live games for Windows 8 revealed

    By 31 August 2012

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live games that will be available to Windows 8 users from the launch of the new operating system. Coming from development studios including Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios and the company's...

  • Windows 8 hybrid tablets from IFA 2012
    Laptops

    Windows 8 hybrid tablets from IFA 2012

    By 31 August 2012

    If there's one theme that's run throughout IFA 2012 it's that whoever the Gok Wan of the tech world is has decided that it's Windows 8 hybrid tablets that are in vogue. The Metro or Modern UI atop the latest desktop OS from Microsoft is just so touch...

  • HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook pictures and hands-on
    Laptops

    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook pictures and hands-on

    By 31 August 2012

    The Windows 8 explosion begins, and even laptops are getting in on the touchscreen action. The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, which comes loaded with Windows 8, led Pocket-lint to go hands-on - quite literally - to see how this new touch-enabled...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 pictures and hands-on
    Online

    Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 pictures and hands-on

    By 30 August 2012

    We already knew that Lenovo was going to launch a Windows 8-based tablet, so Pocket-lint was primed and ready to dive at the ThinkPad Tablet 2 when it was shown off at Lenovo's IFA 2012 press conference. The 10.1-inch screen device we saw was already...

  • Toshiba Satellite U920T pictures and hands-on
    Laptops

    Toshiba Satellite U920T pictures and hands-on

    By 30 August 2012

    Apart from crowds, cheap cola and stressed journalists, the next most likely thing you’ll see at this year’s IFA is some kind of hybrid laptop and tablet device. The Toshiba Satellite U920T is exactly that featuring a sliding mechanism that reveals...

  • Dell announces XPS 10 Windows RT tablet
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    Dell announces XPS 10 Windows RT tablet

    By 30 August 2012

    Dell has used the German trade show IFA to announce that its first foray into the world of Windows RT tablets will be called the XPS 10. The tablet will feature a detachable keyboard, as seems to be the trend with these Windows 8-based tablets after Microsoft...

  • HP Envy x2 is latest entry to the Windows 8 hybrid PC world
    Tablets

    HP Envy x2 is latest entry to the Windows 8 hybrid PC world

    By 30 August 2012

    It seems that one of the biggest trends at IFA this year is that of the Windows 8 "hybrid PC", a combination of tablet and keyboard, that can turn a touch device into a laptop and back. Not wishing to be left behind by equivalents from Samsung, Sony,...

  • Samsung Ativ Smart PC pictures and hands-on
    Tablets

    Samsung Ativ Smart PC pictures and hands-on

    By 30 August 2012

    With Windows 8 being the talk of the town (in some quarters), we're not surprised to see a Windows 8 tablet or two from Samsung. But this isn't a just a tablet, it's a Smart PC.   And what's a Smart PC? Well, it's a bit like an Asus Transformer, or very...

  • Samsung Ativ Tab pictures and hands-on
    Tablets

    Samsung Ativ Tab pictures and hands-on

    By 29 August 2012

    The Samsung Ativ Tab is the most traditional of the tablets unveiled in the Ativ range. Pegged as a Windows 8 alternative to the Note 10.1, it's designed to provide a Windows PC experience on a tablet. So how does it handle in practice? With a 10.1-inch...