Windows 8.1 should be out in the wild officially by the end of this week, and Microsoft will launch its second generation Surface tablets early next week.  But at the same time, the company expects a whole new wave of Windows 8.1 devices from its OEM partners. And to streamline this, the company has put together a...

The lack of Windows 8 devices available in the market is often cited as one of the reasons for the slow pick up of Microsoft’s new operating system, and according to reports, Redmond is set to change just that ahead. The company is apparently ready to launch a new discount campaign for OEMs in its bid to boost the...

The last week or so has been filled with rumors about the upcoming Microsoft Dell deal, with the hardware vendor reportedly planning to go private again, and Redmond showing interest in putting some money in the effort. We already covered both stories in detail here and here, but a very brief outline of the issue is...

Today comes a report from CIO magazine that HP is advising its customers that purchasers of new PCs will not be able to return to Windows 7 from Windows 7.  Only purchasers of Windows 8 Pro will have downgrade rights, not the standard Windows 8 OS. The announcement from HP went: “Windows 7 will not be supported on...

So here we are again. We’re on the verge of the launch of a new iPhone from Apple. What more can be said about the power and influence of the iPhone. Revenue from the iPhone alone is said to dwarf ALL the revenue from Microsoft’s products combined. That’s insane. Tomorrow is a big day for Apple. They have a lot to prove...

So I just wrote about the new All In One’s that Samsung will be rolling out soon. In doing research for that, I noticed something curious. It seems that OEM’s are now free to “help” consumers with the perceived complexity of Windows 8. Samsung are releasing something called an S-Launcher. From Mashable: The all-in-one PCs...

Microsoft have literally started the process of handing over Windows 8 RTM to Manufacturers. In a post on their Windows 8 Facebook page, they have photos of Microsoft employees handing over the Windows 8 Master to representatives from ASUS, DELL etc Obviously, it’s just stagecraft for the cameras but it’s pretty cool to...

OK, so let’s talk about the new Microsoft Surface a little more. I have spent some time thinking about this move from Microsoft and I wanted to use you guys and girls as my sounding board. For context, Microsoft recently developed and built from scratch their own Windows 8 tablet and it’s been named the “Microsoft...

Here we go. This issue is like a 1000 pound gorilla in the corner that was always waiting for resolution. Digitimes is reporting that Notebook vendors are having some trouble meeting Windows 8 hardware requirements in a cost-effective manner. Since Ultrabook prices are still unable to drop to a desirable level, while...

wi-fi over mobile Another new Microsoft video. The Windows Hardware Certification program helps to ensure the quality, compatibility, and operation of mobile broadband drivers and device firmware with Windows 8. The Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) helps to decrease connectivity times and lower power...