The first generation Surface tablets have been quite an opportunity for Microsoft to not just outline its hardware ambitions and aspirations of becoming a devices and services company, but also to streamline its retail channels. The company has, in the past month or two, been looking into ways to extend channel...

One year ago, Google gave the world its first look at Chrome OS, a project taking a new approach to thin clients and terminal computing. Chrome OS focuses on computers that are permanently connected, where all apps, data, and user identities and desktops are stored in the cloud. The computers running the OS are...