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Windows 8

Next wave of laptops will have 50% better battery life

May 24th, 2013

Windows 8 hasn’t done much to entice people to upgrade their laptop and desktop computers, and PC makers are hurting as a result. While Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update might make the new platform a bit more enticing when it launches later this year, consumers and enterprise users may soon have an even better reason to …

Windows 8 sends Microsoft’s customer satisfaction down to Vista levels

May 23rd, 2013

Despite racking up respectable license sales, Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system has done little to help struggling PC makers regain their footing. Microsoft will look to reverse the souring user sentiment later this year when it launches Windows 8.1, codenamed “Windows Blue,” which will reportedly see Microsoft’s Start button return along with an option to boot and …

Leap Motion Windows

Video: Leap Motion makes the leap to Windows

May 21st, 2013

BGR took an in-depth look at Leap Motion’s revolutionary motion-control PC accessory last year, and we loved the accuracy and shocking reliability of Leap’s technology. The controller was only demoed on a Mac computer in our preview, however. In a recent post on the company’s blog, Leap showed off Windows 7 and Windows 8 integration for the controller, …

Touch is taking over: Touchscreen laptop shipments climbed to 4.57 million in Q1

May 20th, 2013

Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform hasn’t exactly been the catalyst PC makers were looking for as sales continue to slide, but the new operating system does seem to be making some progress. IHS-owned market research firm Displaybank says that of the 46 million notebook computers that shipped during the first quarter this year, 4.57 million of them …

HP SlateBook x2 Split x2 specs release date

HP announces two new dockable Android and Windows 8 tablets

May 15th, 2013

HP on Wednesday announced the Android-powered SlateBook x2 and the Windows-powered Split x2. The SlateBook x2 is equipped with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200-pixel display and a new 1.8GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The tablet also features 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, a rear-camera capable of 1080p video recording, an …

Microsoft Windows 8 Changes Analysis

Microsoft’s Windows 8 rethink: Humiliating defeat or savvy maneuver?

May 13th, 2013

Microsoft’s admission last week that it would need to make changes to its Windows 8 operating system to address a steeper-than-expected user learning curve has sparked two very different reactions from media and analysts. On the one side, Microsoft’s backtracking on Windows 8 is seen as a sign of humiliating defeat that could even point …

Windows 8 Installation Base Estimate

Despite 100 million licenses sold, Windows 8 install base estimated at 59 million

May 10th, 2013

Although Microsoft recently touted having sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses this week, careful observers noted that selling all those licenses doesn’t mean vendors have actually sold 100 million Windows 8 devices over the past half-year. ComputerWorld this week talked with Patrick Moorhead, a principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, who estimates that the actual number …

Windows 8 Fix Suggestions

If Windows 8 is New Coke, then the solution is simple: Windows Classic

May 9th, 2013

With Microsoft admitting the need for a course correction with its next version of Windows, some commenters have been lobbing the dreaded “New Coke” comparison at the company, referring to Coca Cola’s calamitous decision in the 1980s to rework its tried-and-true formula for sugary soft drinks. In some ways this comparison is apt because it …