In an effort to bridge the divide between desktops, notebooks, and tablets, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is very touch-oriented. Our software news, reviews, and guides help you get the most out of the company’s newest environment so that you never have to feel lost.
Download Windows 8.1 Update 1 Early, If You Dare
Mar 7, 2014 - in News
You can grab the update now if you're feeling adventurous.
Why Windows 8 Has New Start Screen and Metro Apps
Feb 19, 2014 - in News
A Microsoft UX designer talks about why we need the Start Screen in Windows 8.
New Windows 8.1 GDR1 May Arrive in March
Jan 27, 2014 - in News
Unnamed sources are shaking up our Windows 8 roadmap.
HP Bringing Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand'
Jan 21, 2014 - in News
Bringing seven back.
Could Windows 9 Come This Year?
Jan 20, 2014 - in News
Windows leaker WZOR believes Windows 9 will arrive later this year.
Microsoft Pays Out $100,000 for Windows 8.1 Flaw
Oct 10, 2013 - in News
That's a lot of moolah.
Metro Firefox for Windows 8 Postponed to Late January 2014
Sep 18, 2013 - in News
Mozilla is blaming slow progress as the reason for the delay.
Windows 8.1 Prices Revealed: Upgrades are Full Versions
Sep 17, 2013 - in News
Windows 8.1 is coming out in a month and this is how much it will cost.
Tom's Guide: 25 Best Windows 8 Apps
Sep 12, 2013 - in News
Check out Tom's Guide's newest article on Windows 8 apps.
Microsoft Denying Developers Access to Windows 8.1 RTM
Aug 28, 2013 - in News
No one is getting the new Windows 8.1 RTM build except for OEMs, not even developers.
Ballmer's Retirement Was Earlier Than Originally Planned
Aug 27, 2013 - in News
Ballmer's retirement is sudden and sooner than originally planned.
Kinect for Windows, Ubi Turns Any Surface into Touch Screen
Aug 26, 2013 - in News
Here's a way to play Angry Birds across the office floor.
Lenovo Signs Deal That Adds Start Menu to Windows 8
Aug 25, 2013 - in News
Lenovo is shipping new Windows 8 PCs with Pokki, but it won't be chocolatey and crunchy.
Bill Gates: Microsoft Bob to Make a Return (in Concept)
Jul 16, 2013 - in News
Don't worry, the talking dog isn't coming back to your screen.
Microsoft Goes on the Offensive Against iPad in Videos
Jul 10, 2013 - in News
Redmond is keen to show the iPad's weaknesses.
OEMs Getting Windows 8.1 RTM Next Month
Jul 8, 2013 - in News
OEMs will get the Windows 8.1 RTM in late August.
Windows Store Hits Milestone of 100,000 Apps
Jul 2, 2013 - in News
A milestone achievement just after Build wraps up for 2013.
Microsoft: First Release of Windows 8.1 Will Be in June
May 7, 2013 - in News
Public preview is just around the corner.
Microsoft Has Sold 100 Million Windows 8 Licenses
May 7, 2013 - in News
Six months on, Microsoft has revealed the number of Windows 8 licenses sold to OEMs and through upgrades.
Tom's Guide: Restore the Windows 7 Interface in Windows 8
Feb 19, 2013 - in News
Check out Tom's Guide's latest story on Windows 8!
Microsoft CFO Says Company Has No Mobile 'Plan B'
Feb 14, 2013 - in News
Oh my. No Plan B? Are you nuts?
Microsoft Just Getting Started with Surface Brand
Feb 12, 2013 - in News
This is a Surface marathon, not a sprint, the company said.
Microsoft is Malfunctioning, Says Former Company Exec
Feb 12, 2013 - in News
Former Microsoft executive Joachim Kempin says Microsoft should focus on Facebook, not Apple.
Surface Pro Benchmark Showcases Impressive Performance
Feb 8, 2013 - in News
When reading data, Micron SSD delivers speeds of 400 megabytes-per-second.
Microsoft: Windows 8 Sales 'on Par' with Win 7 after 3 Months
Feb 5, 2013 - in News
Operating system has sold more than 60 million licenses.
Windows 8 Market Share Increases to 2.2% in January
Feb 4, 2013 - in News
Windows 7 remained in first place with a 44.4 percent share.
Microsoft Blames PC Vendors for Poor Windows 8 Sales
Jan 31, 2013 - in News
Redmond accuses manufacturers of not building enough Windows 8-powered touchscreen tablets.
Acer Sees More Success in Chrome OS Than in Windows 8
Jan 30, 2013 - in News
Acer is having more success with Chrome OS in the last two months than it has had with Windows 8 since its October debut.
Run Windows Through a HTML5 Browser with Mikogo
Jan 28, 2013 - in News
Here's a service similar to OnLive Desktop, but can be accessed through an HTML5-enabled browser on any device.
Microsoft Surface Pro Availability Date Revealed, Plus New Surface RT Model
Jan 22, 2013 - in News
Microsoft's Intel-based Surface Pro arrives in early February along with a few new accessories and a new Windows RT SKU.