The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will have a slew of nice-to-have updates that make the operating system better to use with mouse and keyboard. But it will be missing a new Start Menu that Microsoft is promising will some day appear.
Why wait, Microsoft? I want it now!
Yesterday's announcement that Windows Phone and Windows for small tablets will be free for device makers was an admission from Microsoft that its mobile strategy has failed. Will it help save the company in mobile, or is it too little, too late?
One big reason Windows tablets and smartphones don't sell well is the app gap: There are far fewer apps available for Windows tablets and Windows Phone devices than for iOS and Android. With Microsoft's announcement of universal apps that run on all Windows devices, though, that may well change.
The release of Office for the iPad is an even bigger deal that it might seem. It means for the first time, Microsoft has released a version of its software for a competing operating system rather than its own -- a truly touch-based Office isn't yet available for Windows 8. Is this a sign of things to come?
Plenty of people, including me, are no fans of Windows 8. But be happy it's here -- at least you don't have to compute like people did in the days of DOS. Then again, if you want, you can now return to those days, thanks to the free code being made available to all takers.
As part of an investigation into a leak of Windows 8, Microsoft snooped on the Hotmail emails and instant messages of a blogger. The company claims it was all legal. Is your Microsoft account safe from the company's prying eyes?
Firefox is pulling the plug on its Windows 8 Metro app because its Metro beta uptake is so minuscule it's barely measurable. Will other developers follow Firefox and abandon Metro?
Mac users are almost four times more likely to upgrade to the latest edition of their OS in comparison with Windows users, with nearly a quarter of the most active users of both platforms now using Macs.
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is just entering the honeymoon phase as Microsoft CEO. But if Windows 9 doesn't right Micrsoft's listing ship, don't be surprised if Nadella gets jettisoned for a new CEO.
With the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has finally realized it has to make its duelling Desktop and Start Menu interfaces play nice together. Based on the latest leaks, here are six ways it does it.