Microsoft's Windows 8 looks fantastic and everybody's talking about it. It has that sweet Metro UI, it's super fast to boot up and there's Xbox Live integration. What more could you want? How about the cutest, most friendly "Blue Screen of Death" to date? No more lines of coded error messages — just a clean frowny face and a line that regular people can actually understand: Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart. It's so simple and uncluttered, it's almost Apple-like.
Time is money. We've all heard the phrase before, and if you're sitting around waiting for your PC to start up, you're wasting precious time, whether it's for work or play. Microsoft claims Windows 8 start up in eight seconds. Hoorah!
My oh my, Windows 8 is looking to be one multi-faceted operating system. It'll be a tablet OS, a desktop OS, might run Xbox 360 games and now talk of it running Windows Phone 7 apps? Unreal.
Up until last week, there were five major mobile operating systems: Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and webOS. With the wounding of webOS, there are now four. The two top players being Android and iOS. And Microsoft wants at least the bronze medal.
Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery and Microsoft's not afraid to follow in Apple's footsteps. The Mac App Store's success is another home run for Apple and what does that mean for Microsoft's next Windows 8 OS? It's getting an App Store too.
The "premium" ride is officially over. Microsoft's ditching the gloss finish on the Xbox 360 and bringing matte back. Die fingerprints, die!
Microsoft's advertising has never been as slick as Apple's or as witty as Google's, but this "Gmail Man" spoof in which the company mocks how Gmail serves up ads by scanning through the contents of its user inboxes is just entertaining and priceless.
The iPhone. The Droid. Now, the, uh, IS12T. (Is it like a 1337 thing? "Isirt?") Details are still rolling in, but the Fujitsu-Toshiba phone will be the first to fly Microsoft's Mango flag, and the first to enjoy the fruit...
Imagine you've got your eye on a fancy new digital camera, or cell phone, or iWhatever. It's expensive. It'll probably get cheaper if you wait. But how do you know when to pull the trigger so that you can get your new toy as soon as possible without risking looking like a chump when the price drops the next day? Just ask Microsoft.
Nintendo's putting out the new Wii U console next year and Sony is busy preparing its PS Vita. Microsoft? Well, there's a lot of peripherals on the way, if you're into that.