Update: Windows 8 will launch on October 26, 2013.
Undecided on whether Windows 8's radical departure with the Metro UI is right for you? Microsoft's hoping to make believers out of everybody by offering a special promotion that'll let users upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for a mere $40.
We're not ashamed to say that Microsoft's Surface tablet running Windows 8 is looking like one sleek gadget. But what if Microsoft took the Surface brand one step further and decided to build its own smartphone (as is rumored)? If the Surface tablet had a little brother, it'd look like this industrial designer's concept, for sure.
Now that the smoke has settled and we've all had a chance to take in Microsoft's sudden Surface tablet announcement, we need to ask ourselves, can the Surface live up to its hype? Here's three things Microsoft needs to get right if it wants the Surface to have any chance of success at disrupting the iPad and Android-dominated tablet market.
Microsoft is the secret owner of a powerful ecosystem. "Secret," because until now the company has done very little to get its various products to talk to one another. Today Microsoft is taking a promising step forward, announcing that Windows Phone 8 will be designed from the ground up to natively interact with Windows 8 when both launch later this year. Alongside this deep integration, with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is pushing a redesigned Metro homescreen that allows for more user control, a SIM-based mobile wallet and a built-in mapping solution that isn't Google Maps.
It took two years and three iPads later, but today, at a special event in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled its answer to Apple's tablet: the Surface. (No, it's not that Surface.) The Surface runs Windows 8 and is the slickest hardware Microsoft's released since the Xbox 360.
Microsoft's drumming up a huge wad of excitement for a mystery announcement slated for later today. Is it a tablet? A last minute rumor revealing a leaked document suggests Microsoft will unveil a 7-inch Xbox tablet.
While most people were celebrating Father's Day this weekend, the gaming world was rocked to the very core when an alleged 56-page document document (with images) claiming to detail Microsoft's next-gen Xbox plans surfaced.
Much praise has been heaped on Windows 8 tablets for being a different experience than iOS and Android, but there is still no poster child tablet to rally up consumers. New speculation suggests that Microsoft could unveil its very own flagship tablet to lead the Windows 8 charge next Monday.
Microsoft had an awesome idea: imagine if your Kinect could tell how you were feeling by analyzing your body language, or even the expression on your face. Then Microsoft took it to the inevitable, shrug-worthy conclusion: using this innovation as a better way to serve you ads.