All the complaints over Windows 8 may evaporate once early adopters get a look at how the operating system functions using Leap Motion.
Acer dumps the trackpad for touchscreen all the way in this three-way hybrid computer.
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 is almost here, and the rumors are that the company may be preparing to allow users to skip its touch screen-friendly "Metro" interface.
Over these last few gift-consideration weeks, I've gotten numerous queries about and given multiple demonstrations of Apple's iPad mini, both from people interested in giving one and from those interested in getting one. Nearly universally, the response from women I spoke with to the iPad mini is a variation of my wife's "it's so cu-u-u-u-te!" Over the same period of gift-consideration weeks, I've gotten absolutely zero queries about anything related to Windows 8: not about Windows 8 desktop PCs, not about Windows 8 laptops, not about Windows 8 tablets, not about Windows Phone 8 smartphones. And apparently I'm not the only one apathetic about Windows 8.
A new report coming from The Verge says that Microsoft is readying an Xbox branded set-top box to compete with Apple TV, Boxee and others. This Xbox branded, erm, box will be part of a two-SKU strategy. The second SKU will be the next generation Xbox we reported on last week.
A brouhaha on the Microsoft forums has revealed that the next update (11.1) to DirectX, the company's graphics software, will be exclusive to Windows 8. This cuts against Microsoft's usual trend of supporting older operating systems for quite a while after they are no longer the prize pony.
With Windows 8 optimized so heavily for touch, PC vendors are busting their backs trying to figure out how to blend a touchscreen into an Ultrabook. One idea from Samsung is to slap a second full-sized touchscreen on the hood of an Ultrabook. That enough touch for you? Too much?
Microsoft's next major Windows 8 will drop on October 26. Anybody who upgrades between then and January 31, 2013 can get Windows 8 Pro for $40. What about everybody sitting on the fence biting their fingernails until February 1? Surprise! Windows 8 is going to be as expensive as ever.
Wouldn't it be great if you could try an app out before buying it? And wouldn't it even generous if had a week to decide whether the app fits into your computing lifestyle? Well, if you're running Windows 8, Microsoft will let you do just that.
Update: Windows 8 will launch on October 26, 2013.