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Microsoft: number of certified Windows devices has quadrupled in a year’s time

If you need a reason to buy a Windows machine this holiday, it can be summed up in one word: diversity. As the IFA show rolls on in Berlin this week, Microsoft executives pointed out the number of certified Windows devices has increased more than fourfold since the same time last year. That means more […]

Inexpensive Windows PCs hitting the market with help from Microsoft

Microsoft is helping hardware makers build low-priced Windows PCs to combat Chromebooks and the early results of that effort are hitting the market. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than US$250 that run on Windows 8.1 with Bing, a royalty-free version of the OS. The OS is the same as Windows 8.1 […]

HP Stream revealed: Microsoft’s Chromebook killer is a Chromebook clone

Microsoft drove out Linux as the platform of choice during the netbook craze, and now the Windows maker is hoping it can do the same to the latest PC upstart, the Chromebook. Back in July, Microsoft announced its intention in this regard by showing off the Hewlett-Packard Stream, an upcoming $199 laptop designed to take […]

Microsoft targets MacBook in new Surface Pro 3 ads

“So you’re saying it does more than my Mac?” That’s the line, supposedly uttered by a MacBook Air user, that caps off one of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 ads. Whereas Microsoft’s previous Surface ads have pitted the hybrid PC against the iPad, the new ads (three in total) take aim at Apple’s laptops instead. […]

Mac vs PC returns in Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air advert

Microsoft has resurrected the age old Mac vs PC debate in its new advert for the Surface Pro 3. See also: Surface Pro 3 release date, price and specs UK: Windows 8 tablet goes on sale this month. Just like it did at the launch event for the Windows 8 tablet, Microsoft has pitted the […]

Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth

Microsoft’s COO yesterday promised that his company and its army of OEMs would compete on price with Google’s Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft’s battle against the small but encroaching enemy. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Monday, Chief Operations Officer Kevin Turner, the executive who drives sales, both internally and through the firm’s vast partner […]

Microsoft’s Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

Microsoft’s Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday. PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship this year, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this […]

Microsoft wants MacBook Air owners to trade up to a Surface Pro by trading in

Microsoft has launched a buy-back program to try to get MacBook Air owners to part with their notebooks and replace them with new Surface Pro 3 devices. The offer, which started Friday and runs through July 31, will give customers up to $650 in store credit for a used Apple MacBook. The credit can be […]

Microsoft confirms Surface Pro 3 resellers and distributors

Microsoft has confirmed that it will not change its Surface commercial sales model ahead of the launch of its Surface Pro 3 tablet in August. Existing distributors, Ingram Micro and Synnex Australia, will continue to supply the Windows 8.1-based ‘laptop replacement’ tablet to the resellers which stocked the previous generation of the product. The 13 […]

HP’s Pro Tablet 612 challenges Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

Hewlett-Packard considers its Pro Tablet 612 tablet to be a more feature-packed, albeit heavier replacement for a laptop than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. The tablet has a 12.5-inch screen, and can be placed into an optional keyboard dock to work as a laptop. The tablet will ship worldwide in September, and the company has not […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: now cheaper but outshone by the new Surface Pro

Price: �719 inc VAT Rating: 7 Unlike the Surface 2, the Surface Pro 2 runs the full version of Windows 8.1 so you can install and use all your usual Windows applications. The 10.6in Surface Pro 2 has now been superseded by the 12in Surface Pro 3, reviewed, but has had a price cut in […]

Surface Pro hands-on review: can Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop?

Price: From £639 Rating: 0 Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro tablet is powerful enough to replace your laptop for everyday computing tasks. Can that really be true? We put it to the test in our Surface Pro hands-on review. Also see: 25 best tablets 2014 Surface Pro review: Pricing We test a lot of […]

Toaster, refrigerator, meet tablet, notebook: Apple and Microsoft trade takes on 2-in-1s

“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said two years ago. Cook did not know it at the time, but he was talking about Microsoft’s hardware design strategy, specifically of its Surface line, when he took that […]

ASUS X200-MA Touch Screen Laptop $200 One Day Only (5/6) at Microsoft Store

Now this is a sweet deal, for one day only on 5/6/2014 the Microsoft Store will be offering a brand new ASUS X200-MA touchscreen laptop for only $200.  That’s $100 off the regular price and you get these specs: Processor: Intel Celeron N 2815 2.13 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 Storage: 500 GB 5400 rpm […]

Microsoft and Google aren’t happy with mutant Android-Windows hybrids

Microsoft may be comfortable with Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn’t too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result. Asus, makers […]

Microsoft to drop price of Windows 8 licenses 70% fr low-end devices, report says

In a bid to stave off competition in the low-end tablet and notebook market, Microsoft will be reducing what it charges device manufacturers for its Windows 8.1 licenses, according to a Friday Bloomberg report that references anonymous sources. For devices that retail for less than $250, the cost of a Windows 8.1 install will drop […]

Microsoft confirms 200 million Windows 8 licenses sold: Still short of Windows 7

Microsoft has confirmed thatWindows 8 has crossed the 200 million mark in license sales. It’s been a while since the software giant gave us figures for Windows 8 but after being received with mixed feelings, it has now reached the 200 million milestone. The last time Microsoft gave figures was in May last year when […]

Acer Aspire V5 Core i5 for $499 Deal at Microsoft Store

If you missed the deal from last month for the Acer Aspire Ultrabook for $599.99 at the Microsoft Store with Core i7, well it’s your lucky day, because a similar deal is now back except this time you can get a Core i5 configuration of the Aspire V5 for $499. The $499 deal is for […]

Microsoft Surface 2

The Windows RT tablet is back with a better screen and longer battery life

Microsoft disputes tests that suggest Windows 8.1 has a battery life problem

When Mac fanboys tussle with Windows aficionados, the fur can fly. And at some point, someone will probably bring up the old battery life chestnut: Windows laptops simply run out of juice when you need them most, while Macs just keep on chugging away. It’s a serious problem, as every road warrior fears running out […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

The best Windows 8 tablet so far

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: A compact Ultrabook laptop and tablet with compromises

Price: �719 inc VAT Rating: 7 Tying in with the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has launched the second version of the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 2 is a device designed to be alaptop and tablet in one. See also the original Surface Pro review – Microsoft tablet offers true power computing on the […]

Microsoft increases roaming limit for Windows apps to 81 devices

Microsoft has announced that the roaming limit forWindows 8 apps has been increased to 81 devices. Yes, you read that correctly, you can now share apps purchased from the Windows Store across up to 81 devices. The previous limit allowed users to roam on up to five different devices. See also: Windows 8.1 release date, […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 details leak ahead of launch

Despite poor sales of its predecessor, Microsoft is forging ahead with a new Surface Pro boasting double the RAM and a latest-generation Haswell processor

Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 release date as 17 October

Microsoft has confirmed the release date for Windows 8.1 as 17 October.