It was only two years ago that Windows 8 was unleashed on the world. Microsoft tried to usher in an era of “Touch First” applications with a new look and feel for Windows. To say that Windows 8 was unsuccessful would be an understatement, and from both Microsoft’s and user’s perspectives, it was certainly a failure. Two years in, Windows 8 and its 8.1 derivative have struggled to gain market share over Windows 7 and XP, which still command the lion’s share of the desktop OS pie. A new interface, unfamiliar to users, did little to sway their wallets, and other market factors have come in to play as well. Looking back at Windows 8, it was a big change from a company that...

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/5/2013

Three Months with Microsoft's Office 365

Windows and Office. It’s a duo that has made up the core of Microsoft’s business since before I was born, and remains the cornerstone upon which the rest of...

113 by Vivek Gowri on 1/31/2013

Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro, Available in US & Canada on February 9th

When it launched Surface RT, Microsoft mentioned that 3 months later it would be bringing out an Ivy Bridge version running Windows 8 Pro. At the end of last...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Microsoft Announces New Surface RT SKU: 64GB Without Touch Cover

When Microsoft launched Surface RT, you could only buy the 64GB SKU with a bundled black touch cover. Although Microsoft's custom keyboard covers are an integral part of Surface's...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Rounding Out the Surface Announcements: New Markets and New Touch Covers

Along with the 64GB $599 Surface RT and Surface Pro availability announcements, Microsoft is also announcing three new limited edition touch covers, expanded availability in 13 new markets and...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro Pricing and Availability: 17W IVB Starting at $899 in January 2013

Last month I reviewed Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, and came away generally impressed. The form factor and attention to detail were both much better than expected from Microsoft. The...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2012

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 & Windows RT

Just over a year after first introducing Windows 8 and Windows RT to the press at their BUILD conference, the run-up to the launch of Windows 8 and Windows...

63 by Ryan Smith on 10/26/2012

The Windows RT Review

Meet Windows RT. It’s Microsoft’s first major foray into the modern tablet market, the shipping version of Windows-on-ARM, and it’s one of Microsoft’s most important product launches ever. Windows...

233 by Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/25/2012

Microsoft Surface Review

A week ago, I sat in an auditorium and listened to Steve Sinofsky talk about the tablet market. He talked about how the iPad was a great device, and...

235 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

Inside Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

Along with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was...

73 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Microsoft Surface RT Starting at $499, Available 10/26, Preorder Today

Earlier this summer Microsoft did the somewhat unexpected and announced first party Windows RT and Windows 8 tablet hardware under the Surface brand. Microsoft wanted to have flagship devices...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Windows 8 Pre-Orders Start; $39.99 Download Option on October 26th

With Windows 8 officially launching in under two weeks, Microsoft and its retail partners have finally begun taking pre-orders for Windows 8. As with prior Windows pre-order promotions, several...

76 by Ryan Smith on 10/15/2012

Office for Mac 2011 Gets Retina Display Support

Since the launch of the MacBook Pro with Retina display in June, Microsoft had announced full compatibility of Office for Mac 2011 with Mountain Lion, but had neither confirmed...

11 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 9/19/2012

The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC

Check out our hands on with the devices here. At an event today in NYC, HTC unveiled its first two Windows Phone 8 devices: the Windows Phone 8X and 8S...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/19/2012

Nokia Announces Lumia 920 & 820 Running Windows Phone 8

Nokia just announced its next-generation Windows Phone 8 devices: the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Both are pentaband devices (available in both LTE and HSPA+ versions later this year...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2012

Live from the Nokia/Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Press Conference

We just got seated for the Microsoft/Nokia Windows Phone 8 press conference in NYC. This is the first of many press events happening this week. There's a Motorola event...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2012

Microsoft Reveals First Battery Life Specs for Windows RT Tablets

Yesterday Microsoft announced the final roster for ARM based Windows RT tablets expected to launch this year. We'll see Windows RT tablets from ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung, as...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2012

Windows 8 Released To Manufacturing

Right on schedule, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing on the first day of the first week of August. Microsoft has put out a full...

57 by Ryan Smith on 8/1/2012

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