Microsoft’s day 1 keynote for the BUILD developer conference detailed an update to Windows coming on the next scheduled patch Tuesday called 8.1 Update. Notice it’s not called Update 1, which means there may or may not be more of these updates later in the year. Hopefully there’s more. Windows 8 launched about 18 months ago. With that launch, Windows was put on a rapid release cycle, which resulted in Windows 8.1 a mere 12 months later. When Windows 8 launched, “touch first” was the talking point used during the reveal. Windows 8 was likely the biggest ever change to Windows, and was a pretty big gamble on Microsoft’s part. For the project head of Windows 8, it didn’t work out with Steven Sinofsky leaving...

NVIDIA's Windows 8 WHQL Display Driver Now Available

With the launch of the Windows 8 Release Preview at the very start of this month, NVIDIA initially promised that they would have Windows 8 WHQL’d display drivers available...

8 by Ryan Smith on 6/27/2012

Microsoft Surface - We Go Hands On [UPDATE: Detailed Impressions]

Post-announcement, Microsoft took us to a backroom in Milk Studios to give us hands on experience with the Surface. They weren't lying, even the preproduction units feel awesome in...

161 by Vivek Gowri on 6/18/2012

Microsoft's Major Announcement in LA - We're There!

We're at Microsoft's major announcement in LA - it's been shrouded in secrecy, with Redmond only releasing venue details earlier today (a mere 5 hours before the start of...

26 by Vivek Gowri on 6/18/2012

Acer's Iconia W700 Ivy Bridge Windows 8 Tablet: The Start of Something Big

My first meeting of Computex wasn't a meeting at all, rather it was Acer's press conference a day before the show officially started. In its press conference, Acer introduced...

141 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2012

TI Joins the Windows RT Demo Fray

Not one for being left out, TI had a demo of Windows RT running on its OMAP 4470 reference tablet. Microsoft instructed its partners not to show off anything...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Running Windows RT

Last night we saw NVIDIA running Windows 8 RT via ASUS' Tablet 600, and today we got a glimpse of Qualcomm doing the same. Qualcomm's reference tablet features an...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

Microsoft Announces Xbox SmartGlass Service For Windows 8, Windows Phone

While we’ll leave most of the E3 gaming announcements today to the gaming press, there is one bit of news that has come out of E3 that’s going to...

1 by Ryan Smith on 6/4/2012

Hands on With ASUS' Tablet 600 & Windows RT

Earlier today ASUS announced its first Windows RT device, the Tablet 600. Based on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (T30), the Tablet 600 features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 IPS...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2012

Hands on With Acer's Iconia W510 x86 Windows 8 Tablet

Check out the gallery below for tons of shots of Acer's 10.1-inch Iconia W510 x86 Windows 8 tablet with keyboard dock. It's clear that touch and ultra thin form...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Acer Completes its Windows 8 Lineup with Touch Enabled All-in-Ones

Two more Acer announcements for you today. The Acer Aspire 7600U (27-inch, 35mm thick, 64-point multi-touch, 1080p) all-in-one and the Aspire 5600U (23-inch). The 7600U swivels at all four sides...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Acer's Full HD Touch Enabled Windows 8 Aspire S7 Ultrabooks

Acer joined the likes of ASUS with its announcement of the Full HD 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Aspire S7 ultrabooks. Unlike ASUS however, Acer is announcing touch support with the...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Acer Introduces Windows 8 Tablets with Docks: Iconia W510 & W700

We just sat down for Acer's Computex press conference in Taipei. Today it's unveiling two x86 Windows 8 tablets: the Iconia W510 and W700. The W510 features a 10.1-inch...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Release Preview; NVIDIA & AMD Prep New Win8 Drivers

Closing out the month of May, Microsoft gave everyone an early present by putting up the final preview version of Windows 8, the Windows 8 Release Preview. Originally expected...

23 by Ryan Smith on 6/1/2012

Media Center for Windows 8: An Add-on At A Nominal Price

AnandTech has been covering the Home Theater PC space since those halcyon days when Windows XP Media Center was rolling out, and the era of dual-core Pentiums promised tolerable...

99 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/5/2012

Windows 8 Release Preview Due in First Week of June

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview, a near-final build of the upcoming operating system, will be available to the public in the first week of June...

38 by Andrew Cunningham on 4/24/2012

Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Product Editions

Microsoft Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc has finally given us our first official information about product editions for Windows 8, which is now confirmed to be the product's actual shipping...

56 by Andrew Cunningham on 4/16/2012

Microsoft Talks Windows 8 Touch Experience on Windows 7 Tablets

Microsoft's Jerry Koh and Jeff Piira gave some insight into the Windows 8 touch experience in yet another Building Windows 8 blog post yesterday. They talked specifically about the...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/29/2012

Microsoft Talks Screen Resolution in Windows 8, Suggests "Retina"-esque Tablets

Microsoft's David Washington has penned another informational tome on the Building Windows 8 blog, this one about Windows 8 and its support for varying screen resolutions. The above chart...

29 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/22/2012

NVIDIA Releases 296.10 GeForce Driver, Introduces Windows 8 Driver Support

NVIDIA has just posted the WHQL-certified GeForce driver 296.10 for Windows 7 and Vista desktops and laptops and Windows XP desktops, and has also released a 296.17 driver specifically...

6 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

Google and Mozilla Working on Metro-Enabled Browsers, Opera May Follow Suit

Both Mozilla and Google have confirmed to various sources that they have begun (or are planning to begin) work on Metro-style versions of their Firefox and Chrome browsers for...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

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