I was indirectly responsible for a key member of the Windows 8 user experience team getting a job at Microsoft years earlier. Yep. Windows 8 was my fault.
Recent Windows 8.1 Stories
The PC industry has been shrinking for several years, and while the reasons are clear, many questions remain. Key among them is when it ends.
Tech tidbits from around the web: This is your final month to buy a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, Windows 10 usage share sort-of dropped in September, new PIXEL UI brings a bit of desktop elegance to Raspberry Pi, EU will reportedly charge Google with Android-related antitrust abuses, more.
It's been a year of Microsoft dialing back the crazy when it comes to its attempts to force its customer base to upgrade to Windows 10 en masse. The latest example: In October, the software giant will belatedly simplify and improve how previous Windows versions are serviced.
As promised, Microsoft this week updated the Get Windows 10 advertisement in Windows 7 and 8.1, providing customers with a way to decline the upgrade for the first time. Here's a quick look at the new experience.
In the latest sign that Microsoft actually does listen to its customers, if belatedly, the software giant revealed on Tuesday that it will dramatically simplify the process of updating its legacy Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems. Best of all, Microsoft will deliver what is essentially a second service pack for Windows 7, the Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup.
News from around the web: PC focus group today, Xbox One is not MIcrosoft's final console, Xbox One Wireless Adapter now works with Windows 7 and 8.1 too, more
This week, we finally found out two things about the update Windows RT users will get instead of Windows 10: its name and when it will be released.
In a strangely timed release, Microsoft delivered over 30 fixes for Windows 7 and 8.1 today. All of them are optional updates, and none appears to be particularly important. But if you’re the compulsive kind, be sure to check Windows Update today: there are a bunch of updates to install. As you might know, Microsoft […]
Apple is infamous for quickly—often too quickly—dropping support for popular technologies it deems out of date, so it should come as no surprise that the new MacBook—which eschews common expansion ports for a single USB-C port—is dropping support for Windows 7, as are other new Macs. So if you want to dual-boot a new Mac, […]
A curious report suggests that Microsoft will soon restrict the availability of Windows 8.1 with Bing on PCs with bigger screens as a way to “prop up slumping Windows licensing revenues.” But if that’s true, this change will do nothing of the kind: the only real growth in PC sales is already with very small […]
If you followed my travails in cleaning up a Windows 7-era Ultrabook, then you know that the process was time-consuming and difficult. But if you have a more modern Windows 8.1-based device, your experience could be much, much better based on my initial experiment with such a PC. The phrase “night and day” comes to […]
Here’s an interesting question about File History, an update to the “previous versions” functionality that Microsoft provides in Windows 8.1. By default, you can only configure File History to use a second disk or a network drive. Is there a way to store previous versions of files on the PC’s only internal disk? Why yes. There […]
Over the past decade, Microsoft fans have been burned by a number of ill-fated initiatives including Windows Media Center, PlaysForSure, Zune, Windows Home Server, and, most recently, Windows RT. This most misunderstood and misguided Windows version never really had a chance, but for the millions of people still using these devices—many quite enthusiastically—that doesn’t matter. […]
A trusted source close to Microsoft has provided me with some Windows 8.1 pricing information that helps to explain why PC makers have so thoroughly embraced smaller tablets: As you know, the OS is effectively free on those devices. But it’s also free when they provide a free year’s worth of Office 365 Personal too, […]