During the development of Windows 8, each build contained a cryptographic-looking wallpaper that many assumed was a security feature; the truth is much less exciting.
Recent Windows 8.1 Stories
More Windows systems start getting update Intel firmware and fixes for Meltdown and Spectre.
Using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 again has provided a healthy reminder that Windows 10, for all its issues, is still the far better experience.
Microsoft is bringing its intelligence-driven security analytics and protection service to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers migrating to Windows 10.
If you're anything like me, your Microsoft account is the core of your online identity. It's time for a check-up.
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.
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.