Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1's recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone's 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It's not mind-blowing, it's not world-changing, it's nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it's never quite been before: an OS that's totally good enough. » 4/14/14 8:00am 4/14/14 8:00am

The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. It's rolling out automatically starting today, but you can also grab it in the Windows Store. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact they're so small and intuitive that you might even miss a few, so we've wrangled our favorites into this series of handy GIFs. » 4/08/14 10:00am 4/08/14 10:00am

Make the Switch from Windows XP

As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern era … » 4/05/14 12:00pm 4/05/14 12:00pm

​Windows 8.1 Update Hands On: Terrific Tweaks For the Mouse Faithful

Windows 8.1 did a whole bunch to make Windows 8 feel more homey by tweaking tiny fit and finish issues. And it worked great. The next Windows 8.1 update (creatively called "Windows 8.1 Update") is pretty much the same thing all over again, but this time with mouse-users specifically in mind. And after trying it out we… » 4/02/14 2:00pm 4/02/14 2:00pm

WSJ: Microsoft and Google Are Crushing the Dual-OS Dream

A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Intel's grand plans to stuff Android and Windows into the same tablet have hit a brick wall: neither Google nor Microsoft want hardware to sport the competitor's OS alongside their own. » 3/14/14 8:29am 3/14/14 8:29am

Watch an Embarrased Jimmy Fallon Hide His MacBook from Bill Gates

Bill Gates's Microsoft-running days are behind him. He's moved on to toilets and condoms and general philanthropy. Still, Windows is his baby, so no wonder Jimmy Fallon felt the need to hide his MacBook during an interview on Late Night. Awkwardly. » 1/22/14 1:20pm 1/22/14 1:20pm

Dear HP: Running From the Future Doesn't Help Anyone

Shiny new computer, shiny new software. The two go hand in hand. Except when they don't. It's one thing to let tech-savvy consumers have the option for a software downgrade if they see fit, but HP's choice to push Windows 7 on consumers by default is another entirely: it's bad, for everyone involved. No one ever came… » 1/20/14 1:49pm 1/20/14 1:49pm

HP Would Very Much Rather You Buy a Windows 7 PC

HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand"—it's not clear from whom—and making it pretty difficult to buy a computer with Windows 8. Who needs the future when you've got the very recent past? » 1/20/14 9:04am 1/20/14 9:04am

Windows 9 Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to Windows 8

Windows 8 was an incredible change, if not quite incredible. It wasn't until Windows 8.1 that a lot of the kinks were smoothed out. Now, Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming in April, and rumor has it that Windows 9 might be showing up. That's all well and good, but please Microsoft, don't go backtracking on… » 1/13/14 3:23pm 1/13/14 3:23pm