​Microsoft, Please Don't Give Up on the Future

It wasn't long ago that Microsoft started a bold charge into future. A new touch-friendly operating system, a transforming, first party tablet-computer, a game console designed not just to play games but to take over your TV. But now, Microsoft is in full retreat, and we're at risk of losing all the great stuff that… » 5/14/14 2:36pm 5/14/14 2:36pm

​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

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

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 2:23pm 1/13/14 2:23pm

The Laptop Revival Is Here. The Laptop Is Dying.

There's an old joke about a doctor giving an elderly patient some good news and bad news. "Give me the bad news first," the old guy says. "OK, you've got cancer and you're dying. Best case, you have a few years left." "Oh god, that's awful," cries the old man. "What's the good news?" "Well," says the doctor, "You're… » 9/09/13 12:20pm 9/09/13 12:20pm