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Surface 2 Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Behind

The Surface RT was Microsoft's brassy if ultimately flawed to drop a cannonball in the placid, iPad and Kindle-dominated tablet pool. It didn't quite work out. With the Surface 2, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to say "No guys, but really," with a blistering, scary sort of confidence. Read More >>

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The Five Best New Features in Windows 8.1

Microsoft set Windows 8.1 upon the world today, and with it a host of improvements large and small. You check out our full review here, but in the meantime, here's a look at our favorite new features. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Launch Today Leads to App Update Frenzy

The long-awaited Windows 8.1 update is to be made available today for those who've braved the tile-based madness of Microsoft's latest operating system. And, as is annoyingly customary with such things, it means practically every Microsoft-built Windows app will be getting an update. Read More >>

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Camera-Shy Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet Gets Papped

Nokia's will-they-won't-they relationship with the tablet form factor looks to finally be coming to an end, with the Finnish company getting a big old "THEY WILL" badge, if news of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is to be believed. Read More >>

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Google Is Sneaking Chrome OS Into Windows 8's "Metro" Mode

It was one thing when Google's Chrome apps managed to break out of the browser and become real offline apps, but clearly that is not Google's real long term play. The most recent update to the developer version of Google Chrome basically runs Chrome OS inside of Windows 8. Read More >>

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Intel Bay Trail: Laptop-Tablet Hybrids Might Actually Keep Up Now

Just a couple of months ago, Intel's new 4th generation processors helped laptops get a whole lot better. Now Intel's trying to work the same magic on mobile. Meet Bay Trail, a new flavour of chips designed specifically to make Windows 8 and Android tablets more awesome. Read More >>

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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 in the best shape of your life, and your dementia means you won't remember any of this in a few hours." And that is, essentially, the Windows laptop renaissance. Read More >>

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Thinkpad Yoga: Finally a Convertible With Some Grit

Out of last years selection of fledgling Windows 8 convertibles, Lenovo's Yoga was our favourite by far. Now we're getting one with some ruggedness to it. You know, a little bit of raw strength. Meet the Thinkpad Yoga. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Will Land on October 17th

Microsoft's Windows 8 fix-up, Windows 8.1, will hit the Windows Store as a free upgrade starting on the 18th 17th of October at 12:00-noon, Start button and all. Will the point update solve all Windows 8's issues? Probably not, but it's a decent start. [Microsoft] Read More >>

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The New SkyDrive Might Be the Best Cloud Storage Yet

SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 has a secret weapon no one's talked very much about. It's actually pretty amazing in that small sort of way that doesn't change much, but still manages to completely alter how you use something. In fact, it might just make SkyDrive the best cloud service around. Read More >>

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Master Chief and Halo Arrive to Rescue Microsoft Surface

Microsoft's released yet another new Halo game today, with Halo: Spartan Assault now out on the Windows Store. What's rather exciting is that it's been designed to run on Windows 8, Windows RT and WP8 touch displays, meaning there's now a pretty large reason for Halo nuts to buy themselves a Surface or a Nokia. Read More >>

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Acer Iconia W3 Review: The First Small Windows Tablet is Totally Useless

Small tablets -- 7 and 8 inchers -- have taken the Android and iPad markets by storm in the last year, but until now, there haven't been any machines sporting Microsoft's touchy-feely OS. Acer's the first on the scene, with the 8-inch Iconia W3; it's just a shame that it's a steaming pile of crap. Read More >>

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Uh, Microsoft, I Think You Forgot Something

Windows 8.1 has addressed a lot of issues that people had with Microsoft's favourite child -- and by that, I mean it stuck a Start button down in the bottom-right corner. But there's a much greater, much deeper problem holding back Windows, and 8.1, rather than fixing it, Microsoft only gave it the most cursory of nods. Read More >>

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Netflix Finally Dumps Silverlight For HTML5

Those using the newly released Windows 8.1 Preview to stream Netflix titles are in for a treat, as the movie and TV site has dropped the requirement to use the Silverlight plugin to power its streams on PC in favour of HTML5. The catch being you have to use Internet Explorer 11. Read More >>

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Here's How to Install Windows 8.1 Preview In the UK

It seems a load of UK users are getting errors and being blocked from installing Microsoft's Windows 8.1 preview. It's something to do with the language version we install in the UK compared to our cousins in the US. Thankfully there's a work-around. Follow this to trick Windows 8.1 preview into installing. Read More >>

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With Facebook Ready to Go, Windows 8 Finally Gets Some App Respect

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Facebook, Flipboard, and NFL Fantasy Football would all soon have official apps. That may not be an earth-shaking revelation, but it's a sign that some big names are ready to step up and give Windows 8 the old Metro try. Read More >>

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