Windows 8 Features, Challenges and Competition
From invoking 'God Mode' to hacking the lock screen, make Windows 8 act the way you want.
Windows 8 faces skeptical IT customers and a hardware landscape dotted with iOS and Android mobile devices. The good news for Microsoft is that Windows 8 will gain market traction by 2014 and be a true tablet player by 2016, according to research firm Forrester.
Windows 1.0 came out in 1985. Now, 27 years later, Windows 8.0 is set to come out. For the first time the operating system acts as a window, one that comes in many sizes and offers a view of Microsoft's back-end services. And, despite all the iPhone 5 talk, it pushes Microsoft ahead of Apple.
Some useful Windows 8 apps highlighted here can cover all your travel needs, from deals to wheels to digital photography reels -- no baggage check-in required.
This tutorial for Windows 8 covers both desktop and touchscreen users.
Microsoft is counting on strong sales of Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT tablets--and, to a lesser extent, Windows phones--to help drive its new Windows 8 desktop operating system in the enterprise. But what if the plan doesn't work?
Windows 8 fell further behind the pace of Windows Vista's uptake last month, a metric company said today, even as usage share of the new operating system continued to slowly climb.
After three months, the world has had plenty of time to live with the Windows 8, and now we can more comfortably score whether it's a success or failure.
Revenue at Microsoft's Windows division was up 11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, bucking the long-running trend where the company's OS sales have mirrored PC sales. But the unexpected results, which made Windows the company's top revenue-producing group for the first time since 2009, did little to answer the question on analysts' tongues: How did Windows 8 perform in its first sales test?
Day two at Microsoft TechEd 2012 was all about Windows 8. CIO.com caught up with Windows corporate VP Antoine Leblond, who discussed why CIOs should test Windows 8, why developers should love it, and why we'll all be touching our laptop screens sooner than we think.
In another illustration of the diminishing importance of the PC, a research firm today said that more than a third of surveyed consumers who once used personal computers to access content have switched to tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.
Calling Windows 8 "Vista Part 2" is premature and naïve. Yet Windows 8 is vulnerable in the same way Vista was and will pay a higher price for failure.