The How-To Guide to Windows 8

From a rundown of Windows 8 multi-touch interface features to enterprise upgrade challenges to Microsoft's homemade Surface Windows 8 devices,'s Ultimate Guide for Windows 8 covers it all. Our guide delivers expert reviews, advice on planning and rollout, opinion pieces and analysis of Microsoft's latest version of Windows.

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Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface RT and other Windows Tablets

Windows 8

First Look at the Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro, the Windows 8 ultrabook designed and built by Microsoft, goes on sale Feb. 9, joining its sister device Surface RT. Here's a look at what it has to offer.

Microsoft Surface Pro Shortages Cast Shadow Over Launch

Microsoft's scarcity of 128GB Surface Pro devices in retail has frustrated shoppers and drawn accusations of a publicity stunt. It's a shame because people want to buy the Surface Pro, if only Microsoft would let them.

Windows 8, Surface Tablets to Lead Microsoft's Fight for Relevance in 2013

Microsoft made big bets on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Surface tablets in 2012, and now it needs to make those bets pay off. As more consumers and businesses go mobile, 2013 will be Microsoft's most challenging year yet.

3 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8, Windows RT and Microsoft-Tablet Apps

Confused about Windows 8? Youre not alone. Heres a quick guide on what to expect from Microsofts new operating systems, as well as which OS is best suited for you.

Microsoft's Surface Pro Storage Space in Short Supply

Microsoft's low-end Surface Pro tablet, slated to start shipping Feb. 9, sports just 23GB of free storage space out of the box, Microsoft confirmed.

8 Must-See Microsoft Surface Tablet Videos

From drop tests to protests at launch events, the Internet has been watching Microsoft Surface closely.

Why Surface Pro Can't Replace an Ultrabook (or a Tablet)

For most users, the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro is too expensive and power-hungry to bridge the worlds of tablets and ultrabooks, writes's Shane O'Neill.

7 New Windows 8 Tablets

The introduction of Microsoft Windows 8 has spawned a variety of new and exciting devices. Here are 7 tablets that were built especially to accommodate the new operating system. Some include keyboards and other add-ons, but will those extras -- and the promise of Windows on a tablet -- be enough to lure buyers away from the iPad and Android tablets?

Slideshow: First Look at Microsoft Surface RT

Surface RT, the Microsoft-built tablet/notebook, offers a sleek design and sturdy feel. Its got more memory per dollar, a bigger screen and more external storage options than its chief rival, the iPad.

Up Close with the Microsoft Surface Pro (Video)

After using the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro for work and play for two weeks,'s Shane O'Neill came to appreciate the device's versatility, despite some flaws. Just don't call it a tablet.

Windows 8 Tablet Alternatives to Microsoft's Surface Pro

Samsung, Acer, Asus and Lenovo are selling Windows 8 alternatives to Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet.

Windows RT Is More Important Than You Think

Despite poor branding and confusion about the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, the tablet-only RT might be exactly what Microsoft needs to stay alive against Apple and Google in the post-PC era.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT: 5 Things to Consider Before Buying

Buying a Windows RT slate is not going to be as simple as buying an iPad or Android tablet.

Shane O'Neill is the Assistant Managing Editor for Follow Shane on Twitter @smoneill. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn. Email Shane at

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