Pre-release build of Windows Blue (next-gen Windows) leaked

Windows Blue leak

Windows 8 may have launched less than half a year ago, but Microsoft is already working on new versions of its flagship operating system, code-named Windows Blue. And as usual, it hasn’t taken long for leaked copies of Microsoft’s pre-release software to hit the internet. A user at Polish site WinForum has posted pictures showing […]

Dell XPS 18 takes all-in-one to next level: This desktop is a tablet

Dell XPS 18

All-in-one computers have been around for a few years – Apple arguably invented the space with the first iMac in 1998. All-in-ones typically combine the guts of a computer and the display into a single package, sometimes even adding a touchscreen for good measure. Now we’re starting to see companies take the concept a little […]

ModernMix lets you run every Windows 8 app in desktop mode

Stardock ModernMix

There are two different types of apps that run on Windows 8 devices. There are full-screen apps that use the “Modern” user interface and which you can download from the Windows Store. And there are desktop-style apps that look like software you’ve run on every version of Windows up until now. Modern apps are touchscreen-friendly […]

TouchPal keyboard brings gesture-based typing to Windows 8

TouchPal for Windows 8

TouchPal offers on-screen keyboard apps for Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms. Now the company’s virtual keyboard is available for Windows 8 tablets as well. TouchPal for Windows 8 isn’t yet available from the Windows Store, but you can download the app from the TouchPal website. Right now the installer seems to be in Chinese, […]

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Windows 8 hybrid tablet now available for under $600

Lenovo ThinkPad Lynx

Lenovo’s IdeaTab Lynx is an 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Atom Clover Trail low-power processor and an optional keyboard dock that lets you use the tablet like a laptop. First unveiled in October, the Lynx is now available in the US. While Lenovo shows an official price of $649 and an estimated ship […]

Mozilla releases first builds of Firefox for Windows 8

Firefox Nightly

Mozilla has released the first version of Firefox designed to play nicely with Microsoft’s Windows 8 full-screen user interface. If you install the latest nightly build of Firefox for Windows on a computer running Windows 8, you’ll be able to fire up the new “Metro” style app from the Windows Start Screen. Entering Metro mode […]

HP Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid tablet/notebook review

HP Envy X2

At first glance, HP’s Envy X2 looks like  an ultraportable laptop. And with an 11.6 inch display and a QWERTY keyboard, it kind of  is. But you can also eject the screen from the keyboard and use the X2 as a tablet. While the X2 isn’t  the first device to straddle the line between tablet […]

BlueStacks brings Android apps to Windows 8

BlueStacks Surface Pro

BlueStacks has been offering software that lets you run Android apps on a Windows or Mac computers for a while, but now the company’s venturing into the touch-friendly world of Windows 8. The latest version of BlueStacks is optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro, and features a full-screen user interface and a Charms menu with […]

gMusic app gives Google Music a touch of Windows 8 style

gMusic

Google Music lets you upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud and stream your music to any PC with a web browser or to an Android device with the Play Music app. While Google doesn’t offer an official Windows 8 app, there’s a 3rd party app called gMusic which makes Google’s music service feel […]

Microsoft Surface Pro review roundup: Is a Windows 8 tablet worth $1000?

Microsoft Surface Pro

The Microsoft Surface Pro is a tablet with the guts of a laptop. It runs Windows 8, features the same Intel Core i5-3317U processor found in many recent ultrabooks, and has a high resolution display. But it’s not a laptop. Instead it’s a slate with a 10.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a capacitive […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 hybrid launch delayed

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6 inch full HD display, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, and a detachable keyboard which lets you use the tablet like a laptop. It also has the price of a premium laptop: It’s expected to sell for $1499 and up when it goes on […]

Up to 10 percent of Acer’s laptop shipments are Chromebooks

Acer C7 Chromebook

Chromebooks may have gotten off to a slow start when they first hit the streets in 2011. But now Acer CEO Jim Wong says Chromebooks are making up 5 to 10 percent of the company’s shipments since the launch of the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook in November. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wong says the […]