Are cheaper Windows 8 portables on the way? WSJ reports Microsoft is slashing Windows 8 prices for PC makers

HP Envy X2

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to get in on the touchscreen computing craze that’s currently dominated by tablets running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. But there have been plenty of signs that sales of touch-capable Windows 8 devices have been off to a slow start. One possible reason is the high price of Windows notebooks […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]