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New OS data shows a loss for Windows 8.1 while Windows 10 makes an appearance

The Windows 10 Technical Preview has started showing up in the operating system market share numbers from Net Applications, in their recently revealed statistics for December. However, those same numbers display a loss in market share for Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is now being used by 0.06% of...
Windows 8.1

New OS data shows gains for Windows 8.1 while Windows XP still hangs around

The latest desktop operating system market share numbers for January 2015 show a gain for Windows 8.1 worldwide. However, it also shows that the 13 year old Windows XP is still the second most used PC OS in the world, several months after its official support was cut off by Microsoft. Net...
Intel Compute Stick

Intel's Compute Stick is a tiny $149 PC with Windows 8.1, set to arrive in March

Would you like to have a full Windows 8.1 PC that can be held in your hand? Intel is showing off such a device during CES 2015 this week. The Intel Compute Stick is an upcoming HDMI dongle that's about the size of a Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick that's due out in March for just $149 with...
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How to dual-boot Windows 10 Technical Preview alongside Windows 8.1

How to dual-boot Windows 10 Technical Preview alongside Windows 8.1

Creating a dual-boot system will let you safely test Windows 10 Technical Preview using the full power of your PC's hardware alongside Windows 8.1. In Windows 10, Microsoft is doing something differently as it's letting customers download and install versions of the operating system early on, so...
Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 will be getting nearly 30 patches later today

Microsoft plans to release over 30 non-security patches for various versions of Windows later today, but Windows 8.1 will be the subject of the vast majority of those downloads. The company has released summaries of all these optional patches on its support page, and it's clear that most of...
Dell XPS 13

Overall PC shipments showed sharp declines in Q1 2015 worldwide

Research firms Gartner and IDC both showed sharp declines in PC shipments worldwide in the first quarter of 2015. Gartner stated that 71.7 million PC units shipped in the first quarter of 2015, which is a 5.2% decline from the same period a year ago. IDC said 68.5 million PC units shipped in the...
Windows 8

New OS market share data shows big gain for Windows 7 while 8.1 remains steady

Net Applications has posted its desktop operating system market share numbers for March 2015, showing a big gain for Windows 7 worldwide. Meanwhile, numbers for Windows 8 and 8.1 remain steady for the most part. Net Applications, which gathers its data by monitoring PC access to thousands of...
Project Spark

Project Spark to launch Conker episodic game and content packs April 23

The team behind Microsoft's Project Spark game creation tools for Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One will finally release the long-awaited game and content packs based on Conker April 23. The very adult squirrel was the star of Rare's classic M-rated action-platformer Conker's Bad Fur Day for the...
Windows 8.1

New OS market share data shows slight gain for Windows 8.1, Windows XP

Net Applications has posted its desktop operating system market share numbers for February 2015, showing a slight gain for Windows 8.1 worldwide. However, it also shows that the 13 year old Windows XP also went up in its market share, 10 months after Microsoft cut support for the OS. Net...
VAIO Z with Windows 8.1

VAIO's first two post-Sony laptops are also 2-in-1 hybrids

VAIO's first all-new Windows 8.1 laptops since breaking away from Sony in 2014 were revealed today. Both the VAIO Z and the VAIO Z Canvas are 2-in-1 hybrids. The VAIO Z includes a hinge on its display so it can be turned into a tablet, while the VAIO Z Canvas is designed so that the screen can...
Windows 7 PC

Microsoft pulls Visual Studio update that was causing some Windows PCs to freeze

Microsoft has now pulled an update it released earlier today for Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime. This was done after a number of online reports stated that the update was causing many Windows PCs to freeze after it attempted to install a patch. The update, KB 3001652. was...
Windows 8.1

New OS data shows gains for Windows 8.1 while Windows XP still hangs around

The latest desktop operating system market share numbers for January 2015 show a gain for Windows 8.1 worldwide. However, it also shows that the 13 year old Windows XP is still the second most used PC OS in the world, several months after its official support was cut off by Microsoft. Net...
Alaska Airlines Windows 8.1 tablets

Alaska Airlines to offer Windows 8.1 tablets for passengers on long flights

Alaska Airlines will begin to offer Windows 8.1 tablets to its passengers who are on long-haul flights beginning on February 1. The tablets will be given to First Class customers and MVP Gold75K members at no charge; everyone else can rent them for $8-$10 a flight. The tablets will come pre-...

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