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Windows 8.1 won't rescue PC market this year, IDC says

The Windows 8 OS and high prices of PCs are reasons why people are looking at attractively priced tablets instead says one analyst.

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Ballmer departure could disrupt Microsoft's fragile transition plans

Microsoft's CEO couldn't have picked a more sensitive time to pack up his boxes.

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Discovery-oriented Foursquare app arrives on Windows 8

Foursquare has delivered on its promise to develop for Windows 8. But you probably shouldn't expect to be checking in from your notebook PC.

Developers cry foul as PC, tablet makers get Windows 8.1

Microsoft has started sending Windows 8.1 to its hardware manufacturers, hitting the so-called RTM milestone for the much-awaited update to Windows 8.

Microsoft releases final version of Windows 8.1 to PC makers

Just 10 scant months after the release of Windows 8, the expansive Windows 8.1 update is officially done.

Windows Store ad firm sees evidence of new Surface slates, Nokia tablet in its server logs

Advertising firm AdDuplex claims its servers have been pinged by a new Surface RT slate, a new Surface Pro, and a new Windows tablet by Nokia.

Report: Windows 8.1 is ready to ship

According to multiple reports, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to manufacturing, known as RTM. That will give hardware makers time to test the new OS before its release on Oct. 18.

Surface RT usage skyrockets after steep price cuts

The Surface RT may not be selling as well as Microsoft hoped, but recent price cuts have created a BIG spike in usage, AdDuplex says.

Steve Ballmer runs out of time at Microsoft

Editor in chief Jon Phillips thinks the time is right for Steve Ballmer to step down as CEO at Microsoft.

Microsoft's next CEO: Let's handicap the candidates

With less than 12 months to decide on a replacement for Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, members of the company's executive committee will have their work cut out for them. Here are five possibilities to fill the CEO post.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire in 12 months

Steve Ballmer plans to retire within the next 12 months, bringing his 13-year run as Microsoft CEO to an end.

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Why Skype still can't compete with iMessage (it's all about greed, grudges, and fear)

Skype is now baked into Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Outlook.com. But until Windows Phone gains momentum and the wireless carriers chill out, it will never become a mobile standby.

Sony teases Yoga-like Windows 8 convertible in advance of IFA trade show

A teaser video from Sony suggests the company is planning a Vaio laptop that folds into a tablet, not unlike Lenovo's well-regarded IdeaPad Yoga.

How Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu are slowly turning your PC into a smartphone

All the desktop operating systems are integrating mobile features, but they're using very different methods.

Christmas comes early for artists with new Wacom iPad stylus and tablet

Wacom on Tuesday surprised artists around the globe with a foray into the pressure-sensitive iPad stylus market along with its own mobile tablet solution based on the Cintiq line.