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Reports: Microsoft's holding Windows 8.1 until October to launch it with new hardware

Computer makers will get the final version of Windows 8.1 later this August, but you won't see it for a few months.

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Numbers are in. Touch features aren't selling Windows 8 hardware

Buyers reject touchscreen laptops, spooked by higher prices and concerns about the value of Windows 8's touch-based user interface.

Microsoft tweaks Windows 8.1 again to help new users

Microsoft makes a few more adjustments to Windows 8.1 before shipping the update to users, and OEMs, which should happen any day now.

Windows 8 still struggles to crack the top 100 apps

Microsoft's Windows 8 app ecosystem badly needs a jolt to make it competitive with iOS and Android on tablets, analysts say.

High PC prices hindering industry recovery, analysts say

PC shipments are already in a steady decline with the growing adoption of tablets, and buyers are not yet willing to pay a premium for machines with Microsoft's Windows 8, analysts point out.

MakerBot 3D printers expand to more Microsoft Stores

After showing off 3D printing capabilities at three Microsoft locations, demos of MakerBot's device are expanding to 15 other stores around the U.S. It's part of an effort to show off the 3D printer support coming with Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8 adoption slows; boost sought with update

Windows 8's user share growth slowed significantly last month, hinting at further trouble for the struggling operating system, new statistics from an analytics company showed today.

Twitter tosses power users a bone in Windows 8 app update

Socialites who dig Windows 8's modern UI will be happy to find newfound support for lists, multiple accounts, and more in the Twitter app.

Researchers demo exploits that bypass Windows 8 Secure Boot

The Windows 8 Secure Boot mechanism can be bypassed on PCs from certain manufacturers because of oversights in how those vendors implemented the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification, according to a team of security researchers.

Windows 8 grabs more market share, but so do older versions

In a recent study, Windows 7 and Windows XP hold strong with users, but Windows Vista usage declines.

The 14 best Windows Store music and movie apps

Windows 8 catches a lot of flak, but it's great for full-screen entertainment. Here are the best music and video apps the Windows Store has to offer.

Microsoft to rename SkyDrive after losing trademark suit

A British broadcaster has successfully convinced a judge to require Microsoft to change the name of its SkyDrive cloud-storage service because of trademark issues.

Asus slowly backs away from Windows RT tablets

One of Windows RT's earliest manufacturing supporters is turning its back on the Metro-only operating system.