Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

Windows device sales aren't meeting Microsoft's expectations, Ballmer admits

In a closed door Microsoft meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly admits to disappointing Windows hardware sales. But while the company's smart to rejigger its retail efforts, Windows devices won't shine until the software is up to par.

Fresh Paint

Microsoft gives Fresh Paint a fresh coat of...

Microsoft updates its nifty Fresh Paint app on Thursday, adding watercolors to its palette. There's a catch, though; it's only for Windows 8.1 for now.

The new Redbox app for Windows 8 isn't perfect, but it sure is handy

The new Redbox app in the Windows Store eliminates most of the minor irritations associated with frequenting the cardinal-colored kiosks.

Google's Sundar Pichai, Microsoft's Terry Myerson, and Apple's Craig Federighi

Microsoft was wrong: Tablets are not PCs. So now what?

Apple, Google, and Microsoft probably wouldn’t mind consolidating everything onto a single platform. But the market has clearly rejected the all-in-one approach.

Tune in or tune out: How does Windows 8 stack up on a home theater PC?

Windows 8's modern interface translates surprisingly well to the TV screen, but some key software omissions could hurt HTPC buffs.

Surface RT tanks Microsoft's earnings

Microsoft reported its earnings for the June quarter on Thursday, and they were downright awful by Wall St. standards. The blame falls on Windows RT.

Windows Phone ad

Microsoft leads tech-ad spending in the first quarter with Windows 8 push

Microsoft outspent all other tech companies during the first quarter as it promoted Windows 8, Nielsen said Tuesday.

Acer's already prepping a leaner, lighter 8-inch Iconia W3 Windows tablet, report says

The 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 may have just been released in June, but a new report claims a refresh is slated for September.

Windows 8.1 steps up security with biometrics, encryption, and more

Windows 8.1 Preview promises a safer experience, from antivirus and malware protections baked into IE 11, to VPN and remote-wiping enhancements for business users.

Samsung is taking pre-orders on its Ativ Book 9 Lite

New notebook features a custom quad-core CPU from AMD.

Ballmer outlines the road ahead for Microsoft Office, Skype, 'Bing Now'

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer outlines how Microsoft plans to reinvent the future of documents, collaboration, anticipatory data, and gaming.

Stardock

'Start' button devs say Windows 8.1 doesn't put them out of business

Even though Microsoft has added features that make the Windows Start page more accessible, developers like Stardock say their custom Start menus aren't going away.

What Microsoft's new product groups mean for Windows, Office, and more

Microsoft realigns groups by function rather than platform or product, aiming for a smoother development cycle internally, and a smoother user experience externally.