Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

The top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Sure, Windows 8.1 may be more about refinement than revolution, but it has some killer tweaks to entice users to check it out.

Are miniature Windows 8 tablets useful? Surprisingly so

The Acer Iconia W3 is the first eight-inch Windows tablet we've used. Is it the Windows version of beloved tablets like the Google/Asus Nexus 7? In a way, yes.

Microsoft releases disk images for Windows 8.1 beta upgrades

Microsoft has released its Windows 8.1 beta as a disk image, making it more convenient to upgrade multiple devices within an organization or enterprise.

Facebook, Foursquare, and Flipboard lead a flood of big-name Windows 8 apps

The slew of announcements at Build 2013 show that Microsoft is taking its commitment to the Windows Store seriously.

Windows 8.1 also has a few business-oriented tricks up its sleeve

Microsoft focused much of its Build conference keynote on Windows 8.1; meanwhile, the company dug deeper into Windows 8.1's business-oriented features at TechEd Europe.

Windows 8.1 apps: New additions and crucial updates

Windows 8.1 Preview shows much-improved internal apps, and the Windows Store is much friendlier and more filled-out than it used to be.

Deep inside Windows 8.1's hidden new features

Some of Windows 8.1's more useful tweaks occur behind the scenes.

Microsoft enlists Bing to enhance Windows 8.1 apps

In its ongoing challenge to attract more users to Windows 8, Microsoft is offering bits of its Bing Internet search service to boost the functionality of third-party Windows Store applications.

How to download Windows 8.1 Preview

Ready to try Windows 8.1? Here's what you need to know.

Build 2013 keynote: Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1, pledges 'rapid release' schedule

Microsoft executives formally unveiled Windows 8.1 at its Build 2013 conference, pledging rapid, responsive updates will empower its developer base.

Windows Phone 8 to land on Sprint this summer

America’s third-largest carrier announced Wednesday that it will introduce two new Windows Phone handsets this summer: the HTC 8XT and the Samsung Ativ S Neo.

Microsoft demos alpha build of touch-friendly Metro Office apps

While Microsoft was busy showing off Windows 8.1 to a crowd of journalists at an invite-only event Tuesday, it snuck in an all-too-brief preview of modern-style Office apps.

Hands On with Windows 8.1: Microsoft's 'do-over' OS is loaded with features

Windows 8.1 isn't just an update—it's an apology to customers. But if you didn't like Windows 8, don't expect the new release to change your mind.

Windows 8.1 will let you disable hot corners and shut down from the Start button

A new Windows Server 2012 preview unveils some of the goodies we can expect to see in the Windows 8.1 desktop updates.

Has Windows 8.1 revived Windows app development?

The number of Windows 8 apps increased at about the same time that the first Windows 8.1 details leaked. Coincidence? Who cares? Not Microsoft, certainly.