Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

Microsoft downplays 'RT' and hides the desktop on its Surface tablets

Even the first-gen Surface slate is getting a makeover in Microsoft's online store.

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft's Surface 2: Spec showdown

Two roughly $500 Windows RT tablets with optional keyboard accessories enter the ring. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! ...or is there room for peaceful coexistence?

Microsoft fixes Windows RT 8.1 issues, returns update to Windows Store

Windows RT 8.1 is back in the Windows Store, cured of the the errors that caused it to bork some Surface RT tablets.

Dell says Xbox One will run and sync Windows 8 apps: Don't get too excited

But is the tidbit a tip of things to come, an oblique reference to features we already know about, or just plain erroneous?

From Windows 8.1 to Surface 2 and beyond: What Microsoft's ecosystem needs to thrive

When Microsoft asks you to open your wallet for a Surface 2 or a new Windows PC, it's really asking for a larger commitment. Here's how Microsoft's latest products ask you to buy into Microsoft itself.

The other tablet: How the Surface 2 beats the iPad

Apple's iPad may be more well-rounded, but the Surface 2 and Windows RT 8.1 win screens-down for Office-centric productivity.

Microsoft releases fix for Surface RT slates borked by Windows RT 8.1 update

But the flawed Windows RT update still isn't available in the Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 launch weekend plagued by some show-stopping installation issues

Most Windows 8.1 installations have been easy as easy can be. But the ones that go bad have been going VERY BAD.

Microsoft temporarily pulls Windows RT 8.1 update due to 'a situation'

The much-anticipated Windows RT 8.1 update appears to be having quality issues for some users, causing Microsoft to remove the update from the Windows Store.

Hands on with Microsoft Remote Desktop for mobile

Microsoft has come out with its own remote desktop client for Android and iOS devices, but our initial go-round with the software suggests that you might want to consider easier options first.

Warning: Windows 8.1 kills SkyDrive's remote 'Fetch' feature

If you like to Fetch your SkyDrive files from afar, you won't like Windows 8.1's changes. A warning would have been nice, Microsoft.

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Save your saved games: What files upgrading from Windows 8.1 preview will kill

Microsoft says that upgrading from Windows 8.1 Preview to the final GA edition will kill any apps that you added after upgrading to the preview. It's actually slightly worse than that.

Official Facebook app (finally!) available for Windows 8.1 users

Beyond its baked-in goodies, Windows 8.1 brought a friend along: A modern-style Facebook app.