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Unlock your Surface RT tablet's hidden superpowers

The Surface RT might seem limited, but smart use of its connectivity and apps can make it an able sidekick for your computing needs.

What we need to see in a Surface 2 tablet

Deep discounts are helping push the first Surface generation off the shelves, but the next generation's going to have to do better than that. Here's our wish list for the second time around.

Microsoft relents, gives devs early access to Windows 8.1

Reversing course, Microsoft said Monday that it will make Windows 8.1 available to developers via MSDN and TechNet.

Lenovo adds new hybrids, smartphone to portfolio

Lenovo added new hybrids and a smartphone, the Vibe X, to its portfolio during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Panasonic's $5900 4K tablet looks great but will only have two hours of battery life

Ultra High-Definition has been a big trend at this year's IFA show in Berlin. And it's coming to Panasonics Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, in the form of a 20-inch, 3840 x 2560 pixel screen. Just don't expect a lot of battery power.

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Windows 8 beats Vista's adoption rate in its first year

Microsoft got some good news from metrics company Net Applications, which said Windows 8's user share in August is now larger than Vista's at the same point in the latter's post-launch timeline.

Should your next PC be a Surface Pro?

Microsoft made the $100 discount permanent, and slashed some money off the cost of the Touch keyboard, so is a Surface Pro a good investment for your next PC.

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.

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.