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The best Windows 8 business apps for portable productivity

Consumers are the firm focus of the Windows Store, but business owners can find plenty of finger-friendly apps designed for portable productivity.

Windows 8.1 digital download will be released October 17, full retail launch October 18

Mark your calendars! Microsoft just made the Windows 8.1 release date official.

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.

Samsung Ativ Book 7 review: The look is fine; the feel is not

The Samsung Ativ Book 7 has a high-resolution touchscreen display and fabulous battery life, but its keyboard will drive touch-typists bonkers.

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.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review: A versatile but expensive Ultrabook/tablet hybrid

The pleasingly versatile ThinkPad Helix can instantly switch from a full-blown Ultrabook to a Windows 8 tablet. But you'll have to pay to play.

Intel's 'Bay Trail' Atom chip could blur the line between PCs, tablets

Aggressive pricing plus support for Android and Windows 8 could pave the way for versatile new machines.

Microsoft continues to miss the point with Surface pricing

Microsoft cut the price of some Surface Pro models, but not enough to make a difference.