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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.

Report: Windows 8.1 is ready to ship

According to multiple reports, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to manufacturing, known as RTM. That will give hardware makers time to test the new OS before its release on Oct. 18.

Pokki for Windows 8

Lenovo plans to install Pokki's Start Menu replacement and app store on PCs

Lenovo will add SweetLabs' Pokki utility to its PCs, providing an alternative to both the Windows 8 Start page as well as the Windows app store.

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Why Skype still can't compete with iMessage (it's all about greed, grudges, and fear)

Skype is now baked into Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Outlook.com. But until Windows Phone gains momentum and the wireless carriers chill out, it will never become a mobile standby.

Sony teases Yoga-like Windows 8 convertible in advance of IFA trade show

A teaser video from Sony suggests the company is planning a Vaio laptop that folds into a tablet, not unlike Lenovo's well-regarded IdeaPad Yoga.

How Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu are slowly turning your PC into a smartphone

All the desktop operating systems are integrating mobile features, but they're using very different methods.

Mozilla to ship 'Metro-ized' Firefox Dec. 10

Mozilla will launch Firefox for Microsoft's Windows 8 "Modern" user interface in mid-December, more than a year after the operating system's launch, according to the open-source developer's planning documents.

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.