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.
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.
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.
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.
All the desktop operating systems are integrating mobile features, but they're using very different methods.
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.
Consumers are the firm focus of the Windows Store, but business owners can find plenty of finger-friendly apps designed for portable productivity.
Mark your calendars! Microsoft just made the Windows 8.1 release date official.
Computer makers will get the final version of Windows 8.1 later this August, but you won't see it for a few months.
Buyers reject touchscreen laptops, spooked by higher prices and concerns about the value of Windows 8's touch-based user interface.