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Windows device sales aren't meeting Microsoft's expectations, Ballmer admits

In a closed door Microsoft meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly admits to disappointing Windows hardware sales. But while the company's smart to rejigger its retail efforts, Windows devices won't shine until the software is up to par.

Microsoft should yank Windows RT for Windows RT's own good

In the wake of horrific Surface RT sales and manufacturers fleeing like rats, the best thing for Windows RT's long-term viability would be to pull Windows RT hardware from the shelves.

Man the lifeboats! The Surface RTitanic is sinking fast

Microsoft's message seems to be: yes, while our low-end Surface RT tablet stinks, it doesn't stink as much as it used to. Meanwhile, as many as 6 million Surface RTs sit idle.

Lenovo drops Yoga 11 hybrid with Windows RT from its online sales

Analysts say the move is a sign that PC makers are backing away from their commitment to the struggling OS.

Why Windows RT is crucial for Microsoft despite sagging sales

Windows RT may not be setting the world on fire—yet—but its underlying principles are shaking the Windows ecosystem to its core.

The delightful dozen: 12 fantastic (and free) Windows 8 apps

In the world of apps, there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch, making this roundup of 12 superb—and free!—Windows 8 apps a virtual smorgasbord.

Windows 8's Windows Store hits the 100,000 app milestone as it gains momentum

Microsoft's Windows Store crosses a major milestone as it gains post-BUILD momentum.

How to download Windows 8.1 Preview

Ready to try Windows 8.1? Here's what you need to know.

Surface RT’s (still rumored) integration of Snapdragon 800 is welcome, but no cure-all

A Snapdragon 800 processor could give the Surface RT slate LTE capabilities and a big performance shot in the ARM (get it?), but Windows RT won't shine until some software woes are addressed.

Windows 8.1 video tour puts a friendly face on the Start screen

Microsoft has released a video overview of some of the new features of Windows 8.1, taking pains to show off how personalized the Start screen can be.