Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing
For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs.
A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC
ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick.
Microsoft is not the only company to have pinned high hopes on Windows Live Tiles and been let down. The user interface element that has come to be associated with Windows 8’s well-documented alienation of desktop users has been at the center of a patent lawsuit since 2012. A little-known Portland, Maine-based company named Surfcast, which inhabits the obscure realm of “operating system technology” design, suddenly shot to attention a couple of years back, when it filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of infringing on one of its patents with Live Tiles. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Monday gave its final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR) of patent 6,724,403 (the “'403 patent”) and sadly for Surfcast, Live Tiles are just as difficult to make money from as ever.
At long last, Microsoft gives Surface Pro 3 owners the ability to adjust stylus sensitivity
When Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band Surface Pro 3 firmware update earlier this week, it said the update was meant to enable “additional upcoming configuration options” for the tablet’s stylus, leaving us to wonder as to what those additional options might be. The suspense is now over.
Windows 10 will go up against Windows 7, not Windows 8/8.1
Now that Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10 and is even serving up a Technical Preview for curious folks to check out, Windows 8 is already feeling like old news. Some felt that way even before Microsoft's announcement, which might explain why Windows 8 lost market share in the desktop OS market in the month of September. At this rate, it won't be long before Windows 8's share drops back into single digits.
Built to meet U.S. military-standard 810G requirements
Asus is all set to welcome a new Windows 8.1 ultrabook to its AsusPro B Advanced line of business notebooks, a range made up mostly of 14- and 15.6-inch models. The incoming AsusPro Advanced BU201 will be a tad different, though. With a screen size of 12.5-inch, it will be the joint smallest model in the lineup when it goes up for sale.
Runs Windows 8.1 but boots straight into Steam’s Big Picture Mode
Syber, a division of California-based boutique system builder CyberPowerPC, has announced an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980-packing gaming PC that boots directly into Steam’s Big Picture Mode. The Syber Vapor Extreme, as the machine is called, is not an altogether new product, but the latest addition to an upcoming line of Windows 8.1-based gaming consoles the company unveiled at E3 2014 back in June.
Whether it's a low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet or a newly minted Chromebook model you're after, today's your lucky today. That's because Toshiba announced the retail availability of its Encore Mini, an affordable 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet priced at a scant $120 MSRP, along with its second generation Chromebook model simply dubbed Chromebook 2 (pricing ranges from $250 to $330 MSRP).
With each new passing day, more Windows XP users are pulling the plug on the legacy operating system and upgrading to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. We can see evidence of this in the market share trend dating back to April, which is when Microsoft stopped supporting XP. Since then, XP's share of the desktop market has dropped from 26.29 percent to 23.89 percent, while both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 continue to make gains.
Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?
Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag.