If you still haven't pulled the trigger on Microsoft Office 2013, you might want to think about finalizing your purchase early next year, as the first big update is coming along in the form of Service Pack 1. Service Pack 1 will cover Office, SharePoint, and Exchange 2013 and will be headed to owners as early as the beginning of 2014.
State of the GPU wars, Windows 8.1, and Battlefield 4
On episode #213 of the No BS Podcast we continue our reporting from the front lines of the GPU war between Nvidia and AMD. Next, we break down Battlefield 4's launch issues and compare them to Battlefield 3's. Finally, we ruminate over the arrival of Windows 8.1 and the state of Microsoft before wrapping things up with our editor picks. Gordon then delivers an epic rant on the ever-present anti-PC bias in the media.
Mouse problems emerge as a result of Windows 8.1 upgrade
Gamers who went ahead and snagged the upgrade to Windows 8.1 may be rethinking their decision right about now, as many are experiencing mouse problems during games. Microsoft has acknowledged the issues as a known problem this week after users began pouring in with reported issues on their tech support forums.
Try Windows 8.1 for 90 days and you may find you actually like it (or not)
It takes some time to get used to the new interface introduced in Windows 8. After all, it represents the most drastic change to Windows since XP and there's an obvious bias towards touch computing. However, underneath the surface are some nice security and performance tweaks, and with the launch of Windows 8.1, it's an even better experience than before. Is it for you? If you'd like to find out without investing your hard earned money, just give it an extended test drive.
Update applies to Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012
One of the most anticipated feature updates introduced with Windows 8.1 was the upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. The new browser was built with touch computing in mind and included several nifty upgrades, such as the ability to have 100 tabs open per window, side-by-side browsing, support for plugin-free HTML5 video, a Reading View, and more. Unfortunately, it also introduced some quirks, which Microsoft hopes to fix with a new patch.
If you already own a copy of Windows 8, this is the day you may have been waiting for. Effective immediately, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update is available to download and install for free, provided you already own a copy of Windows 8 (you should see a notification in the Windows Store). If not, you can pre-order the full version of Windows 8.1 for $120 from the Microsoft Store, which will begin shipping out tomorrow.
While Microsoft is still trying to sell the public on its Surface tablets, third-party OEM partners are forging ahead with their own Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 products, including Lenovo, which just unveiled its Miix 2, an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor inside. It's also an aggressively priced tablet at just $299, and combined with its feature-set, this could be the Windows 8.1 tablet to beat.
We missed this one when it was first announced, but in case you're wondering, Microsoft has stated that it plans to support Windows 8.1 up until January 10, 2023. Mainstream support will cease a little sooner, expiring on January 9, 2018, after which time the "Extended Support" phase kicks in. What's the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support? Here's what you need to know.
While Michael Dell is celebrating the impending acquisition of the company he co-founded, which he'll take private once the deal is complete, it's still business as usual for Dell, the world's third largest PC maker. On tap from Dell are more than half a dozen portables designed for Android or Windows 8.1, including four Venue tablet products and three XPS laptops of various sizes and configurations.
Don't worry Windows 8 users, the update is still free
Anyone rocking a legal copy of Windows 8 is eligible to receive an update to Windows 8.1 free of charge when it's made available on October 17, 2013 (two weeks from this Thursday), though if you haven't made the leap to Microsoft's touch friendly operating system, you can jump straight to Windows 8.1 for $120. That's the cost of the full version of Windows 8.1, and it's now available to pre-order.