Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.Read more
Google is the force behind a potential delay in the first tablet to instantly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.X using Intel technology, a fresh report from Asia says. A CNET source backs up this claim.
This follows earlier reports from CNET and Digitimes.
Here's what Digitimes said on Friday, in part:
Currently, only Intel's...chip can support dual operating systems, giving consumers an … Read more
Update: Microsoft appears to have disabled the ability to install the update.
The rumored Windows 8.1 update is here -- sort of.
But it's not recommended. One method that reportedly works involves making changes to the Windows registry, a dicey undertaking if you don't know what you're doing.
"We wouldn't be surprise if Microsoft blocks this workaround very quickly," Neowin surmised.
Here's how the Verge … Read more
One of the main new features of Windows Phone 8.1 -- the personal digital assistant code-named "Cortana" -- has made a brief, unofficial video debut.
The UnleashThePhones.com site posted a 2-plus-minute video clip to YouTube showing what seems to be Cortana in action. Though the "speaking voice" of Cortana isn't revealed, a few new tidbits are.… Read more
The "spring" update to Windows 8.1 is purportedly now in the hands of PC and tablet makers.
Microsoft has signed off on the update and moved it into the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) stage, The Verge said on Tuesday, citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans." A similar tidbit was served by Russian leaker Wzor, who tweeted that the Windows 8.1 spring update was signed off by Microsoft on February 26 and is now final.
The update has begun to reach device makers to test and install on their products, The Verge added. Windows 8.1 … Read more
commentary Waiting for a crush of devices running both Windows 8.1 and Android? Don't.
CNET learned this week that the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 -- the most recent high-profile attempt to try to pull off this duality -- has not gotten a warm reception from at least one of the operating system suppliers on the hybrid tablet-laptop.
That's the political problem. "Neither [Microsoft nor Google] can be very happy about it," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, alluding to the fact that it's a shotgun wedding of the two rivals' software, … Read more
April 8 is the day support for XP ends. Though it may be cold comfort for XP users, it may also be the day that Microsoft updates Windows 8.1.
Early April is shaping up to be a watershed of sorts for Windows users. At the same time that support for Windows XP is ending, the Windows 8.1 update is arriving to the general public, according to Neowin, citing a tweet from Supersite for Windows.
That date was also suggested earlier this month.
And April 8 is also the day for Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday," when it … Read more
Inspired by OS X's Get Info option, FileXaminer for Mac comes with powerful features such as editing the permissions table, changing ownership, and converting images. It's a premium app that also offers batch operations like editing the attributes of several files at the same time. Another handy option is the ability to edit text documents as the root user, which is particularly useful for tweaking system files.
When launched, FileXaminer for Mac lets you enable keyboard shortcuts that trigger its functions. Unlike most apps, this product has no main window; file inspection is performed either through the app'… Read more
Is a dual Android-Windows device just a pipe dream? And are these devices doomed in general?
We don't have an answer to that yet, but there are signs that not everything is copacetic.
And an industry source familiar with the Duet told CNET that there has been sparring with operating system partners, echoing the reports from Asia. However, the CNET source did not … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is one of the first to offer 64-bit compatibility on Windows 8.1 with a tablet using Intel's latest mobile processor. But others will follow.
On Sunday, Hewlett-Packard announced the HP ElitePad 1000 (PDF), which it describes as the "redesigned and upgraded 64-bit HP ElitePad." That tablet, starting at $739, will be available in March.
The ElitePad sports a quad-core Bay Trail processor, Qualcomm Gobi 4G LTE, 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 10.1-inch 1,900x1,200-megapixel display.