Giving away Windows free to OEMs to load onto desktop and notebook PCs might seem like a good idea on the face of it, but in reality it's not necessary, and even if Microsoft were to do it, it's unlikely that it would do anything to overall PC sales.
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The promotion is part of the push to retire the aging OS and will run through April 19.
Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet/notebook has much less available storage capacity than other tablets. While my ZDNet colleague Ed Bott defended Microsoft, they clearly goofed. Here's why.
Redmond's new tablet uses same desktop and RT versions of Windows 8, offering "horrible mishmash" of both worlds, says research firm Ovum.
Phonemaker not allowed to manufacture tablets running on Microsoft's latest operating system in first round of release due to low device sales and lack of experience in tablets.
Acer today announced a long line-up of Windows 8-based products, including the Aspire S7 Ultrabook, Iconia W-Series tablets and Aspire U-Series desktops.
Redmond clever to provision Windows for ARM-based tablet devices as it is more likely to succeed than Windows 8 on x86-based mobile devices, CEO reckons.
Microsoft and Intel will use Windows 8 to pitch "a tablet when you want it and a notebook when you need it." Will these hybrids fly?
The Australian Red Cross has had it with "dumb terminals" and poor IT scalability from the 1990s, and is now using a huge grant from Microsoft to kick off a refresh of the organisation's IT.
Take a peek inside the Windows 8 consumer preview, and see what Microsoft has in store for the iconic Windows operating system.
The wildly popular Xbox 360 gestire-control accessory now has a PC equivalent, and Microsoft is pushing the device as a new way to control Windows
When Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited Australia last year, he made predictions about where the technology industry would be going over the next year. Almost six months to the day, Wozniak's predictions have come to fruition in Las Vegas in the form of voice-controlled everything at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
We all know Microsoft as the tech giant responsible for the Windows operating system, Office productivity suite and Xbox gaming console, but what you might not know is that the company is also a research and development powerhouse.
HP has announced the Folio 13, its first ultra-slim laptop designed to fit squarely within the ultrabook category of devices being promoted by Intel and going up against the MacBook Air
Optimization of mobile e-mail needed with rise of smartphones and tablets but quality lacking because developers' knowledge lacking and functionalities not integrated, observers note.
Microsoft has predicted the future of computing lies with smart devices in connected rooms that will change their settings according to the person using them.
PayPal is working fast on extending its payments platform to every Internet-connected device, aided primarily by HTML5.
Notebook PCs and media tablets are clearly different beasts, and today, research companies such as Gartner and IDC count them separately. This is easy because the vast majority of notebook PCs run Microsoft Windows on Intel processors, while the vast majority of tablets run Apple's IOS on ARM chips.
Could Microsoft have trouble getting desktop and notebook users to move to Windows 8?
Both IDC and Gartner have reported weak first quarter sales for the PC industry, and that's likely to translate into some profit headwinds for Microsoft in its fiscal third quarter.