Articles about Windows 8
As the year draws to a close, it's fun to look back at the most popular topics and see what that tells us.
This premium laptop that impressed us when we reviewed it is now heavily discounted by Lenovo.
Looking for a cheap and cheerful Windows-powered notebook for work of play? Take a look at the HP Stream 11.
It's easy to touch-enable your existing Windows PC, and to do so without breaking the bank! Here are a few recommendations, along with pros and cons for each method.
The industry’s response to the tablet has been to push touch in laptops. If the shelves of Best Buy are any indication, it seems to have worked. So why are there now reports that touchscreen laptops will be phased out?
If you find the Windows 8 environment so alien you can't even enjoy the platform's improvements, take heart. With five easy tweaks, you can turn it into a more comfortable Windows 7 style desktop.
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The folks at Acer have given ZDNet advance notice for some good deals for Black Friday.
Dell unveils its Black Friday/Cyber, which include the Venue 8 Pro 3000 Windows 8.1 tablet for $149.99 and an Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 for $349.99.
We've reached a point where we can have a fully functional Windows machine for cheap, with fast connections to peripherals and networks. That opens up a world of inexpensive, flexible, creative possibilities.
Windows 8 was designed to bridge the gap between tablets and PCs, but left customers cold. What does this mean for Microsoft and Windows 10?
This Windows 8 model from Acer may be the lowest price yet.
Microsoft is making a new per-user Windows licensing option available to its enterprise customers which may help simplify bring-your-own-device scenarios involving Windows, iOS and Android.
End of retail sales for Windows 8 coincides with end of sales of consumer versions of Windows 7 on new PCs.
Hot on the heels of the launch of Android and Windows Yoga Tablets, Lenovo unveils a 13-inch model running Windows.
Microsoft has a $49 adapter kit that will allow Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.
This new convertible from Toshiba is tailor-made for the BYOD crowd.
Not only is the company itself under new leadership, it is having to adapt to a rapidly changing ecosystem where the PC has given ground to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
This new laptop is the very definition of the term Ultrabook.
Apps running in mobile operating systems must get permission from the user for all sorts of things. This can be confusing. Do some do it better than others?
If you regularly switch between a PC or Mac, tablet, and smartphone then you might want to look at this new keyboard that lets you enter text on all of them with a simple flip of the switch.
Say what you will about the dual personality of Windows 8.1 but there are some things it does better than the mobile competition.
The Microsoft Store is getting more Windows 8 apps all the time. These ten apps may have slipped under your radar.
Most Windows hybrids are reasonable laptop substitutes with a keyboard dock. The Venue 11 Pro is a genuine laptop replacement with Dell’s dock.
Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad Tablet 2, and the ThinkPad 10 may be the best Windows tablet.
Windows 8 supports several form factors and this hybrid from Acer can morph into most of them.
Keep yourself up to date and entertained by these awesome free apps for Windows Phone 8.
If you are one of the millions of tablet owners or plan to give one as a gift, don't miss these good accessories to get the most use out of it.
These are the top Windows 8 apps we have found to help your business and leisure travel trips go smoothly.
These Windows 8 apps are invaluable for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to simplify their workflow.
The refreshed model of Lenovo's Yoga bends over backward to do everything.
Each new update chips away at the annoyances of Windows 8. Here are six power features that are new or improved with the Windows 8.1 update due in a couple of weeks.
In an hour-long ZDNet webinar held on May 16th at high noon, Ed Bott explored Windows 8 implementation strategies for IT decision makers.
If you need a Windows 8.1 computer that's flexible enough to be a tablet, a laptop (if you add the optional keyboard) and even (if you add the optional docking station) a desktop PC, then the Surface Pro 3 manages the trade-offs as well as anything on the market.
This affordable 8-inch Atom-based (Bay Trail) Windows 8.1 tablet has a nice IPS screen and delivers all-day battery life under light usage modes. Limited screen size, internal storage and processing power will prevent it from being more than a companion device for mobile professionals though.
The 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100 is a well made and attractively priced hybrid Windows 8.1 tablet. However, its moderate specification and small size make it difficult to recommend as your primary Windows device.
The Haswell-based Surface Pro 2 delivers improved performance and battery life, and its dual-angle kickstand is also welcome. However, the Pro 2's unchanged chassis design feels bulkier and heavier than ever, and it becomes very expensive when fully accessorised.
This excellent Windows 8 tablet/ultrabook hybrid has a well-designed keyboard docking mechanism, typically solid build quality and a specification well suited to mainstream business use. It has a hefty price tag, though, and the lack of SD-based storage expansion is perplexing.
Although it's well built and delivers decent battery life, the ElitePad 900's combination of a basic Atom-based tablet and a range of optional extras is an expensive way to build a work-ready system.
The chunky Toughpad FZ-G1 has a high-resolution outdoor-visible screen, is moderately rugged, and delivers decent performance and middling battery life with the standard battery. The biggest drawback, however, is the price.
Although it's expensive for a moderate-performing Atom-based Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2's design and build quality are excellent, while pen support is a real bonus.
The Atom-based Latitude 10 is short on performance, but delivers excellent battery life — especially with the optional 4-cell battery. Although some aspects of the industrial design and build quality could be better, this is a decent business-class Windows 8 tablet.
The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.
The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.
An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: Impressive hybrid tablet, but keyboard should be bundled
- 2 10 reasons to buy a Windows tablet instead of the iPad or Android
- 3 Surface Pro 3: Thinner, lighter, more flexible
- 4 Six months with the Asus Transformer Book T100: Still a top Windows hybrid
- 5 Five operating system alternatives to Windows 8 and XP