Articles about Windows
Microsoft is readying new Cortana companion apps for iPhones and Android devices that the company will introduce later this year.
It's not a release candidate, but the latest Windows 10 preview has plenty of interesting new features and apps to explore. Here are some first impressions on what's improved and what's still missing in action.
Sony's sold-off PC brand has released several devices in Japan, but this will be its first to hit North America.
While phones come and go, I purchased my Surface Pro 3 last year and it is my constant companion. Here's why.
Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 comes with an asterisk and some fine print. Most modern PCs qualify, but beware if you build or buy custom PCs or you want to run Windows 10 in a virtual machine. I've got the details.
Microsoft has released another new test build of Windows 10 for PCs, Build number 10122 -- another milestone along the way towards Windows 10's summer launch.
Microsoft is slowly but surely trying to wean IT pro to make changes in the way they validate and apply new fixes and features in preparation for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
Free and cheap personal and small business cloud storage is everywhere. Here's how to decide which one is right for you.
Apple designs and builds its MacBooks to get the best performance possible out of the OS X operating system. But according to one owner, Apple's new MacBook runs Microsoft's Windows 10 better than its native OS.
In yet another sign that Windows 10 is hurtling toward its official release at full speed, Nvidia has released Microsoft-signed certified drivers for Windows 10. They've got a leg up on their two main rivals, AMD and Intel.
This week in Windows Phone we saw a big new Windows 10 update, heard that porting apps may not be so easy, and the hot Lumia 640 is coming to the US.
Here they go again. Microsoft once again seems to think its lawyers are more important for its ultimate business success than, you know, customers. This one's a fire-breather from our own David Gewirtz.
It's not exactly Android-style fragmentation, but Windows Phone users are perennially frustrated at carriers dragging their feet on operating system updates. That's all changing with Windows 10 Mobile, the company says. And this time they mean it.
Microsoft is attempting to clarify its policy, one more time, regarding whether Non-Genuine Windows users will get a free Windows 10 update.
Yes, you get what you pay for. Still, the Lancet includes HD Voice calling while Windows Phone runs capably on lesser hardware.
If you do a lot of writing for work, a portable system allows you to do it anywhere. These are the best I've used.
Data breaches, hacks, and vulnerable software makes it easier than ever for a hacker to get access to your data. These simple steps can help mitigate it happening in the first place.
This 14-inch Windows laptop is ready for both the office and home. We put it through its paces to see how it fares.
This 8-inch Windows tablet is the first with Lenovo's Anypen technology that enables using any pen or pencil to write or draw on the screen. We go hands on with it to see how it fares.
Windows 8 was filled with bold ideas, designed to move Windows forward in one giant leap. Three years later, as Windows 10 nears its release date, many of those innovative ideas are gone. Here's a look at what's been tossed away, and why.
The first Windows 10 release specifically targeted at phones is finally available. Here's what you'll find inside.
The intriguing HP Sprout is a next-generation desktop computer combining an all-in-one PC, a projector-scanner unit, a touch mat and a custom Windows-integrated workspace.
If you use a Mac, you're going to want to take a look at these quirky little add-ons. Each one can save you time, increase productivity, and reduce frustration.
Want to get more out of your Windows Phone at work? Download the best of these apps and rev up your productivity in the workplace.
A mix of compromises and extras makes one of the last Nokia smartphones an intriguing proposition.
The Fitbit Charge is the best daily activity tracker for the masses and Fitbit sets the bar for its powerful ecosystem and reliable tracker lineup.
The year's first Technical Preview release of Windows 10 introduces some crucial new features, including the personal assistant, Cortana, as well as a new hub for notifications and some updated apps. Here's what to look for.
Alex Kipman, the father of Kinect, delivers a tour of Windows Holographic.
Joe Belfiore delivers first look at universal Windows apps across all devices. Plus: Glimpses of Cortana and Spartan browser.
Here are six top-quality scanners that will help you clean up systems and keep them safe in the future. There are tools here for systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
In an hour-long ZDNet webinar held on May 16th at high noon, Ed Bott explored Windows 8 implementation strategies for IT decision makers.
The finishing touches are being put on the code and Windows 8 is just about ready for prime time...or is it? There are still lots of questions around the new Metro UI, the Start Menu and support for the Windows OS's of the recent past. Join host Jonas Tichenor along with Windows experts and authors Ed Bott and Rafael Rivera as they breakdown Microsoft's latest offering as it prepares to hit the market.
Windows 8 is coming this year, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be out later this month, and the burning question is: does anybody care? ZDNet editor and long-time Linux proponent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims Windows 8 will be DOA. Meanwhile, ZDNet Government and DIY-IT editor David Gewirtz (who claims all operating systems annoy him to one degree or another), claims Windows 8 is here to stay, that it matters for "real work," and so will Windows 9. In this video, originally presented as a live webcast on Feburary 15, 2012, here two opposing views on whether Windows is still relevant in a world where iPads, Android devices, and even Linux are grabbing more and more consumer attention:Discover why SJVN (as he's known to the blog-o-sphere) claims that the new Windows Metro user-interface is already stillborn and why Windows is just no longer relevant.Explore why Gewirtz (who recently vowed to move his servers back to Windows, with mixed technical results, and thousands of crazed ZDNet comments), claims that Windows is here to stay, new Microsoft UIs are often imperfect at first, and the Microsoft juggernaut will not be defeated.Learn about why the Post-PC era isn't really here yet and why most productive people can't really survive without a desktop PC or laptop.If you use computers in your business, Windows will be a factor. Don't miss this video featuring CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz, one of America's leading cyberdefense experts, and ZDNet Contributing Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, one of America's most-read technology journalists.Bring popcorn. Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about operating systems. It just doesn't get any better than this! Sparks will fly and there will be fireworks
At CES in Las Vegas, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest talks to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about what to expect from the software giant in 2012. Ballmer previews the new Windows phone OS, Windows 8's metro UI and new Xbox Kinect features.
At CES in Las Vegas, Intel's Mooly Eden updates the company's "ultrabook" efforts, including a concept transparent touch screen on the back side, coupled with the Windows 8 Metro user interface.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about why users should buy a Windows phone rather than an Android device: "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone."
A pivotal moment in Apple's history, CEO Steve Jobs announces iTunes for Windows on October 16, 2003. Jobs stated at the time, "It's probably the best Windows app ever written." The release was also considered a good strategic move by Apple because, for the first time, Windows users could buy music from Apple's online store, giving them a feel for the Apple user experience.
This business laptop crams two batteries in a svelte yet rugged form to make it easy to take it on the road.
The technical preview of Windows 10 is heavy on tools for the power desktop user that businesses will want to evaluate, but the most important features will be visible later in the preview cycle.
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.
The Lumia 1020 has a truly impressive 41-megapixel camera and a high-quality 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, but many Windows Phone fans might do better with the 920 and a good dedicated camera.
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.
The Lumia 925 is a slimmer and lighter Windows Phone 8 handset than its 920 predecessor, with a neater and more ergonomic design. It lacks integrated wireless charging but supports LTE and NFC, and has an excellent 4.5in. AMOLED screen.
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.