If you were disappointed by the first generation of Windows 8 tablets, Dell's new Venue 8 Pro might be the antidote. The form factor, which competes directly with devices like the Nexus 7 and Kindle HDX, takes full advantage of Windows 8.1.
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PC makers and Microsoft have enjoyed a mostly stable relationship that has lasted for some three decades. But times, and competition, have changed. Microsoft's latest moves are a sane reaction to partners that have drifted away.
Details of the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet have leaked, after Amazon.com prematurely published a listing for a new Acer device. The tiny tablet could be ready before Microsoft's much anticipated Windows update (code-named Blue), which is due this summer.
An emotional complaint from an early buyer of the Surface RT went viral, inspiring a long discussion of the issue on the popular Hacker News discussion board. That thread inspired a response from a very authoritative source.
In all of this week's news about Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT, one app has gone practically unmentioned. Will a "modern UI" version of Skype play a starring role at next week's Windows 8 launch event?
A quiet change in the logo requirements for new Windows 8 devices allows Microsoft's hardware partners to build new devices that would compete with popular 7- and 8-inch tablets like the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, and Google Nexus 7. Could a Microsoft Reader be just around the corner?
Will Microsoft take the wraps off a new line of ARM-based tablets next week? I have no inside information, but I sure hope so, because all of the pieces are in place for a device that can elbow the Kindle Fire aside and give the iPad a run for its money.
Metro apps on Windows 8 don't scale well to big, high-resolution monitors. In fact, they're designed for small displays and tablets, which is why the outcry over the "reimagined" Windows desktop is loudest from power users with massive monitors.
The conventional wisdom is that Windows is bogged down by a code base that's far too heavy to run on a tablet. But what if that perception is wrong? What if Microsoft has been working for years on a slimmed-down kernel that's tailor-made for tablets?