Windows 8 landed in the rough, but Microsoft gets a second shot with the release later this month of Windows 8.1. For the past few weeks, I've been testing out the consumer preview on both a premium touchscreen laptop and a smaller, cheaper tablet. Is it enough to get Windows back in the game?
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After spending a couple weeks working with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, here's what I think works and doesn't work in this beta. Some early complaints are overblown, but there's no denying the split personality of Windows 8 has reshaped the user experience.
The beta of Windows 8, which Microsoft released today, brings several new features including more Metro apps, the Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 5, the integration of SkyDrive cloud services and many smaller tweaks.
The arrival later this year of Windows 8 for ARM changes the computing landscape. In his CES keynote, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs said Windows 8 will be a "game changer" for his company and he demonstrated a Snapdragon S4 tablet running Windows 8.
Next week is shaping up to be a blockbuster with the Intel Developer Forum and Microsoft's Build conference, plus DEMO and TechCrunch's Disrupt. I'll be at IDF in San Francisco where Intel will be talking Ivy Bridge, Ultrabooks and tablets, Windows 8 and more.
Computer companies aren't quite sure what to make of Windows on tablets at this stage. One of the clearest signs of this confusion is the sheer variety of concepts on display at CES this week.
Things have been so quiet on the Chrome OS front that I had nearly forgotten Google promised netbooks in time for the holidays. If reports out of Taiwan are accurate, the first models should arrive later this month.
When Asus announced the Eee PC in mid-2007, it promised prices below $200. This coming Black Friday we finally get there.
The $298 Compaq laptop that generated so much coverage this week goes on sale at Wal-Mart today. Hopefully no one was trampled this morning, but if Best Buy's recent experience with a $300 Acer laptop is any indication, it could be tough to get your hands on this one.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. . . BusinessWeek reports that Intel is readying a big push for a new class of handhelds known as MIDs, or Mobile Internet Devices.