Is Microsoft really going to force people to use Windows 8?

The Windows operating system has been around for quite a while now - the first iteration, Windows 1.0, was released all the way back in 1985. The current version is the somewhat unpopular Windows 8 – many people have stuck with Windows 7, which was released in 2009. Now Microsoft has announced that it is set…

Is the Windows XP registry hack safe?

The tech news sites were buzzing this morning with the revelation that a simple registry hack could enable those still using Windows XP to receive updates from Microsoft. PC Pro was just one site reporting that a registry "tweak" would…

Is Microsoft developing a smartwatch?

A new patent reveals that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch to rival the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the rumoured Apple iWatch. The patent application, which was filed in 2012 but only published by the US Patent Office this week,…

Windows 8.1 confirmed for October 17 release date

Microsoft have confirmed that the Windows 8.1 update (formerly referred to as Windows Blue) will launch on October 17, 2013. Free to existing Windows 8 users, the upgrade will be made available through the Windows Update system, as well as…

Windows 8.1 rumoured for mid-October full release

The first major upgrade to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, the Windows 8.1 update, is now said to be ready for a mid-October full release, following a period of public preview testing since June. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, whose stellar…

ASUS giving up on Windows RT tablets

ASUS will no longer be supporting the Windows RT platform, the company has confirmed, following lacklustre interest in the "lite" version of the Microsoft operating system. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has…

Windows 8 apps could be headed to Xbox One

Though the pre-launch buzz around the Xbox One has so far focussed on its abilities as a next-generation gaming machine alongside its entertainment-hub potential, the console may have another trick up its sleeve: the ability to run Windows 8 apps….

Windows 8.1 preview: 14 of the best new features

Windows 8.1 is finally available to download in preview form, updating Microsoft's divisive operating system with new features that should help ease the pain of those turned off by the new-look OS. The preview build is available for all to…