It’s no secret that consumers have been slow to warm up to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the latter of which was released this past October. Could the sagging adoption numbers and legions of people who are clinging to Windows XP and Windows 7 be pacified by a machine that runs Windows 8.1 but is capable of supporting Android apps? It sounds like we’ll soon find out.You might hear the term “PC Plus” quite a bit during CES 2014, which will begin on January 7. PC Plus refers to the concept of a Windows 8.1 machine that also runs Android apps. We’re talking about laptops here, not tablets. Aside from that (big) detail, this is not exactly a new idea.Bluestacks, an Android emulator for Windows and Mac OS X, is able to perform the task of running Android apps on traditional desktop operating systems. While Blackstacks simply ran as a separate program within Windows and OS X, the relationship between Windows 8.1 and Android apps could work differently with PC Plus, … [Read more...] about Windows 8.1 machines running Android apps to descend upon CES 2014?
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If you’re on the Internet in the next two weeks, chances are you’ll run into a story about Windows 8. Microsoft is launching its newest computer (and now tablet) operating system on October 26 and it wants to come out of the gates swinging. Windows 8 is the biggest change in Windows since Windows 95 and it represents a huge shift away from the OS’ history toward the newer mobile operating systems we’ve seen infiltrating the landscape since the iPhone’s debut.With Windows 8, Microsoft wants to have it all. It wants to satisfy and excite everyone using a laptop these days; it wants to drum up buzz and redefine itself as an exciting tech company; it wants to woo those who have been defecting to Apple products in the last decade; it wants to stop Google’s ascension into the tablet and PC market with Android; it wants to please all of the businesses around the world using Windows; and it wants to dominate the new world of touch-based devices that are … [Read more...] about 5 annoying things about Windows 8
We’re still optimistic about Windows 8 here at Digital Trends, but the same cannot be said for Gabe Newell, the chief of Half-Life developer Valve. Since launching its Steam store and game service for PCs, Valve makes a good chunk of its revenue from owners of Windows machines, but Newell isn’t happy about the future of the platform and is working on ways to make its titles available on Linux.“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games,” said Newell at Casual Connect in Seattle on July 24 (transcribed by AllThingsD). “People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PCs, and OEMs who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch … [Read more...] about Valve boss calls Windows 8 a ‘catastrophe’
Windows 8 isn’t just Microsoft’s newest operating system. It’s the most ambitious move the company has made in years. If you remember the 2008 ads that touted “Hi, I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC,” you’ll understand how Microsoft executives have been working hard to overcome stereotypes of Windows as a stodgy, safe, old-fashioned system. But will the app-centric Windows 8 really become the new market standard?Earlier in the week, we covered both the best of Windows 8 and the most annoying Windows 8 features. There are certainly both pros and cons to installing Windows 8 straight out of the gate, but the only way to know for sure if it’s right for you is to give it a whirl. After all, let’s be honest: are you really going to be satisfied without forming your own opinion? Additionally, if you’re lucky enough to own a touchscreen laptop or a hybrid machine, you’ll want to jump on all the shiny new touch capabilities that … [Read more...] about How to Install Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8 is almost ready to be released into the wild. Every launch of a new operating system inevitably leaves users with many questions. Are there any reasons for me to upgrade? What am I missing out on if I don’t? Will making the leap leave me with a computer I don’t know how to use?These questions never receive a definitive answer because there isn’t one. The answer depends on you, and how you use your computer. A casual PC user is different from an enthusiast, who is different from a gamer, and so on.With that in mind, we’ve broken down the upgrade question by types of users. Even if you find yourself straddling more than one category, we’ll help you figure out what your plan should be when Windows 8 finally arrives. If you’re a casual home user…Windows 8 is aimed at the everyday user who doesn’t identify as a geek. It’s built to provide support for a wider variety of devices and, by doing so, makes it … [Read more...] about Should you upgrade to Windows 8?
Windows 8 has gotten lots of buzz, and plenty of criticism, for its attempt to shake up your PC’s operating system. With so many big changes, you may want to keep your old Windows 7 OS on your machine, just so you have something familiar to ease the transition. Fortunately, you can work a little hard drive wizardry to make space for both the old and the new. Here’s how you can dual boot Windows 8 on a computer that already runs Windows 7.Step 1: Back up your current systemThis is always a good practice when you are tweaking an operating system. The risk of losing data is usually pretty low, but you don’t want files to disappear the one and only time you didn’t back up. Make sure you save a copy of your entire hard drive in addition to your regular backups. (You are backing up your files, right?)Step 2: Create a new partition on your hard driveYou’ll need to set aside a separate chunk of your hard drive to house the new OS and everything you’ll run on … [Read more...] about How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
Windows has been through four major changes. Huge numbers of folks really didn't like them -- each one was painful. Windows almost had five major changes, but Microsoft Bob was so badly received Microsoft killed it.Windows 8 may seem like the most painful, but since I've lived through all of these I can say from experience that it isn't even close. As I recall, Windows XP wasn't really liked very much at first either -- and now around half of PC users like it so much they don't want to give it up.When Apple went from OS 9 to OS X (where it largely stuck) that didn't go all that swimmingly either. This showcases how little we like change. Typically, though, we do like point releases -- those that have a dot-something after the number -- far better than first releases, and Windows 8.1, much like Windows XP, is a point release.Since I'm at the TechEd this week and there's a coming-out party for Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, I figured it was time to revisit this.I'll close with my … [Read more...] about OPINION Could Windows 8.1 Be the New XP?
As it’s quickly become the new Windows standard, like XP before it, Windows 10 gets better and better with each major update. At its core, Windows 10 combines the best features of Windows 7 and 8 while ditching some of the more controversial features — like the full-screen Start Menu — to create a fresh and understated operating system experience. So, whether you’re leery of making the jump to Windows 10 or if you’re just getting started on the Creators Update, let’s dig into some of the major differences between Windows 8 and Windows 10.The Start menu is backOne of the most common complaints about Windows 8 was that Microsoft abandoned those who loved the classic desktop and Start menu, which makes up most of the Windows user base. With Windows 10, they wanted users from XP up through 8.1 to feel at home. A big part of that campaign is rooted in the return of the Start Menu, which works much like the old version did, but also added Windows … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between Windows 8 and 10?
Steve Ballmer breaks out in an excited sweat just thinking about it. Angry nerds foam at the mouth over it in forums and chatrooms. Average consumers are still sliding mice around wondering where the hell the Start menu went while they use it.If you thought Microsoft ruffled feathers with Windows Vista, you haven’t seen anything yet.Windows 8 will be, without a doubt, the most divisive update to the operating system Microsoft has ever released. While other updates have rearranged, reskinned and retooled the desktop, Windows 8 is the first to push it away entirely and challenge the notion that a mouse and keyboard are necessary at all.We could write volumes about everything that’s new in Windows 8 — and we already have — but if you’re just looking for the final word on what’s new in a nutshell, what works, what doesn’t, and whether you’ll like it, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our full review of Windows 8.Rebirth of an … [Read more...] about Review: Windows 8 tries to unite two worlds and ends up botching them both
Following the lead of competitor VMware last week, Parallels raised the curtain Thursday on a new release of its software for running Windows software on a Mac computer.Parallels Desktop for Mac 8 (US$79.99, or $49.99 for existing users who want to upgrade) will run on the latest version of Apple's OS X operating system, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and supports the upcoming release of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.Parallel's software runs OS X and Windows in separate virtual environments, but it presents the user with a seamless interface. The line between the operating systems is blurred so all applications appear to be running under a single operating system: OS X."It's one of the best solutions out there," ITIC principal analyst Laura DiDio told MacNewsWorld.This latest version of Parallels Desktop contains a number new features that further integrate the two operating systems running on a Mac.For example, Windows applications can be started directly from the OS X launchpad. "It … [Read more...] about New Parallels Aligns With Mountain Lion, Windows 8