Microsoft’s day 1 keynote for the BUILD developer conference detailed an update to Windows coming on the next scheduled patch Tuesday called 8.1 Update. Notice it’s not called Update 1, which means there may or may not be more of these updates later in the year. Hopefully there’s more. Windows 8 launched about 18 months ago. With that launch, Windows was put on a rapid release cycle, which resulted in Windows 8.1 a mere 12 months later. When Windows 8 launched, “touch first” was the talking point used during the reveal. Windows 8 was likely the biggest ever change to Windows, and was a pretty big gamble on Microsoft’s part. For the project head of Windows 8, it didn’t work out with Steven Sinofsky leaving...

CES 2012: Windows 8 Beta In Late February

There has been some speculation over the last few months over when to expect the beta release of Windows 8. During Microsoft's final CES keynote tonight, Microsoft put that...

20 by Ryan Smith on 1/9/2012

Windows 8's "Storage Spaces" Detailed

Windows 8's new Storage Spaces functionality will easily allow users and system administrators to pool different physical drives together into one logical drive, writes Rajeev Nagar on the Building...

38 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/6/2012

Windows 8's Refresh and Reset Functionality Detailed

Microsoft's Desmond Lee took to the Building Windows 8 blog today to detail the Reset and Refresh functionality which will allow users to restore Windows to a pristine state...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/4/2012

Microsoft Announces Windows Store Details

In an announcement aimed squarely at developers, Microsoft's Antoine Leblond and Ted Dworkin yesterday revealed some hard details for the upcoming Windows 8 app store. Using Apple's and Android's...

17 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/7/2011

Windows 8 to Feature Streamlined Downloadable Installer

As with every new Windows version, Microsoft is streamlining the Windows setup process, writes Christa St. Pierre on the Building Windows 8 Blog. The biggest change is the new...

30 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/22/2011

Windows 8 Streamlines Windows Update

With every new Windows release, Microsoft promises to reduce the number of times we'll have to restart our computers. Things have gradually gotten better - today, many program installations...

39 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/14/2011

Futuremark Announces 3DMark for Windows 8

Windows 8 will bring with it a variety of changes—all of our Windows 8 coverage to date will give you the quick overview, but features such as the new...

2 by Jarred Walton on 11/14/2011

Windows 8 Task Manager Features Improved UI for Multiple CPUs

Microsoft's Ryan Haveson takes to the Building Windows 8 blog today to give us one of our first looks at a Windows 8 feature not included in the Developer...

36 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/27/2011

Windows 8 To Use Less Memory Than Windows 7

One of Microsoft's stated goals for Windows 8 is for it to run on any system capable of running Windows 7, which at a minimum will require the its...

71 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/7/2011

Microsoft Details SkyDrive Integration for Third-Party Developers

Microsoft's Mike Torres digs into some code today on the Building Windows 8 blog, showing third-party developers how to integrate SkyDrive functionality into their programs using the Windows Live...

4 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/28/2011

Windows 8 Syncs Settings Between Systems Using Windows Live ID

Today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Katie Frigon explains how user settings, Metro apps purchased through the Windows app store, and other data can be synced across Windows...

4 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/26/2011

Microsoft Details Revamped Windows 8 Boot and Diagnostic Menus

In the latest Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft's Billie Sue Chafins details some of the improvements and changes made to Windows' boot and diagnostic screens to make them...

8 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/21/2011

Windows 8 Malware Protection Detailed

Every new version of Windows has done something to help alleviate the platform's chronic malware problem, and Windows 8 will be no different: Microsoft's Jason Garms takes to the...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/15/2011

Metro Internet Explorer 10 to be Plug-in Free

When using the browser's Metro interface, Internet Explorer 10 will be completely plug-in free, says Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch on the Building Windows 8 blog. The new browser will depend...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/15/2011

A look at Windows 8 Tablets running on TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD and Intel silicon

This afternoon (and yesterday) we had a chance to meet with a number of SoC vendors who have partnered with Microsoft for Windows 8. Each of them has their...

94 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

BUILD: Details On Direct3D 11.1

We're currently sitting in a Microsoft session on DirectX in Metro, where Microsoft is discussing the improvements they've made to DirectX for use with Metro. Every individual DirectX graphics...

18 by Ryan Smith on 9/14/2011

New Server Manager Shown Off for Windows Server 8

Ryan and I are on the floor at Microsoft BUILD for day two, where Windows Server 8 is the subject. There's still more for the keynote, but Microsoft briefly...

5 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

Xbox Live Coming to Windows 8

Microsoft’s Major Nelson confirmed yesterday that Xbox Live will officially come to PCs with Windows 8. “Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you...

14 by Craig Getting on 9/14/2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview Available for Everyone at 8 PM PST

At BUILD today Microsoft just announced that the same version of Windows 8 Developer Preview we've been using on Samsung tablets for the past day will be available at...

9 by Brian Klug on 9/13/2011

Microsoft BUILD: Windows 8, A Pre-Beta Preview

We’re here in Anaheim, California at Microsoft’s BUILD conference. As has become tradition Microsoft has been holding major developer conferences for their new OSes roughly a year ahead of...

236 by Brian Klug & Ryan Smith on 9/13/2011

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