Origin PC is one of the few boutique PC makers we've come to count on for solid, if expensive, gaming systems over the past few years. But those 15- and 17-inch models have been huge, even for midsize and desktop replacement systems, with big, bulky bodies that required a padded backpack to carry around even semicomfortably. Now the company has announced a rare 13-inch gaming laptop, called the Eon13-S, which promises great gaming in a much more portable package.
If you liked the brushed-metal look and feel of Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook laptop, but weren't as hot on the $1,699 and up price, the new Satellite E55 and E45t may be for you.
These just-introduced new laptops from Toshiba's mainstream line take some of the premium styling of the very expensive Kirabook, launched in May 2013, and translate it into a much more affordable package.
In fact, looking at these systems from the top of the lid, they look almost exactly like Toshiba's highest-end laptop. Only once you get up close can you that they'… Read more
Despite a $900 million write-down against its quarterly earnings for excess Surface RT inventory, or more precisely because of it, Microsoft launched a new ad to promote the hybrid tablet/laptop at a $150 discount from its original $499 price.
The 32GB $349 unit is compared to a 32GB $599 iPad in the ad, with an Apple Siri-like voice, representing the iPad, saying, "I'm sorry, I don't have a USB port...This is not going to end well for me," and concluding with the question, "Do you still think I'm pretty?"
What's … Read more
One of the most surprising things about the Windows 8 era has been the revival of 11-inch laptops. After a couple of years of seeing very few PCs with smaller displays, we've reviewed half a dozen 11.6-inch systems in the past two months alone.
This is especially interesting to me, as ultraportable laptops, with their 11-inch screens (along with a few 10- and 12-inch stragglers), have had a very uneven history.
Ultraportables were once, typically, extremely expensive brag-worthy laptops that could cost $2,000 or more, back when miniaturization and thermal issues were much more difficult to navigate … Read more
Microsoft and Intel executives detailed some of the new hardware requirements for Windows 8 clients that will be introduced in 2014 and 2015 during a session at this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.
During a session for Microsoft reseller partners titled "How to talk to customers about Windows devices," Microsoft executives talked about some of the new hardware features that Windows 8.1 and subsequent releases will support.
As we've been hearing at various Microsoft conferences over the past couple months, Microsoft is working closely with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) on making sure new touch-enabled, lighter, … Read more
It's a new day for Microsoft. Or at least yet another reorganization. CEO Steve Ballmer has launched a restructuring of teams along functional, rather than product, lines, stressing that Microsoft has to focus on a single strategy and to work together with more collaboration and agility around common goals.
Of course, the single strategy and common goals are broad, aspirational and not much different from those of any other tech company.
"Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at … Read more
If Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a twin brother, it would be his COO Kevin Turner. Like Ballmer, he stalks the stage like a hungry bear and verbally shakes the audience by the lapels into joining the war effort to beat the competition.
Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston Wednesday before 15,000 attendees, Turner said: "We have high respect but no fear of competitors. ... We are doubling down and making sure we are fighting and evangelizing our story."
The doubling down and product story is about devices and services, which is likely to be … Read more
Microsoft takes us out to the ballgame with its latest anti-iPad spot.
Dubbed "Windows 8: Baseball," the new ad challenges both the iPad and a Windows 8 tablet to come up with stats for prospective ballplayers trying to earn a spot on the team. Naturally, the guy with the Windows 8 tablet is able to quickly and smoothly hit the right information with just a few taps. The luckless fellow stuck with the iPad runs into multitaking problems and video connection glitches.
In the end, the Windows 8 tablet naturally scores the most runs, leaving the iPad in … Read more
Microsoft will deliver Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue," to OEMs in late August, company officials said Monday.
So it looks like Windows 8.1 is going to be released to manufacturing by August, after all, as tipsters have been saying since the Blue codename first leaked almost a year ago.
Microsoft delivered a public preview of Windows 8.1 on June 26 during its Build conference. There are no more preview/test builds scheduled. The next stop is RTM (release to manufacture).
Microsoft will make Windows 8.1 available to all Windows 8 and Windows RT users as a free upgrade … Read more
Microsoft and its former Windows president, Steven Sinofsky, have come to terms over Sinofsky's November 12, 2012, resignation from the company.
A Securities and Exchange Commission filing published June 3 and dated June 25 offers details about the "retirement agreement" between the two parties.
Sinofsky, who left Microsoft abruptly after the Windows 8 launch last year, will be freed from his noncompete clause as of December 31, 2013, after which time he will be free to work for a Microsoft competitor. Up until that date, Sinofsky has agreed not to disparage Microsoft; not to advocate that certain … Read more