The system image tool in Windows might not be the tool that Microsoft prefers you use for backups, but it's still a good tool for migrations and disaster recovery. As CNET's Rick Broida found out painfully, Windows will behave unexpectedly every now and then, particularly after OS upgrades. This is where having a system image can be a big help.
Windows 8.1 is now the fifth most popular desktop OS, at least as recorded by Web tracker Net Applications.
For November, Microsoft's latest version of Windows snagged 2.64 percent of all desktop OS traffic recorded by Net Applications. That number was a healthy gain from the 1.72 percent seen in October and the 0.87 percent in September.
The rise also pushed Windows 8.1 just ahead of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks with a 2.42 percent share and just behind Windows Vista with a 3.57 percent share.
As the sun sets on support for Windows XP nears, Hewlett-Packard and Intel executives say they're looking to new horizons.
In case you've been living under a rock, support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014.
And Microsoft has a message for you: "If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late," the company says on its Support Ends Web page.
That has HP and Intel, not surprisingly, giddy with the prospects of upgrades to new hardware.
Here's what Meg Whitman, HP's CEO, said earlier this week … Read more
Xbox has made another move in its attempt to be all about home entertainment. Microsoft announced Wednesday that it has brought the Xbox Video store to the Web.
What this means is users can now watch movies and TV shows from the Xbox Video store in Web browsers using Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in, in addition to on their Xbox or Windows 8.1 device. Movies and television series are available for rental at XboxVideo.com and users can also watch whatever they've already purchased -- since all content is stored in the cloud.
This new feature works similarly to … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is banking on "convertible" tablets to power its consumer holiday sales, CEO Meg Whitman said Tuesday.
"We've got a lot of convertibles in the market, so do our competitors, and we're advertising behind those because we think that's a really innovative form factor that's the best of the tablet and the best of the PC," she said in response to an analyst's question during the company's earnings conference call.
HP reported better-than-expected earnings on Tuesday.
Whitman said demand won't be known until after the holidays.
"I think … Read more
Barnes & Noble has expanded its Nook app to 32 countries and 21 different languages.
Previously only available to Windows 8.1 users in the US, the app on Monday found new homes in Australia, Canada, and an array of European countries. Customized storefronts with local books, magazines, and other content are available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
Users can sign into the app with a B&N Nook account or a Microsoft account. The app itself takes advantage of Windows 8.1 with a screen that displays your … Read more
Intel has got the scoop on some tablet deals for Black Friday, including an Android tablet that's very light on the wallet.
That 7-inch HP tablet, branded the Mesquite, packs an Intel processor and will sell for $89 at Walmart. Don't expect any barn-burning specs, though. You'll likely get what you pay for.
And Intel has the skinny on a few more deals too.
For instance, if you buy a PC at Costco for $600 or more, you can get a $180 (regular price) Dell Venue 8 tablet (also Android) for $99.
Dell's Venue 8 is … Read more
If there were any doubts that Intel wants to embrace Android as a Windows equal, they were erased this week.
Speaking at the chipmaker's investor meeting on Thursday, Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, said the following:
The reality is for the last decade we've been essentially 100 percent Microsoft on the client [but] we're starting to see in emerging markets...demands for Android.
A lot of Android apps were written for a phone...in portrait mode. A significant percentage don't even exist in landscape mode, so they can't scale … Read more
Windows 8.1 provides a number of options for shutting itself down. Let us count the ways:
The easiest method to exit Windows 8.1 is through the new Start button. Simply right-click on the Start button to display a pop-up menu of features and commands. Click on the command to Shut down or sign out. A submenu appears with such options as Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. Click on Shut down to power down your PC.
You can also use the method introduced in Windows 8. Launch the Charms bar, click on the Settings charm, and then … Read more
Flipboard is releasing a new app Thursday that will work on devices running Windows 8.1, including Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2.
The company designed the new app to take advantage of Windows 8's signature live tiles, and users can feature Flipboard as a live tile on their Windows Start screen. While the app appears to be aimed at tablet users, it will also work with Windows 8.1 desktops and laptops. The app is available for download at 4 p.m. PT, according to a Flipboard spokesperson.
Windows Phone users will have to wait a while longer. … Read more