Windows 8

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an excellent Windows tablet. The problem is that Windows tablets aren't a very good idea in the first place, and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is no exception. It is a study in compromises, and using it often feels like a chore.

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Q: Should I Get a Mac or a PC?

A: It doesn’t matter. Fans of each system (and let’s not leave out Linux’s rabid fan base or Chrome OS’s growing one) have a litany of reasons why their choice is the only one that makes sense. But it really doesn’t matter. You can run a law practice just fine on any computer with an […]

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Dell XPS 12 Hybrid Ultrabook Review

In theory, the Dell XPS 12 is the best of both worlds: a well-built ultrabook and a full-on Windows 8 tablet. Its unique, swiveling, touchscreen display switches between those modes with a quick flip. It is very well-adapted to Windows 8, but it also makes Windows 8′s flaws glaringly obvious. When it is a laptop, […]

“Windows 8 is … a stumbling half-step [in the right direction]“

In general, I think Windows 8 is a step in the right direction. It makes sense to combine tablets and notebooks into a single class of computers that run a single operating system.1 Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a stumbling half-step. Much of it is poorly executed; many of the UI mistakes seem unprovoked, and […]

“Do. Not. Upgrade. Ever.”

Greg Broiles may call himself a fuddy-duddy (he’s relucant to upgrade from Windows XP), but he’s got some seriously good advice for anyone looking to upgrade Windows:

Windows 8 Review (from The Verge)

Windows 8 is finally available to reviewers. I don’t plan to upgrade (it feels too half-baked for desktop users to me), at least not yet, but you can get your fill of minutiae on the final Windows 8 release elsewhere. I did, however, review the preview (here’s part 1 and part 2) and it doesn’t […]

Nevermind, Microsoft Still Doesn’t Get Mobile

If you thought Microsoft Surface and its Windows 8 tablet cousins were going to finally provide a full-featured mobile user experience, you were mistaken.

Windows 8 Preview Review (part 2 of 2)

So, when October 26th comes, should you upgrade to Windows 8? Read on to find out.

Windows 8 Preview Review (part 1 of 2)

The first few minutes you spend in Windows 8 will be disorienting, and probably confusing. Stick with it, though, and you will get the hang of it.

SkyDrive, Office Web Apps Updated

Windows 8 will be released in October, but Microsoft is updating its web apps in preparation for the new OS. It recently released Outlook.com, a major overhaul of Hotmail that is so good I’m considering switching from Gmail. Now, it has upgraded SkyDrive, it’s anemic cloud storage service. The update is not just cosmetic, but […]