Windows 8.1 fall tablet roadmap includes 10-incher from Dell, Surface Mini, updated Acer W3 and more
Following what can be kindly described as a middling first wave of Windows 8 and RT-based tablets, most tech-savvy folks probably expected Microsoft and its partners to dial it up a notch come the fall of 2013. Or at least be a little wary about their prospects in a very competitive world.
Despite Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update being still over one month away from its official release, the tablets and hybrid devices running on the new OS have started trickling in.
Asus unveiled the 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100 hybrid that runs a full-fledged version of Windows 8.1 today at the Intel Developer Forum. The device will be available in October for $349.
Microsoft sent out invitations for a media event in New York City on September 23rd, during which it will introduce the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2.
Toshiba unveiled its first Windows based tablet called the Encore at the IFA today. The 8-inch tablet will be available from November and will cost $330.
When it rains, it pours. It was only 24 hours ago that we spotted the second-gen Microsoft Surface RT tab (likely to be called simply Surface 2) doing its benchmarking rounds with a Tegra 4 CPU inside, and we already have some scoop on its imminent Windows 8.1-powered counterpart.
Microsoft officially announced that it has seeded the RTM build to manufacturers yesterday, and less than a day later the build has leaked online.
Microsoft is sticking to its deadlines and has released the RTM build of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers.
Microsoft has seeded the Windows 8.1 build 9477 build to OEMs three weeks ago, which has subsequently leaked online.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be generally available to consumers from October 18th via retail, boxed copies, and new hardware, and to current Windows 8 owners a day earlier, through the Windows Store.
Microsoft will be rolling out the final version of Windows 8.1 by the end of this month, but a leaked near-finished build (9471) gives looks into coming changes and features.
An anonymous tipster suggests that Nokia will be announcing its first Windows 8 tablet sometime in September, followed by an unveiling of its Lumia phablet in November.
The update fixes multiple bugs, and improves Windows 8.1′s compatibility with apps like AVG Internet Security, and AutoCAD, among others.
Microsoft to include Skype as a built-in app in the final build of their new Windows 8.1 OS. Messaging app will get kicked out the door.
Microsoft unveiled the next revision to DirectX. Say hello to DirectX 11.2, coming to Windows 8.1 PCs and the Xbox One console later this year.
During Microsoft’s BUILD event they announced that the masses will be able to download the public preview for Windows 8.1 right away. Here is how you can get that done right now.
Analyst suggests that Microsoft will launch a mini version of their not-so-popular Surface tablet in the coming months. The so-called Surface Mini will go up against the likes of the iPad Mini and will be priced at an affordable $299. Image credit: TechCrunch
The Start button is making a comeback in Windows 8.1 (formerly codenamed Blue) and it looks like it is going to bring back functionality that has been sorely missed by users in Windows 8.
Recent tests conducted by NSS labs concluded that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 web browser blocks 99.6% of all malware.
Earlier reports revealed that Microsoft will bundle Windows 8.1 with many new apps. Here’s your first look at them.