Items tagged with Windows-8.1

As we mentioned earlier today, Microsoft is really on board this whole 3D printing thing, loading Windows 8.1 with native 3D printing capabilities and working closely with MakerBot to develop a driver for the latter’s Replicator 2 3D printer, but that’s not all. Microsoft also now has an app called 3D Builder that lets users more easily set up a design for 3D printing. 3D Builder, which is available for free in the Windows Store starting today, lets users manipulate existing designs stashed in the app’s library or upload their own designs made in other applications. Features include... Read more...
When Microsoft announced its eagerly anticipated Windows 8.1 update, the company promised native 3D printing support. MakerBot worked with Microsoft to develop its own 3D printer driver for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, which is now available via the Windows Update Service. The MakerBot 3D Printer Driver will enable users to print in 3D from within capable software applications just as you’d print any document. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said that the company worked closely with Microsoft to produce a driver that would be plug-and-play ready. It sounds like Microsoft got something... Read more...
Microsoft’s long-awaited update to its Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, recently landed, and already it’s clear that many users are taking advantage of the free upgrade. According to NetMarketShare’s numbers, Windows 8.1 rose to 1.72% of the desktop OS market share after starting at 0.39% in August (and climbing to 0.87% in September). Over that same time period, Windows 8’s share rose from 7.41% to 7.53%; granted, in September Windows 8 was up to 8.02%, so Windows 8.1 cannibalized its numbers a bit in October, but overall Microsoft’s latest OS and its update... Read more...
Microsoft reported its fiscal Q1 2014 revenue, and things are actually looking pretty solid for Redmond. For the three-month period ending on September 30th, GAAP Revenue was up 16% to $18.53 billion from about $16 billion, and operating income was up from $5.31 billion to $6.33 billion. The numbers include $113 million of deferred revenue from Windows 8.1 pre-sales. Revenue generated by Surface sales rose to $400 million, which bodes well for Microsoft’s homegrown tablet platform as the company debuts its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices. It’s also interesting to note that although... Read more...
Lenovo announced a new Windows 8.1 tablet to its lineup with the Miix2, an 8-inch device that comes with an optional cover and a stylus. The successor to the Lenovo Miix, the Mixx2 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, with all that entails, and it boasts some impressive specs, too. The device rocks a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T with integrated Intel HD graphics (Gen7) with a 10-point multitouch (1280x800) IPS display, and it includes up to 128GB of eMMC storage (with a microSD slot for another 32GB), 2GB of LP-DDR3 memory, and 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras. For connectivity, the Miix2 features... Read more...
Windows 8.1 won’t officially be out until October 17th, but Microsoft has made its boxed software available for preorder now, for those who can’t wait to wait to order their own copy. Microsoft Windows 8.1 costs $119, and the Pro version will run you $199.99. One notable change with this generation of Windows is that Microsoft is only selling two versions of the software, which will make things a little easier on consumers, especially as most will just need the regular Windows 8.1. Much has been made of Windows 8.1 and it’s potential to fix the problems of Windows 8; we’ve... Read more...
Like many companies, Toshiba is busily launching products at IFA this week, and among the company’s new devices is a detachable laptop, an 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1, and a petite Satellite notebook. Toshiba Satellite Click The Satellite Click continues a trend we’ve been seeing toward devices that are built to be laptops but with detachable displays that then function as standalone tablets. The 13.3-inch device has an IPS multitouch display and runs on an AMD A4 APU with Radeon 800 graphics. It also features a 500GB hard drive and a dual battery design, and it will run Windows... Read more...
Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have held a relatively consistent market share for the last year--91.67% in October 2012 and 91.19% in August 2013--but there’s been a good bit of shakeup as it pertains to the various versions of Windows. According to data compiled by NetMarketShare, Windows 8 has climbed to 7.41% market share, up from 0.41% less than a year ago and from 5.4% just last month. For comparison, Vista has dropped to 4.11%; Windows 8 surpassed it this summer. Windows 7 has held relatively firm, creeping up slightly from 44.69% to 45.63% from October to August. Windows... Read more...
The news about Windows 8.1 has been steadily dribbling out ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about it at the BUILD event this summer, but the actual availability of the Windows 8 update has been unknown. The Verge says that its sources have confirmed that Windows 8.1 won’t be pushed out to consumers until October, which leaves at least a month and a half before the average joe will be able to enjoy the upgrades. This timeline jibes with an earlier report that PC makers will get the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version this month, which would give manufacturers time to bake in... Read more...
Microsoft released a long-awaited preview of Windows 8.1, the first revamp of the Windows 8 operating system, just a couple of weeks ago, and now Microsoft said that PC manufacturers will get the full version in August. We looked over the preview build rather thoroughly and found that Windows 8.1 was indeed a major improvement over the intriguing though often baffling or frustrating original version. There are a number of improvements, including a new Start Screen, new boot options, quicker shut down and restart, better SkyDrive integration, an improved PC Settings screen, and more. Although the... Read more...
It’s no secret that Windows 8 hasn’t exactly captured the hearts and minds of the public at large, but when word leaked that Microsoft was working on a rejiggered version of its newest operating system called Windows 8.1, it was a sign that Microsoft might be able to fix what consumers and businesses dislike and jumpstart sales. Although the finished version of Windows 8.1 won’t arrive until later this year, Microsoft has a preview version ready to go, which you can download here. If you want to take a 90-second tour, here’s a visually stimulating video: Windows 8.1 certainly... Read more...
Many have been quite vocal about the fact that Windows 8 and Windows RT could use a little work, and apparently Microsoft agrees, which is why the company is planning a major update to both versions of its new OS. Windows 8.1 is coming sometime this year as a free update, and for those hoping that it will fix all of Windows 8’s problems (perceived and real), today’s sneak peek from Microsoft has been a long-awaited one. It looks as though most of the updates are essentially UI tweaks, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, although those hoping for something more substantial may... Read more...
After much speculation and a slew of rumors surrounding the update to Windows 8, Microsoft's Tami Reller told Reuters that it’s official: the update, which had been codenamed “Windows Blue”, will be called “Windows 8.1”. Windows 8.1 is coming later this year, with a preview coming at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in late June, and it will be available as a free update to Windows 8 and Windows RT via the app store. Windows 8 has suffered through a fairly lackluster debut, with plenty of critics voicing their opinions, and even for those who do like the new OS,... Read more...
Thank goodness. According to the Verge’s “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, the upcoming update/upgrade to Windows 8, Window 8.1 (or “Windows Blue”, as it had been previously known), will bring with it the Start button. Although some of us are perfectly happy with the new Windows 8, others--well, most--of us are still trying to convince ourselves not to hate it. Many feel that although Microsoft built Windows 8 to take advantage of touchscreens while maintaining all the powerful and familiar features of the conventional desktop, the company ended up with... Read more...
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