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January 8, 2014  3:44 PM

Does a Windows Tablet for Business HAVE to Be Expensive?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
business Windows 8 tablets may be too expensive, Desktops

All this week, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas, so it's "prime time" for all the PC companies to make product announcements -- especially those that target US markets and buyers. In the past few months a number of business oriented Windows 8.1 tablets have made their...

January 6, 2014  3:32 PM

Are Windows 8 Tablets Finally Closing in on iPad Territory?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Small tablets with quad core Bay Trail CPUs may finally pose a threat to the iPad

Over the past three months -- more or less since the release of Windows 8.1 -- I've finally started to see some PC-based tablets that appear poised to give Apple actual competition for the market niche that the iPad has more or less owned for the past four-plus years. This platform has become so...

January 3, 2014  12:57 PM

MS Quietly Upgrades Surface Pro 2 CPU

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Surface Pro 2 goes from i5 4200U to 4300U CPU

Thanks to Brad Sams at Neowin and

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January 2, 2014  12:13 PM

Two Months After GA Release, Windows 8.1 Almost Catches Vista

Posted by: Ed Tittel

Here's an interesting graph from the Market Share Reports for "Desktop Operating System Market Share" at Today, January 2, it shows The Windows 8.1 number at 3.6%, with the Windows Vista number at 3.61%. I'm pretty sure that means by next month, if not sooner, Windows 8.1 will...

December 30, 2013  1:33 PM

Fujitsu Makes Bold Entry into High-end Windows 8.1 Tablet Market

Posted by: Ed Tittel

Here's a classic good news-bad news scenario for serious Windows users seeking a lightweight Windows 8.1 tablet with acceptable battery life (which I define as more than 8 hours, or enough to get users through a whole day, or a long flight away from AC power). The Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 offers a...

December 27, 2013  10:49 AM

Extirpating persistent but un-needed Windows Drivers

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, use RAPR to force deletion of obsolete Windows drivers

Last summer, my trusty Dell All-in-One 968 became unusable, thanks to the failure of one of its color inkjets (if memory serves it was either red or magenta, depending on whether that device uses an RGBK or CMYK color model). Ever since its retirement via the safe electronics disposal available...

December 23, 2013  1:52 PM

Can Surface Pro 2 be a true notebook replacement?

Posted by: Diana Hwang

Surface Pro 2 is being touted as a notebook replacement and I’ve been using it for the last few weeks to see if I can get my job done. But there’s a world of IT administrators out there who view the Surface Pro 2 with a skeptical eye. I put the Surface Pro 2 through its paces using our own...

December 20, 2013  3:30 PM

Free WEI Utility for Win8.1 Now Available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, freeware WEI tool now available, offers free WEI assessment tool

When I found out from Woody Leonhard in early November that the Windows Experience Index (WEI) widget was missing from Windows 8.1 (reported in this

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December 18, 2013  4:57 PM

Where’s Refresh/Reset in Windows 8.1? Sometimes, it’s MIA!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, use Windows 8.1 ISO to remedy missing refresh or reset options

Those who make the update transition from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via download may encounter a situation where the "Refresh your PC" or "Reset to factory defaults" options may no longer be available to them. Refresh works with the most recent image created by the built-in RecImg command, where...

December 16, 2013  11:13 AM

On the Threshold of a Dream: The Next Windows Version

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, next Windows version to restore desktop role?, upcoming Windows "Threshold" version may fix what ails Windows 8

I've been reading lots of rumor coverage lately about what's coming in the next major version of Windows, which has picked up a Threshold code name/moniker in some reporting. My favorite story in this vein is from Windows (and Office) maven Woody Leonhard who's been...

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