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HP's Spectre X360 Might Be The Best Transforming Laptop I've Ever Seen

Milled aluminium. All-day battery life. Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. A bitchin’ keyboard, and a large, clickable trackpad with excellent multitouch response. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think I was describing a MacBook Air. I’m not — I’m talking HP’s Spectre x360, a gorgeous premium convertible PC that starts at just $US900.


Microsoft Is Really Turning It Around

It’s tempting to think of Microsoft as some ageing dinosaur. But it’s wrong. Change has been building for almost a year now. Yes Windows 8 was a mess, and the Xbox One’s early days were embarrassing, but Microsoft’s been sharpening its game with impressive deftness and speed. And now it is once again, hands down, the most exciting company in tech.


Use OneDrive To Sync Settings Across All Your Windows 8.1 Devices

If you use more than one desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows 8.1 then you can use Microsoft’s OneDrive platform to sync some settings across all of these devices, from the background wallpaper to the passwords stored in your browser. Here’s how to configure the feature and to switch it off if you don’t want Windows 8.1 to sync itself across multiple machines.


Can A Cheap Windows Tablet Replace Your Desktop?

It started as an offhand brag, but turned into a dare. I was telling my Gizmodo colleagues why I loved my Windows 8 tablet: it’s fast, it’s cheap, it’s a fully fledged PC. Hell, I said, I could probably hook it up to a monitor and use it as my workhorse for a week.


Asus Makes Transforming Windows Tablets Way Less Chunky

Asus popularised the cheap detachable laptop, but they have always been chunky little things. Not the Transformer Book Chi. Asus claims the new 10.1-inch T100 Chi is the thinnest Windows tablet ever made. And the 12.5-inch T300 Chi — combined with its keyboard — is now thinner than a MacBook Air.


Gizmodo Laptop Buying Guide 2014: Our Favourite Windows 8 Touch Apps To Get You Started

If you’ve bought a new laptop or convertible tablet running Windows 8, you already have access to Windows’ existing programs and applications. But, in addition to running everything from Windows XP and Windows 7, Windows 8 also brings along a brilliant range of touchscreen-friendly apps and games. These are a few of our favourites.


Watch Out, Chromebooks: Super-Cheap Windows 8 Machines Are Coming

Chromebooks are great if you want a super-cheap computer, but they’re not without their limitations; you (basically) have to run everything in a browser. And Microsoft is aiming to give them some competition with full Windows 8 machines around those same, dumb low price points.


What To Expect From The Next Generation Of Windows

The tech world is abuzz with speculation on what Microsoft is planning for the next generation of its operating system to replace Windows 8.


Microsoft, Please Don't Give Up On The Future

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft started a bold charge into future. A new touch-friendly operating system, a transforming, first party tablet-computer, a game console designed not just to play games but to take over your TV. But now, Microsoft is in full retreat, and we’re at risk of losing all the great stuff that it risked so much to accomplish.


Why Microsoft Is Dumping Support For Windows 8.1

In a move certain to raise the ire of users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system the software giant has announced that next month it will cease support for Windows 8.1. But that operating system is barely eight months old and already an upgraded version of the Windows 8 system that failed to impress many users since its release in 2012. Microsoft has this month already killed off support for the long-lasting Windows XP system, so why is it ending support for Windows 8.1?