Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Surface 2

Microsoft tries to smooth out the cracks in its original Surface offerings. If you thought Microsoft needed to do something radical to stake its claim in the tablet wars …

ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 review

Price: $2399  |  Website: www.asus.com/au You couldn’t accuse Taiwanese component maker ASUS of being unambitious. Over the last half a decade or so the company’s managed to carve itself a prominent role in the laptop market and it’s now aiming to do the same for tablets all-in-one PCs and perhaps even smartphones. On the latter…

Windows 8: Which licence to choose?

The recent announcement that Microsoft had sold 100 million licences for Windows 8 its much-hyped revamp of its hugely successful Windows 7 operating system hammered home one strong point: if you haven’t already upgraded you probably will in the near future. Large businesses may be last in line however: many of those running Windows 7…

Windows store vs App store & Google Play: The fight is on

If Apple has taught Microsoft one lesson it’s that selling your own software isn’t enough – you need to sell everybody else’s software too. Long before Microsoft announced the Windows Store we knew it was coming. Apple may have popularised and mobilised the app store concept to typical Apple efficiency but it deals only in…

Who will Windows 8 benefit the most?

Students While Windows 8 is cheap it doesn’t actually do anything that you can’t already do with Windows 7. The exception is perhaps battery life performance on mobile devices such as laptops which could be beneficial. That said you might as well wait until your next desktop/laptop upgrade where Windows 8 will come bundled as…

Setting up Windows 8

While Windows 8 is still mostly the Windows operating system you know and love there are a few things different about setting up a new Windows 8 install. Windows Update With the global release of Windows 8 Microsoft is going to be lambasted with feedback and bugs so it’s always best to check for updates…

Is Windows 8 for you?

With Microsoft officially announcing the release date for Windows 8 as October 26 we’re finally on the home run towards the next iteration of Redmond’s 27-year-old operating system. But it is it worth your time and money? Ashton Mills asks and answers the hard question. Windows 8 is without doubt one of the more significant…

Want to try Windows 8? Consumer Preview free to download and test-drive today

We’ve already looked at the Windows 8 Developer Preview in some depth but now Microsoft’s next-gen OS has reached its pivotal pre-release step with the mainstream-targeted Consumer Preview (read: final beta polished up sufficiently for everyday folk) made available to download today following a Microsoft showcase overnight at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona led by…

Ubuntu 11.10: Oneiric Ocelot and the cloud

Software CentreThe new Software Centre deserves its own place in the spotlight. No doubt to compete with Apple’s App Store and Microsoft’s new Windows Store the Software Centre borrows heavily from these and presents applications in an easy-to-browse category interface. The difference of course is that most of the 36000 programs on offer are free.The…

Inside Metro: the future of the Windows UI

According to Microsoft more than two-thirds of PCs today are mobile devices: laptops notebooks tablets and slates. Most have wireless multi-core processors are the norm and memory and storage is plentiful. And of course our digital lives are increasingly tied to the internet through web and cloud services. Along with touch-based devices like tablets and…