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Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 10 is coming really soon. If AMD is to be believed, that is happening around July. Given this upcoming version of Windows is set to fix a number of complaints about Windows 8, it's release will surely call to mind some its predecessor's shortcomings. But for all the warts that Windows 8 had, it wasn't completely a failure in all aspects and even laid the foundations of many features and mindsets still present in Windows 10 and elsewhere. Here we take a look at 5 of the things Windows 8 could have gotten right and also how they failed to reach the mark.

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Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

It seems like the whispers of Android apps running on Windows 10 are getting stronger. Though that doesn't necessarily make them true, it does make the upcoming BUILD developer conference even more interesting if Microsoft does decide to drop the bombshell there. It's not like it's never been done before. BlackBerry 10 OS and Sailfish OS do employ such a compatibility to some extent. It's just that it's never been done officially on Windows before. But while the idea seems almost enticing, it could very well be suicide for Microsoft's primary platform.

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Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

We've seen Windows 10 for desktops and larger tablets as well as some sneak peeks at the version for smartphones. So it's about high time that we hear something about the middle ground of the two: small tablets, which Microsoft defines as tablets with screens smaller than 8 inches. WinBeta was able to get its hands on a (hopefully) very early build of this peculiar Windows 10 version and while things look promising this early, there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. Fortunately, Microsoft still has time.

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Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

While it might be a bit too early to start getting excited over the Windows 10 update, which isn't expected to arrive until summer, Microsoft seems to already be warming up people's computers just the same. A recommended, and therefore purely optional, update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 has been discovered to be laying the groundwork for those machines' eventual upgrade to Windows 10. The details of this update also reveal how Microsoft might try to convince users to update to the latest Windows version.

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“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

The absence of a Surface 3 when the Surface Pro 3 launched was already quite indicative of Microsoft's attitude towards the red-headed stepchild that is Windows RT. The death of any rumors or news about a so called Surface Mini further intensified such musings. Microsoft practically laid Windows RT to rest when it acknowledged there won't be an upgrade path to Windows 10 for the mobile platform. Now rumors of a Surface 2 successor are surfacing and, if the they are true, it would pretty much be the nail in RT's coffin.

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Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble's new stab at another Kickstarter, this time for the sleeker, more colorful Pebble Time, has renewed interest in one of the pioneers of smartwatches. While Pebble supports both Android and iOS, one of the few smartwatches to do so, it leaves out a portion of the mobile world out in the cold. Granted, the number of Windows Phone users might pale in comparison, but there are always some voices and arms raised in supplication for support. Though things looked hopeful for a while, the reality might be harsher.

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Windows RT is dead, again, this time with the Lumia 2520

Windows RT is dead, again, this time with the Lumia 2520

Microsoft's red headed stepchild just can't seem to catch a break. Bad news come one after another for the Windows RT that, if the ARM-based OS were a cat, it would have pretty much run out of lives by now. Perhaps there is now very little reason to believe that Windows RT has any future beyond being placed on life support. But as if to drive home the point, Microsoft has been tipped to be discontinuing the production of the Nokia Lumia 2520, the only Lumia to run Windows RT.

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Qualcomm LiQUID might be Windows 10 QHD Lumia 2520 successor

Qualcomm LiQUID might be Windows 10 QHD Lumia 2520 successor

Microsoft may have practically sealed the fate of Windows RT with the demise of the Surface (not Pro) tablets, but it seems it has something quite interesting in the works. Rumors of a 2K display, Snapdragon 805 device for Windows Phone have been going around but, considering recent announcements and rebranding, that seems to be taking a slightly different turn. Indeed, a GFXBench listing now shows an ARM tablet bearing those features and running a "WINDOWS" operating system, hinting this could very well be the successor to 2013's Lumia 2520.

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Small Windows 10 tablets won’t get desktop mode

Small Windows 10 tablets won’t get desktop mode

Perhaps Microsoft was too quick to sing the Windows 10 unification song, and perhaps we were to quick to buy the spiel. After practically saying that Windows 10 is for everyone, Redmond is now revealing the fine print, slowly and in bits and pieces. After vaguely alluding to the Windows RT's demise, Microsoft is more clearly and more explicitly revealing one subtle yet important caveat to the Windows 10 promise. Any Window 10 device smaller than 8 inches, whether phone or tablet, will not be getting the desktop mode.

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Windows RT to get parts of Windows 10 only

Windows RT to get parts of Windows 10 only

Not all Windows are created equal, no matter how much Microsoft tries to convince you otherwise with its Windows 10 spiel. Just yesterday the tech giant was singing the unifying gospel of Windows 10 across all Microsoft's devices, even including the Xbox game system. But now it is clarifying it just a bit that no, not everyone will be getting Windows 10. Or to be more exact, Microsoft's rather oddball Windows RT will only be getting certain features of Windows 10 but not the whole shebang.

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