Windows 8.1

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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Lenovo won’t sell any more small Windows tablets in US

Lenovo won’t sell any more small Windows tablets in US

Windows tablets outside of the Surface are typically a hit-and-miss proposition, but few do it as well as Lenovo. Recently, Lenovo made overtures that in the US, some of their Windows-based tablets will be hard to come by. Though they won’t be dropping tablets (or Windows) altogether, they won’t be releasing any new smaller Windows tablets in the US.

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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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