Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Why Windows 8 could be the next Vista

Thinking about Windows 8 fills me with a strong sense of unease. Whether it’s the thought of using the OS on my desktop on a daily basis or the coming backlash by consumers when the OS lands, it distresses me on more levels than it should. Windows 8 could very well be the next Vista.

iCloud

Why iCloud integration on Apple’s Mountain Lion OS fails

Apple is making a big deal about how its newly-announced Mountain Lion operating system comes with built-in iCloud syncing and storage. But if you cut through the deafening hype, iCloud is still a woefully limited solution that most consumers and businesses should not take seriously yet.

Work hard, play hard: Students get a free Xbox 360 with Windows 7 PCs

Great news for college students (and perhaps not so great news for parents): Microsoft announced today that it will offer a free Xbox 360 with 4 gigabytes of storage (a $199 value) to any student who purchases a Windows 7 computer for $699 or more.

Early Windows 8 build leaks to the Web

A very early build of Windows 8, dubbed “Milestone 1”, has leaked onto the Internet, giving us our very first glimpse at Microsoft’s next operating system.

HP to show off its PalmPad webOS tablet next month?

HP is gearing up to unveil its long-awaited tablet running Palm’s webOS software. It will show off the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, according to Fox News’s Clayton Morris, who also managed to dig up some details on the device.

In another stunner, OnLive enables game spectating and Windows 7 apps on your iPad

OnLive is announcing today that a limited version of its online game service is now available for the iPad and a beta version for Android devices will soon be available. Not only will you be able to watch live video games in action on the iPad. You’ll also be able to use the OnLive app to run Windows 7 apps on your iPhone.

Microsoft rakes in $16B this quarter thanks to enterprise sales

Microsoft, the maker of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, brought in $16.2 billion in revenue in its most recent quarter — up 25 percent from the same quarter a year ago — thanks to strong sales of Microsoft Office and Windows 7 in the enterprise sector, it announced in its quarterly earnings report today.

Just how popular is Microsoft’s software lately?

The latest iteration of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 7, has sold 240 million copies in its first year of being on the market, Microsoft announced today.

Could HP deliver a triple tablet threat?

Rumors have been swirling about HP soon entering the tablet market with, depending on who you believe, a Windows 7 Tablet for the enterprise user, an Android tablet for e-reading, or a WebOS tablet to compete with iPads.

Asus plans Android tablet for March, announces Eee Pad tablet pricing

Asus CEO Jerry Shen today revealed some further details on the company’s tablet plans at a press conference for its quarterly earnings, reports PC World. Now we finally have some firmer release dates to look forward to, as well as better pricing estimates.