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This week saw devastating Azure outages, lot's of Black Friday deals and plenty of Windows 10 news which included a kernel change in our in-depth tech roundup of the week.
On Black Friday, stores across the US try to entice you to venture out at ungodly hours of the morning and if you are in the market for a low-priced notebook, staples has one on-sale for $99.
Microsoft is hoping that HP's new $199 Windows 8.1 laptop will be a sales hit this festive season and is now promoting the device - which includes a one-year Office 365 subscription - with new TV ads.
Walmart will offer an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for just $99 on Black Friday, including a free one-year Office 365 subscription worth $70 with unlimited OneDrive storage, and a free 16GB microSD card.
If you have an installation of Windows 8.1 and you need to re-install the OS but can't find your install media, Microsoft has made it very easy to create the contents you will need.
Coinciding with the launch of its festive ad campaign, UK retailer John Lewis teamed up with Microsoft to create a 'Magical Toy Machine' for kids to interact with 3D versions of their favourite toys.
ASUS has resurrected its budget-focused Eee brand on a new 11-inch Windows 8.1 notebook, which features a Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, a webcam and microHDMI port for just $199.
Text files within the Xbox Music website are already showing that OneDrive locker service support will be coming very soon, allowing users cloud access to their music files from any Xbox Music device.
The latest data shows that Microsoft's Windows 8.1 has gained significant marketshare during the month of October, coinciding with a marked decrease in Windows XP's percentage points.
The Linx 7 is one of the most affordable Windows tablets ever to launch in the UK, and offers an Intel Bay Trail-T processor, 32GB storage, front and rear cameras, and a year of Office 365 Personal.
HP's Stream 11 laptop, which costs only $200, is now on sale and it looks like it will include a $25 Windows Store credit as well, in addition to the one free year of Office 365 that comes with it.
In an effort to focus solely on paid subscription services, Microsoft has announced that it will be ending the ad-supported Xbox Music service in December, leaving no free option for streaming.
Toshiba has unveiled the Satellite Radius 11, a low-cost notebook-style PC with a touchscreen that folds over 360-degrees for 'tablet-style' usage, along with up to 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD and full HDMI.
ZOTAC has launched a Windows 8.1 mini PC that includes a quad-core Intel Bay Trail CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, full-size HDMI port and more in a tiny package, priced under $200.
Over in the UK, Argos is now selling the Bush Windows Phone for £69.95, and Bush MyTablet running Windows 8.1 for just £129.95 - the latest examples of a new brand launching its first Windows devices.
Intel's HDMI stick that packs a CPU, RAM, wireless connectivity options and costs just over $100, has gone on sale on a Chinese retailer's website and can be shipped to most parts of the world.
From Windows news and Android 5.0, to a bunch of Apple devices, Surface, Xbox and PS4 updates, stuff on fire, and Bono, we take a look back at highlights from the week's top tech coverage on Neowin.
Windows App Studio Beta has been updated to support app localization in 9 international languages other than English and now allows sideloading apps on Windows Phone 8.1.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview lacks many consumer-focused features including Media Center, which some have installed using their Windows 8.1 product key - but Microsoft has warned against doing so.
Microsoft has released a new 'Surface Hub' app, allowing users to adjust their preferences for the Surface Pen - but future releases are expected to offer even more customization options.
It's unexpected, but Microsoft's latest operating system saw a slump in market share for August; Windows 8 and 8.1 both lost points for the month, while Windows 7 and XP continued to dominate.
PiPO has shown off what it claims is the "most affordable" Windows 8.1 tablet ever, priced at just $81, featuring an 8-inch display, front and rear cameras, 16GB storage and a 4500mAh battery.
Better late than never, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform picks up the important news aggregate app Flipboard and is now available for download.
Microsoft picks up Amazon's payments product leader to join its own commerce platform. Could the company be looking to create a true competitor to Apple Pay and Google Wallet?
Indian devices brand iBall has unveiled its first Windows 8.1 tablet, featuring an 8-inch display, quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, front and rear cameras and integrated 3G connectivity.
Toshiba's new 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, the Encore Mini, is now on sale for just $119, which includes a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and up to 7 hours of battery life.
Cherry Mobile is the latest brand to sign up as a Windows Phone partner, with two new handsets - including perhaps the most affordable Windows Phone ever, at just $69 - and two Windows 8.1 tablets.
Stardock has announced the immediate availability of ShadowFX, a customization tool that adds back drop shadows to Windows 8 along with a variety of custom options that tailor to your personal taste.
Microsoft is offering a free one-year subscription to the New York Times Crossword app if you purchase a Surface Pro 3 directly from Microsoft before October 6th.
Microsoft is teasing "big things" for the "world of Windows" at this week's IFA conference in Berlin, but it seems unlikely the reference is to the company's next Windows operating system refresh.
ASUS has brought back its budget-friendly Eee brand - two years after phasing it out - with a new 11.6-inch laptop featuring a quad-core Atom processor, 2GB RAM and full-size keyboard for $199/€199.
Acer's new 8-inch Iconia tablet costs just $150, and runs either Android 4.4 or Windows 8.1 - but the Windows version also includes an enticing freebie: a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
Toshiba has unveiled the Encore Mini, a 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with quad-core Intel Atom processor and 16GB storage, for under $120 - and it includes an Office 365 Personal subscription worth $70.
Last week, Microsoft had announced that it would pull the 'August Update' after it was causing a issues with Windows and resulted in machines crashing among other various issues.
When Microsoft announced that Windows would be free on devices smaller than 9 inches, it was only a matter of time before entry level competitors started putting their OS on cheap tablets.
Microsoft has fixed and re-released the patch that was pulled from Windows Update after reports of boot issues from users post-installation of the August update earlier in the month.
If you are looking for a cheap Windows 8.1 device, you may be in luck. Microsoft will be offering the Acer Aspire E 15 for just $199 - although the promotion will be available for one day only.
Microsoft has officially announced the release date for the latest installment in the Age of Empires series, which will be coming to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 as a free download.
Earlier this month, when Microsoft released the 'August Update' for Windows, there was a small group of users whose machines were rendered useless, and now we have more details on the issue.
Microsoft has launched a custom minimized version of Windows 8.1, designed for "a new class of small devices", making the preview OS available to all developers with an Intel Galileo board.
Microsoft has rolled out its latest update to the OneNote 'Modern' app for Windows 8/RT, adding new features such as printing support, highlighting, and the ability to attach files to your notes.
Microsoft has withdrawn a security update from Windows Update after users reported a number of random BSOD occurrences following the update since it was released four days ago.
Earlier today, Microsoft pushed out an update for for Windows 8.1 called the August update and some users are reporting that they are seeing a persistent task bar after running the update.
The Surface RT, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 all received firmware updates today as part of Patch Tuesday. Improvements for Ethernet, WiFi and the front-facing LifeCam were amongst the updates.
Microsoft has released the 'August Update' for Windows 8.1 and it brings along a few enhancements for Windows 8.1. We have posted the download links for you after you make the jump.
A few days, Microsoft published a video highlighting new features of Windows 8.1 and why you should be using the platform but the reasons are a bit underwhelming and highlight Windows 8 shortcomings.
Microsoft has released 11 new theme packs for Windows 8 and 8.1, including aerial views from the US and Europe, and some stunning panoramas, with loads of dual-monitor photos from around the world.
Microsoft's next update for Windows 8.1 will be called 'August Update', and will be released on the next Patch Tuesday, August 12 - but unlike the last update, this one won't be mandatory.
Small Windows tablets don't have to cost big money, as the new Kingsing W8 shows, with a quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Bay Trail-T CPU, 16GB storage, 8in IPS LCD, 3G connectivity and more, for just $99.