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The launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 is arguably the biggest tech event of the year. It represents a huge change in direction for the world's most popular computer operating system, a change that some of Microsoft's loyal fans may find disconcerting. Never fear — CNET Australia is here to guide you through every step of upgrading, with a comprehensive look at what's news and which updated touchscreen models make the most of the new Windows 8 experience.

  • Microsoft Windows 8

    Microsoft Windows 8 Review

    Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and the vast security and speed improvements more than justify the US$40 upgrade price.

  • Best free starter apps for Windows 8

    Best free starter apps for Windows 8 feature

    The Windows 8 app store isn't massive yet, but there are a few gems available to get your device up and running the way you like it best.

  • Windows 8 and Windows Media Center

    Windows 8 and Windows Media Center news

    Confused about what's happening to Windows Media Center in the upcoming Windows 8 release? You're definitely not alone.

  • Top 10 biggest drawbacks of Windows RT

    Top 10 biggest drawbacks of Windows RT news

    Sometimes, new isn't always better. CNET takes you through a few things you'll need to keep in mind before buying a Windows RT device.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Twist

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Twist preview

    Lenovo takes an old-school tablet laptop, and dusts it off for the Windows 8 era.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 preview

    A Tegra 3 tablet running Windows RT and priced this high definitely wouldn't be our first choice, based purely on specs.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 preview

    Lenovo's limber IdeaPad Yoga is yet another take on the idea of a convertible laptop.

  • HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

    HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Review

    With an ultra-long name, HP's newest ultrabook brings touch into play.

  • Windows RT: FAQ

    Windows RT: FAQ news

    The "lite" version of Windows 8, known as Windows RT, remains the biggest unknown for many coming to the new OS. Here's our guide to what Windows RT is, how it's different from Windows 8 and WinRT, and what it all means.

  • Confused by Windows 8's new interface? Here's how to get around

    Confused by Windows 8's new interface? Here's how to get around diy

    If you're crying for help with Windows 8's new interface, here's a quick primer to help you get around.

  • Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

    Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts guide / solution

    If you're planning on upgrading your PC to Windows 8, but you're not forking out for a new touchscreen computer, it's time to learn the keyboard shortcuts.

  • Microsoft Surface RT

    Microsoft Surface RT Review

    If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.

  • Microsoft prices Surface tablet, begins taking pre-orders

    Microsoft prices Surface tablet, begins taking pre-orders news

    Microsoft today announced Australian pricing for the upcoming Surface tablet with Windows RT, and is now taking pre-orders.

  • Microsoft SmartGlass connects your Xbox to your mobile device

    Microsoft SmartGlass connects your Xbox to your mobile device news

    Xbox 360 owners will be able to control the console through their smartphones and tablets via the new SmartGlass app.

  • Apple iPad vs. Microsoft Surface RT

    Apple iPad vs. Microsoft Surface RT feature

    The launch of Microsoft's Surface tablet is pointing to one massive tech stoush between two of the biggest tech companies in the world. But loyalties aside, which tablet is right for you?

  • Asus Taichi

    Asus Taichi Review

    The Taichi is an experiment. While some may find a use for its dual screens, and it's built well enough, the lack of a touchscreen on the interior and troubling battery life could put even those people off.

  • Asus VivoBook

    Asus VivoBook preview

    Asus' VivoBooks fill the more traditional, non-transforming laptop role of its Windows 8 pantheon. Of course, this also means that they're touch enabled.

  • Asus Vivo Tab RT

    Asus Vivo Tab RT preview

    Asus' Vivo Tab series covers quite a lot of ground — however, the first to market will be its Tegra 3-powered, Windows RT product.

  • Acer Aspire S7 (13.3 inch)

    Acer Aspire S7 (13.3 inch) Review

    The 13.3-inch version of Acer's Aspire S7 laptop is gorgeous. There are a few minor niggles, it's expensive and battery life isn't the best, but despite all this, this is one of the better Windows 8 solutions out there at this point in time.

  • Samsung Ativ Smart PC

    Samsung Ativ Smart PC preview

    We'll be interested to see whether Samsung's Windows 8 Ativ line, announced at IFA this year, makes it to the land down under.

  • Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch

    Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch preview

    Samsung has updated its Series 5 Ultra from earlier in the year, adding a touchscreen in readiness for the launch of Windows 8.

  • Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

    Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx preview

    Lenovo offers up a Windows 8 tablet that runs the full version of the new operating system, with an IPS display and an Atom processor.

  • Dell XPS 12

    Dell XPS 12 Review

    Dell's XPS 12 does a good job at being a Windows 8 laptop — but the weight prevents it from being a good Windows 8 tablet.

  • Samsung Series 7 Slate PC (late 2012)

    Samsung Series 7 Slate PC (late 2012) preview

    Taking cues from Asus' Transformer series, Samsung offers its take on the hybrid laptop/tablet.

  • HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart preview

    HP's top-of-the-line Spectre is getting a touchscreen update and Thunderbolt for Windows 8.

  • HP Envy x2

    HP Envy x2 Review

    The HP Envy x2 has a clean, comfortable design and feels lightweight in tablet form. It has excellent battery life and works just as well as a laptop as it does as a tablet.

  • Microsoft bakes Xbox Music into Windows 8

    Microsoft bakes Xbox Music into Windows 8 news

    The software giant sets its sights on Spotify, making its new streaming music service the default way to hear tunes in Windows 8. The service will extend to mobile phones and its video-game console.

  • Microsoft accepts the challenge to teach users Windows 8

    Microsoft accepts the challenge to teach users Windows 8 news

    The tech giant is making a major departure from its earlier operating systems, and now must teach people how to use its new OS. Leaked training videos show just how Microsoft intends to do that.

  • Windows 8: as cheap as Win7, if you're building your own PC

    Windows 8: as cheap as Win7, if you're building your own PC news

    Expect to pay just under US$100 per copy for the consumer version if you're a smaller OEM or putting together a home-brew PC, according to the latest scuttlebutt.

  • Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Drive on Android

    Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Drive on Android news

    Android users looking for a cloud storage and file-syncing solution now have a new option in SkyDrive. But is Microsoft's offering on par with the tried-and-true Google Drive?

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