The Best Windows 10 and Xbox Updates Microsoft Announced Today

Today, Microsoft held another event to show off even more features of Windows 10 and other consumer products coming this year. Here are the best things the company announced. » 1/21/15 2:33pm 1/21/15 2:33pm

The Limbo Desktop

Reader Jayesh wanted a desktop that was playful, but also helped him get things done, so he took his love of Limbo (the game, not the the theological concept) and put together this desktop, symbolizing the struggle to get things done while simultaneously putting all his tools at his fingertips. » 1/15/15 5:30am 1/15/15 5:30am

Borderless Gaming Fixes Alt+Tab Issues in Full Screen Games

Windows only: Games are best when played full screen, but many won't play nice with Alt+Tab in full screen mode—which means you can't look at your browser for a guide or change the music playing in the background. Borderless Gaming fixes that problem. » 10/23/14 12:05am 10/23/14 12:05am

Flix Plus Customizes Netflix to Your Heart's Desire

Chrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to Netflix.com, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more. » 10/01/14 9:37am 10/01/14 9:37am

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

Microsoft just announced the newest version of Windows. It's called Windows 10. Yes, there's no Windows 9 — Microsoft has decided to skip a digit in search of the perfect name. More importantly, Windows 10 will be a single operating system that finally spans all of Microsoft's Windows powered devices, from desktops… » 9/30/14 2:17pm 9/30/14 2:17pm

The Xbox One Controller Comes To PC, But It Might Be Too Late

The corded version of the Xbox 360 controller for Windows was one of the unsung heroes of the last generation of hardware. Combining the reliability of a wired connection with the fantastic design of the 360 pad itself, it managed - for the first time ever - to establish a standardised control pad for the PC. » 9/17/14 6:30pm 9/17/14 6:30pm

Windows 9 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Windows 8 has been limping through its existence for just about two years now, and despite the fact that its continual updates have improved it a fair bit, the numbers aren't encouraging. Microsoft knows this, and the rumors surrounding Windows 9 show that it's going to be a move back to more familiar territory. » 9/11/14 1:27pm 9/11/14 1:27pm

Can You Run It Tests Whether Your PC Can Run That Game

PC gaming has a lot going for it, but figuring out if your computer can run a particular game is still hard to decipher. Can You Run It simplifies the process and tells you whether your computer is up to the task. » 9/08/14 9:19pm 9/08/14 9:19pm

​Jennifer Aniston's Greatest Gaming Moment

Remember the 1990s? It was a wonderful time, a time when Microsoft would pay Jennifer Aniston to beat a child actor at video games, all in the service of helping explain how to use Windows 95. » 5/22/14 5:00pm 5/22/14 5:00pm

Report: China Wants a Dominant Computer OS

Windows, Android, Mavericks, iOS, these are just some of the world's most popular operating systems, and they all have at least one thing in common: They're all not made in China. Tired of using foreign created software to power their computers, China is looking to promote their own domestically created desktop… » 5/12/14 7:20am 5/12/14 7:20am

How to Set Up a Remote Desktop and Control Your Computer from Anywhere

Desktop computers aren't just antiquated behemoths quietly gathering dust in your parent's house. They also offer an often overlooked processing resource for mobile users and a viable alternative to cloud-based storage. All you need is a means of accessing it remotely. » 5/03/14 6:06pm 5/03/14 6:06pm

South Korea Unveils a Windows XP... Task Force

Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP. It's being phased out worldwide. In China, folks are hanging on. In nearby South Korea, the government has set up a special task force. » 4/08/14 7:30am 4/08/14 7:30am

China Hangs On to a Dying Windows XP

Today is April 7th, the last day before the worldwide phaseout of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. While most people out West will be operating happily in either Windows 8, 7 and even, hahaha, Vista, close to 200 million people in China will still be holding onto XP. » 4/07/14 8:00am 4/07/14 8:00am

Report: Windows 8 Update Will Bring Back The Desktop (By Default)

Here's where embarassing corporate backpedalling is a good thing: according to The Verge, the next update for Windows 8 will see every machine boot straight to the desktop mode by default. You know, like we used to, in the good old days. » 1/30/14 9:30pm 1/30/14 9:30pm

Braid Clone Is Illegal, But Also Kinda Cute

Bootleg games are nothing new, but most of the time they're either brazen clones or inept scams. This one falls somewhere in between, and as a result has a strange charm all of its own. » 1/14/14 10:00pm 1/14/14 10:00pm

20 Year-Old Designs A Better Windows Than Microsoft

I like Windows 8, but only because its desktop mode is basically Windows 7 with faster boot times. The thought of using the "tablet" mode, or even swapping between the two, fills me with dread. Unless, that is, future versions of the operating system look like Jay Machalani's design. » 12/12/13 10:00pm 12/12/13 10:00pm

It's Windows XP. For The...Nintendo Famicom.

If you're the type to fear Windows 8 and seek solace in the arms of something older, you can always go left field and not only step back to Windows XP, but do it on a Nintendo console from the 1980s. » 10/20/13 11:00pm 10/20/13 11:00pm