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  • Microsoft may announce its biggest layoffs ever on Thursday

    07/17/2014 3:36:19 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | July 16, 2014 | Stephen Lawson
    The action will be much bigger than the 5,800 job cuts announced in 2009, The New York Times said. Microsoft reportedly will announce the biggest round of layoffs in its history on Thursday as massive changes wrought by new CEO Satya Nadella start to take hold at the struggling IT giant.
  • Windows 8.1 finally passes Windows 8 in market share, Windows 7 climbs back over 50%

    06/10/2014 1:32:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 06/10/2014 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    May was the seventh full month of availability for Microsoft’s latest operating system version: Windows 8.1 continues to grow slowly while Windows 8 remains largely flat, allowing the former to finally pass the latter in market share. At the same time, Windows 7 has managed to climb back over the 50 percent mark, while Windows XP still has more than 25 percent of the pie, despite support for the ancient OS finally ending in April.The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.40 percentage points (from 12.24 percent to...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes Windows 8 in desktop OS arena

    06/03/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    C/NET ^ | 06/03/2014 | Lance Whitney
    Friendlier to PC users than its prececessor, Windows 8.1 continues to eke out a higher share while Windows 8 slips downward. Net Applications Windows 8.1 is now more dominant than its predecessor, at least based on all desktop OS traffic seen by Net Applications.For the month of May, Windows 8.1's share inched up to 6.35 percent from 5.88 percent in April. That gave it just enough of a nudge to steal third place from Windows 8, which earned a 6.3 percent share, down from 6.36 percent the prior month.Windows 8.1's gradual ascension over its predecessor in the desktop market should...
  • LEAKED: Windows 9 Is Coming Next Year And Will Fix A Lot Of Problems With Windows 8

    05/22/2014 7:57:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22 | LISA EADICICCO
    Microsoft might be preparing to give the public its first taste of Windows 9 between the second and third quarters of 2015, according to a newly leaked document. Tech blog Myce has obtained a leaked internal Microsoft document from a source in China known as FaiKee.The document, first spotted on Myce's website by Windows blog WinBeta, lists both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 as scheduled for a release preview between Q2 and Q3 2015. Here's a screenshot of the document: Myce A release preview is exactly what its name suggests. It's a nearly finished version of the software that the public...
  • How to Get the Real Start Menu Back in Windows 8 or 8.1

    04/16/2014 12:33:36 AM PDT · by kingattax · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-14-14 | David Pogue
    Continued support for Windows XP was discontinued by Microsoft recently, so many PC people may now be migrating over to Windows 8. One thing newcomers will notice missing in the latest version of Windows: the Start menu! If you’re feeling instantly lost without the old Start menu, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Thousands of PC fans would argue that the Start menu offers a more compact, concise, customizable listing of programs and files than the tile-filled Start screen. Microsoft scoffs at that idea. It points out that every time there’s a new version of Windows, there’s an instant spike in...
  • Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP

    04/16/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/2014 @ 7:24AM | Gordon Kelly
    Microsoft has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9. But when it comes to Windows 8, it seems the company has a permanently loaded pistol aimed squarely at its feet. So it fits that just one week on from the launch of “Windows 8.1 Update 1” (the smart upgrade mouse and keyboard users have long awaited) stupidity would strike once again. “Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative update to...
  • Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support

    04/15/2014 10:53:03 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 61 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 14, 2014 | Woody Leonhard
    In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic move of the new Windows regime, Steve Thomas at Microsoft posted a TechNet article on Saturday stating categorically that Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for Windows 8.1, starting in May. Call this the "let them eat cake" approach to support for Microsoft's flagship operating system. ... Yes, you read that right: With three weeks left until Windows 8.1 end of support -- until the next round of security patches appear with Windows 8.1 not included in the party list -- Microsoft still hasn't figured out how to get Windows 8.1 Update...
  • Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade

    03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-21-14 | Julie Balise
    Microsoft hopes to make it easier for Windows XP users to drop their old computers and upgrade to a newer Surface or PC by offering them $100 to do so. The Redmond-based company announced earlier this month that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8. That doesn’t mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers. Windows XP users can get $100 off when they buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs for $599 and more. The cheapest is an Acer Aspire...
  • Anyone else have issues with Windowsupdate for Windows? (Vanity)

    I upgraded to Windows 8 about 4 months ago, and about a month ago, I started having issues with windowsupdate where the windowsupdate screen would open but everything in the screen was white, where there it normally tells you what patches you need. I tried several routes, including the Windows Update Troubleshooter found at the link above. The Windows Update Troubleshooter seems to be running, but it never comes to an end.....the blue bar just keeps rolling.....for hours if I let it. It says "Resolving problems" but nothing gets resolved. Nothing I tried worked, and so I rolled back the...
  • OK, new laptop with Windows 8.1 -- Bring on the advice (LOL ducking)

    02/19/2014 8:39:53 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 90 replies
    Yes I would love to take it back to Win 7 (like one of my other machines) but not an option at the moment. I will hear, get a Mac, etc. LOL but I know some of you have dealt with it already and I just want to learn from your experience. This will allow me to purge and reload my old laptop that has Vista Home Premium. Worked well for several years but it needs a full reload. Thanks in advance. I DID wait until they went from the 8.0 to the 8.1 - Is 8.2 already out?
  • Microsoft Sells 200 Million Win 8 Licenses: Yawn

    02/15/2014 6:33:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Information Week ^ | 02/14/2014 | Michael Endler
    Microsoft sold more than 200 million Windows 8 and 8.1 licenses during the controversial OS's first 15 months, Tami Reller, the company's executive VP of marketing, revealed Thursday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.Sounds impressive, right? Not exactly.Sure, 200 million is a big number -- that's about one license for every 35 people on the planet, a level of ubiquity most companies would kill for. But Microsoft isn't most companies. Put into historical or aspirational context, Windows 8 and 8.1 have underwhelmed.Not convinced? Here are five reasons not to be impressed.1. Windows 8 sales can't keep pace with Windows 7's precedent.In...
  • Microsoft Fan Says: 'Windows 8 Is A Disaster In Every Sense Of The Word'

    02/11/2014 1:11:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Frbruary 10, 2014 | Juulie Bort
    One of Microsoft's strongest supporters took a good, hard look at the soon-to-be released next version of Windows 8, which could arrive in April, and threw his hands up in frustration. The new version is called Windows 8 Update 1, and it includes a number of small changes, mostly minor tweaks. These tweaks try to fix some of the complaints people still had about Windows 8. But blogger Paul Thurrott of the influential Windows blog “Supersite for Windows” says they really just make Windows 8 more difficult to use, especially on a tablet. He took Microsoft to task, writing: Windows...
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build suggests Microsoft is moving in the right direction

    02/06/2014 8:54:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 02/06/2014 | Adrian Kingsley Hughes
    Summary: Here I take a look at the Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that leaked onto the web earlier this month. I've made no bones about the fact that I have a strong dislike of Windows 8, so even I was quite surprised by the fact that I was pleased by what I saw. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A few days ago a Windows 8.1 Update 1 internal build leaked onto the web, and given the fact that I'm really curious as to the direction in which Microsoft is planning to take Windows in, I decided to take a look. I've made no...
  • Windows 8: What's The Big Deal?

    01/22/2014 9:52:38 PM PST · by This Just In · 120 replies
    January 22, 2014 | This Just In
    So our child finally received that Asus notebook as a gift from a loved one-as some of you already know from a previous post (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3110216/posts). After reading all of the comments, and visiting various sites concerning Windows 8, we finally got to experience the OS for ourselves. The box was delivered just in time for school. Spring college courses, as many of your know, have started. We were edger to get started with the notebook. Encouraging the kid to start familiarizing himself with the tool. I was especially curious to see for myself whether or not all the talk/bemoaning about...
  • HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand

    01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 66 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tom Warren
    HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • Microsoft might unveil Windows 9 in April to end Windows 8 woes

    01/13/2014 11:40:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 131 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 01/13/2014 | Chris Merriman
    SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft might be ready to abandon Windows 8 earlier than it planned in an attempt to reverse the slide in its fortunes.The company might announce Windows 9 as early as April, reports claim, as it tries to distance itself from the poorly received Windows 8.We reported on Friday that the Threshold project was being tipped as a major update for Windows 8, however according to Winsupersite it will instead be billed as a new Windows operating system version slated for release in April 2015.Although the launch of Windows 8 has not been the disaster that Windows Vista...
  • Dell Inspiron 11.6 vs Lenovo IdeaPad W210 (Windows 8)

    01/09/2014 8:37:33 PM PST · by This Just In · 54 replies
    January 8, 2014 | This Just In
    Good evening, I'm seeking your opinion/advice on these two laptops. If given the choice which would you choose and why? Our child has been given a gift: a Dell 11.6, but we may be able to exchange it for the Lenovo. I'm just wondering whether or not it would be worth the exchange. I'm inclined to think it is, but trading one for the other presents a little bit of a challenge. We must travel out of state in order to exchange the laptop. I'm wondering if it would be worth the wait and travel. Thank you, as always, for...
  • As Windows XP wanes, Windows 8 scoops up users

    01/08/2014 12:30:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Netwrok World ^ | 01/08/2014 | By Tim Greene
    Windows 8/8.1 has topped 10% market share for the first time, apparently picking up a few users from among those who are finally leaving Windows XP behind. According to Web analytics firm NetMarkeshare, users of all versions of Windows 8 amounted to 10.49% of Internet users for the month of December, up from 9.25% in December. This as users of Windows XP have dipped from 31.22% to 28.98%. While the showing for Windows 8/8.1 is a milestone, it is also part of a gradual trend. Since last February, use of the operating system has risen 7.82 percentage points while XP...
  • Microsoft’s Windows 8 and 8.1 Gained Ground, And Overall Sales Forecast Looks Good

    01/07/2014 7:50:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    US Finance Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Asif Imtiaz
    Regardless of how stalled Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) MSFT +0.69% business seems to Wall Street analysts, the fact of the matter is that this company powers 90.73 percent of the Desktops and Notebooks around the world. Its nearest competitor at second place is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) AAPL +0.14% Mac operating system which has only 7.54 percent market share. Microsoft released its latest upgrade to the much discussed Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, in October of 2013. Last month, during December, devices running the Windows 8 and 8.1 crossed over 10 percent market share for the first time. A month earlier, in...
  • Windows 8 Applications Directory- Most Comprehensive Listing of Windows 8.x Applications

    12/25/2013 6:15:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 38 replies
    EyeOnWindows.com ^ | December 25, 2013 | Staff
    EyeOnWindows.com - Windows Application Directory Books and Reference Applications — 20 Business Applications — 20 Educational Applications — 20 Entertainment Applications — 20 Finance Applications — 20 Food and Dining Applications — 10 Government Applications — 10 Health and Fitness Applications — 10 Lifestyle Applications — 10 Music and Video Applications — 10 News and Weather Applications — 11 Photo Applications — 10 Productivity Applications — 10 Security Applications — 10 Shopping Applications — 11 Social Applications — 10 Sports Applications — 10 Travel Applications — 10 Windows 8 Tools — 10 Windows Games — 10
  • Microsoft bets on Windows XP disaster

    12/16/2013 7:23:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 145 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | December 12, 2013 | Gregg Keizer
    Makes obvious prediction -- since it's calling the shots -- that ending support for XP will mean 'more systems will get compromised' Computerworld - Microsoft today used the hoary practice of predicting next year to drive another nail into Windows XP's coffin.
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes Mac OS X 10.9 among desktop OS users

    12/02/2013 1:06:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/02/2013 | by Lance Whitney
    Windows 8.1 is now the fifth most popular desktop OS, at least as recorded by Web tracker Net Applications. For November, Microsoft's latest version of Windows snagged 2.64 percent of all desktop OS traffic recorded by Net Applications. That number was a healthy gain from the 1.72 percent seen in October and the 0.87 percent in September. The rise also pushed Windows 8.1 just ahead of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks with a 2.42 percent share and just behind Windows Vista with a 3.57 percent share. Windows 8.1 popped up in June as a preview edition before officially launching in...
  • Microsoft Rumors Say Big Changes Coming in Windows 8.2

    11/23/2013 8:24:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Guardian Express ^ | 11/23/2013 | Brent Matsalla
    Just after Microsoft released Windows 8.1, rumors have surfaced that they might be releasing fix 8.2 as early as January of 2014. The big changes coming, in 8.2, are said to quell the critics of Windows 8 and their last release of their 8.1 fix. These changes in 8.2, are Microsoft’s attempt at making the OS a lot more intuitive for the user and acknowledges the changes that users have asked for. The recent release of version 8.1, brought back the familiar Start button that was absent in their first release, but it wasn’t quite enough for most users. The...
  • Anyone here use the "Apps" in Windows 8?

    11/19/2013 3:33:27 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 47 replies
    I just upgraded my home PC, reluctantly so because my XP worked so well. But as all support for XP will be stopping in 4/2014, I knew I had no choice. But I have no idea why the people at Microsoft changed the OS from something people got used to over a period of 20 years. I find myself using the desktop almost exclusively and never using what I consider to be silly apps. Am I seeing this incorrectly and these apps are truly useful? After a day of using this, I think I may never use them. Would be...
  • What You Need to Know About Windows 8.1

    10/18/2013 7:49:57 AM PDT · by McGruff · 93 replies
    Windows 8.1 is available to everyone starting today, October 19. The latest version of Windows improves on Windows 8 in every way. It’s a big upgrade, whether you use the desktop or new touch-optimized interface. The latest version of Windows has been dubbed “an apology” by some — it’s definitely more at home on a desktop PC than Windows 8 was. However, it also offers a more fleshed out and mature tablet experience. See link for details.
  • Built-in backdoor: German govt warns of significant Windows 8 security danger

    08/25/2013 9:16:51 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    RT.com ^ | August 23, 2013
    Leaked documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) indicate that the organization has become suspicious of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology built into an increasing number of Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Documents uncovered and leaked by German news outlet Zeit Online found that the German Ministry of Economic Affairs was displaying significant unease with the combined technologies, suggesting the possibility that a backdoor could be created for further covert NSA surveillance operations. The backdoor in question would allow Microsoft to control the computer remotely. “Trusted Computing,” a method developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group,...
  • Germany Warns Windows 8 is Dangerous – Is Microsoft a Giant Short?

    08/22/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 179 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 8/21/13 | Martin Armstrong
    "I reported that Windows 8 was dangerous. Some wrote to argue I was wrong. I wrote why NASA announced it was dumping Windows 8 and that even Skype should not be used. Microsoft has been criticized for the Prism affair." "Now appears that Windows 8 is especially dangerous. The German government warns against Microsoft program because it has the ability to control the hardware and software of the computer. The NSA can enter you computer remotely. Has Microsoft created economic suicide?"
  • windows 8 unzip buggy? 7-zip good?

    08/18/2013 12:41:48 PM PDT · by SteveH · 18 replies
    8/18/2013 | steveh
    is windows 8 unzip buggy? I have seen some reports to that effect. i have a windows 8 system that i don't actually use myself, but which seems to have a buggy unzip feature built into explorer. if this is a real problem, is 7-zip a good solution?
  • Windows 8.1: Reports suggest October release

    08/13/2013 12:17:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/13/2013 | By Hayley Tsukayama
    <p>The next version of Windows is expected sometime this fall, but ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley is narrowing the timeline down even further, reporting that the system will move to manufacturers this month and hit store shelves in October.</p> <p>That follows more or less the same timing as the 8.1’s predecessor, Windows 8, which went to manufacturers ahead of general distribution on Aug. 1 of last year. Windows 8 was available to general consumers on Oct. 26, of last year.</p>
  • WINDOWS 8

    08/05/2013 7:02:51 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 49 replies
    ME | August 05, 2013 | ME
    Just a heads up, if you're stuck with Windows 8 there is a free program called "CLASSIC SHELL" which gives you a start button. You can even choose to simulate XP.I'm stuck with this rig, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna put up with it!
  • Goodbye Windows 8, hello Windows 8.1

    07/30/2013 11:15:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 07/30/2013 | Mary Branscombe
    Consider the following: Internet Explorer 11 is available as a preview for Windows 7 or as part of the Windows 8.1 preview, but not for Windows 8. Similarly, PowerShell 4 will run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but not Windows 8 — even though it will be available for Windows Server 2012, which is the same core code as Windows 8. So does this mean Microsoft giving up on Windows 8? Um, no. Windows 8.1 is Windows 8, as far as Microsoft is concerned. It's an update to Windows 8 that will be available in the Windows Store, free...
  • Windows 8 outpaces Vista, takes third on OS popularity podium

    07/02/2013 12:32:36 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 64 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Matt Swider
    On the heels of Windows 8.1 announcements, the Windows 8 operating system is just starting to make moves as the new third most popular operating system. Windows 8 had 5.1 percent of all desktop OS web traffic in June, beating Vista for the first time, according to web analytics firm Net Applications. Windows Vista saw a smaller 4.62 percent of traffic that same month. The OS' positions were switched in May when the W8 numbers sat at 4.27 percent, edged out by Vista's 4.51 percent of web traffic. Interestingly, both operating systems gained market share between the months of May...
  • Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

    06/28/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | 28 June 2013 | Tim Anderson
    Review Following approximately one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows 8.0, which incorporated some radical changes, based around a new tablet platform running alongside the traditional desktop environment, Windows 8.1 is a critical release. Most Windows users have not warmed to the platform variously called Metro, Modern or Windows Runtime. Microsoft designed Windows 8.0 so that users cannot altogether ignore the Modern environment, even if they run only desktop applications. Moves like replacing the familiar Start menu with a Start screen and putting essential features like Shutdown in a somewhat hidden Charms menu were confusing and added little...
  • The 15 Most Important Changes Coming To Windows 8 Starting Today

    06/26/2013 12:27:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/26/2013 | Julie Bort
    Microsoft has been talking about its next version of Windows 8 for months, and has already shown off bits and pieces of it. The new version, Windows 8.1, debuts today. It's not the final version, although anyone with a Windows 8 device can download it from Windows Update or the Windows app store to try it out. The release comes on the opening day of Microsoft's big developers conference in San Francisco called Build. We got to take the preview version of Windows 8.1 for a spin. Here's what you can expect to change when you make the free upgrade...
  • Microsoft to open 600 Windows Stores inside Best Buy and Future Shop location this summer

    06/15/2013 10:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 06/15/2013
    Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership with Best Buy and Future Shop. The company plans to build Windows Stores in 500 Best Buy locations across the US and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada, launching from late June through September. The naming choice of Windows Stores is confusing; first of all, the Windows Store is Microsoft’s app store, and secondly these locations will essentially be Microsoft Stores given that they are to feature a range of products and accessories, including Windows tablets and PCs and Windows Phones, but also Microsoft Office, Xbox, “and more.” Microsoft...
  • This Is Windows 8's Answer To The iPad Mini

    06/03/2013 9:10:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/03/2013 | Steve Kovach
    It's Acer's new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3, which the company just announced today. The W3 runs a full version of Windows 8 on an Intel processor, meaning it's compatible with older Windows apps in addition to the new touch-friendly Windows 8 apps. It'll cost $379 when it goes on sale in the US, but there's no release date yet. (Apple's iPad Mini, which is a bit smaller and an only run tablet-optimized apps, starts at $329.) Acer also didn't mention how much storage the US version will come with. Other specs and features: An optional Bluetooth keyboard....
  • Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1

    05/30/2013 1:13:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2013 3:16 PM EDT | Michael Liedtke
    Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It’s making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers. The revisions to Windows 8 will be released later this year. The free update, called Windows 8.1, represents Microsoft’s concessions to long-time customers taken aback by the dramatic changes to an operating system that had become a staple in households and offices around the world during the past 20 years. Research group IDC has blamed Windows 8...
  • Windows 8.1: Five Hopeful Signs

    05/19/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Information Week ^ | 05/19/2013 | Michael Endler
    Research firm Forrester says IT isn't interested in Windows 8, and that the platform's success relies on consumers and BYOD. Given that consumers aren't exactly embracing the new OS, Win8's prospects are easy to dismiss -- so much so that Frank X. Shaw, Redmond's VP of corporate communications, recently felt compelled to reprimand the media for its emphatically bleak appraisal of his company's plight. But here's the thing: Shaw could be right. Windows 8's consumer appeal is about to get a major upgrade. An important note: this prediction presupposes that the OS's usability issues are addressed in Windows 8.1, a...
  • Microsoft prepares rethink on Windows 8 flagship software

    05/07/2013 10:19:53 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 37 replies
    FT.com ^ | 7 May 2013 | Richard Waters
    Microsoft is preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago.
  • Windows 8 hits 100 million sales, tweaks for mini-tablets in works

    05/07/2013 9:29:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/07/2013 | Bill Rigby
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses in the six months since launch, roughly in line with the previous version, but wants to combat sputtering interest in its flagship software with a substantial update to make it easier to use, and compatible with smaller tablets. Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system primarily designed for touch commands, but it has failed to capture consumers' imaginations or make a dent in a tablet market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics. "Is it perfect? No. Are there things we need to change? Absolutely. We are being...
  • Microsoft Prepares U-Turn On Windows 8

    05/06/2013 11:41:57 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 95 replies
    Financial Times [via CNBC] ^ | 07 May 2013 | Richard Waters
    Microsoft is preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola's New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago. "Key aspects" of how the software is used will be changed.
  • Windows 8 tablet sales: not terrible so far

    04/25/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 04/25/2013 | Jared Newman
    Although Microsoft is staying mum about Windows 8 tablet sales, research firm Strategy Analytics has some slightly encouraging news. In the first quarter of 2013, Windows 8 and RT devices accounted for 7.5 percent of the tablet market, with 3 million units shipped. That’s up from 0 percent a year earlier, before Windows-based tablets were feasible. Granted, 7.5 percent of the market isn’t a huge number. In a statement to CNet, Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Shah referred to the Windows tablet market as a “niche,” set back by “limited distribution, a shortage of top tier apps, and confusion in the...
  • The Microsoft number we all want to know: Windows 8 sales to date

    04/23/2013 2:18:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/23/2013 | Mary Jo Foley
    On April 18, Microsoft didn't share the one number many company watchers had been awaiting: An updated count of number of Windows 8 licenses sold.There was no guarantee the Softies would provide an updated count today, the day it released its Q3 FY2013 earnings. But many of us had been expecting it.Microsoft officials said they sold more than 40 million copies of Windows 8 the first month it was commercially available.On January 8, Microsoft officials said the company had sold 60 million licenses of Windows 8 to date. This total included sales of licenses to OEMs, as well as Windows 8...
  • Don't blame Windows 8 for PC slowdown; Apple is hit, too

    04/17/2013 8:30:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Computer World ^ | 04/17/2013 | Gregg Keizer
    Don't blame Windows 8 for plummeting PC sales, a retail analyst said today. "It wasn't about Windows 8, it was much more about the price challenges facing OEMs," said Stephen Baker of the NPD Group, citing U.S. retail sales data the firm collected in the first quarter. "People want cheap touch devices, and that's where Windows 8 devices can't compete right now." While IDC and Gartner last week said U.S. PC shipments dropped 13% and 10% in the first quarter compared to the same three-month span in 2012, Baker said retail sales were essentially flat. And rather than blame Windows...
  • Microsoft may backtrack on Start button in Windows 8

    04/17/2013 7:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Computer World ^ | 04/17/2013 | By Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft may recant its Windows 8 design theology, bloggers reported Tuesday, by offering Windows 8 users an option to bypass the "Modern" UI and by restoring the Start button and menu to the beleaguered operating system. A pair of longtime Microsoft hands, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet and Tom Warren of The Verge, citing unnamed sources and messages on Windows discussion forums, said Microsoft was considering those tweaks for an upcoming update, called "Windows Blue" by some and "Windows 8.1" by others. The upgrade, the first of a planned faster development and release tempo, is allegedly slated for an October...
  • Windows: It's over (The numbers show that the Windows era is coming to a dead end)

    04/17/2013 6:46:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/17/2013 | By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Most people in our recent debate over the future of Windows 8 thought that the operating system could be saved. I'm sure many people in 1491 thought that the Earth was flat, too. The very day the debate came to an end, this headline appeared: IDC: Global PC shipments plunge in worst drop in a generation. Sure, a lot of that was due to the growth of tablets and smartphones and the rise of the cloud, but Windows 8 gets to take a lot of the blame too. After all, the debate wasn't whether or not Windows 8 was any...
  • Windows: It’s over, tech site declares

    04/16/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 202 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2013
    Calling the latest operating system a “failure” and Microsoft’s leaders “idiots,” a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over. Windows is coming to a dead end, they say. PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft. “Look at the numbers: Metro-interface operating systems have already failed,” Vaughn-Nichols...
  • Is Windows 8 Killing PC Sales? Read The Fine Print: The Report Of Windows' Death Was An Exaggeration

    04/14/2013 5:33:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/12/2013 | David K. Johnson
    On May 5, 1907, The New York Times published a column written that same morning by Mark Twain on the news of his death the day before. “You can assure my Virginia friends,” said Twain, “that I will make an exhaustive investigation of this report that I have been lost at sea. If there is any foundation for the report, I will at once apprise the anxious public.” The event led to the oft-misquoted phrase: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Everyone it seems, loves a good untimely death So much so, the Wikipedia maintains a list of...
  • North Korea Missile Test Delayed By Windows 8, Kim Jong-Un To Declare War On Microsoft?

    04/13/2013 2:37:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 04/11/13
    North Korea Missile Test Delayed By Windows 8, Kim Jong-Un To Declare War On Microsoft? /snip The New Yorker is claiming the North Korea missile test was delayed by Windows 8 since previously their computers were running on Windows 95. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says they are “working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue” and the North Korea missile test has “been delayed indefinitely.” It’s said “Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is furious about the Windows 8 problems” and may declare war on Microsoft. /snip
  • Personal computer shipments post worst quarter on record, says IDC

    04/12/2013 8:09:38 AM PDT · by null and void · 32 replies
    Solid State Technology ^ | 04/11/2013 | Shannon Davis
    In another sign of the worldwide shift in preferred personal devices, PC shipments posted the steepest decline ever in a single quarter, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker (IDC). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down -13.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7 percent, according to the IDC. Despite some mild improvements in the economic environment, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago, marking the worst quarter reported since IDC began tracking the...