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Windows 8 adoption reportedly growing more slowly than Windows 7

By on November 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM.

Windows 8 adoption reportedly growing more slowly than Windows 7

Despite Microsoft’s (MSFT) claims that sales of Windows 8 were outpacing its predecessor, global web traffic results paint a much different picture. According to data compiled by StatCounter, the total Internet usage of computers running Windows 8 over a four-week period ending on November 26th equaled a mere 1.31%, compared to the 4.93% Windows 7 achieved one month after its launch in 2009. Usage of Windows 7 on November 26th totaled 49.48% of the market in the United States, while Windows XP and Mac OS X made up 16.07% and 15.48%, respectively. More →

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Windows 7 market share surpasses 50%

By on July 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

Windows 7 market share surpasses 50%

Windows 7 Market Share 2012

Windows 7 for the first time ever has captured more than half of the global operating system market, according to data compiled by Web analytics firm StatCounter. The desktop OS had a 50.2% market share in June, leading the nearly 11-year old Windows XP OS, which controlled 29.9% of the market. Windows 7 was launched almost three years ago in October 2009, and while it received rave reviews, the operating system has seen a slower adoption rate than Windows XP, only surpassing the older version last fall. Windows 7′s milestone was achieved only months before Microsoft is set to release its latest operating system, Windows 8. More →

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Microsoft Windows 7 sales hit 600 million mark

By on June 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM.

Microsoft Windows 7 sales hit 600 million mark

Microsoft Windows 7 Sales 600 Million

Windows 8 may indeed be Microsoft’s biggest launch ever but that hasn’t stopped the company from  making plenty of cash from Windows 7. Speaking at Computex in South Korea Wednesday, Microsoft exec Steven Guggenheimer said that the company has sold 600 million Windows 7 license sales so far, or 50% more than the 400 million licenses Microsoft said it had sold just last July. With Windows 7 in such wide use, Guggenheimer also touted Microsoft’s upgrade program that offers to upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 for just $14.99 if you purchase it between now and January 31st, 2013. And of course, Guggenheimer spent much of his keynote hyping up Windows 8 to infinity and beyond, calling the new OS “the biggest launch… in Microsoft’s history” that would herald “a massive wave of software and services coming to market that we think will delight customers, from Windows Azure, to Office 15, Xbox games, Skype and Bing.” More →

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Microsoft says 350 million Windows 7 devices will ship by the end of 2012

By on May 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft says 350 million Windows 7 devices will ship by the end of 2012

Microsoft Windows 7 Sales Estimates

Despite the fact that Windows 8 is expected to launch in October, Microsoft still has high hopes for its Windows 7 operating system. The software giant predicts that 350 million Windows 7 devices will ship by the end of 2012, Bloomberg reported. “It makes Windows the most popular single system,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a forum in Seoul, South Korea, although he didn’t provide any figures for comparison. Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and within two years, the operating system surpassed Windows XP to become the world’s most popular OS. More →

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OnLive and Microsoft butt heads over Windows virtualization

By on March 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM.

OnLive and Microsoft butt heads over Windows virtualization

OnLive, a company known for its cloud-based gaming service, has been pushing its “Desktop App” for iPad and select Android tablets. The program uses virtualization technology to create a remotely hosted, fully functional version of Windows 7 desktop — Microsoft’s Office suite included — on a tablet, and has been met with a great deal of praise. Microsoft, however, cannot be counted among the service’s fans. In a post on the company’s blog, the software giant expressed concerns that the app may be in violation of its licensing agreements and is “actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario, and we are committed to seeing this issue is resolved.” OnLive did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  More →

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Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 now official, Mac support coming soon

By on March 6, 2012 at 12:40 AM.

Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 now official, Mac support coming soon

Facebook’s Messenger app for Windows 7 computers leaked to the public late last year. The service was initially in a beta phase, but as of Monday it’s been officially released. Facebook previously created a Messenger app for iOS and Android smartphones, which allowed users to quickly chat with friends, share their location or photos and more. The desktop version, unfortunately, does not feature video chat and is limited to Windows 7, although Facebook is “working on making the app available for more operating systems, so stay tuned.”

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OnLive Desktop App now available for Android tablets

By on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM.

OnLive Desktop App now available for Android tablets

The OnLive Desktop App is now available for free in the Android Market. OnLive is known for its cloud-based gaming service, which delivers console-quality games that are synchronized, rendered, and stored on remote servers and then streamed over the Internet to compatible devices. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the company announced the “OnLive Desktop App” for the iPad, and now an Android version is available as well. The app uses virtualization technology to create a remotely hosted, fully functional version of Windows 7 desktop on your tablet. The basic OnLive Desktop service is free with a “Plus” version available for $4.99 per month, which features gigabit-speed accelerated web browsing and access to other cloud storage services such as Dropbox. The OnLive Desktop app requires at least Android 2.3 and is compatible with the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream. Read on for OnLive’s press release. More →

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Windows on ARM won’t support some business features

By on February 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Windows on ARM won’t support some business features

Microsoft previously disclosed that Windows on ARM will feature a desktop mode to ensure an identical user experience between ARM and Intel-based tablets. On Wednesday, however, the software giant revealed that Windows on ARM won’t offer certain manageability features, AllThingsD reported. “Although the ARM-based version of Windows does not include the same manageability features that are in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, businesses can use these power-saving devices in unmanaged environments,” Microsoft said. In addition to the lack of manageability, businesses may be hesitant to use Windows on ARM due to its inability to run, emulate or port existing x86/64 desktop apps. Read on for more. More →

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ViewSonic announces new smartphones and tablets for MWC

By on February 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

ViewSonic announces new smartphones and tablets for MWC

ViewSonic on Friday announced a slew of new smartphones and tablets set to debut at Mobile World Congress, SlashGear reports. The company’s Android-powered ViewPhone 4s looks to compete directly with Apple’s iPhone, featuring a 3.5-inch 960 x 640-pixel display with 326ppi, Ice Cream Sandwich, dual SIMs, a 5-megapixel camera and a VGA font facing secondary camera. ViewSonic’s two other smartphones, the 5-inch ViewPhone 5e and 3.5-inch ViewPhone 4e, will run Android 4.0, support dual-SIMs and the latter of the two will sport a 650MHz processor. In addition to the three new smartphones, ViewSonic has announced three tablets: the ViewPad G70, the E100 and P100. Read on for more. More →

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Acer chairman eyes MacBook Air-like ultrabooks for PC growth

By on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Acer chairman eyes MacBook Air-like ultrabooks for PC growth

Acer chairman JT Wang on Thursday reaffirmed the company’s dedication to the new “ultrabook” market, further distancing his company from the low-margin netbooks that have dominated its PC lineup in the past. Following the success of Acer’s first-generation ultrabook — the Aspire S3 reportedly shipped between 250,000 and 300,000 units during its first quarter of availability — Acer plans to launch new ultrabook models in both the second and third quarters this year. According to DigiTimes, Wang estimates that Windows and Intel-powered ultrabooks will account for between 25% and 35% of the company’s PC sales in 2012. Wang expects notebook shipment volume to slide between 10% and 15% sequentially in the first quarter, however he expects full-year shipments to grow 10% compared to 2011. While sales in the U.S. and Europe are likely to remain relatively slow according to Acer, the company projects strong sales in Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand and other Southeast Asia markets. More →

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Windows 7 surpasses XP as most popular OS

By on October 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

Windows 7 surpasses XP as most popular OS

Windows 7 has surpassed XP as the most widely used operating system in the world according to new data from StatCounter. The operating system now has a 40.21% usage share of the global desktop OS market, compared to Windows XP, which has a 38.64% market share. Windows XP is trailed by Mac OS X and Linux. Microsoft first released Windows 7 in October of 2009, and its versatility and ability to run on everything from low-powered netbooks that were typically powered by Windows XP, to high-powered desktops and business machines has no doubt contributed to its success. Microsoft will release its next operating system, currently dubbed Windows 8, in late 2012. More →

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Dell’s Windows 7 powered ‘Peju’ tablet possibly leaked

By on October 7, 2011 at 1:15 AM.

Dell’s Windows 7 powered ‘Peju’ tablet possibly leaked

Images of what might be Dell’s upcoming 10.1-inch Windows 7-powered “Peju” tablet were published by Engadget on Thursday. Allegedly, the device is packed with an HDMI port, a USB port and 2GB of RAM, although other specs are currently unknown. Rumor has it Dell would like to get the Peju on the market by the holidays in December, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Engadget‘s tipster said the tablet will be priced between $900 and $1,000, which is a far cry from the $200 Amazon Kindle Fire or even Apple’s iPad 2. Plus, we’ve already had a taste of Windows 8 will offer on a tablet, so why settle for Windows 7? In any case, if you’re on the market for a new tablet with a full-fledged Windows operating system, the Peju might suit your needs within a couple months.
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ViewSonic announces 1.5GHz dual-OS ViewPad 10pro tablet

By on August 16, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

ViewSonic announces 1.5GHz dual-OS ViewPad 10pro tablet

ViewSonic on Monday unveiled the new ViewPad 10pro tablet, a dual-OS offering that packs both Windows and Android into a slim 10.1-inch slate. The ViewPad 10pro is one of the first consumer tablets powered by Intel’s 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor, which minimizes power consumption and allows the 10pro to run for up to 8 hours on a single charge. “We listened to our customers. We made the ViewPad 10pro dual OS interface as quick and intuitive as possible, while partnering with industry CPU leader Intel to deliver the latest in design and innovation across all fronts,” said ViewSonic VP of business development Michael Holstein in a statement. The ViewPad 10pro will be available with Windows 7 Professional, Android 2.3 and a 32GB SSD for $699 or with Windows 7 Home Premium, Android 2.3 and a 16GB SSD for $599 when it launches later this month. ViewSonic’s full press release follows below. More →

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