Microsoft Windows 8 Criticism

Windows 8 has ‘perhaps destroyed the most successful software franchise of all time’

By on February 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM.

Windows 8 has ‘perhaps destroyed the most successful software franchise of all time’

Longtime Windows enthusiast Paul Thurrott has been holding back no punches lately when it comes to criticizing Microsoft over Windows 8. And although he thinks that Windows 8.1 delivered some much-needed improvements to Microsoft’s touch-centric operating system, he now believes the company has taken a step back based on what he’s seen of the latest Windows 8.1 update that’s scheduled to release in the near future. More →

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Microsoft Office iPad Android Tablets

Once a monopoly, Windows now deemed ‘destined to be a second-class citizen’

By on February 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Once a monopoly, Windows now deemed ‘destined to be a second-class citizen’

The once-indomitable Windows empire is in a phase of slow decline. While Windows still is far and away the world’s leading desktop software, the growth within the computing industry has shifted over to smartphones and tablets that run on iOS and Android. However, just because Windows is no longer the only major computing platform doesn’t mean that Microsoft is in trouble. The company is still insanely profitable and can practically print money from its Office and Windows Server sales, which means that it can easily afford to shrug off $900 million write downs for unsold Surface RT inventory. More →

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Windows 8 Adoption Analysis

Windows XP’s death may not be enough to bail out Windows 8

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

Windows XP’s death may not be enough to bail out Windows 8

The impending demise of Windows XP is seen as a great opportunity for PC and tablet vendors to boost sales… unless, that is, they’re selling machines that run Windows 8. Research firm Canalys, which counts tablets along with traditional laptops and desktops in its data on PC sales, says that PC shipments should rebound nicely in 2014 as more companies look to upgrade from their old Windows XP machines. There’s just one problem for Microsoft, however: Canalys thinks that most of the Windows PCs sold to companies upgrading from XP will be Windows 7 machines, not Windows 8 devices. More →

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Windows 8 iPhone 5c Failure

What can we learn from the iPhone 5c and Windows 8 flops?

By on January 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

What can we learn from the iPhone 5c and Windows 8 flops?

Whenever an exciting new trend in the tech world arises, analysts are quick to declare that every other company must quickly follow this trend or else be left in the dust. We’re seeing this right now with analysts declaring that Apple “needs” to release a phablet and we’ve seen it in the past with analysts declaring that Microsoft “needs” to build a more touch-centric version of Windows to compete with the iPad. I admit that I’ve certainly fallen for this line of thinking many times myself since it’s easy to get caught up in looking at sales trends without taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. More →

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Windows 7 Adoption Analysis

2014: The year of Windows 7?

By on January 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

2014: The year of Windows 7?

If you’re still scratching your head over why HP is pushing Windows 7 over Windows 8, this might give you a clue. Shawn Allaway, the CEO of Windows migration assistance firm ConverterTechnology, tells Network World that the impending death of Windows XP has led many of his customers to ask about upgrading their systems… but not to Windows 8. In fact, Allaway says that none of his customers have chosen Windows 8 so far and most of them will likely upgrade to Windows 7 instead. More →

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Windows 7 PCs Sale

Want a new PC but hate Windows 8? Here’s where you can go to find Windows 7 machines

By on January 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

Want a new PC but hate Windows 8? Here’s where you can go to find Windows 7 machines

A big fuss was made over HP’s recent declaration that Windows 7 computers were “back by popular demand.” Why? Because Windows 8’s reception has been beyond disappointing to PC makers and industry watchers alike. HP moving back to Windows 7 would be yet another sign that computer buyers want nothing to do with Windows 8 but according to ZDNet’s Ed Bott, the entire ordeal was “manufactured.” More →

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HP Windows 7 PCs Return

With Windows 8 floundering, HP was forced to start selling Windows 7 again

By on January 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

With Windows 8 floundering, HP was forced to start selling Windows 7 again

Public opinion on Windows 8 seems to be in an unending state of flux, but at least one PC manufacturer has decided to take a stand on the matter. HP has announced via the front page of its website that Windows 7 computers are “back by popular demand,” signaling yet another delay to what Microsoft must have assumed would be an inevitable shift to the latest operating system. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Vista Comparison

Microsoft employees reportedly call Windows 8 ‘the new Vista’

By on January 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM.

Microsoft employees reportedly call Windows 8 ‘the new Vista’

We’ve argued in the past that it wouldn’t be fair to compare Windows 8 to Vista, in part because Vista was widely hated by many Windows users while Windows 8 is merely polarizing. In other words, even though Microsoft surely wishes more people liked Windows 8, it can at least take solace in the fact that the new platform has its share of passionate fans and advocates.  More →

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PC Profits

You won’t believe how little Windows PC makers earn for each PC sold

By on January 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM.

You won’t believe how little Windows PC makers earn for each PC sold

The PC market is not a very good business to be in right now. Growth is slowing, Windows 8 isn’t helping, and vendors are rehashing old gimmicks in an effort to turn things around. Beyond declining shipment figures and sinking average selling prices (ASPs), there is another number industry watchers keep their eye on that will almost certainly shock people who don’t follow the PC business closely: the amount of money, on average, that PC vendors make for each computer sold. More →

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Dual-OS PC

Dual-OS PCs: Peculiar gimmick or PC’s savior?

By on January 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

Dual-OS PCs: Peculiar gimmick or PC’s savior?

There was once a point in time when some people thought dual-OS Windows and Linux computers would be the next big thing. Needless to say, that didn’t really pan out. The concept was back with a vengeance at CES 2014 though, as Intel touted a new upcoming platform that will support both Windows and Android with the same chipsets. A few vendors have already shown off upcoming dual-OS devices, and Digitimes’ research arm thinks dual-OS computers and Chromebooks could be just what the PC industry needs to return to growth. More →

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Mac Pro Windows DYI

Testing the ‘Apple tax’: What would it cost to build a Windows version of the new Mac Pro?

By on December 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM.

Testing the ‘Apple tax’: What would it cost to build a Windows version of the new Mac Pro?

The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and flexible computer Apple has ever created, and it’s also extremely expensive — or is it? With a price tag that can climb up around $10,000, Apple’s latest enterprise workhorse clearly isn’t cheap. For businesses with a need for all that muscle, however, is that steep price justifiable or is there a premium “Apple tax” that companies will have to pay? Shortly after the new Mac Pro was finally made available for purchase last week, one PC enthusiast set out to answer that question and in order to do so, he asked another one: How much would it cost to build a comparable Windows 8 machine? More →

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Windows 8 Hatred Explained

I’m not sure Microsoft appreciates how much some users hate Windows 8

By on December 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

I’m not sure Microsoft appreciates how much some users hate Windows 8

Let’s be clear: I think that Windows 8 is in many ways a good operating system. But it is also a very polarizing one among longtime Windows users and that’s something Microsoft will ignore at its own peril. First, let’s go through Windows 8’s obvious virtues — it runs much more smoothly than earlier versions of Windows, it starts up more quickly and is generally a more stable platform than Windows 7. However, for a sizable chunk of PC users these plusses are outweighed by the giant minus of the big changes Microsoft made to the traditional Windows user interface. More →

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Windows 8 PC Sales Analysis

Windows 8 isn’t saving the PC market as sales continue to tank

By on December 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Windows 8 isn’t saving the PC market as sales continue to tank

If you want to understand why Windows 8 has been a failure so far, the following quote from IDC analyst Jay Chou explains it all: “The chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system.” This is a big problem for Microsoft because the entire point of Windows 8 was to ignite demand within the PC market and make people want to replace their older systems with new touch-enabled PCs that would slow the growth of iOS and Android as rival mobile computing platforms. But as IDC’s latest research shows, that simply isn’t happening. More →

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