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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Opinions
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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Windows 7 Windows 8 Growth Comparison

Windows 7 is still growing faster than Windows 8

By on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Windows 7 is still growing faster than Windows 8

Sorry, Microsoft: Even the superficial return of the Start button isn’t enough to make people clamor for Windows 8. TheNextWeb takes a look at some of the latest numbers from Net Applications and finds that Windows 8’s growth has stagnated as the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 grew by only 0.05 percentage points in November. In contrast, Windows 7’s market share grew by 0.22 percentage points, which means that users upgrading to new PCs still seem to prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8. It also seems that Windows 8.1’s growth is almost entirely driven by current Windows 8 users who are eagerly upgrading their PCs to take advantage of the latest software, as Windows 8.1’s market share grew by 0.92 percentage points and Windows 8’s market share shrank by 0.87 percentage points.

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Windows 8 Touch PC Market

Windows 8’s biggest problem: Touch PCs aren’t catching on

By on November 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Windows 8’s biggest problem: Touch PCs aren’t catching on

Microsoft’s big hope with Windows 8 was that it would spawn a new wave of demand for touch-enabled PCs that would revitalize a declining industry. Needless to say that hasn’t happened so far and new data from NPD DisplaySearch estimates that touch-enabled notebooks will account for just 11% of all notebooks shipped in 2013, which is a pretty low number given that the entire premise of Microsoft’s new operating system is to bring tablet-style touch capabilities to personal computers. More →

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Windows Store Daily Downloads 2013

Windows Store shows significant growth, still can’t compete with Apple

By on November 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM.

Windows Store shows significant growth, still can’t compete with Apple

As more Windows users transition to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s app store is beginning to gain some traction. TechCrunch has shared Microsoft’s latest numbers, which show that the Windows Store delivered 1.7 million daily downloads in October, a 39% increase over the number of apps downloaded daily from the store in June. More →

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Toshiba Windows 7 Sales

Windows 7 still makes up 99% of Toshiba’s enterprise sales

By on October 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM.

Windows 7 still makes up 99% of Toshiba’s enterprise sales

There’s no question that the adoption rate for Windows 8 is much slower than Microsoft had expected. Some manufacturers are even sticking with Windows 7 as their primary operating system for new machines. In an interview with ZDNetToshiba’s business-to-business product marketing manager Cindy Zwerling said that “Windows 7 is clearly the enterprise operating system at this time.” Although some businesses that have transitioned to Windows 8 tablets, Windows 7 machines still make up 99% of Toshiba’s business sales. Zwerling pointed out that migrating an entire business to a new operating system is a “huge undertaking,” and most organizations feel like they just made the switch to Windows 7. Toshiba will continue to sell the most up-to-date PCs for regular consumers, but the electronics conglomerate does not see any corporate demand for Windows 8 so far.

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Nintendo Windows Apps

Mario, Yoshi, other Nintendo characters now flooding Windows app store

By on October 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Mario, Yoshi, other Nintendo characters now flooding Windows app store

The Windows 8 app market has struggled to gain any real traction, dwarfed by the gigantic iOS and Android app stores. But it does seem to have a secret edge over the larger app markets: a total lack of IP protection! Right now, some of the hottest new apps on Windows are called Mario Jump, Yoshijump and Pokemon Attack. And yes, they do use the popular Nintendo characters from the games we all know and love. The apps seem very odd — the Mario game seems to be combining a photorealistic sky backdrop with 1980s style platforms. Bowser Town Defense features an equally weird graphical style. More →

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