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Holiday PC sales declined in 2012 for first time in five years

January 11th, 2013

The post-PC era is arriving faster than many of us had expected. New research from IDC shows that global PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 actually shrank by 6.4%, marking the first time in five years that holiday PC sales have slid. This comes despite the fact that Microsoft (MSFT) launched a $1.5 billion marketing blitz …

Microsoft Windows 8 Sales

Microsoft has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses since launch

January 8th, 2013

Despite initial concerns that Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 operating system wasn’t living up to expectations, a company executive on Tuesday revealed that sales have been in line with the launch of Windows 7. Tammi Reller, chief financial and chief marketing officer of Windows, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada that Microsoft …

Dropbox Windows 8 App

Dropbox arrives on Windows 8 and Windows RT

January 7th, 2013

Besides getting used to the Metro user interface, one of the most common complaints about Windows 8 is the operating system’s lack of available applications. Dropbox on Monday released its highly anticipated Windows 8 and Windows RT app, bringing one of the most popular cloud storage services to Microsoft’s (MSFT) new platforms. The application was originally …

Holiday Laptop Sales

MacBook sales in the U.S. fell 6% during the holidays, Windows laptops were down 11%

January 4th, 2013

Retailers offered heavy discounts on laptops from various manufacturers over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Thanksgiving Day, but it wasn’t enough to entice consumers. According to numbers from NPD Group, overall sales of consumer electronics during the holiday season dropped 7% from November 18th through December 22nd. The hype around the launch of Windows 8 …

Windows 8 Adoption

One month after its release, Windows 8 desktop share approaches 2%

January 2nd, 2013

Congratulations, Microsoft (MSFT): your latest operating system is starting to make its mark. According to new data from NetMarketShare, 1.72% of all desktop computers in December 2012 used Windows 8, up from less than 1% in November. Of course we won’t have a real measure of Windows 8’s adoption rate until we see the January numbers since …

Microsoft Windows Phone Google Apps

Microsoft lashes out at Google’s decision to spurn Windows Phone

January 2nd, 2013

Dave Heiner, vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft (MSFT), took aim at Google (GOOG) and the company’s unwillingness to develop for Windows Phone 8 in a blog post on Wednesday. Heiner claims that, “Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app [among other] for the Windows Phone.” Microsoft has …

Tech Resolution For 2013

Five tech resolutions for 2013

January 1st, 2013

As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people around the world vowed to make changes to the way they live their lives. For some, 2013 will bring an end to smoking, drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle. For me, the new year will also bring some changes, but this year I plan …