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Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 Adoption Rate

Windows 8 adoption starts gaining steam while XP use tumbles

September 2nd, 2013

Windows 8 is certainly polarizing but it’s certainly started to gain momentum over the last month. The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Windows 8 machines accounted for 7.4% of all desktop computers in August 2013, up two percentage points from July when they accounted for 5.4% of all desktops. The rise is Windows …

Lenovo Windows 8 Start Menu Criticism

Lenovo’s PC ‘Start menu’ may just be another form of bloatware

August 23rd, 2013

If something sounds too good to be true, then that probably means it’s bloatware. Ars Technica reports that Lenovo’s new Start menu replacement for Windows 8 PCs probably won’t deliver the traditional Start menu experience that many PC users have been looking for. Essentially, the third-party Start menu from SweetLabs that Lenovo is pre-loading onto …

Lenovo Windows 8 Start Menu

Lenovo now installing old-fashioned Start menus on Windows 8 PCs

August 22nd, 2013

Although Microsoft is indeed bringing back a version of the Start button with its upcoming Windows 8.1 update, it’s still not bringing back the full Start menu that’s long been a staple of the Windows experience. Lenovo, however, is aiming to fix this by bringing the Start menu back on its own. Bloomberg reports that …

Microsoft Windows 8 NSA Back Door

German IT officials reportedly deem Windows 8 too ‘dangerous’ to use

August 21st, 2013

The National Security Agency’s snooping practices may be costing American companies a lot of money. German publication Zeit Online has obtained leaked documents that purportedly show that IT experts within the German government believe that Windows 8 contains back doors that the NSA could use to remotely control any computers that have it installed.

Windows 8 Touch Screen PC Shipments

Touchscreen PCs not seen catching on this year

August 20th, 2013

Adding touch capabilities to laptops and notebooks doesn’t seem to be a magical elixir for reviving the PC industry. Unnamed industry sources tell Digitimes that touch panel suppliers actually expect to see lower sales of touch screen PCs in the second half of 2013 than in the first half. Digitimes‘ sources also say that “Windows …

iPad Vs Windows 8

Video: Microsoft says iPad is awful for work in latest Windows 8 ad

August 20th, 2013

Microsoft has taken a page out of Apple’s playbook recently. With Windows now the underdog operating system in the tablet market as the iPad continues to dominate, Microsoft has been running an advertising campaign that bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s old “I’m a Mac” spots. In this latest addition, Microsoft heads to a college …

Windows 8 Touch PC Shipments

IDC: Windows 8 touch PCs off to a rough start

August 14th, 2013

Microsoft’s bet that people would come around to Windows 8 once they got to experience it on touch-based PCs hasn’t gone well so far. Computerworld reports that research firm IDC will “likely” drop its estimates on touch PC shipments from 17% to 18% of all laptops shipped in 2013 to between 10% and 15% of …

Windows 8.1 Release Date

Windows 8.1 release coming in October [updated]

August 13th, 2013

The Windows update that luddites have kind of, sort of, maybe been waiting for is set for public release sometime in October. A report at ZDNet from the always-reliable Mary Jo Foley states that Microsoft is on track to make good on its promise to deliver the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 8.1 by …

PC Sales College

PC sales still smashing tablets on college campuses

August 2nd, 2013

There is absolutely no question at this point that tablets are responsible for the global decline in PC sales. This was an inevitability that top market research firms fought at first in an effort to guard their clients, but the numbers don’t lie: PC sales are falling as tablet sales skyrocket. There are still signs …

Windows 8 Adoption Rate

Windows 8 growth slows to a crawl

August 1st, 2013

Although Windows 8 has been steadily building momentum all year, the latest numbers from Net Applications show that its growth rate has stalled over the last month. Overall, Net Applications found that Windows 8 was on 5.4% of all desktop computers in July, up from 5.1% of all desktops in June. However, this is the …