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Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Criticism

Current crop of Windows tablets deemed ‘simply too flawed to recommend’

July 16th, 2013

Tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems have struggled to gain traction so far and Paul Thurrott of the Supersite for Windows says there’s a very simple explanation for this: The first generation of Windows tablets just isn’t very good. To be clear, Thurrott says that there are several touch screen …

PC Sales Q2 2013

PC market’s Q2 decline might be even worse than we thought

July 16th, 2013

Industry watchers collectively cringed last week when market research firms Gartner and IDC each published second-quarter shipment estimates that showed a huge decline of about 11% on-year. That massive slide is representative of Windows 8’s continued failure to prompt consumers and businesses to upgrade, though a new wave of Haswell-powered laptops with huge battery life …

Microsoft Windows 8 Criticism

Microsoft’s big Windows 8 problem: Touch not seen as important for PCs

July 15th, 2013

In developing Windows 8, Microsoft made a big bet that adding touch capabilities to personal computers would help revive an industry that was getting eaten away by smartphones and tablets. But Creative Strategies president Tim Bajarin, writing over at Time, says his research has found that making touch such an important part of personal computers …

Microsoft Anti-iPad Ad

Video: Microsoft slams iPad yet again in new ad

July 10th, 2013

Microsoft wasn’t a big fan of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” campaign a few years ago, but the world’s largest software company seems to enjoy putting the shoe on the other foot. Following three other ads that pitted Apple’s iPad against tablets running its Windows 8 and Windows RT software, Microsoft has now issued a new …

Windows 8 Market Share

Windows 8 now finally more popular than Vista

July 1st, 2013

Slowly but surely, Windows 8 is making its mark. The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Windows 8 is now being used on 5.1% of all desktop computers, making it the third-most used desktop OS in the world behind Windows 7 (44.4%) and Windows XP (37.2%). More importantly, Net Applications says that Windows 8 has …

Samsung PC Business

Samsung denies plans to ditch PC business amid decline

June 25th, 2013

When it comes to computing, Android smartphones and tablets are Samsung’s bread and butter. Samsung is the only company other than Apple that consistently earns a profit from its smart devices business, and that profit just so happens to register in the billions each quarter. Despite the fact that PC sales are expected to continue their slow …

Samsung ATIV Tab Q ATIV Tab 3 Release Date

Samsung shows off two new Windows 8 ATIV tablets

June 20th, 2013

Yes, Samsung is launching even more tablets with different screen sizes, but this time they aren’t Galaxy-branded devices. The new ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 are Windows 8 tablets that deliver very different capabilities and add some real diversity to Samsung’s tablet lineup. The ATIV Q is the most intriguing of the pair because …

Xbox One Windows 8 Comparison

How the Xbox One can avoid the same fate as Windows 8

June 4th, 2013

The Xbox has long been Microsoft’s MVP in the consumer electronics market but Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott has started sounding the alarm that the new Xbox One might prove to be as polarizing as Windows 8 has been. Thurrott’s reasoning is that Microsoft is trying to make the Xbox One more than just a gaming …

Samsung Event June 20

Samsung to unveil new Android, Windows devices at June 20th press conference

May 27th, 2013

Samsung on Monday said it plans to hold a press conference in London on June 20th to debut several new devices. The company issued invitations under the heading “Samsung Premiere 2013 Galaxy & Ativ,” confirming that both Android and Windows devices will be unveiled during the event. It is unclear what models Samsung plans to …