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Windows 8

Windows 8 marketing fiasco deemed even worse than ‘New Coke’

May 7th, 2013

With the Windows Blue update on the way, analysts have already started writing obituaries for Windows 8, the operating system that proved to be immensely polarizing among PC users. While history will likely look upon Windows 8 more kindly than the widely despised Vista, Envisioneering analyst Richard Doherty tells The Financial Times that it will be …

Windows Blue Release Date

Microsoft sings the Blues

May 7th, 2013

Windows Blue is hardly a secret at this point, but Microsoft finally confirmed that it is prepping an update to its Windows 8 operating system that will be released this year. Windows 8 has done nothing to boost sales for struggling PC vendors. In fact, some believe it is having the opposite effect. “Blue” will …

How to get Windows 8.1's two best features right now, for free

Forget Windows 8.1: How to get its two best features right now, for free

April 17th, 2013

Windows 8 hasn’t exactly been the huge boost PC vendors were looking for to reinvigorate the slumping PC market. In fact, a few reports suggest it’s actually having the opposite effect on sales. While some users seem to really enjoy the new tile-based user interface found on the Start screen, it’s also mentioned in nearly …

Windows 8 PC Shipments

IDC: Windows 8 has actually made PCs ‘a less attractive alternative to tablets’

April 10th, 2013

While Microsoft’s (MSFT) launch of Windows 8 was supposed to be the big change that the company needed to help personal computers keep pace with touch-based devices such as tablets and smartphones, new research from IDC suggests it has so far had the opposite effect. According to IDC’s latest numbers, PC shipments posted their “steepest …

Windows Blue Merge Windows 8 Windows Phone

Windows Blue rumored to merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 into one product

April 8th, 2013

Microsoft’s (MSFT) next version of the Windows operating system, codenamed Windows Blue, will reportedly help merge its PC and mobile platforms, according to Digitimes. Windows Blue is said to currently be in development separate from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone units. Microsoft’s overall goal is said to have the operating system compete with Google’s (GOOG) Android and Chrome platforms.

Windows 8 Momentum

Former Windows 8 bull changes tune, says platform is ‘challenging our optimism’

April 5th, 2013

We know that Windows 8 has failed to reignite demand in the PC market so far and now one formerly bullish analyst says that the platform “lacks momentum” and is “challenging” his earlier optimism. Benzinga notes that Bank of America analyst Kash Ragan downgraded Microsoft (MSFT) from “Buy” to “Neutral” on Thursday and expressed dismay that Windows …

Windows 8 Vista Comparison

Windows 8 is no Vista, but still considered polarizing

April 4th, 2013

We’ve long said that it’s unfair to slap Windows 8 with the dreaded Vista comparison and now we have some data to back it up. ZDNet’s Ed Bott this week took a look at Amazon (AMZN) customer ratings for several versions of Microsoft’s (MSFT) operating system and found that while Windows 8 has its share …

Microsoft Windows Blue 8.1

Windows Blue may be released this summer as Windows 8.1

April 2nd, 2013

The next version of the Windows operating system may not be known as Windows 9, as had previously been reported. According to ZDNet, the operating system, which is currently known internally as Windows Blue, will come to market as Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 later this summer. The latest rumors suggest that Microsoft’s (MSFT) …