Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.
As Windows 8 rises, Windows 7 loses market share for the first time since its launch.
After a little more than three months, Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is installed on 2.26 percent of all desktops, according to market share data provided by Net Applications. Windows 8, which was released to the general public on October 26, 2012, has seen a slow but steady rise, grabbing a 1.09 percent share of the desktop market by the end of November and 1.72 percent at the end of December.
The Surface Pro can be ordered in either 64GB or 128GB storage capacities, but don’t be deceived. 128GB models will only offer users 83GB of usable space, and the 64GB version will supply a paltry 23GB for user files. Extra internal capacity can be added through the devices microSDXC card slot, but it makes the marketing behind Microsoft’s Surface Pro just as shady as it was for the RT version.
Bill Gates feels confident in Microsoft’s new Direction, and has no desire to return as CEO.
Okay so he might be just the tiniest bit biased, but Bill Gates claims Windows 8 and the Surface tablet have “done well”. His answer was a response to a CNBC interview question with regards to the future of his company, and if he would ever consider reclaiming his CEO title from Steve Ballmer. According to Gates, Windows 8 and the Surface were both developed without his guidance, and as a result he feels the company is doing just fine without him.
Over 60 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold to date, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft this week announced record quarterly revenue of $21.45 billion for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012. Redmond's Windows Division posted revenue of $5.88 billion, up 24 percent from one year prior, though on a pro forma basis that number slides to 11 percent after factoring in net deferral of revenue for the Windows Upgrade Offer and the recognition of the previously deferred revenue from Windows 8 pre-sales.
Frustrated with its initial launch, Microsoft is reportedly planning to reboot Windows 8 in February.
Microsoft is reportedly pissed at PC makers for failing to ready themselves for the launch of Windows 8 back in October. Without naming its source(s), The Register claims Microsoft believes OEMs should have been ready with more attractive Windows 8-based touchscreen tablets, and had they been on the ball, the reception would have been much more positive. There's more.
Gartner and IDC blame poor Windows 8 uptake, bad economy and competing devices
While Microsoft’s recent claim that Windows 8 is following a similar sales trajectory as its predecessor may or may not be fully accurate, the latest PC shipment numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC have made one thing very clear: that Windows 8 sales between October 26 and December 31 weren’t enough to help the PC industry avoid a rare fourth-quarter sales slump.
Dell's Latitude 10 tablet starts at $499 and runs a full version of Windows 8.
For $499, Microsoft will sell you its Surface RT tablet, which delivers a gimped version of Windows 8 designed for ARM-based hardware. It's fine for running apps and surfing the web, but it doesn't support full fledged Windows applications, not unless you step up to a Surface Pro slate. The two problems there are availability and price; you can't yet buy a Surface Pro, and when it comes out, it will cost $899 or more. This is where Dell's new Latitude 10 tablet has a decided advantage.