A Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with a Full HD 1080p display starts at $1,550.
Dell this week announced that its XPS Developer Edition laptop is now equipped with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution display, upgraded from 1366x768. The upgraded panel is shipping to customers in the United States and now runs $1,550. Starting next week, Dell will begin offering the upgrade model to select countries in Europe, like the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Steve Ballmer sat for a spell with MIT Technology Review to discuss the Windows 8 ecosystem.
It's no easy task to gauge the impact Windows 8 is having on the industry, in part because the industry is changing. The traditional desktop is taking a backseat in popularity to mobile form factors, like notebooks, tablets, and hybrids. Windows 8, as you know, is an attempt to bring all these devices together, along with smartphones, under a unified user interface. Is Microsoft happy with its strategy up to this point?
To celebrate the release of Steam for Linux, over 50 titles are now 50-75 percent off.
After lots of talk and months of beta testing, a Steam client for Linux is now available, Valve announced today. Could this be the beginning of a new era in gaming? It's far too early to know for sure, though Valve's Gabe Newell has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he's not happy with the direction Microsoft has taken its Windows platform, which ultimately led to Valve fast-tracking its Steam client for Linux.
Microsoft exec says Windows 8 sales are "just getting started."
You've heard time and again that Windows 8 is a reimagining of the Windows ecosystem, and there's truth in that statement. At its core, Windows 8 is a faster version of Windows 7 with better security, but on the surface (pun intended), it's an entirely difference experience predicated on touchscreen computing and, to an extent, content consumption. Windows 8 has motivated PC makers to think outside the box and come out with new form factors, and it's for that very reason Microsoft would argue that it's too early to judge sales figures.
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.
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.
Ubuntu is getting touch support, but it's for smartphones.
After teasing the web community with a countdown timer to its secret touch reveal, Canonical on Wednesday spilled the beans about what's coming next for Ubuntu: smartphones. Like Windows 8, Ubuntu is trending towards a single operating system for multiple devices, though not necessarily with identical interfaces. In fact, Ubuntu for smartphones will sport a "distinctive" interface that makes use of all four edges of the screen for a more immersive experience.
The next version of Ubuntu will support touch input.
Direct your browser to Ubuntu's homepage and you'll be greeted to a countdown timer that's set to expire on January 2, 2013 (tomorrow). It reads, "So close, you can almost touch it," a fairly obvious indication that Canonical plans on announcing a touch-friendly version of Ubuntu, just like Windows 8. Well, not just like Windows 8, though Ubuntu is headed towards a universal user interface (UI) that will look and function the same across multiple devices.
Despite the hype, Windows 8's adoption rate is slower than of Vista's when it debuted five years ago.
If you listen to Microsoft, Windows 8 is not only the greatest operating system ever designed, it's also selling really well. Microsoft in November claimed it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the first month, an impressive figure, even after you factor in all the OEM systems that come pre-loaded with Windows. But is Windows 8 truly off to a fast start? There's evidence to suggest that might not be the case.
Dell had reservations about Microsoft using Windows branding for its ARM-friendly tablet OS
At last week’s Dell World conference, the Texas-based PC manufacturer announced its decision to abandon the development of Android smartphones and tablets. As a result, Windows 8 tablets are going to be the sole focus of its mobile strategy from now on. This is despite the fact that Dell has always had reservations about a key part of Microsoft’s new horses-for-courses OS strategy: the OS naming scheme.