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.
Windows PC shipments declined 6.4 percent in Q4 2012.
Even though the fourth quarter of 2012 kicked off a new era in computing with the launch of Windows 8, it wasn't enough to prop up the PC market and save it from sluggish demand. In fact, the most recent holiday shopping season was the first in five years to see a year-on-year decline in PC demand, according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC).
Windows 8 on a non-touchscreen device makes for a far-from-ideal experience, but if that is what you are stuck with then you are likely to be interested in the special touch pen accessories being showcased at the ongoing CES 2013 event by E Fun and Targus. Since we have already covered the prosaically named Targus Touch Pen, we are going to focus on the E Fun APEN in this article.
A Touch Pen accessory from Targus allows for touch input on non-touch panels.
Microsoft can squawk all it wants about Windows 8 being equally well suited for non-touch desktops as it is for touch-capable notebooks and tablets, but we know better. The user interface is clearly intended for users to poke and swipe, and that's great if you own a Windows 8 tablet or a fancy new touch-capable laptop PC, but it's not so groovy for existing systems. Should you scrap your system and buy a new laptop? Well, that's certainly an option, though it's not a very cost effective one. Targus demonstrated for us another solution using its Touch Pen device, which transforms ordinary laptops into touch-sensitive devices.
The Targus Touch Pen transforms your laptop into a touchscreen device.
Windows 8 begs to be touched, and though that's problematic on non-touch notebooks, you don't necessarily need a new laptop to take full advantage of Microsoft's newest operating system as it was re-imagined. Yes, you can get by just fine with a keyboard and mouse, but an intriguing compromise is a new Touch Pen device from Targus. Designed for Windows 8, the Touch Pen turns virtually any laptop into a touchscreen PC.