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.
Today is the last day to download Windows 8 Pro (upgrade version) for $40.
Still on the fence about whether or not to make the jump to Windows 8? We feel your pain, but keep in mind that today is the deadline to take advantage of Microsoft's discounted upgrade offer. After today, the Windows 8 Pro upgrade will jump in price from $40 all the way to $200. There's still time to dive in at the discounted rated, which buys you a digital copy, or for $70 you can receive Windows 8 Pro on DVD.
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.
Windows 8 will have quantity, but will it have quality?
The Windows 8 App Store has only been officially open for about two months now, but the number of apps available is just a few dozen away from passing over the 36,000 mark. That’s an impressive accomplishment to be sure; however it’s still difficult to single out any example of a “killer app” for the platform.
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.
Don't look now, but 64-bit Firefox nightlies are set to return.
Mozilla in November made the decision to pull the plug on 64-bit Firefox for Windows, disabling 64-bit nightlies because of a lack of resources required to make it worthwhile. What Mozilla didn't anticipate was that there would be "significant negative feedback" from the online community, and because of that, the open source browser maker said it's willing to make a compromise.
After being ousted from Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky will spend some time teaching at Harvard.
Steven Sinofsky, the former head of Microsoft's Windows division who was ousted shortly after the launch of Windows 8, has washed up at Harvard Business School. His new title is "Executive in Residence" and his tasks include research, writing, teaching students product development, planning, collaboration, and more, Sinofsky announced in a pair of Twitter messages. He added the hashtag "sabbatical" to one of his tweets, indicating this is probably a temporary role.
Puget Systems says PC buyers are "reluctant" to step up to Windows 8.
Depending on where you look, Windows 8 is either off to a scorching fast start or it flopped out of the gate with little interest from consumers. There doesn't appear to be much middle ground. Obviously, Microsoft is promoting the former, claiming it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the first month. Yet companies like Asus are saying that the demand for Windows is "not that good," while PC OEMs in general are refusing to take the blame for soft sales. What's the real story? To help answer that question, Puget Systems posted some interesting data and thoughts about its own Windows 8 versus Windows 7 sales figures.