Items tagged with Windows 8

Surface Pro reviews are out, and unfortunately for Microsoft, they're more sobering than spectacular. Two common complaints among the glut of early evaluations is that Surface Pro suffers from poor battery life and that it's expensive, debuting at $899 and up. It's even more pricey if you jump to the 128GB model, which many users may find themselves doing following concerns that Surface Pro is taking up a large amount of storage space for the OS, recovery partition, and pre-installed apps. Are they valid concerns? Microsoft's Panos Panay, Corporate VP working on Surface, spent some time on Reddit participating in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session and addressed two of those concerns (storage and... Read more...
Looking to go Pro? As in, Surface Pro? You'll have your chance to purchase Microsoft's high-powered tablet beginning February 9, 2013, when Surface Pro goes on sale to the general public starting at $899, but you won't be the first. Select guests have been invited to an evening reception and midnight launch event at Best Buy in Union Square in New York City. It's unclear who exactly Microsoft and Best Buy invited to the event, though according to ZDNet, it's meant for people in the press. All that's revealed on the invitation is that Microsoft's General Manager of Surface Team, Panos Panay, will be there, along with certain members of the Windows team. Microsoft is hoping its Surface Pro will... Read more...
Acer might have been on to something when it warned Microsoft that competing in the hardware space is no easy task. Undeterred, Microsoft entered the battlefield with its Surface RT tablet, an ARM-based slate running a gimped version of Windows 8 that doesn't support legacy applications. It's an okay tablet for content consumption and poking around the web, but for Windows enthusiasts, the real party starts when Surface Pro arrives. Surface Pro rocks a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, and with that x86 foundation comes the ability to run all sorts of Windows software. It's basically an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor. Other features include a 10.6-inch Full... Read more...
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to update you Windows 7 rig to Windows 8? Better start making good on it, or else that upgrade's going to cost you more in the long run. A new post from Microsoft this week notes that Windows 8 is seeing "good momentum," but it also reminds people that a relatively affordable Win8 update will soon cost more if you don't jump on things while the getting is good. Starting on 2/1, Windows 8 upgrades are going to cost more. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99, while the Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99. If you're looking for the Win8 Pro Pack, that'll cost $99.99, while... Read more...
The all-in-one PC form factor is a brilliant, if not obvious, evolution of the desktop computer. AIO systems offer the maximum amount of screen real estate while drastically minimizing the total footprint of the computer by packing all the components inside the monitor (or in the case of this particular AIO, the base of the stand). Even better, now that ten-finger touch input is de rigeur, these machines offer new methods of computer interaction that are alternately ideal for wide-eyed youngsters, old luddites, and seasoned power users. (Give a toddler a touchscreen and she’ll figure out how to pull up her favorite album, play a simple game, and scroll through photos in minutes. Give her... Read more...
Tablets are extremely popular right now, but many users still need a more powerful machine to do serious work. For people who don't want two devices but desire the touch screen controls and convenience of a tablet, as well as the productivity capabilities of a notebook in a single machine, a convertible ultrabook may be a good fit. We're starting to see more and more ultrabooks that convert from a traditional laptop into a tablet. Not long ago, we took a closer look at Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook which features a touchscreen display with a dual-articulating hinge that allows the machine to convert to tablet mode. Today, we're going to take a hands-on look at Dell's XPS 12 convertible ultrabook,... Read more...
Tablets are extremely popular right now, but many users still need a more powerful machine to do serious work. For people who don't want two devices but desire the touch screen controls and convenience of a tablet, as well as the productivity capabilities of a notebook in a single machine, a convertible ultrabook may be a good fit. We're starting to see more and more ultrabooks that convert from a traditional laptop into a tablet. Not long ago, we took a closer look at Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook which features a touchscreen display with a dual-articulating hinge that allows the machine to convert to tablet mode. Today, we're going to take a hands-on look at Dell's XPS 12... Read more...
Last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was arguably the most important one in Microsoft's history. Think about the circumstances: tablets and smartphones are getting the attention that desktops and notebooks once had, PC sales growth is down, and Windows 8 is an operating system for a new era, one in which Microsoft very much wants to be a part of. Why, then, didn't Microsoft make a bigger splash? It's a curious question, one that led the Associated Press to deem CES a "missed chance" for Microsoft to promote the heck out of all these new Windows 8 devices unveiled at the convention. CES was also a great opportunity to build solidarity between Microsoft and its hardware partners.... Read more...
Being a company like Microsoft isn't easy. You've got a lot of customers to please, and a lot of shareholders expecting lots of value. But things get somewhat easier when you get checks in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and DISA have announced that they are expanding access to Microsoft solutions by entering into a transformative three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for enterprise licenses and software assurance. The agreement provides all three organizations with a single vehicle for accessing the latest Microsoft technologies in support of top IT priorities around datacenter consolidation, collaboration, cybersecurity, mobility, cloud computing... Read more...
Windows 8 represents a new era in computing, and at this early stage, some of Microsoft's major hardware partners are already speaking out about the touch-friendly operating system and its impact on computing. Fujitsu, for example, pointed to "weak" demand for Windows 8 as the reason why its PC sales are sagging. That's not exactly a glowing endorsement, but is it a cause for concern? Depends on who you ask. Acer president Jim Wong spoke at length about Windows 8 in an interview with DigiTimes, and in his opinion, many of the concerns and criticisms about Microsoft's latest OS are simply unfair. The way Wong sees it, market observers who would previously criticize Windows of lacking innovations... Read more...
If Microsoft was hoping for a ringing endorsement for Windows 8, it won't find one from Fujitsu, Japan's largest provider of computer services. On the contrary, Fujitsu pointed the finger directly at the touch-friendly operating system, blaming Windows 8 as part of the reason why the PC maker will miss its annual shipment target for computers. While speaking with reporters in Tokyo, Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto cited "weak" demand for Windows 8 as one of the reasons why PCs aren't selling the way they should be, Businessweek reports. He also brought up the sovereign-debt crisis in Europe as a contributing factor. Fujitsu expects to ship around 6 million computers for the year ending March... Read more...
It feels like Windows 8 has hardly had time to breathe since being let loose by Microsoft in late October, but already the rumors for the company's next OS, "Windows 9", codenamed "Blue", are beginning to spread. On Chinese forum PCBeta, member and Microsoft alpha/beta tester Maxy has given some insight of where the OS currently stands. For those who are not too happy with what Windows 8 brought to the table, you may not be too pleased with 9, either. According to the post, Windows 9 will share the same Metro interface - or "Modern UI" - as Windows 9. It also appears from the post that the general aesthetics of the OS will remain largely unchanged as well, with no Aero in sight, and... Read more...
Procrastination doesn't ever pay off, and if you're sitting pretty with a free preview of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system (OS), be advised that the free ride is almost over. The Developer Preview (from September 2011), the Consumer Preview (from February 2012), and the Release Preview all expire next month on January 15, 2013. "Starting from the expiration date, you may not be able to access any unsaved data used with the software. Any applications you receive through the Windows Store will also cease to be available to you in future versions, unless they are made available for re-download and you re-acquire them. You may not receive any other notice," reads Microsoft's EULA for the Release... Read more...
At last check, Windows 8 has had a difficult time getting off the ground. Sure, it's selling millions of copies, but given the hype leading up to its launch, the reaction has been quite timid. Personally, I know very few people who've gone out of their way to upgrade, with most trying to actually avoid it. This is really no surprise given the radical changes the OS has implemented - but according to Microsoft, most people are now becoming accustomed to those changes just fine. Microsoft's newly-appointed lead of Windows product development Julie Larson-Green has stated that the feedback received from those who've opted in for Microsoft's "Customer Experience Improvement Program" has shown that... Read more...
Ask any child who celebrates Christmas and he or she will tell you that the big day is just over a week away. They keep track of these things, the way adults keep tabs on their favorite sports team, and understandably so. How cool is it to wake up to a pile of loot that a man in a red suit delivered the night before? The logistics of Santa's travels on Christmas Eve is mind boggling, but it's also traceable thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year NORAD tracks Santa's travels around the globe, and this year, you and your child can follow along in Windows 8 with NORAD's new app. "If you have younger children, then you might want to know about the 'NORAD Tracks... Read more...
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, which released a revamped Outlook.com a couple of months ago, Yahoo! has today begun rolling out updated Yahoo! Mail clients for the Web, Windows 8, iOS and Android. In a post made to Yahoo!'s corporate blog by CEO Marissa Mayer, she states that the company's users have long requested "fewer distractions" when it comes to email. While the company doesn't go quite as far as Microsoft did with Outlook.com with its minimalism, the end result is quite nice. The goals of the revamped Yahoo! Mail revolve around making it easier and quicker to get things done, though the company doesn't go into detail about its design choices or what to be on the look out for.... Read more...
Lenovo announced the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. This ultrabook is optimized for use with Windows 8 and features touch capabilities. The X1 Carbon Touch weighs 3.4 pounds and measures just 20.8mm thick (about 0.82 inches). Thanks to its carbon fiber construction, the ultrabook offers strength and durability not found on other notebooks. The X1 Carbon Touch's 14-inch display (1600x900) supports 10-point multi-touch. The ultrabook also features a large multi-gesture glass touchpad. Processor options include Intel Core i5 and i7 options. For security, the X1 Carbon Touch offers an integrated fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform Module, and BIOS encryption.  Mobile broadband 3G is also available... Read more...
Hot on the heels of news that Microsoft's Surface tablets haven't been selling too well thanks to "channel problems", we now have a developer speaking freely about its lack of success with selling its established game through the Windows RT Store. Rubicon's Great Big War Game has been available for Android and iOS for quite some time, and it's proven successful on both platforms, having achieved a 4.5 rating on Google's Play store based on 2,500 ratings. Naturally, then, the developer expected that its efforts to port the game over to Windows RT would pay off. After a report of earning £52 in the first week, however, earning back the £10,000 that it cost to port over would take two... Read more...
We've always known that Microsoft's Surface had an uphill fight ahead of it. Launching a new version of Windows based on an entirely different CPU architecture was a dicey move, as was the decision to push Redmond's own vision for the hardware. In some ways, Microsoft's bets have paid off; the $499 Surface tablet looks and feels like a much more expensive device and the Touch Cover works remarkably well. Other factors, however, are reportedly dragging sales downwards. Last week, DigiTimes reported that Microsoft had slashed its Surface orders to two million, down from 4M for Q4. Other analysts predicted sales in the two million range. Today, brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton broke ranks, claiming... Read more...
With so many conflicting reports on the state of Windows 8, it's difficult to get a grip on exactly where it stands in the grand scheme of things at this early stage. For example, Microsoft just the other day proudly proclaimed that it's sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses during its first month of availability. Not too shabby, but now StatCounter is saying that Windows 8 is off to a slower start than Windows 7 when examining Internet usage share. According to StatCounter, Windows 8 took 1.77 percent Internet usage in the U.S. one month after launch, compared to 5.21 percent for Windows 7 when it first debuted. "Microsoft has reported license sales of 40 million for Windows 8, however this has... Read more...
The slumping PC market was badly in need of a shot of adrenaline, and unfortunately, Microsoft's Windows 8 may not have provided that boost. According to data compiled by The NPD Group, Windows device sales have actually fallen 21 percent year-over-year since Windows 8 launched on October 26. Notebook sales have struggled the most, dropping 24 percent, while desktops declined 9 percent. "After just four weeks on the market, it’s still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus... Read more...
Samsung sees itself as being a major player in the PC space. The company's also apparently confident in the future of Windows 8, though it doesn't plan to stop selling Windows 7 systems just yet. All combined, Samsung's VP of IT Business Solutions, Jin Park, predicts his company will ship 16 million tablets and laptop computers based on Windows 8 and Windows 7 this year. Windows 8 launched to the general public on October 26, 2012, and though it's early, sales of the new operating system have reportedly gotten off to a slow start. That could change as the public gets more accustomed to the revamped interface and as touchscreen displays (on non-tablet form factors) become more commonplace. The... Read more...
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