Windows 8 has landed with more of a thud than a bang, to hear many retailers and manufacturers tell it. The root of the problem is up for debate, but a new report suggests that Microsoft is taking one of the possible culprits—the lack of low-cost, touchscreen Windows 8 devices—head-on, offering manufacturers steep discounts on Windows 8 and Microsoft Office licenses destined...
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Dell remains committed to Microsoft's Windows RT, despite the poor market reception to the OS and a decline in prices of related tablets. The company has "future generations" of its XPS 10 tablet, which runs Windows RT, under development, said Neil Hand, vice president at Dell. The upcoming tablets will be lighter and faster, though Hand did not provide any further...
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Months after the operating system’s rollout, Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens remain few and far between. And if you’ve upgraded your old notebook, it’s even less likely to have a touchscreen. Attach the $100 Targus Ultralife Touch Pen to your machine and bam! Instant touchscreen! Installation is a bit of a hassle: You must stick a magnet to the laptop’s s bezel and...
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Experts say using touch surfaces in vertical position is very risky ergonomicallyAccording to Microsoft, the great leap forward about Windows 8 is its ability to be used with a touchscreen. Where Windows 7 could be squeezed into touch devices, the onscreen targets became too small. With Windows 8, you have big "tiles" to aim for.But research due to be published soon suggests...
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Prices of Windows RT devices have started falling, signaling an attempt by PC makers to quickly clear out stock after poor adoption of tablets and convertibles with the operating system. Microsoft released Windows RT for ARM-based devices and Windows 8 for Intel-based devices in October last year. The price drop is an acknowledgement that Windows RT has failed, analysts...
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IntroductionWindows 8 tablets haven't exactly set the world alight so far. Indeed things have been positively low key. Firstly there was uncertainty – many Microsoft partners had prepped their own devices when suddenly, last summer, Microsoft said it would be launching its own hardware in the shape of Surface. That device runs Windows RT, the accompanying release to Windows...
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Microsoft’s next update to its flagship operating system is codenamed “Windows Blue,” or “Windows 8.1,” and is anticipated for release later this year. Rumors began circulating today that Windows Blue will reintroduce the classic Start Button that every version of the OS prior to Windows 8 featured. With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft gambled on a drastically altered...
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Among Microsoft's hardware partners few are publicly backing Windows RT after low sales and demand. Dell is standing out from the crowd here, likely in an attempt at relevancy in the mobile market. But it's not a good bet on Dell's part.
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Dell, following in the footsteps of many other PC retailers, just slashed the price of its only Windows RT tablet to a jaw-droppingly low $300. For a limited time-though we'll see if that holds true-you can snag the 32GB Dell XPS 10 for a full $150 cheaper than its original $450 asking price. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more you can get the XPS 10 with a laptop...
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Windows 8 was rebuilt from the ground up with a finger-friendly focus. That proved to be a problem during the operating system's early days. In the months immediately after launch, touchscreen Windows devices cost an arm and a leg, and that's if you could even find one; during the 2012 holiday season shoppers were hard-pressed to find a touch-based laptop. Now, however,...
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