One of Microsoft's top Windows executives this week said the company remains bullish about Windows RT and has no intention of dumping the limited-feature, touch-enabled tablet operating system. Analysts accepted that at face value, but remain suspicious of Windows RT's chances unless Microsoft makes dramatic changes, including dropping the price of the licenses it sells...
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Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
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Microsoft is preparing to go public with its first of the annual Windows Blue updates to Windows 8, according to reports.The Verge said the software giant is targeting the release of a public preview this summer, with incremental updates each year on the way.According to the article, one of Microsoft's key goals with Windows Blue is to implement a significantly enhanced...
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Windows 8 is not Microsoft's first rodeo, but it's the most important version of the operating system since Windows 3.0 when it comes to the future of Microsoft. If Microsoft succeeds, it will cement its position atop the tech pyramid for another generation. If it fails, the next generation may regard Windows as a fond memory like floppy disks.
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With Windows 8, Microsoft ignored the basic tenets of change management and paid the price. Now Microsoft is finally trying to correct the mistakes it made with Windows 8.
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Microsoft’s admission last week that it would need to make changes to its Windows 8 operating system to address a steeper-than-expected user learning curve has sparked two very different reactions from media and analysts. On the one side, Microsoft’s backtracking on Windows 8 is seen as a sign of humiliating defeat that could even point the way toward CEO Steve Ballmer’s...
(6 days ago)
Even though PC shipments were down 14 percent last quarter, Microsoft’s Windows division posted revenue about the same as the last year, making up for slumping sales to OEMs with impressive growth in long-term licensing agreements sold to enterprises. But for the second quarter in a row, Microsoft said nothing about Windows 8 sales during Thursday’s earning announcement,...
(30 days ago)
Computers just aren't selling like they used to, and many critics, analysts, and longtime Windows users point the blame finger at one culprit in particular: Windows 8. Nobody’s using Windows 8, they say. It’s worse than New Coke, they say. PC shipments are cratering and it's all Windows 8's fault, they say. But are they right? Last Tuesday, Microsoft countered the...
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The one-year countdown to the end of support for Windows XP began ticking down yesterday. If you’re still using the ancient, legacy version of Windows, it’s time to consider your next move. To be clear, your PC will not burst into flames next year—at least, if it does, it won’t have anything to do with the expiration of Windows XP support. When XP support ends, Microsoft...
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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...
(1 month and 16 days ago)
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