Microsoft claims to have sold millions of Windows 8 licenses. That may be the case but not everyone is happy with what the company has done. Microsoft is planning to get back in good graces of customers with Windows 8. That is not a given though. According to the recent American customer satisfaction index report, Microsoft’s customer satisfaction numbers have fallen to 74 from 78 in 2011. Is there a way back for PCs? It seems unlikely at this point.
Microsoft is desperate to show why people need to pick up Windows 8 tablets instead of the iPad. In another interesting attempt, it uses Siri to badmouth the iPad. Microsoft is prepared to spend a ton of money to push Windows 8, so these types of ads are going to be around for some time.
The iPad mini is more than capable of serving as your netbook. You just have to find the right keyboard for it. Zagg now has new cases you can use to turn your iPad mini into a netbook. The ZAGGkeys Cover and Folio cases use Bluetooth technology to connect to your tablet. The ZAGGkeys Cover has backlit keys in 7 color options and 3 lighting levels. (more…)
There are plenty of powerful laptops available on the market these days. Unless you really need a desktop computer to handle highly complex tasks, your laptop should have enough power to have you covered. Thanks to the Philips Brilliance LCD monitor, you will have an easier time connecting your laptop to a monitor. The monitor has a 23 inch display and can act as a hub for your I/O devices. It will set you back $289. This has the potential to be useful for small businesses.
Meet the Acer W3-810 tablet. It is expected to be the first 8 inch Windows 8 tablet. The device is expected to make its debut soon. Its specifications have already been released online:
Meet the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S: it has the portability of the Yoga 11S with the performance of the Yoga 13. The Yoga 11S is now available for order. It will cost you $800 and ships with Windows 8. You can already order one of these from Best Buy or Lenovo. The device has only 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB solid state drive. The laptop will reach retail stores starting June 23rd.
Could you imagine Windows without a YouTube app? That could happen if Google gets its way. Google makes money when its apps support ads. The Windows Phone app for YouTube does not have ads. Microsoft made its own YouTube app but Google has sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft demanding the app to be removed from the Windows Phone store. (more…)
We have seen some very decent Windows 8 hybrid devices recently. The HP Split x2 happens to be one with a 13.3 inch display, an i5 processor, and an optional extra hard drive. That means it will have everything you would need to use it as a laptop. The HP Split x2 will be available for $799.
Microsoft has claimed to have sold 100m Windows 8 sales. Not a whole lot of people have challenged that claim. The Guardian’s Charles Arthur is though. According to him, the figure is between 57 to 59 million machines. The data is extrapolated from StatCounter and Net Applications’ NetMarketShare information. Microsoft will sell more Windows 8 licenses in the future. But the platform needs a shot in the arm to gather some momentum.
Windows RT was launched in a confusing manner and managed to turn off many Windows users. A platform that can’t run legacy Windows application and does not have all the popular apps to begin with was always going to struggle. According to Carolina Milanesi, Microsoft needs to reposition Windows RT:
Microsoft’s strategy to portray Windows RT as for both work and play is not working … They need to change their tactics to position RT as the OS for consumption devices, to make the hardware a companion to the full Windows experience, not a replacement for it.
It will be interesting to see where Microsoft goes from here. Microsoft is not going to kill Windows RT yet. But it has a lot of work to do to get it on track.