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Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

18:19 // 2 months ago
April 22, 2013
thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button
Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

9:06 // 12 months ago
March 10, 2013
There were certain decisions that Microsoft made that were in retrospect flawed. Notably not allowing people to boot into desktop mode and taking away the start button. Those two things have come up consistently. We’ve done some research and people miss that.
IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell • Discussing the big problem with Windows 8—which is that many people appear to be foregoing the new interface and jumping towards the legacy interface at their first opportunity after boot. The analyst suggests that Microsoft needs to figure out how to make the experience easier for normal consumers to use, because what they have now isn’t working.
12:59 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013
thisistheverge:

Panasonic targets photographers with 20-inch 4K Windows 8 tablet (hands-on)
Normally reserved for TVs, this tablet is targeted at photographers, designers, and architects.

"Almost ready to go! Let me throw my gigantic tablet in my bag! Gah, it doesn’t fit!"

thisistheverge:

Panasonic targets photographers with 20-inch 4K Windows 8 tablet (hands-on)

Normally reserved for TVs, this tablet is targeted at photographers, designers, and architects.

"Almost ready to go! Let me throw my gigantic tablet in my bag! Gah, it doesn’t fit!"

13:46 // 1 year ago
December 23, 2012

Microsoft’s bad news? Windows 8 computers are selling slowly

  • 13% the drop in sales of Windows computers between the last week of October and the first week in December, compared to sales from one year ago. This is a bad sign for Microsoft, which launched Windows 8 during that time frame, and one blamed on various factors, including the bold design changes in the OS and the rise of the mobile market, which could be slowing down demand for desktops. The Surface, which was only for sale in Microsoft stores during that period, was likely a non-factor. source
19:16 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
thecallus:

thisistheverge:

Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft
Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive in charge of Windows, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Reller will be in charge of the Windows business.

I guess we know how sales are going.

Yeah, looks like sales have only scratched the … Surface.

thecallus:

thisistheverge:

Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive in charge of Windows, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Reller will be in charge of the Windows business.

I guess we know how sales are going.

Yeah, looks like sales have only scratched the … Surface.

(via thecallus-deactivated20130520)

21:18 // 1 year ago
October 21, 2012

Five reactions from average computer users trying Windows 8 for the first time

  • one It made me feel like the biggest amateur computer user ever.”
  • two "It was very difficult to get used to. I have an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, and they never got used to it. They were like, ‘We’re just going to use Mom’s computer.’”
  • three "I read these tech pundits and journalists discussing how hard it’s gonna be for the general public to learn the new UI of Windows 8. Nonsense.”
  • four ”I like the pretty icons they have on here. That’s about it.
  • five “The feeling was very fluid. Definitely a step up from Windows 7.”

Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

22:03 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012

Numbers point to a disappointing launch for Windows 8

  • 1.64% of Windows PCs were running the RTM build — completed software not yet for sale — of Windows 7 only 26 days before launch date.
  • 0.33% of Windows PCs are running the Windows 8 RTM at this time, with the same 26 days to go before the operating system’s planned launch on October 26. source
16:00 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2012

A look at HTC’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

  • morning Taiwanese smartphone producers HTC were forced to lower Q2 profit forecasts by 13.3 percent on Wednesday morning. The reason? Lowered demand in Europe, and customs issues in the United States related to time-consuming Apple patent lawsuits.
  • afternoon Now rumors are circulating that a lack of faith in HTC’s ability to sell devices, as well as the company’s limited  track record when it comes to tablet development and sales, led to Microsoft’s decision to exclude HTC from the Windows 8 launch. Sorry guys. source

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18:26 // 1 year ago
April 30, 2012

After Microsoft deal, Nook more valuable than Barnes & Noble. Really.

  • $300M the amount Microsoft invested in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business
  • 17% the share of ownership the company has in the Android-driven platform
  • $1.7B the valuation of the Nook business based on the investment source

» Barnes & Noble’s market value Friday: $792 million. That’s right, one product line at Barnes & Noble is now worth twice as much as the entire company was worth three days ago. As a result of the deal, the company’s shares shot up 85 percent in early trading this morning. Before now, the company had been struggling a bit recently, suggesting wider losses as of January as the company ramped up marketing for the Nook. Microsoft’s deal could make those losses a little less painful. The deal also includes a Nook app for Windows 8.

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11:04 // 1 year ago