12 April 2013

Windows 8 is Killing the PC Market - Computer Sales in Free Fall

The worst quarter for PC industry since 1994 when IDC started tracking sales.

Computer Sales in Free Fall - WSJ.com: "Microsoft, whose software is on a majority of the world's PCs, last fall introduced Windows 8, a completely overhauled operating system with touch-screen capabilities. But there is little sign that buyers are responding. In a surprisingly harsh assessment, IDC said Windows 8 hasn't only failed to spur more PC demand but has actually exacerbated the slowdown—confusing consumers with features that don't excel in a tablet mode and compromise the traditional PC experience . . . Mr. Chou said not only has Windows 8 failed to attract consumers, but businesses are keeping their distance as well. Chief information officers at several companies echoed his opinion Wednesday."

The PC Industry Implodes Before Our Eyes: "It's ugly out there for the traditional PC makers. IDC says PC sales fell 14 percent in the first quarter on a year-over-year basis. That's worse than its forecast of a 7.7 percent drop. This is the worst quarter for PC industry since 1994 when IDC started tracking sales. So, that pretty much makes it the worst quarter in history. IDC blames Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system for alienating consumers. The new tile-based interface is too weird for consumers, says IDC."

Microsoft Plans 7-inch Tablet
Wall Street Journal
In tablets, Windows 8 also hasn't budged Microsoft's negligible market share as Google's Android and Apple dominate the fast-growing tablet market. So far, Microsoft and its hardware partners haven't pushed Windows 8-powered gadgets smaller than ...

Post-PC Microsoft signs its death warrant -- with an iPad
Computerworld (blog)
"A purported Microsoft roadmap for future releases of its Office suite showed a fall 2014 launch date for Office on Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems." Decoding the data. Neither IDC not Gartner (who also published PC market ...

Microsoft leading dominance complaint against Google
New Zealand Herald
For instance, Amazon.com has largely locked out Google from its popular line of Kindle Fire tablets. There also have been periodic instances of Android smartphones with either Microsoft's Bing or Yahoo rather than Google as the built-in search engine.

Apple May Purge Some App-Finding Apps, but Don't Panic
TIME
They certainly knew the difference between Google Maps and Apple Maps, and I'm guessing they'd know the difference between the App Store and an app whose primary purpose is to hunt down good deals. As for gaming the App Store charts, that already...

TIME

Kleiner, Andreessen, Google Ventures: We'll Fund Google Glass App Makers
Wall Street Journal (blog)
As Google prepares to ship its high-profile Google Glass wearable-computing device to programmers so they can develop apps that would run on the device, the company's venture-capital arm on Wednesday said it would team up with two big tech investors ...

Google Turns to Big Data to Unmask Human Traffickers
Businessweek
Google will also lend its tech expertise through its Google Ideas task force, teaming with Palantir Technologies and Salesforce.com (CRM) to build the first data-sharing platform to identify global patterns on how the human-trafficking trade operates ...

Apple could unveil 'killer app' this summer, says analyst
CNET
Apple could unveil 'killer app' this summer, says analyst. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty contends that the app may be a true mobile wallet, which Apple might unveil as part of iOS 7 in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Lance Whitney. by ...

Apple and Yahoo May Take 'Coopetition' to a New Level
Wall Street Journal
It's still just something the two companies are discussing, but the idea is this: Yahoo gets its services and products onto mobile phones and tablets, and Apple gets a services provider that isn't named Google . Plus, the two don't really compete that ...

Apple, Google Not Interested in Settlement, Judge Says
Bloomberg
By Susan Decker - 2013-04-10T20:51:12Z. Apple Inc. and Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit are more interested in using litigation as a business strategy than in resolving disputes over the use of patented technology, a federal judge in Florida ...

Apple bans gay sex images in adult comic
The Guardian
Vaughan, who has won multiple prizes from the comic book industry for his work on series including Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man, has issued a statement condemning Apple's treatment of the latest issue of Saga. Pitched by its publisher, Image Comics, ...

The Guardian

Microsoft Reportedly Working On 7″ Surface Tablet As PC Market ...
By Natasha Lomas
This small form factor size would enable Microsoft to compete with the likes of the Android-poweredGoogle Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, as well as Apple's iOS-based iPad Mini. The paper quotes a person familiar ...
TechCrunch

WSJ: Microsoft's next generation of Surface tablets includes a 7-inch ...
By Richard Lawler
Wonder what a Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire / iPad Mini fighter from Microsoft would look like? You may find out soon, as the Wall Street Journal has just posted a "breaking news" alert that it's heard Microsoftis developing a new lineup of Surface ...
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A Venture Capital Partnership for Google Glass Apps - NYTimes.com
By By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
Three prominent venture capital firms are scouting for start-ups building apps for Google Glass, the new Internet-connected glasses. Read more… ... The Verge. Microsoft's next Xbox will take over your TV, interact with your cable box ...
NYT Bits

Foxconn sales drop could foreshadow Apple earnings — Tech ...
By Erica Ogg
And we have at least one sign that may shed some light on what to expect on April 23: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the parent company of Apple's most important manufacturing partner, Foxconn, turned in some not-so-great earnings on Wednesday. Reuters reported that Hon Hai saw a 19 percent drop in its sales from ... Book review: Former Kindle exec on Kindle flaws, Nook strengths and Google's future in ebooks. Apr. 9, 2013. In a new book, former Kindle exec Jason Merkoski ...
Apple

Twitter Is Working on a Google Glass Experience
By Josh Ong
Twitter is working on bringing its social networking service to the upcoming Google Glass platform. ...With its ability to act as a real-time firehose, Twitter is one of the most obvious uses for the upcoming Google Glass eyewear. Thankfully ...
The Next Web

Mediaroom and Our TV Journey - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site ...
News and perspectives covering the top stories, events and activities from Microsoft. The content for this blog includes the official information and stories from all ...
blogs.technet.com/b/.../mediaroom-and-our-tv-journey.aspx

Official Blog: For Malaysia: Bringing Google Apps and Chromebooks ...
School systems of all sizes—from a single primary school to an entire country such as the Philippines—have “Gone Google” in their schools and embraced the ...
googleblog.blogspot.com/.../for-malaysia-bringing-google-ap...

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