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Acer and other PC makers lower forecasts for second half 2012 PC shipments

While many PC makers saw the coming of Windows 8 as an opportunity for growth and increased competition against Apple, those feelings are slowly fading.
Acer Inc., Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., three major PC makers, have all lost hope in Windows 8 being the savior of PC sales for the second half of fiscal year 2012. This opinion differs from those heard by the same PC makers earlier this year, who were happy to show off Windows 8 laptops, all-in-ones and ultrabooks at the Computex trade show in Taipei. Acer even said that Windows 8 PCs would bring growth to his company once again. 
But these opinions changed as PC makers see no customer enthusiasm for personal computers running the Windows 8 operating system. Another issue, according to analysts and the PC makers, is that Windows 8 laptops and ultrabooks will likely be much too expensive upon release. 
J.T. Wang, CEO of Acer, said he has grown unsure of the Windows 8 ecosystem. His company is lowering its expectations for PC sales upon Windows 8's release.
"Originally, we were expecting very high growth in the second half," said Wang. "We're still waiting for a sign of consumer enthusiasm."
Analysts are changing their sales forecasts as well, mainly due to the fact that some believe it'll take three to four financial quarters for consumers to get onboard with Windows 8. It won't take off right away. Rather, Microsoft will have to seek out developers for more applications in order to grab consumer interest.
While the PC turf isn't looking so hot, mobile devices may not be so disappointing. The price of touchscreens and tablets running Windows 8 may be an issue, especially because there are many cheaper alternatives, but consumers have shown greater enthusiasm for Microsoft's Surface tablet
Windows 8 has been a pretty controversial topic. The main issue seems to be the user interface, formerly called Metro. It features colorful tiles that represent different applications on the home screen. The change was a hopeful move to attract new users (perhaps those normally enticed by Apple's colorful and friendly-looking operating systems). However, Microsoft is looking to change the name of Metro after a recent discovery -- a German retailer called Metro AG threatened to sue. 
Windows 8 will be released to the public on October 26

Source: ETrade

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RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By Uncle on 8/21/2012 2:44:19 PM , Rating: 1
Its OK as long as he's not connected to the net except for gaming , and if he is , he doesn't go where he shouldn't. So its strictly a gaming machine, kudos for him. I wouldn't doubt he gets a few frames more then you running a newer OS. Its a tough call.

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By 3ogdy on 8/25/2012 2:03:04 PM , Rating: 2

I dual boot XP SP3 x64 AND 7 x64.(oh, I forgot - I formatted the Windows 7 partition to put Windows 8 on it so I've got XP and 8). And I know there can be a ton of exploits for XP that AV and Anti-Malware software won't be able to deal with...I've got avast! paired with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and I can say I'm pretty happy from a security standpoint although I could also give Kaspersky Internet Security another try too...
I'll reinstall 7 x64 and dual boot like some manufacturers said "we'll skip Windows 8"...right now I'm 150% sure I will do that too (unless it will be here to stay just like XP was - or actually still is...)...but since M$ is so hungry for money - I doubt Windows 8 will be around for more than 4 years or so - but again...who knows...

By TheJian on 9/7/2012 2:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
Been connected on xp64 since the day it came out...

Updates come weekly/monthly just like win7 :) Corp anyway and will continue to do so all through 2014 (7/2014 I think? if memory serves)
You haven't heard of virus protection, firewalls or routers? I have the same protection you do including updated os patches. Who's not running corp xp? Even out of date, threatfire w/comodo suite and a router is all anyone needs. I'm a little miffed at threatfire for being incompatible with Daemontools but other than that this setup is great, albeit changing to alcohol for mounting images. No loss. I use imgburn etc for burning anyway. Zonealarm etc can be subbed for Comodo. I haven't had a virus in my entire life, well we're not talking colds/flus right?

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