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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 amanojaku on 8/21/2012 3:20:26 PM , Rating: 3
Having read the post in its entirety, it's clear that the OP doesn't need pills. He needs a billy goat, cuz he's trollin'.

He's complaining about the Start Menu in Windows 8. THERE IS NO START MENU!!! And, on the off chance that he meant Windows 7, his statement is false. I just opened my Start Menu, click-and-dragged "Computer" to the desktop, and got a link. The wall of text often hides BS.


RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By Cypherdude1 on 8/21/2012 9:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
The OP meant Windows 8 about the Computer link. Until March, 2011, I was using a 10 year old Windows XP SP3 system. I assembled the hardware myself in 2001. It has an AMD Thunderbird 1400 MHz, that's a single core BTW, and 1 GB DDR ECC RAM. It also has Win98SE . Both O/S's still work fine with no problems.

Last year I built a completely new Windows 7 64 bit system and there are some things I don't like about it:
Explorer: I don't like how M$ removed the amount of space a folder uses from the status bar. It's really irritating. The only way you can tell how much a folder uses is to right-click - properties. If anyone knows a tweak which can put it back please LMK.

Explorer: I don't like how M$ removed the button toolbar just below the menu. Again, if anyone knows a tweak which can put it back please LMK.

Explorer: I don't like how the "search" feature, or what's left of it, works. M$ completely removed the search function from 7. 7's search function is virtually nonexistent. M$'s Explorer search function is so poor, I often use Nirsoft's SearchMyFiles instead.

Explorer: I don't like how when you sort by file modified dates descending, the folders go to the bottom of the list. This is yet another irritating change.

It appears the new Windows 8 interface will take some getting used to. Either that or users will hate it. Today, and this is new, Microsoft does have a tendency to jam features people don't want down their throats. I think this is coming from billionaire Steve Ballmer. Microsoft has a monopoly and, IMHO, Steve Ballmer thinks he can do whatever he pleases.

Still, I think Windows 8 will do better for tablets, not desktops or laptops. I think that's what Win8 is meant for. A tablet with a $220 256GB mSATA SSD should pair very well with Win8.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085J17UA

If someone were to make a high-end tablet with the following features, it could almost replace your desktop or laptop:
Windows 8
10" or 13" screen
Quad-core CPU
8 GB RAM
256 GB mSATA SSD
4 speakers in the back, similar to the Lenovo S2109:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089SZ8PM
USB 3.0
SD slot
Docking station port
10 MP camera
micro HDMI

Someday they'll have tablets where their screens can fold in half. This will allow for much larger screen space. However, I think a 13" or even a 15" conventional screen is still manageable.


RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By someguy123 on 8/22/2012 1:44:45 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Explorer: I don't like how M$ removed the amount of space a folder uses from the status bar. It's really irritating. The only way you can tell how much a folder uses is to right-click - properties. If anyone knows a tweak which can put it back please LMK.


Just hover your mouse over the folder.

quote:
• Explorer: I don't like how M$ removed the button toolbar just below the menu. Again, if anyone knows a tweak which can put it back please LMK.


Don't think this can be done without registry tweaks....but why? It takes so much more effort than the copy paste hotkeys or even simply right clicking.

quote:
• Explorer: I don't like how the "search" feature, or what's left of it, works. M$ completely removed the search function from 7. 7's search function is virtually nonexistent. M$'s Explorer search function is so poor, I often use Nirsoft's SearchMyFiles instead.


I don't even understand this one. Windows indexing is still there and they added in program search to the start menu. They didn't remove the search function.


RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By daar on 8/23/2012 1:41:50 AM , Rating: 2
I've had issues with Win7 indexing, it feels as if certain files do not get indexed and when I search a folder after a few weeks, fully knowing the file is there, it won't show up. I've never touched the settings and my copy of Windows is up to date so not sure what's up.

That still, while there were other small annoyances, I've been happy with Win7 and generally always upgraded to the newest OS. Having heard of issues described by some friends, this might be the first OS I skip.


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