PC Makers: Windows 8 May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be
August 21, 2012 12:17 PM
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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
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RE: Sounds there are many like me...
8/21/2012 8:24:46 PM
Please provide an example of a Windows phone that didn't receive an update to version 7.5? Heck all originally launched ones are receiving an update to 7.8.
And if you are whining about not receiving 8, so many hardware things changed with 8 it just makes sense. The same way that Apple allows phones to be updated to later versions of their iOS software, but not all of the features exist. So yea I have come to the conclusion that no amount of software updating will magically grant older phones to have storage card slots externally accessible, higher screen resolutions, etc.
RE: Sounds there are many like me...
8/25/2012 2:42:44 PM
Sorry about that, Myrandex - the 7.0 to 7.5 upgrade is free.
I take that back but I'll stand by what I stated regarding the rest of my ideas.
Again, it was a confussion and I never thought a Windows Phone 7.5 would even have an upgrade path to Windows Phone 8.
Regarding the external memory slots - I still can't see why a manufacturer would take that out - it's useful from so many perspectives that I just don't even want to think about it!
I wanted to transfer a folder that was full of music files and that it would've taken a lot of time to transfer via BT(because we didn't have a computer around) - and guess what! Although the phone had various GBs of internal memory - it had no memory card slot so I couldn't take out my microSD card and copy the files from his phone's internal memory right onto my microSD card. That is hilarious! This is going backwards!
"So yea I have come to the conclusion that no amount of software updating will magically grant older phones to have storage card slots externally accessible,"
Older phones are the ones who feature external memory support - newer ones seem to only feature internal memory - may your phone be out of battery or rendered useless - you may also say goodbye to your music, photos, memories and all that - because...YES! We are heading in the right direction - coming up with new BS and limits that just don't make sense!
Just the same BS that Apple had to put its customers through when it came to replacing the battery...but still...that was at least "doable".
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