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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 lexluthermiester on 8/24/2012 2:10:48 AM , Rating: 2
Without the registry hack xp won't utilize more then 2GB for actually running the OS.

Actually, that not correct. Ram is allocated on a per-instance basis[IE a per-executable basis]. So each executable can be allocated 2GB of RAM. Though the XP system exe's don't need that much to do it's job, the collective group of system executables could, in real world, take up more than 2GB of system ram, and without hacks.

And FYI, I have seen a 48bit memory manager running in WinXP that can recognize and use more than 4GB of system ram. It was an experiment that was seemingly successful. Not sure how it was made or implemented. But it seemed stable. This kinda proved to me that all of this "32bit 4GB limit" is a load of crap. MS just wanted to push more $h!t we don't need or want.

I've been forcing myself to try out Win8. And with each passing day I grow more weary of it. WinME could be tweaked to work right and stable. Vista was the same, but was still a resource hog. Win8 is not as pliable. On the mobile front, it may find success. But on the Desktop front, my guess is that it will be a disaster. Even if they gave it to me for free, I wouldn't use it. I'm sticking with WinXP and Win7.

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By 3ogdy on 8/25/2012 1:46:34 PM , Rating: 2

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