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Price cuts also inbound

The computer market is currently going through one of the roughest spots in recent memory. Consumers continue to purchase devices such as smartphones and tablets instead of upgrading older computers, and even some businesses are holding off on new system purchases/operating system upgrades. Despite these foibles, Microsoft still hit the 100 million licenses sold milestone with Windows 8.

The good news for Microsoft is that industry executives say prices for Windows 8 devices are set to decline over the coming months, which should lead to increased consumer interest in the operating system.

Executives from computer maker Acer have noted that Microsoft is being more "considerate" to its partners and has begun adopting suggestions made by partners "at a high percentage."

"When we were talking to Microsoft, our input to them is balance,” said Acer President Jim Wong. “The world in the next five years is not going 100 percent to touch. Although touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs, you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch."

Windows Chief Tami Reller acknowledges that there are issues with Windows 8 and that the software giant is working to adjust to consumer feedback. She stopped short of confirming any specific feature changes, but rumors continue to hint that Windows 8.1 will see a return of the Start button.

public preview of Windows 8.1 is expected in June.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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By btc909 on 5/9/2013 11:53:58 AM , Rating: -1
The Windows 8 disaster held back the release of DDR4 memory & since Windows 8 wasn't anticipated the production of DDR3 memory was scaled back like it normally is when a new memory technology is about to be released. Now we have sky high DDR3 memory prices.

By OoklaTheMok on 5/9/2013 12:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
Could you elaborate on how the two are related?

By Flunk on 5/9/2013 12:36:14 PM , Rating: 4
Magic elves did it.

Otherwise I'm at a loss because it's not like any of the hardware vendors have DDR4-compatible products available. Intel's lack of DDR4 support on their chipsets is the real reason that DDR4 isn't available on PCs now.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/10/2013 8:03:35 AM , Rating: 2
We already have more memory bandwidth than we know what to do with. NOTHING we run right now is memory bottlenecked, so going over 1866 MHz on current DDR3 is barely benchmarkable.

So yeah the claim that Windows 8 robbed us of DDR4 is a joke, but even if it did, we shouldn't even care. There's no benefit today on the consumer side of things of going to DDR4, performance wise.

By jjlj on 5/9/2013 12:09:24 PM , Rating: 2
At least DDR3 reg ecc is still cheaper than DDR2 reg ecc...

By Motoman on 5/9/2013 2:28:26 PM , Rating: 4
Are you on crack?

8Gb of DDR3-1600 RAM is ~$53 with free shipping. RAM has *never* been this cheap. It's practically free.

And WTF do you think an OS has to do with dictating any kinds of memory standards on the motherboard?

By Motoman on 5/9/2013 2:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
For a frame of reference, back in the day I talked my boss into letting me expense the purchase of some additional RAM for my home PC that I did lots of work on. It was a Windows NT 4.0 dual boot with either 95 or 98...don't remember at the moment.

Anyway, my machine already had a whopping 16Mb of RAM in it (no, that's not a typo - 16 Megabytes). Which was a pretty standard amount of memory at the time. My boss let me buy a 64Mb stick to add in so I had a total of 80Mb.

The cost of that 64Mb stick? Something like $500.

By Proxes on 5/9/2013 2:39:20 PM , Rating: 2
First SIMM I ever bought was 1 meg for $100. Then 16 meg sticks were well over $1000.

I can max out my current computer with 32 GB of RAM for less than I maxed out my first computer with 4 megs.

By troysavary on 5/9/2013 5:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
I doubled the RAM in my first computer from 16 Kilo(not mega)bytes to 32 by sliding the new RAM chips over the ones on the mobo and soldering the pins together.

By Motoman on 5/9/2013 7:12:55 PM , Rating: 1
Oh yeah? Well I upgraded my first computer by replacing the mouse with a gerbil. But then the cat ate my gerbil, and I couldn't play Zork anymore.

By PaFromFL on 5/10/2013 9:39:09 AM , Rating: 2
I did that with my Sanyo MBC-550, doubling my RAM to 256 Kbytes. After buying TurboPascal, I was free from the tyranny of the high priests of the computer room. Good times. Good times.

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