Computer Makers Hopeful at Prospects for Windows 8.1 Update
May 9, 2013 10:30 AM
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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.
of Windows 8.1 is expected in June.
Wall Street Journal
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5/9/2013 12:36:14 PM
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.
5/10/2013 8:03:35 AM
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.
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