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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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doooo eeeeet
By Motoman on 5/9/2013 12:40:17 PM , Rating: 4
“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."

Translation: put the f%cking Start button and normal desktop back in there already.

RE: doooo eeeeet
By datdamonfoo on 5/9/2013 2:55:54 PM , Rating: 4
The normal desktop is there. I use it all the time on my three Windows 8 computers.

RE: doooo eeeeet
By xti on 5/9/2013 3:32:17 PM , Rating: 2
why do you insist on playing in traffic...

RE: doooo eeeeet
By Bateluer on 5/9/2013 4:53:08 PM , Rating: 4
Its there, until you reboot or accidentally mouse over the Charms bar. Then you have to deal with the annoying and utterly useless Start Screen.

RE: doooo eeeeet
By Nutzo on 5/9/2013 6:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
Except you can't simply click on the start button and select shutdown.
Trying to bring up the charms bar is a pain, especially when you are connected remotely, same with trying to "hover" in the right place to bring up the ugly flat start page.

RE: doooo eeeeet
By wordsworm on 5/9/2013 11:24:29 PM , Rating: 2
The hibernate mode is all I use. I just have to hit the power button and it's good like that. I can even unplug it, move it, plug it back in, and hit the button to turn it back on. It's really good that way. I would never go back to XP or W7. W8 is the best OS I've ever used. I'm not sure why anyone would want it to be more like W7.

RE: doooo eeeeet
By Strunf on 5/13/2013 8:24:14 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize Hibernate is also available on windows 7? and I think it was even available on Win XP.

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