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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 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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