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.
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5/9/2013 4:52:11 PM
Interestingly enough I just read an article in MSDN Magazine (Microsoft Developer Network) talking about the concept of "Done". I think that's what we have here.
We tend to think of things not growing or innovating much as "dead". PCs and Windows in it's commonly known configuration isn't "dead" it's "done". As pointed out there will probably always be a need for a PC in one form or another. Tablets can supplant notebooks in many areas. As will it the need for PCs from some users. There's just not room, desire, or need to change it anymore -- it's "done".
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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