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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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RE: Sadly..
By Labotomizer on 5/10/2013 9:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
You have a very narrow view of what MS offers. They have numerous other billion dollar businesses that are doing just fine. Windows is become a smaller and smaller portion of that overall picture. I could see 8.1 as a cheap upgrade. I don't think it will be free. I think we're done with the major 3 year release cycle.

But SharePoint, Exchange, Windows Server, Azure and Office all make Microsoft a very stable company. Windows desktop could disappear and they would survive. But that isn't going to happen anyway. Over the next 4-5 years the platform you use to connect to the services will matter less. And MS is very well poised to deliver services to any device. You can see it over the last 5 years or so in their server products. Exchange 2010 worked very well across multiple platforms and browsers, same for SharePoint and now Azure. The 2013 versions are built almost entirely on open standards for the web interfaces. Their business units understand this.

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