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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.

public preview of Windows 8.1 is expected in June.

Source: Wall Street Journal



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RE: Sadly..
By fteoath64 on 5/12/2013 12:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
It is a Service Pack exactly. But they wanted to position it to "look" like a new system to rid itself of the old karma. It might just work if the UI and overall functions are way better than before. Trying to "force" people into a certain type of usage model is never good. That was a drastic mistake to enforce a tablet like usage on all desktops.
This is a drastic effort to reverse the trend in declining Windows sales while the transition to tablets of the Android and IOS variety accelerates. Windows tablets will always be a niche just because it failed to grab the right form-factor and weight optimum that the Android and iOS tablets have hit.


RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2013 7:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
What part of this do you not understand?

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And it will be a full operating system upgrade.


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