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    Why Windows 8 Is One Of The Worst Operating Systems Ever [Video]


    This isn’t strictly Mac related, but it’s an interesting discussion on what makes a multi-touch operating system like OS X work, and what makes a similar multi-touch operating system like Windows 8 a complete failure. It’s also an incredibly insightful and concise argument about how Windows 8 fails as a desktop operating system in the four key areas in which an operating system must succeed: control, context, conveyance and continuity.

    Brian Bokyo makes a series of excellent arguments on Windows 8’s failure over the course of roughly 23 minutes, but perhaps the video is best summed up in this paraphrased line taken from it: “Use Windows 8 and all of a sudden, a goblin will magically appear, fart in your face and disappear. Moreover, you know it’s going to continue to unpredictably happen again and again… and you’ll never have any idea why.”

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    Fujitsu President: Weak demand for Microsoft’s Windows 8 killing PC Sales



    “Fujitsu Ltd., Japan’s biggest provider of computer services, said the company will miss its annual shipment target for personal computers amid slow demand for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system,” Naoko Fujimura and Shunichi Ozasa report for Bloomberg. “Initial appetite for the software, introduced in October, is ‘weak,’ Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto, 58, told reporters in Tokyo yesterday. Slumping demand in Europe amid the sovereign-debt crisis will also erode sales, he said.”

    Fujimura and Ozasa report, “U.S. retail sales of devices running Windows fell 21 percent from a year earlier in the four weeks after Microsoft released Windows 8 on Oct. 26, according to a Nov. 29 report by Port Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc. The decrease has been fueled by a 24 percent drop in sales of notebook computers as customers opt for Apple Inc.’s iPad… Microsoft plans to overhaul how it develops its flagship Windows operating system in a strategic shift aimed at keeping pace with nimbler rivals Apple and Google, people familiar with the matter said last month.”

    Fujimura and Ozasa report, “Microsoft aims to upgrade the software more frequently, about once a year, rather than every two or three years as it’s done in the past, the people said. The world’s largest software maker has floundered as personal computers, where it has long dominated, have lost ground to the smartphones and tablets championed by Apple and Google.”




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    Microsoft Is Trying To Woo Apple Developers Over To Windows 8


    For the last few decades, developers have always flocked to Microsoft’s operating system while Apple’s Mac OS X has been an afterthought. In the post-PC world though the tables have turned.

    Apple’s App Store has the highest quality apps for iPhones and iPads while Microsoft has been struggling to get developers to come over and make apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. In an effort to sway the tide of the battle, Microsoft is now trying to woo popular iOS developers over to Microsoft.

    The Technology Review reports that Microsoft has invited many developers over to the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California in an attempt to lure them to make apps for Windows 8 tablets and desktop computers. While Apple’s App Store boast 700,000 apps, the Microsoft Windows Store only has 100,000 apps
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    Microsoft held multiple development sessions over two days at their campus to give developers a better grasp on how to make apps for the Windows Store. Onstage, a developer answered questions, such as whether a button can be placed on a title for users to press (nope) and what colors are the best for an app’s tile (bright colors; unlike iOS, gradients aren’t allowed).

    “For iOS developers that attended the event, Microsoft’s overtures seemed to be working, partly because of Microsoft’s traditional focus on supporting developers. Tim Burks, founder of iOS app development company Radtastical, says writing apps for another platform can be hard because you need to change your mind-set. Microsoft’s instructional overtures make considering its platform “a high priority,”

    Many of the developers who attended the meetings said that developing for Windows 8 is alluring because the market isn’t as saturated as the App Store. Most of the developers who were invited to attend the meeting already have popular apps on iOS that would likely be popular on Windows 8 once they’re ported over.

    One developer claimed, “it’s a lot easier to get lost in iOS world because there are a million apps out there.” If Microsoft can win over developers to Windows 8 and keep them there, Windows 8 might have a chance to compete in the mobile platform wars.

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    Upgrading to windows 8 will be more expensive starting tomorrow



    Despite the fact that most people haven’t upgraded to Windows 8, the promotional price for Microsoft’s latest operating system is coming to an end. The company has offered Windows 8 upgrades for as little as $39.99 for the past few months, but starting on February 1st that price will more than double to $119.99 and a comparable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will jump to $199.99. Microsoft will also be offering its Media Center, which had previously been free to early adopters, for $9.99. Students and school faculty will be able to upgrade Windows 8 Pro for $70.


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    Windows 8: When the Goblin farts in your face...
    Nor white, nor black. Just the passionate shades between...

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    Windows 8 adoption increased 2.26% in january



    The adoption rate of Windows 8 increased by more than 30% in January, according to the latest monthly numbers from analytics firm Net Applications. Microsoft’s latest operating system accounted for 2.26% of the market, compared to 1.72% in December and 1.09% in November. Despite the small increase, a majority of users continue to ignore Windows 8 and prefer older Windows versions. The Windows 7 operating system is still found on nearly half, or 44.48%, of all computers, while the more than 10 year old Windows XP operating system has a market share of 39.5% and the widely panned Windows Vista continues to be used by 5.24% of users.


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    As Windows 8 Flops, Apple Makes 45% Of All PC Operating Profit



    There may not be a lot of agreement on whether or not Mac sales are up or down right now, but one thing’s for sure: the overall PC market is dying, with the latest quarter seeing the largest overall contraction in PC sales in the last two decades.

    That’s not to say you can’t make a lot of profit still selling PCs, but as the chart above proves, profit is no longer linked to volume… and as they do in the smartphone and tablet markets, Apple owns the largest share of the profit to be had.

    Analysing the sales troubles facing PC makers these days, Horace Dediu over at Asymco summarizes the problem nicely:

    The real problem for the PC vendors is not that they have such low margins–they’ve had low margins for decades. It’s that the volumes which “made up for” low margins are disappearing. Apple is not immune to a gradual erosion of Mac volumes, but they have positioned themselves for growth with devices and content commerce and services. They have essentially “escaped” PCs and indeed caused the need to escape in the first place.

    The problem is what could the others do? It seems all they can do is depend on Microsoft getting their strategy right.

    Almost three decades after the debut of the original Macintosh and the Windows operating system, Apple’s strategy of integrating its software with its hardware is paying off. PC makers are making some of the best physical hardware they’ve ever produced, but Windows 8 and Windows RT are shaping up to be a profound misstep that has put the entire PC making industry, sans Apple, at risk. Outsourcing your software to someone else might be cheaper and easier for more companies, but it puts your business at risk when your partners fail. At least Apple has no one to blame but themselves.


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