Microsoft Windows 7 has now taken 30 percent of the PC operating system market, but it's still a long way behind Windows XP's 52 percent, according to numbers published today on the Netmarketshare website. As the name implies, the market shares are calculated from website traffic, and thus may not precisely reflect the global installed base.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Many visitors to Bletchley Park, home of the UK's code-breaking efforts during World War II, must have enjoyed meeting Tony Sale, who appeared to spend much of his free time tending Colossus. This was a reconstructed version of one of the world's first electronic computers, which was built out of valves (or vacuum tubes) to help decode messages that the German forces had encrypted using the Lorenz cypher [corrected].
Samsung Electronics has said it's not buying Hewlett-Packard's PC business, and since companies can often deny what they are up to, it has now said it twice. Meanwhile, HP has had to issue statements to say it is not exiting the PC business, an impression that might have been gained from some shoddy reporting.
Hewlett-Packard is the world's largest personal computer company, and this makes it hard for any of the smaller suppliers to buy its PC business. However, Taiwan's DigiTimes has suggested a possible solution: split the business into consumer and enterprise divisions, and sell off the consumer division.
Can Hewlett-Packard's $41 billion Personal Systems Group (PSG) stand on its own two feet? If not, who would buy it?
Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company, announced moderate financial results tonight -- quarterly turnover up by 2% to $31.2 billion -- then dropped a couple of bombshells.
Netbook shipments in Western Europe halved in this year's second quarter, with problems at the market-leading Acer contributing to a major market slump, according to Gartner's provisional estimates. The industry research company reckons that, in this geographical area, PC shipments fell by 18.
Apple hasn't announced this year's launch of the iPad 3, but even if it had been going to, it won't now. Apple has "recently canceled its iPad 3 supply schedule for the second half of 2011," according to Taiwan's DigiTimes, partly because Sharp cannot manufacture enough high-resolution LCD screens.
Google's $12.5 billion all-cash acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the mobile arm of the pioneering phone maker, will prompt all the other Android phone suppliers to assess their positions.
Amazon and Argos are still the UK's top online shops, with Next overtaking Tesco and Play.com to claim third place in the latest quarterly UK top 50.