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Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

July 15, 2014

Can Best Buy's PC business survive?

Reports from the field by PC shoppers say Best Buy is doing a disastrous job of showcasing Microsoft's Surface RT tablets. And this is a surprise? The company has offered a miserable retail experience for years. How much longer can they keep this up?

December 20, 2012

How PC makers destroy the Windows experience

Building a PC should be easy. Design great hardware, add an operating system and any specialized tools that your hardware needs, and delight the user. So why do some PC makers insist on screwing things up?

November 17, 2012

Can Microsoft cure PC makers of the crapware habit?

It's easy for an OEM to screw up a new Windows PC. Just add enough trialware and throw in a few unnecessary programs, and the customer gets a miserable out-of-box experience. Microsoft is trying to fix that with its Signature PC initiative. Does it work? And can it scale?

November 20, 2011

Windows 8 on a Mac: why Microsoft should write its own Boot Camp

Apple designs some of the best PC hardware you can buy, and its designs use the same parts as a Windows PC. Yes, you can run Windows on a Mac, but the experience is substandard. For Windows 8, Microsoft needs to replace Apple's Boot Camp software with its own.

August 18, 2011

Build-Your-Own 'Ultimate' Photoshop PC guide

Probably one of the most of the most-requested features here on Hardware 2.0 is for a 'Build-Your-Own PC' plan for the 'Ultimate' Photoshop system. Why Photoshop? Because it's a big, heavy application that when pushed hard can really tax a system. The better your hardware, the better your Photoshop experience will be.Well, here is is - my 'Ultimate' Photoshop rig guide.

May 12, 2011

Same game + Different platform = Same problems!

The argument that I hear regularly from devoted games console fans is that the experience of playing the game on a console far outweighs that of playing on a PC. The graphics might be better on the PC, but gaming on the PC is a bug-ridden experience. But what about when you have the exact same bugs on multiple platforms?

April 4, 2011

Would you try to play the latest games on a 5 year old PC?

Would you try to play the latest games on a 5 year old PC? Chances are that unless you'd carried out some significant upgrades in the GPU/CPU or RAM departments, or were willing to put up with a poor graphics experience, you wouldn't even bother. But if you play on a games console, then you are doing just that.

February 27, 2011

CES: Intel unveils Sandy Bridge, plays up video enhancements

LAS VEGAS - Intel today unveiled the second generation of its Core processors - codenamed "Sandy Bridge" -  playing up the visual elements that will create a new experience in computing, the company said.In a standing-room-only press conference at the Venetian Hotel, company CEO Paul Otellini talked about the next evolution of the PC and the push into evolving categories, including televisions, cars, digital signs and home automation systems.

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