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Latest usage shares show slow adoption of Windows 8.1

Newly released figures from two popular web analytics firms show a PC market that is essentially static. The most interesting detail: Apple's push to update its installed base to the latest OS X version has largely succeeded, while Microsoft is less successful with its efforts to get Windows 8 users to move to the free 8.1 update.

September 2, 2014

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

Is Microsoft preparing to do more with the Xbox brand?

Could Xbox-branded smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smartglasses, and home automation devices be Microsoft's "mobile-first world" strategy? Or is Microsoft planning to carve off the brand so it can better focus on enterprise?

July 11, 2014

Rebooting Windows for a new era of computing

The next couple of years will be crucial for Microsoft, but I believe that the company has what it takes to surprise us, and that it still has a good chance of transforming itself into a company that can rise to the challenges and changes thrown up by the post PC era.

May 28, 2014

Microsoft's Windows business model is far from dead

Giving away Windows free to OEMs to load onto desktop and notebook PCs might seem like a good idea on the face of it, but in reality it's not necessary, and even if Microsoft were to do it, it's unlikely that it would do anything to overall PC sales.

April 15, 2014

Nokia X phones: Not long for this world

Nokia shook up the technorati with the launch of a line of smartphones running a forked version of Android. With the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia looming, it's not likely these phones will be around long.

February 25, 2014 by

Only Microsoft can save the PC

OEMs have responded to the PC sales crisis in a variety of ways. We've seen them try to embrace Android, we've seen them betting the farm on different form factors, and we've seen they try to outgun Apple's iPad. But none of it seems to be working. The ball is now in Microsoft's court.

February 13, 2014

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