Another day, another provocative research report from Gartner, which has a long track record of spectacularly wrong predictions. I've collected some of their greatest hits. Er, misses.
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Back on January 27, 2010, a very Big Thinker declared the PC dead. A decade later, the PC is very much alive, although a time traveler from 2010 might not recognize it. Here's how this endangered species evolved and survived.
What's better than a clean install? How about a clean installation that includes all required drivers and utility programs? Here's how to locate a free Windows 10, Windows 11, or even Linux recovery image for your Dell, HP, Lenovo, or Surface PC.
Oops, they did it again. Early this morning, McAfee released an update to its antivirus definitions for corporate customers that mistakenly deleted a crucial Windows XP file, sending systems into a reboot loop and requiring tedious manual repairs. It's not the first strike for the company, either. I've got details.
Just what is a PC, anyway? In the past year, the traditional definition of a Windows-powered PC has been blurred as a wave of decidedly nontraditional devices appeared on the market. Here's what I've learned after using more than 20 of those devices.
A new generation of Windows PCs, with price points hovering around $300, is hitting the market with a vengeance this fall. Consumers stayed away from the last generation of high-priced touch notebooks. Will these new, cheaper devices turn the tide and reclaim the low-end market from Google's Chromebooks?
A snapshot of the U.S. commercial sales channel for the first 11 months of 2013 shows a big shift in the marketplace for computing devices. Windows PCs are flat, Apple PCs are down, and tablets of all kinds (including Android and Windows devices) are way up. But the big winner is the Chromebook.
After more than two years on the market, Chromebooks appear to be suffering from the same malaise as netbooks. The latest figures from IDC show that only Samsung has been able to ship more than "tiny volumes" of Chromebooks, and most sales have been in the K-12 education market, not to consumers.
At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Microsoft's hardware partners are showing off the next generation of Windows-powered hardware, a category Intel calls "two-in-ones." By year's end, the market should be flooded with devices that can shift from PC to tablet on the fly. But who's buying?
As the lines between tablets and laptops continue to blur, it gets harder to tell what's a PC and what isn't. Even the two biggest research firms can't agree. No wonder the rest of us are confused.