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Topic: Windows 8

Windows 8 hits 100 million sales, Microsoft working to address user complaints

05/07/2013, 09:05 am

Even as Microsoft's Windows 8 reached a milestone in passing 100 million licenses sold, the software giant is preparing to rework its latest operating system in order to address the realities of a drastically changed computing market.

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Slow start for Surface has Microsoft cautiously prepping smaller next-gen models - report

05/02/2013, 09:05 am

Microsoft is said to be planning to introduce its second generation of Surface tablets with smaller displays this June, but the company is reportedly taking a "cautious" approach after the initial models got off to a lukewarm start.

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Windows 8 tablets grab 7% of shipments, Apple's iPad still controls nearly half

04/25/2013, 03:04 pm

Apple's iPad offerings continue to dominate the tablet segment, but tablets running Windows 8 have had a small impact, accounting for one in fourteen tablets shipped in the first quarter of 2013.

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Microsoft, partners readying iPad mini competitors for later this year

04/19/2013, 02:04 pm

The next few months may see Microsoft taking the fight for the smaller tablet market to Apple, firing back at the iPad mini with one or more similarly-sized devices running some form of Windows.

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Microsoft backing off Metro, plans boot-to-desktop mode for Windows 8.1

04/16/2013, 03:04 pm

In an apparent attempt to have its latest operating system better appeal to business customers, Microsoft reportedly plans to add a "boot to desktop" mode to its Windows 8.1 update, allowing users to bypass the Metro Start Screen.

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Microsoft's changes to Windows 8 certification rules hint at potential iPad mini competitor

03/29/2013, 08:03 am

Recent changes quietly made to the Windows 8 hardware certification guidelines suggest that Microsoft could be gearing up to debut a new, smaller "Windows Reader" tablet designed to compete with more portable devices like Apple's iPad mini.

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Microsoft Surface RT & Pro estimated to have sold 1.5M units total

03/15/2013, 01:03 pm

Microsoft's answer to the iPad, the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, have stumbled out of the gates, moving just 1.5 million units since launch, according to a new report.

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Samsung's new CEO reveals 'lackluster demand' for Windows products

03/15/2013, 11:03 am

On the evening that his company unveiled the follow-up to its best-selling Android smartphone, Samsung's new CEO spoke some harsh truths about the prospects of another of Samsung's software partners, saying demand for Microsoft products in the mobile sector is "lackluster."

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Fujifilm to help PC makers take on Apple with new touchscreen tech

03/11/2013, 03:03 pm

As the slumping PC industry tries to regain ground against post-PC devices like Apple's iPad, it may get a boost from new, cheaper touchscreen technology from Fujifilm and other lesser-known companies.

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With Apple's iPad besting Windows 8, Microsoft slashes prices & alters tactics

03/07/2013, 02:03 pm

With Apple's iPad dominating the new wave of computing, Microsoft's Windows 8 is floundering and the software giant is slashing prices even as its manufacturing partners are dropping some Windows devices.

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Microsoft quarterly results reflect troubled PC market, middling Windows 8 launch

01/25/2013, 10:01 am

Microsoft this week announced its second quarter of fiscal 2013 earnings, revealing more than 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold. Industry observers, though, remain cautious on the software giant in light of trends in the PC sector.

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Microsoft launching Surface Pro, expanding Surface RT lineup on Feb. 9

01/22/2013, 04:01 pm

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will expand its Surface tablet lineup next month with the new "Pro" model running Windows 8, as well as a new "RT" version with 64 gigabytes of storage.

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Samsung nixes plans for Windows RT tablets in US, citing 'modest' demand

01/12/2013, 01:01 pm

Samsung no longer plans to launch a tablet in the U.S. running Microsoft's Windows RT platform due to a number of factors, including consumer confusion and slow sales.

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Apple's iPad expected to help hold 2013 PC growth to 2%

01/07/2013, 09:01 am

A new forecast calls for worldwide PC sales to grow just 2 percent this year, held back by demand for Apple's iPad and a tepid response to Windows 8.

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US MacBook sales drop 6% over 2012 holidays, NPD says

01/04/2013, 11:01 am

In spite of discounts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even Thanksgiving Day, Apple's MacBook line of computers saw a 6 percent decrease in U.S. sales over the five-week-long 2012 holiday sales period.

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Dell exec warned Microsoft that Windows RT branding would confuse consumers

12/17/2012, 12:12 pm

An executive at one of Microsoft's largest PC partners, Dell, warned that the "Windows RT" branding for its tablet operating system might confuse consumers because it does not run traditional Windows applications.

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Apple's iPad projected to control 50% of tablet shipments through 2016

12/05/2012, 10:12 am

Apple's total share of the growing worldwide tablet market is forecast to shrink slightly but maintain iPad dominance through the year 2016 in the face of growing competition from Android and Windows.

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Black Friday sales of Windows notebooks down 10%, Apple's MacBooks stay flat

12/04/2012, 08:12 am

Retail sales of Apple notebooks on Black Friday were flat year over year as overall consumer electronics sales declined nearly 6 percent, while sales of Windows-based notebooks plummeted 10 percent despite the launch of Windows 8.

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Microsoft Surface Pro to start at $899 for 64GB model

11/29/2012, 04:11 pm

Microsoft on Thursday announced the pricing for its forthcoming Surface Pro tablet, starting at $899 for the entry-level 64-gigabyte version with an Intel processor and the full Windows 8 operating system.

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Windows 8 sales fall short of Microsoft's internal projections

11/19/2012, 04:11 pm

Initial sales of the Windows 8 operating system are said to be "well below" Microsoft's internal projections.

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