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UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP ...Much to Microsoft's ChagrinMicrosoft is a little over a month away from killing off its überpopular Windows XP operating system – April 8, 2014 – However, it seems that punters aren’t entirely in agreement with the tech-giants death yell.

February’s trends for XP and Windows 8 were unwelcome news at Microsoft, but perhaps not unexpected. In the past weeks the company has been reduced to asking customers for help in shrinking XP’s still-strong presence and has reportedly severely slashed the price of Windows 8 licenses to makers of low-priced devices in an effort to boost sales.

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, for the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 both defied the maker’s wishes, XP, which Microsoft just wants to go away, gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.

Windows XP increased its share by .3 of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 29.5 percent of all personal – desktop and notebook – computers globally. In January, XP had gained a quarter of a point. The fact that the well-aged operating system accounts for a third of all Windows based PCs also has to have Microsoft tearing out strands of hair. Killing off the OS is likely to upset once loyal Microsoft devotees, but is anything likely to halt the funeral? Not a hope in hell according to Microsoft

UPDATED! 16 March, 2014: Microsoft has upped the ante in its lame attempt to lure users away from it’s almost defunct OS, offering a $50 carrot for users who buy a new Windows 8.1 device :: Read the full article »»»»


Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS

Julie Larson-Green to Kill-off RT Tablet OSMicrosoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.

Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.

RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency. RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.

Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows. Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»


HP’s Schizoid WebOS Turn Around? No Phone, But Yes to Tablet PC!

Posted: December 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web, Smartphone, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on HP’s Schizoid WebOS Turn Around? No Phone, But Yes to Tablet PC!

HP's Schizoid WebOS Turn-aroundHewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman said Friday that the company plans to manufacture a WebOS tablet in 2013, even as the company winds down the WebOS-based TouchPad tablet.

The HP TouchPad was such a disaster that the company canceled it 49 days after it launched. But that was under its previous CEO, Leo Apotheker. Apparently new CEO Meg Whitman wants to take another shot.

In what is the latest sideways vertical move for HP on it’s WebOS platform, TechCrunch has reported that Meg Whitman and board member Marc Andreessen have told the site that the HP will manufacture a WebOS tablet, perhaps in 2012, but definitely in 2013. Whitman has said previously that the company is committed to the tablet market.

An HP spokesman, asked to confirm the report, said that a WebOS tablet would be made only if the market was “viable”. He said that he preferred to focus on the decision to release WebOS as open source, which will give it an immortality that it otherwise might not have.

In August this year HP anounced that it was pulling out of consumer electronics all together, August 19,2011:  Hewlett-Packard is pulling out of it’s consumer PC business, the company chose its Q3 earnings call to drop the bomb. The tech behemoth under Mark Hurd’s watch focused on  splashing out $7 billion to buy Palm, 3COM, and 3PAR. Hewlett-Packard in a complete 180  is now ditching both the Personal Computer and Palm-Mobile Computing business, oh, and they’ve signed on the line to buy Autonomy for $11 billion. Read the full article »»»»