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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    heatless, Microsoft hasn't released any sales figures at all. You can claim IDC figures aren't telling the whole story, but then Microsoft doesn't want the whole story outed either. Mind you, these are shipments. This isn't even counting the sales! Who knows how bad those are going to be.
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    The problem with PC sales is that tablet and smartphone sales are doing extremely well, and like you've mentioned, could potentially have been doing even better. It's not solely the economic downturn to blame here, just as it isn't only Win8. Even in regions where there has been little...
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    Depends on where they're sold. Many countries don't do any sort of subsidizing. Still, there was an uptick across the board regardless of location. This also doesn't explain why tablets are selling that well and PCs are down. I'm not blaming Win8 (entirely). I think PC sales would have dipped...
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    Zara, in emerging markets where people still need PCs, tablets have actually been picking up in sales whereas PCs have declined. It's not a global recession that's to blame here. Win8 shares some of it and, as does not having the need to upgrade if you've bought in the past 5 years, but a...
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    New Laptop for Grad School

    It all depends on what you're doing. The average usage pattern for me is 20 tabs up, and some are heavy on HTML5. If you throw in high quality videos, your Atom SoC will stutter (read the extremetech review). This new generation of Atom has only 8% higher IPC and ~25% better performance, but...
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    Just to give you a sense of how bad it is: Samsung has sold more smartphones in the same time than all of the PC OEMs combined.
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    Tablet and smartphone sales are soaring, though. The only devices that were hurt were PCs. A global economic recession is a valid argument if it affected them all, but it hasn't.
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    Windows 8 Blamed For Biggest PC Shipment Plunge Ever

    Accompanying thread on this That 13.9% figure is shipments, meaning the actual sales will be even worse.
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    MS and Windows 8 Strategy

    Difficult to get the NT brand back given they've also Metro-fied their server distributions as well. The server/workstation crowd has already lost faith in MS, it's going to be difficult to get that sort of trust back. If you look at the server space, MS has been on a steady downward decline for...
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    MS and Windows 8 Strategy

    The plan was to leverage the "need" for Win32/legacy in order to sell tablets, and it clearly hasn't worked. People who buy tablets could care less for windows software if it's missing Facebook and Twitter. BYOD crowd is perfectly content with iPads and Nexus devices, and software has been...
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    MS and Windows 8 Strategy

    That's the news that matters. Tablet/hybrid sales being that poor is far more disastrous than the negative slide of conventional PCs; which, even though was almost twice as bad as was expected, was nevertheless expected to be quite bad. Yes, Haswell will make them more appealing, but it will...
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    MS and Windows 8 Strategy

    The tablet side was obviously the one that got more attention, and the few (and minor) details added to the desktop side are going to be overlooked. Rather than expanding the functionality of the desktop and addressing whatever lingering issues still remain, MS decided to glue Metro on to it...
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    New Laptop for Grad School

    I would not settle with an Atom. It's not even 64-bit compliant, and the GPU was outdated as soon as the SoC was released. 2GB RAM isn't even enough for web browsing.
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    AnandTech tests Calxeda's 24 node (96 core) ARM server

    Another interesting article
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    Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' Drops Wubi in Final Beta

    How in the world would you explain the HUD? How is that designed for tablets? phones? or even dumbing anything down? Unity is meant to tie them together, and imo it does it far better than Metro and Win8. There's no doubt that it's much more friendly to a touch interface than KDE or XFCE, but...
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