PC Sales hit Roadblock After the Launch of Windows 8

Windows 8 was launched among much hype but it seems as if it has failed to live up to the hype created at the time of its launch. The news is that PC sales are down after Windows 8 have started rolling out. Not a good news for Microsoft.

Launch of Windows 8

Microsoft entered the tablet industry, mainly dominated by iPad, with the launch of Microsoft Surface tablet that runs on Windows 8. The new operating system looks great if used with touch-based devices but it failed to impress the folks who used it on their notebooks and computers.

According to a report released by a market research company, NPD Group, the Notebooks sales have dropped by 24 percent compared to the same period last year since the launch of Windows 8. The Desktop PCs have reported better performance than Notebooks but their sales is also down at 9 percent from the previous period. Overall the sales of devices running on Microsoft Windows 8 have fallen 21 percent compared to last year.

It is too early to predict that Windows 8 has failed, but still it has not been able to create a positive impact like it was created with Windows 7. However the sales of Windows 8 can go up as their is a whole festive season ahead of us.

One further thing that is a reason behind the drop on sales percentage is that the prices of many of the devices including Desktops running on Windows 8 have increased up to 10 percent. This rise in prices have also helped Windows 8 hit a roadblock.

The sales figure doesn’t include the Microsoft Surface tablet as of now, because Microsoft has yet started supplying it.

Source : T3.com

Microsoft launches Surface Tablets along with Windows 8 !!!

It’s merry time for techies and gadget freaks as Microsoft finally launched its very first tablet just days after iPad Mini was launched. Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, head of Windows unit and the person behind Widows 8 launched the latest hardware in front of around 1000 media persons and PC industry partners.

Microsoft launches Surface Tablets.

The launch of the Surface tablets is clearly shows that Microsoft is trying to take a strong position in the mobile computing market which was till now led by Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Steve Ballmer stated ” We have reimagined Windows and we have reimagined the whole PC industry “.

The early reviews of Microsoft were mixed as some were criticizing the design and the user interface while some where praising it and even calling it a revolutionary design. But amidst all the speculation and after the heavy testing and tweaking, Surface tablets were launched and went on sale on Thursday midnight.

Have a look : Microsoft takes on Apple; finally unveils the Surface Tablets

Alongwith Surface tablets, it was the day that the much-awaited Windows 8 was launched for the people to use. Windows 8 sports a completely new look with its Metro-like design and the tile interface. No wonder it will work best with touch enabled devices like Surface tablets and Windows phones.

Microsoft launches Windows 8

According to Steve Sinofsky, Windows 8 is built on the base of Windows 7 which proved to be the best selling OS for Microsoft reaching upto 670 million license already sold.

Many people including the investors are uncertain about the success of Windows 8, because of the fact that the consumer previews got some rave reviews. However they feel that a solid and ground-breaking launch could hep Microsoft’s stock which have remained quite low compared to Apple’s stock.

Have a look : HP Unveiles Four New All-in-One Windows 8 Computers !!!

No wonder, Microsoft is trying to give a tough competition to Apple by launching its Surface tablet and Windows 8 only after iPad Mini was launched and days before Google Nexus 7 hit the stores. Now we only have to witness the clash of the titans. Let’s see if Microsoft can make way by competing with two giants who have always ruled the world of mobile computing.

What’s your say? Will Microsoft Surface tablets and Windows 8 live up to the expectations ?

Microsoft takes on Apple; finally unveils the Surface Tablets

Microsoft launches Surface Tablets

    We have been waiting for so long for this announcement and the earth-shattering announcement is finally here – Microsoft finally surfaces in the tablets market. Amidst so many rumours about hte launch, the design and of course the specification of Microsoft’s tablet, Microsoft finally unveiled its device in front of the world.

     Microsoft has been working on a tablet for so long, but it has entered the market with a vengeance. Not one, but it has two tablets in its kitty. One is Windows 8 RT tablet that runs on NVIDIA tegra 3 ARM processor and the other one is Windows 8 Pro tablet that runs on Intel’s Ivy bridge Core i5 chips.

Microsoft has named the tablets as “Surface”. Just as Windows 8 is changing the dimensions of Windows operating system, Microsoft claims that Surface too will change the dimensions of the tablets. Surface is first of its kind. It is designed to work both as a tablet and a PC.

Microsoft Surface Tablets
    The Surface tablet is super-thin, just 9.3 mm for the Windows RT version and 13.5 mm fot the Windows Pro version. You will find a Micro SD post on the side of the RT version and a micro SDXC port in the Pro version for adding the data to the device or reading files like pictures from your digital camera on the go. Surface tablets boast of a 10.6 inch 16:9 widescreen HD display screen.The screen is made of Gorilla Glass, which as we all know is an ultra-strong glass which prevents scratches and cracks even if it tumbles from our hands. 
     There is a nice addition to this device. Both the tablets have two ful size USB ports – something which you normally won’t see in the tablets. A built-in kickstand on the rear of the tablet to hold it up while you are typing or viewing videos.
      Remember Apple’s Smart Cover, the same thing you will see with Microsoft’s tablets. A Touch Cover for the device that protects the screen, it connects to the Surface via the magnets on the devices side. It’s not just like another cover or like Apple’s Smart Cover. It’s much more than that. The insid of the 3mm cover doubles up as a fully functional keyboard with a built-in trackpad when its opened up. You will even get a stylus if you go for the Pro version, and it attaches to the side of the tablet for easy storage.
Microsoft Surface TabletsMicrosoft Surface Tablets
     The Windows 8 RT version will be available in 32GB and 64GB, while the Windows 8 Pro version will be available in 64GB and 128GB. Both the versions will have a 2×2 MIMO WiFi antennae. the RT version has a Micro HD Video Port while the Pro version has a Mini display Port Video.
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