Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’
Microsoft has beefed up its rhetoric designed to move customers off XP and on to its new Windows 8 platform by claiming the old OS is six times less secure than its newer counterpart.
The Lenovo Touch Combat Kit gives partners four different form factors to demonstrate to customers the functionality and value of Windows 8 devices.
Windows 8.1, the updated version of Microsoft’s maligned touch-based operating system, hit the market today. The new features and corrections are designed to make the platform more palatable to business and consumer users, and comes as PC sales are starting to rise.
As Surface tablet sales gain a bit of traction in the channel, Microsoft Corp. is adding some grit to the track with a spate of updates for the next version that could make the fondleslabs even more attractive to business buyers.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a farewell address to Wall Street, said Microsoft will work hard to ensure the PC remains the computing device of choice, thus ensuring the health of the broader hardware and software ecosystem. But, Microsoft isn’t placing all its bets on PCs.
After a disastrous experience with a Lenovo Helix and Windows 8, I’m giving the operating system a second chance — this time on a Lenovo ThinkPad 8 built specifically for business users.
The popularity of Windows 8, the latest Microsoft OS, significantly picked up last month, as XP’s dwindled.
Phil Sorgen is inheriting a much different Microsoft channel than the one Jon Roskill took over in 2010. While Microsoft has many weapons in its arsenal, it also has many challenges, particularly when it comes to its increasingly restless and dissatisfied partner community.
Analysts and vendors agree PC sales are falling precipitously, as evidenced as Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo jostle for top market position based mostly on whose sales fall fastest. At the same time, solution providers report selling more PCs. Contradiction? No. Other forces are at work.
Analysts and pundits may debate how well Windows 8 is selling, but it doesn’t matter. The operating system is here, and it’s dragging a number of new products into the channel. This isn’t just an opportunity to sell a new version of Windows, but to start a broader conversation about modernizing business IT infrastructure.