August 20, 2013
Microsoft is gearing up for its second-generation Surface. Here’s what it should hold onto, and what it should change.
C-NET has this article … Whimpy performance, the RT for the most part, established to post, and expensive, say the nay sayers.
The pro is still pricey but performs better…
August 18, 2013
Firefox Goes Modern…
Dubbed “Firefox Metro,” work has already begun on it and Firefox 26 for Windows, which it will be packaged alongside of. The touch-optimized browser is scheduled to reach Mozilla’s Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28, which means users will have a first real glimpse of the updated build as early as next month.
Long overdue if I might say … Chrome is kicking butt no doubt.
I like Firefox for the RSS reader plugin SAGE.
Firefox Metro it is called …
August 11, 2013
If PC sales were generally bad in the second quarter (and they were), then Europe was the epicenter from which the damage spread. Worldwide, sales were down 10.9% from 2012, but European sales fell almost twice as much at 19.8%. Acer and Asus took the heaviest hammering; Acer’s sales were down 44.7% while Asus sales fell 41.7%. Both the desktop and PC markets sank, with sales declining by 23% and 12% respectively.
Netbooks have largely been replaced by tablets, vendors were focused on clearing inventory in preparation for Haswell and Windows 8.1, and the ongoing economic downturn in Europe have depressed demand. Gartner offers some faint hope that Windows 8.1 and Haswell might turn the slide around, but notes that this will not stem falling sales. According to Meike Escherich, the chief benefit of Haswell, Bay Trail, and Windows 8.1 is that “it does create an opportunity for profit in the mid-range and more high-end PC segments.”
August 11, 2013
It’s what people want. Me I find laptops not that useful, they are generally too bi g and clumsy to carry around and then when you get to where you want to work, they are just too limited for what you want to do. For real work, give me a big honking desktop … I want to run my TV with my laptop, I need a whole bunch of money motion to set it up.
As as most designers are finding Linux is great of handheld devices from phones to tablets, and doubles as desktop and server O/S due to it’s modular expandable design. What do you think Android is ???
Save the Windows Laptop by Designing Tablets is an interesting article on the subject.
Is ‘Windows’ Microsoft’s biggest problem when it comes to being relevant in a world of computing that’s mobile, fun, social and always-on. The laptop, for example, is still viewed by most people as a place where you work. No social, no gaming and a 5-minute wait until the laptop finishes updating and then tells you that you really should go and find the power adaptor. Heavy, noisy, hot, boring, boring, BORING. ‘Windows’ is largely responsible for this having focused on ‘work’ for much of its lifetime. Adding a new touch layer to ‘Windows’ doesn’t instantly make Windows an exciting operating system, despite the work that Microsoft has put into every layer of that ecosystem. By designing tablets that turn into laptops, however, there’s a better opportunity. Roll with the punch, Microsoft.
August 6, 2013
Surface is coming???
Tech Radar writes:
Over three million tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT were sold during the first three months of 2013, according to new data released Thursday.
Research firm Strategy Analytics claimed the unconfirmed sales helped Microsoft’s Windows OS snap up 7.5 per cent of the global tablet market share during the post-Christmas period.
The figures account for the Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets as well as those Windows 8 slates farmed out by the likes of Lenovo and Asus since the launch of the revamped OS.
iPad Fading??? The iPad 5 is due in September, so maybe by then we might have a better idea.
July 29, 2013
What goes around comes around … : Ballmer admits Microsoft built too many Surface RTs, disappointed with Windows sales
We understandMicrosoft has been testing Surface devices with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Are the days of Wintel ruling the world over?
Might be …Indeed, And talk about head in the sand marketing — Smartphones now rule …
July 5, 2013
With the release of Windows 8.1 Preview, Netflix now supports streaming over HTML5 instead of Microsoft’s proprietary Silverlight plug-in. The caveat is that only Internet Explorer 11, which is bundled with Windows 8.1, supports the necessary HTML5 extensions; if you’re a Firefox or Chrome user, you’ll continue to use the Silverlight plug-in. In our initial testing, the switch to HTML5 sees a massive reduction in CPU usage — about one third of Silverlight’s CPU usage.
Full story here …
So far its for IE 11 only. But can Chrome and Firefox be far behind? The holdup is over DRM.
Smaller less powerful chips needed for streaming videos?