Sorry, Windows 8 Is Not Going to Save the PC Industry

  It’s no secret that the PC business is pretty lousy these days. In recent weeks, Hewlett-Packard and Dell have posted weak quarterly earnings because so much of their business still relies on sales of PCs. On Friday, Intel became the latest behemoth to weigh Read More …

Windows Sales Down 21% Since Windows 8 Launch

Windows 8 may not be having the effect on sales that Microsoft had hoped. Sales are actually down 21% since the launch on Oct. 26, according to one researcher. The NPD Group reports that sales of Windows devices fell during the four-week period after the Read More …

Microsoft aQuantive Buy Leads to Profit-Sucking $6.2 Billion Write-Down

Microsoft is paying dearly for its 2007 aQuantive acquisition, taking a $6.2 billion write-down on the purchase that will likely erase its fourth-quarter profit. The company announced the move on Monday, right before the July 4 holiday in the U.S., reasoning that “the acquisition did Read More …

Microsoft Updates Windows 8 Ahead of Release

It was generally believed that Windows 8 was in lock-down mode ahead of its official release Oct. 25. But today we found out that’s not the case. Microsoft has made available pre-released versions of its highly-touted OS to developers and business customers. After the last Read More …

Samsung Aims to Top PC Market with Windows 8 Devices

Samsung is serious about being a contender in the PC market. The company officially unveiled its line of Windows 8 PCs in the U.S. Monday evening, including tablets as well as touch-enabled laptops and all-in-one designs. With the engine of Windows 8, Samsung aims to Read More …

Microsoft Planning a Huge Marketing Push for Windows 8 and WP8

Microsoft plans to do more marketing and advertising for its Windows 8, Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 group of products, than any other product in the company’s history, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Speaking at a company event in Israel, Ballmer admitted that Windows Read More …

Are These Leaked Windows 8 Ads?

With the launch of Windows 8 just a couple of weeks away, it appears some are chomping at the bit to get the word out. First, HSN started (briefly) selling some Win 8 PCs ahead of schedule and now an Israeli website has found what Read More …

Microsoft Gives Surface Tablets and Lumia 920 to Developers

REDMOND — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said today the company would give away a Surface tablet to all attendees of its annual developer conference, Build. He also threw in 100GB of free SkyDrive storage. Ballmer tipped the SkyDrive storage first, then said if anyone was Read More …

Microsoft’s Ballmer Declares War on Apple, Considers Smartphone

Declaring a new era for the company, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the Surface tablet will rejuvenate Microsoft as it takes on Apple and he didn’t discount the possibility of a Microsoft-made smartphone. “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to Read More …

PC Makers Will Get Their Hands on Windows 8.1 in August

Microsoft will send the finished version of Windows 8.1 to PC manufacturers before fall, the company announced Monday. Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for Windows, announced at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8.1 RTM (release to manufacturing) is at the end of Read More …