Tag: Windows 8

Back to the Start menu: Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system

Business, Mobile
Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS). The name is a surprise, bearing in mind it represents a jump from the last version - Windows 8. Reports BBC The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store. It also marks the return of the Start Menu, which had been removed from Windows 8. In addition to offering a list of the user's favourite applications, the menu also brings up resizable tiles - similar to those featured in Windows 8's touch-centric interface on PCs and tablets. These provide a quick view of notifications from relevant applications, such as details of new emails, Facebook messages and weather forecast updates. Microsoft announce...

Poll:More people prefer to stay with Windows XP once support ends

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Support for Windows XP will end about a week from now, but it looks like a significant number of people will choose to stay with the aged operating system even after Microsoft ceases to support it. However, the numbers pointing in that direction aren’t overwhelming, with a notable amount of people also indicating that they’ll make the switch at some point. We ran a poll a few weeks ago asking people if they would stick with or move on from XP after April 8. As of this writing, 423 respondents have indicated that they would upgrade from Windows XP, while 352 people checked off the option indicating that they would upgrade from XP to Windows 8, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. According to Net Marketshare, Windows 8.1′s desktop OS share stood at 3.9 percent in January. While that rose last month

Microsoft to Take Windows XP Off Life Support Despite Its 29% Market Share

Internet, Mobile
Change: It's inevitable in and of itself, and it's inevitable that some people don't like it. Change: It’s inevitable in and of itself, and it’s inevitable that some people don’t like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft’s almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30% of computers that connect to the Internet. That’s second only to Windows 7, which claims around 47%. Windows 8/8.1 accounts for just shy of 11%; Mac OS X makes up just shy of 8%; Windows Vista slides in at just north of 3%, with “Other” making up less than 2%. Microsoft Microsoft will be ending Windows XP support on April 8 and, from March 8 onward, Windows XP users will start seeing the pop-up to the right. If you’re running XP, your computer i

Forget About Windows 8, Insiders Say Microsoft’s Real Money Maker Is Broken

Business
It's not a surprise that Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is already shaking up the company and moving key people around. While a lot of attention is being paid to how he'll fix Windows 8, sources in Microsoft's legendary sales force tell us their division needs attention too. One source even suggested that Nadella may need to replace the man in charge of the salesforce, COO Kevin Turner. "The sales model at Microsoft is broken. It has been for years," a long-term member of the Microsoft sales force told Business Insider. "Ultimately, I think it will require a leadership change for Satya to even have influence on sales strategy. I like Kevin Turner quite a bit, but I’m not sure that his experience will translate to the services world." Microsoft makes much of its money selling pro

Is Windows 8 ‘the New Vista’ ?

Business
Microsoft employees reportedly refer to Windows 8 as "the new Vista," a nickname guaranteed to make company executives cringe -- and a perception that's hastening the arrival of Windows 9. Respected blogger Paul Thurrott, who covers Windows on WinSupersite.com, disclosed the nickname in a tweet. "Can we call Windows 8 the new Vista? Not so fast, analyst says." Call it what you want. That's what they call it inside of Microsoft. — Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) January 17, 2014 Although Windows 8 has received a somewhat warmer welcome from IT professionals and end-users than Vista (How could it have been colder?), Win 8 has suffered from slow sales traction. More than a year after it debuted, Win 8 (plus Win 8.1) passed the 10 percent marketshare figure, according to NetMarketshare. Overall, h