As of this weekend a number of new Haswell laptops from HP, Lenovo and others have arrived in stores. What concerns me more is that nearly all the laptops are still pre-loaded with Windows 8 which means the PC buyer has to take the time and risk doing the W8.1 upgrade. This is a bad idea because it's a very long and complicated upgrade and the system may not work correctly afterwards. Who wants to buy a new machine and have that headache?
Very positive move. Much better to have the drivers built into the kernel. Intel's graphics will just work out of the box.
You seem very confused. All Intel Atom tablets sold this quarter shipped with Windows has the real 32 bit version of Windows - not Windows RT. One can load any Windows app they want from any source.
What are you two smoking? The Windows software ecosystem is larger than Android by many orders of magnitude. The apps cover every conceivable vertical market and they are very mature. PC owners have an enormous investment in time and money in their Windows apps and they will readily spend to have full desktop and network compatibility across their PC's and mobile devices.
"Weakening Windows 8.1 tablet demand"? Fact is that immediately after it began shipping everyone's inventory of T100's has sold out multiple times and some outlets are even selling them for a $100 premium over their MSRP. You don't see that behavior in a "weakening demand" situation. And Dell isn't even begun shipping its Venue Pro 11 yet. The demand for Windows 8.1 2-1's is huge.
Dell's new catalog shows starting prices for its new Atom-based tablets as $149 for the Venue 7 (Android), $179 for the Venue 8 (Android), $299 Venue 8 Pro (Windows 8.1) and $499 Venue 11 Pro. Amazon shows a price for a 64GB Venue Pro 11 at $549 with availability Dec. 13. Not much time to spare if this is intended to be a gift.
It is clear that tablets running W8.1 will be very popular this holiday season.
Amazon has again sold out of this very hot product and so is virtually every other retailer selling at the MSRP. Some unscrupulous outlets are even adding a $100 premium to the MSRP.
I'm not protecting anyone. I strongly dislike the grip cable company's have over consumers and the industry is well overdue for competition but I'm also realistic about the hurdles any aspiring competitor can expect if they choose to take the cable incumbents head-on. It was incredibly naive to believe a GUI and settop box was going to be enough to challenge the cable company's core business.
The unfortunate part was not that Intel was interested in the streaming market, but that they thought they would go from nothing to challenge entrenched video incumbents in a highly regulated industry with a "go it alone strategy". It's not their ambition or risk taking I fault them for, it's their lack of meaningful business and industry experience they demonstrated attempting to do it.
I think that's a mis-characterization of Essa's position. Essa had taken the view that Intel's growing success in tablets and mobile would come at ARMH's expense and hence had advocated short ARMH positions. What Essa didn't understand is that in a rapidly growing & expanding market Intel and ARMH can grow simultaneously - at least for a while. Sure some of Intel's success will come at the expense of ARMH's growth potential and OEM profitability but ARMH will still appear to be growing. I believe Essa is simply acknowledging that the second piece of his bullish Intel growth view isn't necessarily true.
All Things Digital reports Intel will hand over control of its never-launched web TV project to Verizon. Under the circumstances this would not be terribly surprising.
RT is dead for tablets. How long is it going to take for Microsoft to grasp this?
The difference between "capable of" and "doing" is as important as the difference between "can" and "will". That subtle difference could be tens or hundreds of billions of dollars of market cap.
She may be correct on the rhetorical point but is that supposed to comfort investors that have waited for Intel to capture smartphone marketshare?
You are correct. Android and IOS tablets are useful but not very effective for work tasks or content creation. However, the new Windows-based Bay Trail 2-1 convertibles like the Asus T100, or forthcoming Dell Venue 8 or Pro are the nearest it gets for blending the strengths of both types of devices.
There are widespread reports of problems with the upgrade. Some of the problems are related to the hardware components. There are problems with SSD's, the type of graphics card, etc, etc. The net is that if you haven't bought your machine yet and you want W8.1 don't buy the stuff the stores are trying to push that still has W8. Their upgrade nightmare will become your upgrade nightmare.
Must be in demand because some Amazon sellers are asking $488 when the MSRP of the unit is $399. Sellers can only charge more than the retail price when a product is in high demand.
This is a topic that will get a lot of attention because the public will come to realize that security is impossible with any version of Windows and while the Linux kernel of Android is fundamentally sound, Google's agenda to profit from selling consumer's personal data distorted Android so much is is a privacy and security disaster.
The public needs to be freed from the abusive privacy policies of Microsoft and Google and they need to be able to buy or configure tablets and other devices with real Linux as it was designed to run.
Ubuntu Touch is a start in the right direction for tablets and smartphones, although I don't believe they've yet released a version for x86. Since Ubuntu was originally designed for x86 Ubuntu Touch should be forthcoming.
It's not free. It's a fully paid-up license, about $180. W8.1 is to fix what was wrong with W8 to begin with. And Microsoft calls W8.1 an update like a service pack. It is not an upgrade.
I had so much hope for W8.1 but unfortunately Microsoft never wastes an opportunity to take advantage of the public. If you have a PC running a fully licensed paid-up version of W8 and try to upgrade to W8.1 Microsoft requires an abusive amount of personal information that would make even NSA jealous, merely to update one's paid-up license. The upgrade can take several hours and Microsoft demands; two email addresses, first name, last name, one's birthdate, captcha input, and a telephone where Microsoft can deliver a MS code in real time. Microsoft will not even use their own Outlook email account to deliver this code so clearly it isn't the confirmation they want - they want a excuse to justify getting a physical telephone number that can be easily associated to the PC, the OS license and their cloud. And again, all this is in addition to presenting a fully paid-up license key.
What's worse is that all this personal data is required even if one doesn't want to use Skydrive, doesn't want to login to MS network every time they login to their machine locally and doesn't want to use the Microsoft store. At the end of the three hour upgrade process and after entering email address, birth dates, email addresses etc at the final upgrade step if you chose the option that says " I cannot receive the code by telephone at this moment" - the upgrade stops and with no warning removes everything you've done for the previous three hours.
We have no intention of turning our desktops into smartphones and If Microsoft continues on this path we will not upgrade any W8 systems. And any machine (or OS) that can't be upgraded will be replaced with one that can be.