Perfect. A taste of the Hatlo Inferno to enliven the Obamas' golden years.
"Critics of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) line of Chromebooks argue that there’s no way the low-cost laptops can challenge the dominance of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows laptops, but a recent milestone in Google’s education sales show that school administrators think otherwise.
"During its earnings call and in a post on its Enterprise blog, Google announced that schools bought more than a million Chromebooks in the second-quarter of 2014. The small, low-cost laptops, which run Google’s Chrome operating system, number among the widening variety of options for educators and administrators seeking to get computers into classrooms.
"In the Google post, Bridgeport Public Schools’ chief information officer – and Educational Technology Guy blogger — David Andrade wrote about why his district chose Chromebooks, touching on two key benefits of the laptops: affordability and simplicity.
" “I was a fan of the Chromebook right from the start because of their affordable price and ease of use … We could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small IT team wouldn’t have to struggle to keep up with the repairs and updates on aging PCs. We would also save on support time and costs since Chromebooks update automatically.”
"Most of the school district’s students don’t have access to computers outside of school, and 95 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunches. Using the school district’s own modest budget, and later some grants as well, the district has purchased thousands of Chromebooks with the eventual goal of deploying them to every classroom in grades 4 through 12. “The Chromebooks have already changed how teachers teach and students learn: there’s less ‘listen-to-me’ lecturing, and more active student involvement in creating their own projects.” "
"...So, why does the Surface Pro 3 still seem to be struggling?
"There are three reasons: 1) Microsoft, 2) Windows 8, and 3) Price.
"Let’s start with Microsoft. I am a fan, but there are many people who only tolerate Microsoft platforms and applications begrudgingly. Many of those who rely on Microsoft software do so under duress to some extent, and have an indifferent—if not negative—perception of Microsoft.
"Microsoft has had its share of fumbles—Windows Me, Windows Vista, Microsoft BOB, the Zune music platform, the Kin smartphone, etc.. Microsoft is also marketing-challenged, and frequently does a poor job of brand exposure and reputation management. When you put all of that together, you get a situation where Microsoft can create the greatest thing ever, but its success depends on Microsoft’s ability to overcome established perceptions, and market the device effectively."
I've worked with Microsoft software. I was not impressed. Even Microsoft's own engineers hold it in contempt.
Microsoft does invest in open source software, but not enough to learn the lessons Walmart has learned and is learning.
"Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 operating system has hit a wall in terms of adoption. The maligned PC software flat-lined at 12.5% market share for the second straight month in July. And that's after dropping from 12.6% in May, according to Net Applications.
"Windows 8 hasn't benefited from the recent surge in PC sales because those have been mostly commercial PCs using the respected Windows 7 operating system. Windows 8 scrapped the familiar Windows 7 desktop in favor of big boxy icons and controls optimized for touch-screens, even though most PCs don't have them.
"Meanwhile, Windows 7 continues to climb in usage, Net Applications reported. Windows 7 machines made up 51.2% of PCs on the Internet last month, up from 50.6% in June."
"As tech shoppers peruse the aisles this holiday season, an increasing number are considering the humble Chromebook.
"Analysts say sales of the low cost, no fuss laptops that run Google’s (GOOGL) Chrome operating system software could triple from last holiday season, but acknowledge even that would still represent only a small fraction of all laptops sold.
"Chromebooks don't run the gamut of programs that work on Mac and Windows computers. Instead, they rely mainly on web-based software running in Google’s Chrome browser. That has limited their popularity, but the spread of wifi connectivity and growing usage of cloud-based apps has increased the Chromebook's appeal.
"Even Adobe is producing a version of its venerable Photoshop app to run on Chromebooks now.
"Consumers choosing Chromebooks are focused on affordability and versatility, says Stephanie Van Vector, an analyst at ABI Research. The devices are cheaper and easier to maintain than most comparable laptops and, with a built in keyboard, seen as more productive than tablets."
So, Chromebooks still not putting Microsoft out of business, but the trend is as ominous as ever...
ONLY softie shills have to make up holiday sales lies.
The above post struggles to give the impression the MS Band has been selling without actually saying so. Not an outright lie, but seriously misleading innuendo. "The demand for it is not fake." No, not fake, merely hypothetical contrary to fact.
One issue at a time, Microsoft is giving up on everything it once claimed to stand for. Microsoft is destined to be the RCA of the 21st Century.
On the other hand, they HAVE to go for change-for-the-sake-of-change because otherwise they can't convince IT manager they need to buy the next version, and they have no revenue stream. So Microsoft is stuck in a losing paradigm.
That presumes there is actually someone who likes and wants Windows and wants to do business with Microsoft. Such people apparently don't exist.
Pfffft... How did I know that's what your reaction would be? Easy. That's what your reaction always is, always has been. You never learn anything.
"Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Chrome operating system has grown to become a legitimate third platform in the personal computer market behind Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac OS, new data show.
"Chrome OS notebooks accounted for 35% of all notebook PC sales in the U.S. commercial sales channel from January through May this year, the NPD Group said Monday. The commercial channel, which covers sales to businesses and other institutions through distributors and resellers, sold 2.4 million notebooks in the first five months of the year, NPD said. Of those, about 840,000 were so-called Chromebooks.
"Sales of Chromebooks rose 250% from the year-earlier period, the research firm said, compared with 20% growth for Apple Macbooks and no change for Microsoft Windows notebooks.
"Chromebook volume has strengthened heading into the important education buying season, NPD analyst Steve Baker told IBD. For the three weeks ended June 7, Chromebook sales made up more than 40% of commercial channel notebook sales, a significant bump from the 35% year-to-date.
" "Building on last year's surprising strength, Chrome's unit strength ahead of this year's education buying season shows how it has become a legitimate third platform alongside Windows and Mac OS X," Baker said in a statement . "The next test for Chrome will clearly be the most difficult, as both Apple and Microsoft get more aggressive in pricing and deal making over the next few months. By the end of the third quarter we will have a much clearer picture of the long-term impact Chromebooks will have in the commercial channel."
"The top seller of Chromebooks in the U.S. commercial channel January through May was Samsung, with 48% market share, NPD said. In the same period last year, Samsung had 88% market share."
What did I tell you? The softie shills have an axe to grind and a built-in aversion to facts.
In particular, Microsoft's PR department has spent more than a decade disparaging Linux, so it would be an acute embarrassment for them to admit publicly that what is now eating Microsoft's lunch is ... (wait for it, drum roll please) -- Linux.
I'd say I feel sorry for them in their humiliation, but in fact I don't. They deserve it, every bit of it. And it's not gong to stop.
"One big takeaway from Thursday’s terrible news that Microsoft is laying off 18,000 employees is that the company now sees former CEO Steve Ballmer’s decision to buy Nokia as a Gob Bluth-style huge mistake. 12,500 of the affected employees came from the Nokia devices and services division, which amounts to around half of the roughly 25,000 employees that Microsoft absorbed when it officially acquired Nokia earlier this year.
"Barron’s flags some research notes that similarly say that Microsoft CEO Nadella’s decision to lay off so many Nokia employees is really his way of cleaning up Ballmer’s “mess.”
" “We believe [the 18,000 layoffs were] about double what the Street was expecting, and while the cuts will be painful for employees, they were necessary, in our view, and speak to Nadella’s attempt at cleaning up part of the mess that Ballmer left behind in Redmond,” writes FBR & Co. analyst Daniel Ives. “Under the Ballmer era there were many layers of management and a plethora of expensive initiatives being funded that has thus hurt the strategic and financial position the company is in, especially in light of digesting the Nokia acquisition.” "
Quoting further from the article:
"According to Microsoft's earnings report released earlier in the week, the search engine boasts a 19.2% U.S. market share. It seems hard to believe that Google only commands a 67.6% share of the total market."
One reason it's hard to believe is that it isn't so. According to StatCounter, Google holds 80% to Bing's 10% in the US -- just about what it was back when Bing was launched. Worldwide, it's Google at 90% to Bing's 4% -- again, just about what it was at Bing's launch.
No, what it proves is that Windows users will go to a lot of trouble to avoid migrating to Microsoft's latest offerings.