Blogs: Windows 8 launch


There's bad news for Microsoft's attempt to gain market share in the intensely competitive tablet market: IDC warns that the $500 price tag for Windows 8 and RT tablets is too high for them to succeed.

November 05, 2012 9:22 AM EST

When it comes pre-loaded junk and crapware, Windows 8 appears to be no different than its predecessors -- expect that the Windows 8 PC you buy will be loaded with it. When will Microsoft recognize that this is no way to please its customers?

November 02, 2012 2:01 PM EDT

The early results for Windows 8 adoptions likely won't please Microsoft: Net Applications reports that only 0.45% of Windows computers in October used Windows 8. That compares to a much higher adoption rate of 2.33% for Windows 7 during its October launch three years ago.

November 01, 2012 1:37 PM EDT

It's official: The apps once called Metro apps are now formally called "Windows 8 Store apps" by Microsoft. Along with being one of the worst branding moves of all time, the new name is misleading.

October 31, 2012 3:24 PM EDT

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claims that Microsoft has sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8 in the first three of its launch -- more than the 3 million upgrades of Mountain Lion sold in the first four days of its launch. That sounds impressive -- but is it really good news for Microsoft?

October 30, 2012 2:35 PM EDT

If Microsoft was hoping for a big-bang Windows 8 launch, it's disappointed: a poll from the Associated Press finds that people are greeting the operating system --- and the Surface tablet --- with a big yawn.

October 29, 2012 3:35 PM EDT
Techies will inevitably be asked by friends and relatives about upgrading older Windows machines to the just-released Windows 8. Weigh in on what you'll do when the time comes.
October 27, 2012 5:23 PM EDT

Windows 8 is the most controversial version of the operating system Microsoft has released. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Here are eight ways Microsoft could improve Windows 8.

October 26, 2012 10:47 AM EDT

Windows 8 could be the biggest gamble that Microsoft has ever taken. But even though many people have said that gamble looks like a bad one, there's certainly a chance that it will pay off. Here are five reasons that Windows 8 could be a big hit.

October 25, 2012 8:48 AM EDT

Join on-the-spot Computerworld reporters today at 11 a.m. for the inside blow-by-blow as Microsoft launches its new Windows 8 operating system -- along with a slew of exciting new devices, including tablets, Ultrabooks, hybrid tablet/laptop combos and all-in-ones.

October 25, 2012 6:00 AM EDT
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