Entries in Personal Computers (2)


Sales of Personal Computers Drop as More Buy Tablets, Phones

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Consumers have been spending a lot more on tablets and smart phones, but less on personal computers, according to a new report.

The research firm Gartner says PC shipments during the summer quarter fell more than 8 percent compared with the year before.

“A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.  “The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release.”

But the demand for Windows 8 computers during the holiday season may fall short of expectations.

In another change, Gartner says Lenovo took the number one position in worldwide PC shipments for the first time in the company’s history.  Hewlett-Packard slipped to number two.

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Microsoft Unveils Developer’s Preview of Windows 8

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Microsoft has opened its latest window in the operating system world—Windows 8—and the view looks promising.

Due to launch sometime in late 2012, Windows 8 will be optimized for smart phone and tablet use, and will feature a newly revamped Start screen, advanced virus protection, a picture password login option that allows you to draw a chosen image on the screen with your finger, and a customizable user layout called Metro—just to name a few.

Windows 8 will be compatible for standard personal computers.

The good news is that the new operating system, unveiled  as a developer’s preview version last week at Microsot’s Build conference, will be compatible for touch-screen devices. The product, however, is not slated to launch until fall 2012.

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